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Easy, Vegan Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe begins with a simple base, which can then be customized however you want! I prefer chocolate chips or a peanut butter glaze. Or both. Because who is looking?
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana bread, vegan banana bread, vegan bread
Author: Mel


  • large mixing bowl
  • medium mixing bowl
  • 9x5" bread pan
  • Potato/banana masher
  • Spatula


  • 240 grams all-purpose flour (~2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 medium bananas extra spotted/brown
  • 140 grams brown sugar (~¾ cup)
  • 95 grams canola oil (~½ cup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts optional
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional

Peanut Butter Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter natural is preferred, but use whatever kind you have
  • 2 tablespoons nondairy milk of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼-½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350°
  • Prepare your baking pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray and lightly coating with all-purpose flour.
  • In the medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  • Peel the four bananas and place them into the large mixing bowl. Mash the bananas, either with a masher or a fork, until only small lumps remain.
  • To the mashed bananas, add the brown sugar and canola oil and mix with a spatula until well combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • In small batches, add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet. The key here is to mix only just until no flour visibly remains. Do not overmix!
  • Once the batter has just come together, add in chocolate chips or nuts, if using.
  • Pour the batter to your prepared baking pan and bake on the center rack of the oven for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for ten minutes before removing the bread from the pan and transferring to a wire cooling rack. Wait until the bread has cooled before drizzling with optional peanut butter glaze.

To Make The Peanut Butter Glaze

  • If using the peanut butter glaze, you can prepare it while the bread is baking. Whisk all the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork until well combined. If you feel it is took thick, add a little more milk. If too thin, add a little more peanut butter. Don't be afraid to play with it until you achieve your preferred consistency.