Easy Vegan Banana Bread

Picture the scene: it’s day 2 of Veganuary, obviously dairy and meat is out of the question, our food shop isn’t arriving ’til the next day, and I’m hungry. Faced with a grumbling tummy and an empty fridge, I would normally snack on cheese and crackers. Obviously this isn’t an option now. I can’t whip up a quick scrambled egg either and the grey looking tub of hummus on the top shelf isn’t appealing to me either.

I scan the kitchen and my eyes fall upon a bunch of black bananas that had been left festering under a pile of newspapers. It’s approaching witching hour for the kids which means the wheels will soon start to fall off and my tummy still grumbles on. I realise that there’s only really one possibility here: some sort of banana bread. Except it has to be vegan. And Sam is kinda anti-sugar. So it has to be sugar -free. And I fancied wholemeal flour rather than the typical refined type. So basically, a really boring banana bread.

But here’s the thing – this one tastes amazing and has a lovely crunchy crust, it’s soft on the inside with no sweet sickly taste as some normal banana bread can be. The best part? Tucking into 3 chunks (with no topping – it doesn’t need it) makes you feel zero sorts of guilty. A win all round. So here’s how I did it (with a helping hand from Jack). Sorry that the instructions are a little vague (#hippycook) – for example when I say ‘cups’, you could measure out 120g, and also it it totally flexible recipe so go with what feels right (and what you have in the cupboard!). I hope it works out deliciously for you – I’m sure it will.


2/3 (ideally 3) bananas mashed (Jack did this part – in other words, don’t worry if they aren’t too mashed!)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons water
110ml olive oil (I also tried this with vegetable oil, and it turned out more than fine)
100ml maple syrup OR 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white flour + 1 cup wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp each cinnamon
Handful of vegan chocolate chips (optional) – we used these ones

Switch the oven to 180’C and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper or rub some (vegan) butter on a muffin tin (this recipe works just as well for muffins or a cake). Beat together the oil and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together the chia seeds and water and add this to the oil/maple syrup. Then add the mashed bananas.

In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients then fold this into the wet mixture. Pour into your tin and sprinkle over some oats. The mixture will seem thick and stodgy, but that’s perfect! Pop in the oven for about 35 minutes (or until a knife comes out clean – you know the deal) Enjoy with a big brew, and either have it on its own (my favourite), toasted or top with peanut butter, maple syrup, banana slices, jam, nutella…..Or freeze it. But I recommend, just on its own, whilst still hot (it tastes ten times more delicious), with a big mug of tea.

P.S Vegan Chocolate Courgette Cake  and The Best Dairy Free Milks for Kids


  1. Michelle
    June 3, 2020 / 10:59 am

    We used buckwheat flour and it’s yummy!

  2. Rachel
    June 2, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    A firm favourite for us!!!

  3. Sophie H
    May 8, 2020 / 10:25 am

    I LOVE this recipe. I prefer it to any other banana bread. I take it into work and it’s gone within an hour. Well, when I could go to work x

    • Emma Ross
      May 22, 2020 / 9:53 am

      I NEED to make this soon – bananas dont hang around here long enough these days! glad you love it sophie x

  4. Martina
    January 26, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Hi is there meant to be another spice with cinnamon as it says ‘each’ in the list of ingredients

  5. Chrissy
    November 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Made this in muffins this afternoon, was a hit with both me (was delicious warm) and my almost 2 yr old, she kept telling me it was really good and she was going to eat it all! Will be making this lovely recipe again. Thank you

  6. Sophie
    September 25, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    We make this on a weekly basis and love it. I sometimes use coconut sugar in place of the maple syrup and it’s equally successful. Thank you so much for the recipe!! Xx

    • Emma Ross
      October 9, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      yay! yes its such a fail safe recipe, alternatives work just as well 🙂 x

  7. Gemma
    July 10, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Just made this with all of our manky bananas – kids helped and are now thoroughly enjoying eating it!

    • Emma Ross
      July 18, 2018 / 9:47 pm

      Ah yay <3 x

  8. April 12, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Just made this for the second time! Love it – and so does the babe X

    • Emma Ross
      April 13, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      YAS! Enjoy xxx

  9. Debbie Butcher
    February 26, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Just made this and it’s delish, I didn’t have any oats so I sprinkled Dorset cereals museli over the top and it works really well. For personal preference I probably would have used 5/6 bananas but it really is a lovely rustic bread. Love the serving suggestions too 🙂

    • emmaross
      February 27, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      YAY – so glad you enjoyed it and good to know re the banana portioning. Dorset cereals on top sounds YUMMY. xxx

  10. January 2, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    We’ve just sampled our first slice warm from the tin, lovely. We made some subs (rapeseed oil, chickpea flour, Tate and Lyle’s brown sugar and Stevia blend) and love how simple it was to measure up and mix the bread. Thanks for an easy least recipe to add to our favourites.

  11. April
    January 2, 2018 / 10:39 am

    For us that live in the United States, what is wholemeal flour?

    • emmaross
      January 3, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      same as wholewheat i believe!

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