Let me tell you, I LOVE banana bread. When I was a vegetarian one of my main concerns about going vegan was that I feared having to give up some of my favorite foods (so selfish, I know). But after some research and test trials; vegan versions can be just as good, if not BETTER, than their non-vegan counterparts.
Let me tell you something else, I am NO cook. (Seriously, ask my fiance.) So all of my recipes are easy, and beginner friendly! I will say that I definitely enjoy baking more than I enjoy cooking, I think it might have something to do with the licking of the bowl ;). I also am definitely not taking all of the credit, I could never come up with something so delicious on my own. This recipe was originally inspired by one I found on Yummly back when I first became vegan (fortheloveofleaves) and I have tweaked it and made it my own over time.
This banana bread is SO delicious, I would almost consider it a cake as it turns out so moist. I added in the chocolate chips for some extra sweetness, and because I love chocolate, but I’ve made it without and it’s still yummy. Well that’s enough of my blabbing, onto the recipe!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread:
Things You’ll Need.
- 1 Loaf Pan.
- 1 Large Mixing Bowl
- 1 Small Mixing Bowl
- 3 or 4 Ripe Bananas
- 1/3 Cup Almond Milk or Cashew Milk
- 1/2 Cup Pure Cane Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 “Flax Egg” (1 Tablespoon Flax Seed mixed with 3 Tablespoons Water)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 2 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/3 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
- Gather all of your ingredients, bowls and measuring cups, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prep your “flax egg”. Mix 1 tablespoon of flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- With your large mixing bowl, begin mashing the ripe bananas with a fork. Mix in the melted coconut oil and sugar, and mix well.
- Add in the flax egg, vanilla extract and milk. Mix well.
- Take your small mixing bowl and combine the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and flour.
- Combine the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl, starting to mix in.
- Once the dough has started to form, add in your chocolate chips and nuts, and mix until completely combined. Try not to over mix.
- Pour into the loaf pan, and bake from 30-35 minutes depending on your oven. I have done as less as 25 and as most as 40 and I have found that 30-35 is the best time frame.
- Let sit for 5 minutes or so, and enjoy!