This Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is:
- really easy to make
- seriously moist
- mostly naturally sweetened!
This easy gluten-free vegan banana bread recipe is made using one bowl and simple ingredients, and is easily customisable depending on what you have on hand – you can use any type of oil and any type of plant-based milk.
Adding ground almonds to the batter helps to create a moist and fluffy texture, as well as adding extra protein and fibre, which makes it more filling.
This vegan banana bread can also be made using normal wheat flour if you don’t need it to be gluten-free.
The recipe for this banana bread batter is completely naturally sweetened relying solely on the natural sweetness of the bananas. To keep it refined sugar free, you can use refined sugar free dark chocolate chips or chunks, or just leave them out completely.
Alternatively, if you prefer a sweeter banana bread, you could add some maple syrup (or any other sweetener) to the batter.
I’ve left the cinnamon as optional as I wasn’t sure how everyone would feel about mixing cinnamon with chocolate, so you can use it depending on whether you want to or not.
For a more indulgent banana bread, you could add some fragrant desiccated coconut or earthy chopped walnuts or pecan nuts.
This chocolate chip banana bread is great for batch-cooking and meal prep as it keeps well for up to a few days and makes a filling breakfast, healthier dessert or an energising snack. I’d recommend reheating it in the toaster!
For more banana recipes, check out my:
- Blueberry Banana Bread
- Banana Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins
- Banana Cake
- Chocolate Banana Bread
- Banana Oatmeal
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This Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is really easy to make, seriously moist and mostly naturally sweetened!
- 3 medium-sized ripe bananas
- 60 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar* ensure gluten-free if necessary
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds** (almond meal)
- 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 heaped teaspoons baking power (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 120 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other plant-based milk)
- 60 g (1/3 cup) dark chocolate chips*** (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
- 20 g (1/8 cup) dark chocolate chips*** (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
Peel the bananas and place in a wide-bottomed bowl, then use a fork to mash until you get a smooth paste
Place the coconut oil in a separate large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
Once melted, add the vinegar to the same bowl along with the salt (and cinnamon if using) and ground almonds
Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
Add the mashed bananas and chocolate chips, and mix well, adding the milk a small amount at a time as you may not need to use it all depending on how liquidy your bananas are - you may also need to add a little more milk if your bananas are dry
Transfer the mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased baking paper - I used a one-pound loaf tin
Scatter over more chocolate chips to decorate
Bake in oven for around 45 minutes until risen and golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean
Once out the oven, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before cutting
Keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days - best reheated in the toaster!
*The acidity of the vinegar reacts with the alkali bicarbonate of soda to make the bread fluffy. If you can't get hold of vinegar, substitute it with lemon juice.
**You can alternatively use almond flour
***To keep it refined sugar free you can use refined sugar free dark chocolate chips or chunks
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