Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate chip banana bread is probably one of my favorite foods ever.. It’s even more fun to make.

The great thing about banana bread is that it can be eaten as a sweet breakfast treat or a dessert post-dinner…. or any time of day really. 

Making vegan banana bread is really quite simple. I adapted this recipe from a traditional one I found a while back and made some slight adjustments.

Instead of cane sugar, I use maple syrup, which makes the bread more moist and not as fluffy.

I also chose not to include walnuts, because, well, I hate nuts in my bread, but feel free to add them if you so desire! (Around 1/2 cup, chopped). 

Chocolate chips are definitely necessary when making this banana bread… it gives them just the right amount of sweetness and tastes so delicious when warmed up.

Pro Tip: Listen to the song Banana Pancakes while making this bread (I’m convinced it makes the bread taste 10x better)

Yield: 1 loaf

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Vegan, gluten-free banana bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas (optional: extra banana for topping)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free baking flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and grease and loaf a 4x8 inch loaf pan
  2. In a very small bowl, make your flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 2 Tbsp water) and let sit for 1-2 minutes
  3. In a small bowl, mash up your bananas until a smooth consistency is formed
  4. Add in coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and flax egg
  5. In a separate large bowl, mix in flour, baking soda, and salt
  6. Pour in your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix together
  7. Add in chocolate chips and stir in
  8. Pour mixture into the loaf pan and then slice a banana length-wise and put it on the top, gently pressing down with your fingers so that just the top layer is exposed
  9. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
One thing to note when making this bread: if you don’t eat the whole loaf immediately (which I’m assuming most people don’t, but who knows!), the banana slice on top will brown a bit. If that grosses you out, then don’t put the banana slice on top. Just a heads up! 

So next time you’re craving some banana bread, grab a friend and make this recipe! It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up, and then while it’s baking, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious aroma of banana bread wafting through your house.

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