Today’s Vegan Banana Bread is an oil free plant-based take on the traditional banana bread recipe. This truly foolproof recipe is perfect for beginner vegan bakers. Make this healthy banana bread for a quick breakfast, or a yummy after-school treat for your kids.
When I was growing up, my mom was the Queen on Baked Goods not just in our family, but for all of our friends and relatives. I myself didn’t discover the joys of baking until a couple years before I went vegan, and – that’s right – I never looked back.
I loved my new baking hobby so much that sometimes I’d bake a new item/batch/recipe as soon as the previous one was gone. I could operate in that mode for weeks…
When I switched to a vegan diet, I was at first concerned that I’d never get to bake anything again.
But after poking around on Pinterest, boy was I surprised! It turned out that there was this whole new world out there – the world of vegan baking!
As soon as I stocked up on some vegan pantry essentials, I started testing out the newly discovered recipes, and they turned out surprisingly delicious.
In fact, now I don’t understand why people bake the non-vegan stuff.
Trying to veganize your tried and true baking recipes from your pre-vegan days? Check out my tips on how to substitute butter and eggs in vegan baking!
Another bonus of the vegan baked stuff? You can have just one cookie/slice of pie/cake/banana bread to be completely satisfied! Your body will process all the nutrients (yep, this stuff has them!) and won’t send you to the kitchen for another serving.
Back when I first went vegan in 2013, I tried to stay away from oil and other sources of added fat to keep things as whole food, plant-based as possible. This recipe was created during those times.
I admit though that these days I do use a little bit of oil in my cooking and baking. However, my vegan banana bread stays as oil free as it was when I first shared this recipe.
If you’re interested in oil-free cooking, see my 8 useful tips on how to cook with no oil.
I’ve been looking for a good recipe for vegan banana bread – the kind that could make a nice anytime treat, or a quick breakfast without weighing you down or sending you in a sugar overload.
The nice thing about this banana bread is that it isn’t overly sweet. The more ripe your bananas are, the sweeter your banana bread will be. The addition of raisins balances the sweetness, so it tastes just right.
This oil-free vegan banana bread is moist, dense, and full of flavor. It’s not too sticky and doesn’t crumble all over the place – not like some commercial banana breads I tried before, although some people might prefer that texture.
I’ve also added walnuts, but you can omit them if you want or need to. That would obviously be best for people with nut allergies. Other common food allergies shouldn’t be an issue since this vegan banana bread is egg free, dairy free, and soy free.
Want even more flavor? Feel free to go beyond raisins and walnuts – any dried fruit and/or nuts should work well.
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