Easy Vegan Banana Bread {vegan and gluten free}

Easy Vegan Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of the BEST snacks ever. Toasted and buttered, warmed with coconut yoghurt, smothered in peanut butter, or simply on it’s own; it’s so comforting and delicious!

I think some people find the idea of vegan baking slightly daunting, and that’s what I want to change. Vegan baking is actually much simpler than non-vegan baking, in my opinion. This Easy Vegan Banana Bread recipe is so easy and super quick to make, you’ll be surprised!

I’ve included a gluten free option by making this banana bread with oat flour. I absolutely love making it this way, it’s super moist and has an added fibre-bonus.

Helpful Hack: FREEZE your bananas with the skin on when they’re going brown/black in the fruit bowl. Then, when you want to make a banana bread either take them out and leave on a plate to defrost or defrost them in the microwave. They will squeeze out of the skin perfectly and will hardly need any mashing!

If you make this recipe, please make sure to comment below or tag me in your recreations over on Instagram using @ginabnutrition or #ginabnutrition – I absolutely love to see them!

Easy Vegan Banana BreadEasy Vegan Banana Bread

Easy Vegan Banana Bread



  • 3 medium-sized ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (can sub for any liquid oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 flaxseed egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp water and left for 10 mins to set)
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (depending on ripeness of bananas)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour OR 2 cups rolled oats (use gluten free oats if required) OR gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice (adjust to your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Another banana for topping
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 175C and grease and line a 9×5″ loaf tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the ripe bananas and mash with a fork. Add the olive oil, flax egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. If using oat flour, add the oats to a blender and blend until a fine flour forms.
  4. In a new bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and sea salt, then add this mixture to the dry bowl and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the loaf tin and spread out with a spatula. Add a halved banana (length ways) or a few slices of banana, and some chopped nuts if using.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 50-60 minutes. It should be golden brown and a skewer/tooth pick should come out clean. Leave in the tin to cool for 20 mins and then carefully remove. Store in an airtight container.

Easy Vegan Banana BreadEasy Vegan Banana Bread

Easy Vegan Banana Bread {vegan, gluten free}
Easy Vegan Banana Bread {vegan, gluten free}

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    1. Hi Brooke! Thank you! I haven’t yet tried this one with gluten free flour, I am going to be recipe testing a basic gluten free banana bread soon though. Let me know if you try it! Would love to hear about the result. X

  1. Hi Gina, about to make your banana bread!! I was just wondering what a serving size is or how many calories in a serving? Thank you ??

    1. Hi Maddi! Ah I hope you enjoyed it, and I’m so sorry for not getting back to you sooner! I don’t really focus on calories or serving sizes, I prefer to promote more of an intuitive eating approach. It depends on how hungry you are/how much you fancy. Just enjoy and don’t restrict xx

  2. After 40-45 minutes it’s still gooey on in the inside. I’m not sure how much longer to put it in for but it looks great so far!!

      1. mine is also still very dense and some what gooey inside. not sure what i did wrong. I used light coconut milk as my plant based milk. I did add a little flax seed to the mix. maybe its that? i also haven’t let it sit yet. So I’m cooking it about an extra 30 minutes

  3. This is THE best vegan and gluten free banana bread recipe I have ever tried! I’m disabled so Mum made it to freeze for me but as I was cutting it I ate two slices!

    We used 1 ½ cups oats, ½ cup gf flour, ¼ cup demerera sugar, added 1 tsp cinnamon, reduced the soda to ½ tsp (I hate the taste) and added 1 tsp apple cider vinegar.

    So damn good!

    1. This comment made me so so happy! I am so glad you enjoyed it – it’s such a staple for me. Love the tweaks! xxx

  4. About how many cups of mashed banana? I have two very ripe 8 inch bananas and some extra chopped slices of banana in my freezer so I don’t know how much to use! ?

    1. I would use the 2 ripe bananas and about 1/2 a cup extra of the chopped banana – but let it thaw first! xx

  5. Baked the bread today! It was absolutely delicious and the oats lend a moist and hearty texture to the bread! I didn’t blend my oats as fine but I think I like it even better this way! Everybody needs to bake a batch of this ASAP ?