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The Best Vegan Banana Bread (Gluten & Dairy-Free)

I would be surprised if I met anyone who hated bananas. And who would not l.o.v.e. warm, moist banana bread topped with almond butter? Banana bread and nut-rich plum cake have been my all time favorite ever since I was a child. I personally give more preference to the flavor that fills the kitchen while cooking food than merely garnishing the food to make it look appealing to eyes. If you were given a choice between taste, flavor and decoration – which would you choose?

I prefer homemade food to be not only healthy but it should also tickle the heck out of your taste buds and sense of smell. Bland foods just make me sleepy, groggy, drowsy – and put me off. The wonderful aroma that wafts while cooking food itself triggers positive thinking and gives a boost of mental energy. Do you agree with me?

And banana bread fits the bill perfectly. Be it winter or summer, warm banana bread made with fully ripened bananas, nuts and chocolate chips could literally transport me to planet deliciousness. So without further ado – here it is, the best gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan banana bread that you’ll ever bake. And bake again. And again …

Best Vegan Banana Bread Ever

Dry ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • For gluten-free version: 1 ½ cup of rice flour
  • ½ cup of potato flour or tapioca flour or corn flour (better to avoid corn flour if you have problems digesting it)
  • or 2 cups of potato flour or tapioca flour or raw-banana flour
  • ¾ cup of cane sugar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of shredded coconut
  • ¾ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of cardamom powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (almonds, cashew, walnuts, pecans, etc.)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of coconut milk or almond milk
  • 4 – 5 fully ripened bananas with dark brown spots on the skin or 2 cups of mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup of almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 tsp agave nectar or any other natural sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Start by preheating the oven to 350 F. Take a 9 by 5 inch bread loaf pan and grease the pan with cooking oil or peanut butter.

Take a bowl and mix all dry ingredients like flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, shredded coconut, cane sugar, and brown sugar, and see to it that there are no lumps.

Take another small bowl and mix all the wet ingredients. First, start by mixing almond milk or coconut milk and apple cider vinegar and allow it to sit for 2 minutes.

Then, add the mashed bananas, almond butter, agave nectar or any other natural sweetener, and vanilla extract to the coconut milk-vinegar mixture until they are all well combined.

Now add this wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredients. At this point, you need to take care that you shouldn’t over mix the ingredients and make it gooey. You could use a spatula and just fold in the ingredients until you get thick batter like consistency. Now, fold in the chopped nuts and mix the ingredients finally.

Pour this batter into the bread loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. You could do the normal test by inserting a toothpick and checking whether it comes out clean to find out whether the bread has been baked properly.

Finally, allow the bread to cool in a wire rack for 5 minutes, slice it, top it with coconut cream or almond butter and enjoy the delicious banana bread.

If you would like to add a twist to the regular banana bread, you could do the following:
Divide the bread batter into two, pour one half of it into the bread pan and mix the other half with dark chocolate. Pour the chocolate-banana batter on top of the plain banana batter and use a spoon or fork and simply run it through the batter to create zebra-like pattern. This would make the chocolate batter mix randomly with plain batter and you would finally get a nice pattern.

If you use a bread machine to make the bread, then you could either follow the same procedure and bake the bread by keeping in bake mode for an hour or if you choose any of the bread-making setting, then it would take 3 to 4 hours to allow your vegan banana bread to rise and fully bake. This is best if you use yeast in the recipe.

Photo: Lauri Patterson/iStockphoto


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