Is it possible that this is really the world’s best banana bread? I think it is. You’ll just have to bake it to see for yourself.
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It is also beautiful and super easy to make. I’ve made it hundreds of times; during the holidays when I make several batches I don’t even have to use the recipe because it’s that easy. It makes a perfect gift when baked in a loaf or a festive bundt pan!
I used to make banana bread before we switched to a plant-based diet. This was one of the first recipes I had to update to make with healthier ingredients. The best part is, no one knows its healthy! It’s surprisingly vegan and oil free!
I love to double the recipe and use two loaf pans to make one loaf for us and one for a friend (or the freezer).
When I bake this in a bundt pan, I use one with a flat bottom. The banana bread will rise and look beautiful!
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or raw sugar (I’ve used agave with a good result also)
- 3 extra ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 Tbsp plant milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large mixing bowl add 1 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup turbinado sugar. Mix with a wooden spoon.
- Add the bananas, plant milk and vanilla then mix well.
- Add baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix again.
- Add optional nuts and/or chocolate chips.
- Pour into a sprayed pan, I use a bundt pan for best results.
- Cook for 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Using a loaf pan will require a longer baking time. When making muffins with this recipe they are usually done in 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from pan once cool.
Serve this to for a tasty dessert, snack, or even with a cup of coffee. If possible wait until the next day to slice this and it will taste like heaven! We have even taken this on a road trip for a sweet snack.
That a look at how amazing it can be when made with chocolate chips!
You could also add your favorite nuts to this banana bread! We like it with walnuts but pecans are really good too!
I use this recipe as a base for many of my muffins too! I just change up the add-ins depending on what flavor we are going for! If you need a gluten-free version, check out this Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe!