This vegan gluten free banana bread is moist, delicious, and perfect for breakfast or a snack. Using very overripe bananas give this bread a wonderful, rich flavor.
Banana bread…it’s the perfect thing to bake when you’re in the mood for something warm and cozy and homemade.
A loaf of vegan gluten free banana bread fills your home with a wonderful, comforting aroma. There’s nothing like a slice of warm banana bread with some vegan buttery spread on a chilly morning.
I have had trouble in the past with making vegan gluten free banana bread that has a nice texture without being gummy, but after some trial and error, this recipe works well for me.
A light gluten free flour mix like my blend helps keep this recipe light, and not too dense. King Arthur Gluten Free Flour would also work well, if that’s a brand that’s safe for your dietary needs.
The King Arthur blend as well as my own recipe does not contain xanthan gum. This recipe doesn’t need it, and in fact, I think the addition of gums makes gluten free baked goods, well, “gummy.”
Can you make this vegan gluten free banana bread recipe with coconut flour?
Coconut flour works best when you use eggs, so I don’t think that it will work in this recipe. Using coconut flour in this recipe will result in a dense, heavy loaf of bread.
Will this banana bread recipe work with almond flour or oat flour?
If you’d like to add almond flour, you can use up to ¾ cup almond flour and another one cup gluten free flour blend. Almond flour may make this loaf a little bit heavier.
If you’d like to use oat flour, you can use up to ½ cup, with another 1 ¼ cup gluten free flour blend. Using more oat flour than that may result in a loaf that’s crumbly and falling apart.
How to make vegan gluten free banana bread:
- You’ll want to start with overripe bananas – I store mine in the freezer. If yours are frozen, let them thaw first.
- Place thawed bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add sugar, gluten free flour, and the rest of your ingredients, and stir well.
- Pour the batter into a loaf pan that’s lined with parchment paper so it hangs over two sides of the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool fully before slicing.
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Easy Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread.
This easy gluten free vegan banana bread is super moist and full of flavor!
- 1 ¾ cups gluten free flour blend or spelt flour or all purpose flour if you aren't gluten free
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅞ cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
- ⅓ cup coconut oil or organic canola oil, or melted vegan butter spread
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ⅜ cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper so that there is an overhang on both sides of the pan.
Place the coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave for 15-20 seconds until the coconut oil is melted.
Put the bananas in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add the coconut oil and stir.
Add the sugar and vanilla, water, and vinegar, and mix until combined.
Add the gluten free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix together.
Spoon into the prepared loaf pan*, and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool for 30 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan and cool on a cooling rack.
Once the loaf is fully cooled, use a serrated knife to slice it.
* I used a 9x5 loaf pan. If you use a narrower loaf pan, you may have to bake it longer to make sure it is done in the middle of the loaf.
You can use up to ½ cup of oat flour in this recipe if you wish. If you use more than that, the recipe may become crumbly.
I've made this recipe with many different combinations - part spelt flour, part oat flour, gluten free flour only, a mix of gluten free flour and oat flour, etc. It always turns out well!
(Spelt flour is not gluten free, so it's not suitable for those on a gluten free diet).
If you'd like a chocolatey treat, try adding ¾ cup of dairy free chocolate chips to this recipe.
Let it cool quite a while before slicing, and then enjoy with some vegan buttery spread on top!
This vegan gluten free banana bread is:
- easy to make in one bowl
- perfect with a cup of tea
- delicious as an after school snack
This post was originally published in June 2014. It has been updated with new photos and text.
I’m so excited I found this, and I’m going to make it. I have Celiac disease, and my husband and I are vegan. He currently loves Trader Joe’s vegan banana nut bread, but it’s not gluten-free so I can’t have it. : /
I have a few quick questions prior to starting this. I have Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour. Is this flour okay for this recipe? No egg replacement such as flax?
The banana acts as an egg replacer, so you don’t need any flax seed. Is it a Bob’s blend, such as the one-to-one gf flour? Or just straight rice flour? I think a blend would work best.
Thank you for gluten free, dairy free, egg free and EASY! Only change I made was used 1/2 cup brown sugar Truvia in place of 7/8 cup coconut sugar. Delicious!
So happy to hear that!
I have gluten, Dairy, egg and peanut allergies. I haven’t had any bread in 5 years., I think I have died and gone to heaven when I ate this bread. Amazing! I have made it 3 times in the past 4 weeks.
This recipe is a bomb! However I don’t like the aftertaste of baking soda so I skipped it, used half of the sugar and instead of water added canned coconut milk and used raspberry vinegar and honestly me and my wife eat the whole loaf within one day because it’s a crack food!!! You can’t stop!!!! 🙏🏼
This comes out absolutely awful with Bob’s Red Mill GF one to one flour. It has xanthan gum which is fine in all other recipes I have tried but in this one it makes the bread dense and super gummy and unpleasant. Will have to try with another GF flour.
I have not used that flour in this recipe. I’m sorry you had that experience!
This is delish! Very moist. I reduced sugar to 1/2 c and subbed unsweetened applesauce for the oil. Plenty sweet. I used a gf flour mix ( white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch…and subbed in 1/2 c oat flour as I was low on flour mix) Everyone raved over it. Thank you, Kelly for your recipe!
What a great recipe!! My family thought it was so good (and they ALWAYS shun my gf + v recipes). The flavor was delicious, the recipe was so easy I was afriad I wasn’t doing somethings right, and when it was topped with chocolate chips…oh my. Will definitely be making this again.
I forgot to say why I left it at four stars instead of five. It was just a little too dense for me, if it was a bit lighter and fluffier it would’ve gotten five stars hands-down.
Can I use brown sugar or maple syrup instead? I’m out of coconut sugar. I love this recipe, comes out great everytime!
Brown sugar is great! I don’t recommend maple syrup.
My favorite banana bread recipe
from now on!! everyone in the family loooved it!!
Thank you!! <3
I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing!
This was so moist and delicious! I replaced vanilla extract with almond extract (I was out), and used half maple syrup and half honey and added some coconut threads. My partner cannot eat eggs so this was perfect.
I just made this cake and turned out great even with a quarter of the sugar. It does not rise much and yes a tiny bit gummy but still good enough. Thank you for sharing and will surely keep this receipe. Is there any way I can make it sugar free? I’m trying (hard!) to cut down on sugar in my life!
Removing that much of the sugar will change the texture for sure. I understand your desire to reduce sugar, though! If you want to use a sugar substitute, you could use a cup for cup alternative like Swerve. I have not personally tried that, but some of my readers use it. Date sugar or coconut sugar would also work if you just want a refined sugar alternative.
I’ve made this 2 times already and my family loves it! I’m planning on making it today but realized I’m out of coconut sugar, can I use brown sugar instead? Or maple syrup?
I used brown sugar but you do have to reduce the water as the molasses in the brown sugar increases moisture. It turned out great after I realized I needed to do that.
Is it possible to use buckwheat flour? I made a banana bread using a recipe similar to yours but it turned out pretty dry, i suppose buckwheat needs to be combined with some kind of almond meal perhaps because it’s denser?
I have not tried that! I would not recommend straight buckwheat flour as it probably does need to be used in conjunction with another flour.
Love the interactive checklist, so handy when I was prepping! I added walnuts and used maple syrup instead of sugar. It was a hit!
Thank you for the awesome recipes🙏🏻
Hi would love to know the amount of maple syrup you added? Thanks
How much maple syrup you used?
Super easy to make and tasty. I added in dairy free dark chocolate chips and two tablespoon of cocnut.
Your banana bread recipe is so good! I ended up leaving out the vinegar because I didn’t have it in my pantry, and the bread still turned out delicious!
My batter is really thick???? Is this normal?
This is amazing! Made a small loaf as a gift for some GF/DF friends and baked off the extra batter in a ramekin (25 min) so I could taste it. I ate it all as soon as it was cool enough! Tastes just like the “real thing.” Used Bob’s Red Mill, enjoy chocolate chips, and topped it with turbinado sugar.
So glad you enjoyed it! :)
This recipe is amazing! You can’t even tell it’s gluten free! I have never had a gluten free loaf turn out before…until now! I’m absolutely thrilled! Thanks so much!
Sooo good! The family couldn’t tell that it was vegan. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free w/o xanthan gum (sensitive to xanthan gum). I also used one flax egg and Earth Balance spread. It took about an hour to bake. I covered the top with foil after 45 minutes.
Thank you Kelly for this wonderful recipe. 😁
This was my first time making banana bread and I am super happy! I had to sub white vinegar for apple cider vinegar and cut the sugar in half but it was still delicious! I used to love Trader Joe’s banana bread and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this flavor and texture is 99% identical (1% for the gluten free texture). Can’t wait to give it to the kids for after school snack! I wish I could post a pic cos it looked beautiful too!
Just made this and it did not come out well. It was extremely gummy. I followed the directions exactly how they were written so I have no idea what went wrong. This is my first time ever baking GF and vegan so maybe I misunderstood something?
What gf flour did you use?
Thank you! This was perfect. I have tried numerous vegan banana bread recipes that failed and this one was amazing. I used 1 cup chickpea flour and 3/4 cup paleo flour (mix of almond, cassava and coconut flour). I didn’t have a lighter GF mix so I used these that I had and it still worked! After 45’min it was still a little jiggly so I covered with aluminum foil for another 10min and it worked. Great recipe :)
Yay! So glad it worked well for you. Thanks for letting me know!
I had the same issue and used gluten free flour as called for. A friend of mine who bakes more often said ANY gluten free item should be baked longer and be press tested on top, if springs back it’s done, if not bake more.