Healthy Vegan Banana Bread

Five banana breads later and I am finally happy with the results. I never thought coming up with a healthy vegan banana bread would be this difficult. Since I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to cooking, I knew I wasn’t stopping until it came out PERFECT! It’s not like I had anything to compare it with either. I’ve honestly never tried vegan banana bread and I had only my non-vegan banana bread recipes to modify. I’ve made other vegan desserts before, so I knew what I needed to replace in my original recipes. I had to adjust measurements several times until I got moist, fluffy, and most importantly, edible banana bread.

My banana bread is made with date sugar and contains no oil. It gets its sweetness mainly from the bananas and of course the date sugar. It won’t be the sweetest banana bread you will ever try, but that is what I was after. This is the healthiest version I could come up with and I am super excited about the results! So, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Printable Recipe

Healthy Vegan Banana Bread


3-4 over-ripe bananas (1 1/2 cups mashed)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup date sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup Walnuts (optional)


In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas and stir in date sugar, vanilla, and applesauce.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine lemon juice with almond milk. Stir into banana mixture.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine ingredients.
Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir until combined.
Spread the mixture evenly into a non-stick 9×5-inch pan and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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  1. Jo says

    This is similar to the one I make. I also added 2 TBS ground flax seeds to mine.
    Very yummy. I have plenty of bananas in the freezer, i may just have to make some.

  2. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit says

    A recipe with no sugar, that's right up my alley! You're not alone on feeling that vegan banana bread is a challenge.

    I make a very similar recipe only I use almond flour to make it gluten free. Looks fantastic!!

    Thanks for the foodie friend add on Food buzz, I'm looking forward to more of your healthy recipes!!

  3. Virtually Vegan Mama says

    thanks Leanne! =) it is a challenge to not use sugar..but who doesn't love a challenge??! I want to make a gluten-free one for a friend who has an allergy…I will try it with almond flour…thanks for the info! =)

  4. Katie says

    I made this bread over the weekend and absolutely loved it!!! It was moist, fluffy and delicious! I followed the recipe as listed except that I didn't have a sifter – I was happy that it still turned out great though! Yum!

  5. Anonymous says

    This is GREAT bread. Tasty and so moist. I love this bread and it freezes very well too. Thank you for sharing your recipe. -Mike (GG)

  6. k says

    I am so mad at myself!!! I accidentally put in 2 cups of almond milk instead of 1/2 cup and obviously it was totally ruined. I baked it for an hour and a half and it never turned into bread. No wonder why!!!

  7. says

    I’m so happy I just found your site! I cannot wait to try out your recipes!! Especially this banana bread, I’ve been looking for a good vegan recipe, I’ve tried out a couple but still haven’t found that perfect one yet! This looks fantastic!

  8. Tm says

    Could I make this with “white whole wheat” flour instead of the whole wheat pastry flour? What additions or substitions would I need to make?

    Also, for this recipe and in general, could I use home made date paste (1 cup dates cooked & blended in 1/2 cup water) instead of the date sugar? This would surely affect the texture so what changes do you suggest I mAke to the recipe?

    • Jennifer says

      so sorry for the late response, I was down with the stomach flu this week =(

      I recently reworked this recipe – even though this one is really yummy – you can try this…

      I increased the amount of flour to 2 cups and yes you can use white whole wheat. I removed the date sugar and used 1/4 cup almond milk (instead of 1/2 cup) and used 1/4 cup pure maple syrup…it came out perfect!

      if you wanted to use date paste, I’m thinking do the same and use 1/4 cup almond milke (or dairy free milk of choice) and instead of 1/4 cup maple syrup use a 1/4 cup date paste…try it out and let me know…I will experiment too =)

      I hope that helps…I will make my new version again this weekend to test it out a second time too

  9. Sherry says

    Hi, I was curious if you ever got around to making this recipe gluten free? If so, what did you do and how did it turn out?

    • Jennifer says

      Hi Sherry, Sorry for the delay in responding, this went to my spam folder somehow and I missed it! I would just sub the reg flour for gluten free flour, I like Bob’s Red Mill Mix the best and that should do it. I have some in my pantry so i should try it out with this recipe to test it for everyone. =)

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • Jennifer says

      Hi Michelle,

      Sorry for the delay, but I was not able to access my site for a while and I just got it fixed!!! yes, rice milk will work for this recipe =)


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