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Bad Yogi Approved Vegan Banana Bread

This was completely accidental. I didn’t set out to make a vegan banana bread, but I didn’t have eggs and we don’t drink milk, so I had to improvise with what I had. Turns out, the combo I used was banana perfection… and I don’t even like banana bread usually.

I was feeling Susie Homemaker-ish and wanted to make this for the Frenchman since he LOVES banana bread and I was pleasantly surprised when I liked it too!

The key is lots of cinnamon and removing the stringy weirdness from the bananas before mashing them up. I can’t stand the peels that stick to everything! I’m sure most of you (normal) people will swear this doesn’t make a difference, but I’m pretty sure it did. Just let me live in my delusional fantasy, will you? πŸ˜‰


1.5 cups All Purpose unbleaches flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
4 medium sized very ripe bananas
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil and it gave it an earthier taste, so next time I’d use something more mild or just more complimentary, like coconut oil.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

1) Preheat oven to 350*F/180*C and lightly oil a 5×7 loaf pan and set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, smash bananas and brown sugar until incorporated. Mash down all pieces of banana so the flavor spreads evenly. I had some small pieces in my bowl and it was totally fine, so this part isn’t an exact science.
3) Next, add the oil, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the banana mixture and stir to combine well.
4) In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
5) Pour flour mixture in to banana mixture and stir very well. You want this to be mixed completely!
6) OPTIONAL: You can add walnuts, seeds, raisins, chocolate chips or anything else here if you like!
7) Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. It may take a bit longer or less long depending on your oven, so just take a peek at 35 minutes, put a form or toothpick in the center and see if it comes out clean.

It’s heavenly when it’s warm, so don’t waste any time before slicing a piece for yourself πŸ˜‰

Check out that crumb

Now check out that crust
Sigh. So pretty you might even forget to eat it…

… KIDDING. Who would ever do such a thing?

Over to you! Do you love or hate bananas? I’ve found that people either despise them or eat them every day.Β I only like them when they’re just past green (weird, right?)… a ripe banana is one of THE grossest things to me! Except in this bread, obviously πŸ˜‰Β 

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    June 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

    […] THIS banana bread.Β  Did you make it yet?! I made it less than 24 hours ago and it’s already gone. […]

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      Sharon Kais

      February 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      I love all things banana and can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ll be adding my addiction… chocolate chips!! And a few walnuts. To be continued.

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        February 20, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        This recipe is super yummy! Definitely recommend and will be making again!

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    June 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I feel the same way about ripe bananas! But I LOVE banana bread! Thanks fit the recipe!

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      Erin Motz

      June 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      hope you enjoy it!

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    Isabelle Jorgensen

    June 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Ha ha, another person weighing in for barely past green bananas and banana bread being great, but HATE for ripe bananas. I also like fried bananas and plantains (like they do in some Asian restaurants), and I don’t know what level of ripeness those usually are before frying. This bread looks amazing, and is close to my usual recipe. πŸ˜€

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      Erin Motz

      June 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      ah yes, i love plantains, too! great minds πŸ˜‰

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    July 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Loved this banana bread. THis wasnt tasting SO banana like as I like banana bread to be but it is vegan so it works. I made it for some people at work and they loved it, def a keeper. So moist this bread!!

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    July 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I just made this bread and …. wait for it …. LOL

    THANK YOU ERIN FOR SHARING THE RECIPE it is LE-GEN-DARY πŸ™‚ – Sorry, couldn’t help it not sorry πŸ˜‰

    I had one REALLY way too ripe banana but it was perfect for this recipe. Also I topped the still warm bread with some vanilla ice. I’m sure you get the picture.

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