Vegan banana bread on floral plate

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8 - 10

Use up your ripe bananas in our vegan banana bread – the perfect breakfast treat to enjoy with your morning cuppa. We love it toasted with peanut butter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal218
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 3 large black bananas



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  • 75g vegetable oil or sunflower oil (weight), plus extra for greasing
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 225g plain flour (or use self-raising flour and reduce the baking powder to 2 heaped tsp)
  • 3 heaped tsp baking powder
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  • 3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice



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  • 50g dried fruit or nuts (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mash 3 large black peeled bananas with a fork, then mix well with 75g vegetable or sunflower oil and 100g brown sugar.

  2. Add 225g plain flour, 3 heaped tsp baking powder and 3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice, and combine well. Add 50g dried fruit or nuts, if using.

  3. Bake in a greased, lined 2lb loaf tin for 20 minutes. Check and cover with foil if the cake is browning.

  4. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool a little before slicing. It's delicious freshly baked, but develops a lovely gooey quality the day after.

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31st Jul, 2018
Adding a teaspoon of cider/white wine/rice vinegar (not malt!) will boost the baking powder (the acid reacts with the soda in the baking powder), so you can slightly reduce the amount of BP. I promise you won't taste the vinegar, especially the spice going on. A big handful of dairy-free plain chocolate chunks makes it extra decadent too. Cardamom would be a good alternative from the cinnamon for a change.
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Dee Sada
23rd Jul, 2018
I'm an amateur baker and never managed to bake anything edible until I tried this recipe! Have made this twice and it's turned out delicious both times!
10th Jul, 2018
I made a few alterations to the recipe, based on what I had in the house, and the resulting banana bread was delicious. I used 4 medium sized bananas that had been in the freezer - defrosted by heating slowly in a saucepan until room temperature - mushy with a few lumps. I used demerara sugar, which left lovely squidgy bits of brown goo scattered throughout the bread, coconut oil (unflavoured), and three level tsp of baking powder. Baked for 30mins. I think next time I will add some dried dates!
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31st May, 2018
Brill recipe. I add a bit of maple syrup in it too.
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Kate Glle
29th Mar, 2018
Why oh why did I not read the comments? Just put the tin in the oven and licked the spoon afterwards - it is incredibly bitter (due to the baking powder). Praying that the bread tastes better once its baked.
2nd Mar, 2018
Just made this using SR flour, 85g dark muscovado sugar, 2tsps baking powder, 75g sultanas and raisins and some broken up pecans. The house smells amazing and it tastes lovely! 3 tsps cinammon and 1 tsp mixed spice plus using coconut oil and some overripe bananas has worked really well for me. The only issue is leaving it alone now......
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Elizabete Santana
6th Dec, 2017
So delicious! I add dried fruits, almonds and walnuts. I make with plain flour and just 2 tsp of baking powder.
23rd Nov, 2017
This is probably the best recipe ive ever made for banana bread! so moist and light! definitely a keeper!
29th Oct, 2017
This is a lovely cake. I read the reviews first so, having a fan oven, I didn't cook it for the full time. I think I cooked it for 45 minutes. I only had two very large bananas (not black) and used mixed spice, having no cinnamon. I might try ginger next time. I didn't put nuts in but I might next time. I used SR flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder. It's a lovely soft consistency - just right for my taste. Considering it was a quick Google for a recipe (I fancied some cake), I'm very pleased.
15th Oct, 2017
WOW!!! i have been vegan for a few months and this is the best recipe!! i read all comments below and it came out perfect!!! So i used 225g self raising flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Bananas- i added one more :-) perfect chewy texture- if your bananas arent ripe enough just pop them in the oven skin on for 10 minutes and they go black ;-) i added 3 heaped teaspoons of dessicated coconut and some crushed walnuts. I also added a small lid of vanilla extract. I baked 20 minutes without foil then 20 minutes with and the bread is perfect, in a standard loaf tin. Follow these instructions and you wont be dissapointed! i want to eat the whole thing right now!


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