Simple Vegan Banana Bread

This is one of those very handy recipes to have up your sleeve. A vegan banana bread. I have made many over the years, this one is the simplest, and the best. And yet another one of those ones that you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a vegan or conventional one. Even if you’re not a vegan, it’s still worth a try, especially if you’re out of eggs but have a bowl full of black bananas. For some reason I always find myself in this situation.

It is also worth noting that young Clancy loves this in his lunch box. He is ultra fussy with his food, so it’s a testament to how delicious it really is. And I’d have to agree. Yesterday I ate a chunk, toasted, with my Choc-Tahini Spread smeared on top. It pretty much blew my mind.

vegan banana loaf

Simple Vegan Banana Bread
Makes one loaf

Note: I used coconut oil but I am certain that any mild flavoured vegetable oil will do. Just make sure it’s cold-pressed, so it’s not harmful to your body. Or not. These are just the crazy codes I live by, sometimes I feel I might be the only one. 


  • 4 medium overripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour (I used a mixture if wholemeal and white)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup raw caster sugar
  • ⅔ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla concentrate
  • 1/2 cup chopped Medjool dates

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Place the overripe bananas into a mixing bowl and beat until pureed. Add the vanilla, coconut oil, and sugar, and beat again until combined.
  3. Fold in the flour, raising agents, and salt, until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in the chopped Medjool dates, and pour the batter into a loaf tin lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for 45 mins to an hour, or until skewer comes out clean.
Store at room temperature.
It keeps for quite a few days, and is even better after some time in the toaster.

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Comments 6

  1. Isabel 23/01/2016

    Hi Jade! I have this banana bread in the oven this morning. I didn’t have Medjool dates so I just soaked some normal dates in water before using them…hope that will be alright. It smells delicious! Thanks for your inspiring recipes. I love looking at your site for cooking inspiration. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you’re up to x Isabel

  2. Ali 25/10/2017

    this was brilliant, and as I did not want to use the sugar, experimented straight up with 2 pureed pears instead, very robust recipe to tolerate that! suffice to say that 2 batches only last 2 days so I’m doing another one straight away! Ali

  3. Eve 06/12/2017

    Hi there….

    A local café of mine uses this recipe for their banana bread and it is AMAZING! The best I have ever had! So I have tried to make this myself at home, however it doesn’t seem to have the same almost sticky texture and when cooked it doesn’t have the lovely glossy top, do you add anything to the top before you cook?

    Many thanks xxx

    • Jade 24/02/2018

      I am so sorry I have been having so many issues with my website – incl notifications! I don’t add anything to the top and can’t think of what it could be , except for maybe larger bananas? Maybe try with 4 1/2?? So sorry again – hope this helps!!!

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