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Try this moist, delicious, healthy, banana nut bread with chocolate chips. This recipe for chocolate chip banana nut bread is vegan and so does not include eggs or dairy but does use whole wheat flour, oat flour, and ground flax meal. Slice it up and eat it warm with a little vegan butter spread on top. This vegan banana nut bread is perfect with a hot cup of coffee on a slow morning. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread:
For this recipe, you will need a few uncommon ingredients so read through the list before you get started. When we bake vegan, we sometimes need to sub with unique ingredients. These will become a part of your pantry staple items and you will find that you use them over and over again. I will include (Amazon affiliate) links to the ingredients if I think they might be challenging to find at your local grocer.
- The wet ingredients include:
- The dry ingredients include:
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My Love of Banana Bread – and an Awkward Conversation
Who doesn’t love a nice warm slice of banana bread? I know I do! I was super excited to be invited to coffee with an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.
“We’ll have coffee and banana bread,” she said…Now here is the awkward conversation that many of my vegan readers have probably experienced.themselves.
“Uh…so I know it’s been a while since we’ve talked….but, I’m vegan now….and so….”
Crickets on the other end. When a non-vegan is faced with the idea of making vegan food, they get scared. They think: Vegan food? Kale chips and tofu? Of course, they are a little nervous! Plus, unless they have any experience or knowledge of vegan cooking, the idea of adapting a favorite recipe might seem insurmountable!
“But hey,” I continued, “why don’t I bring something?”
“But my banana bread…” Challenge accepted! The conversation might have started out awkward, but I managed to turn it into a fun girls’ morning, during which we experimented with her awesome banana bread recipe and veganized it!
But can we make banana bread without eggs?
My friend was shocked and worried when I told her that we wouldn’t be using eggs in our banana bread. Eggs do act as a great binder that can really hold baked goods together. We can do a few simple subs, however.
One common substitute is to use a “flax egg” – that is, ground flax seed mixed with a little water to make an “egg”. The flax works as a binder for your ingredients. In our recipe, we don’t make a flax egg, but simply add ground flax seed to the dry ingredients. We then use enough wet ingredients that the banana nut bread is moist yet still holds together.
Please read through the tips and tricks sections so that your banana nut bread will be as amazing as mine was!
Tips and Tricks for Making this Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread Recipe:
- Please inform anyone who eats this recipe that it contains nuts. Just to make sure there is no question, after the batter has settled into the pan, I always gently place a few nuts on top.
- Use a combination of whole wheat flour and oat flour. I make my oat flour with Old Fashioned Oats – not the “quick oats”. Put the oats in a high-speed blender and process for a couple of minutes until the oats have turned into a course flour-like powder.
- Mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.
- Use bananas that are just on the other side of ripe. I used about 2 1/2 small-medium bananas to get one cup of mashed banana.
- Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients. All at once, pour the wet ingredients in and combine. Do not over-mix or your banana bread might not be tender because the gluten will have overdeveloped.
- Tahini paste is ground sesame seeds. Using tahini adds a depth of flavor as well as a less processed fat.
- I use coconut butter rather than coconut oil. Coconut butter has been less processed and includes dietary fiber and the important macronutrients protein and carbs. With coconut oil, you are just getting the fat.
- Use unsweetened plant milk. For this recipe, I used unsweetened cashew milk.
- I add in a starch of some kind to my eggless baked goods. Using starch helps to hold the ingredients together better and also makes your bread more tender. I use arrowroot powder in all my cooking and baking. If you do not have arrowroot powder, cornstarch will work too.
- It’s easy enough to find vegan compliant dark chocolate chips, even at your grocer. Just read the ingredients on the back. I’ve also included an Amazon affiliate link below.
What about the sugar? Is it vegan?
- Cane sugar is sometimes processed with bone char. Please read this interesting article by My Darling Vegan to learn more. This processing method is becoming less common though. But the bottom line is that we don’t usually don’t know how our sugar is processed without contacting the company for more information. If your eating ethics include vegan sugar, use organic sugar, including brown sugar, to be sure. Organic sugar is not processed using any animal products.
- I think it’s fun to put chocolate chips and walnuts in banana bread! Growing up, it was always such a special treat for me. These ingredients are of course optional, however, I think they are what makes this vegan banana nut bread extra scrumptious!
Items I Found Useful Making This Vegan Banana Bread Recipe:
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The Recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread (Vegan)
Make this vegan banana nut bread recipe. It’s healthy with whole grains and coconut butter. This recipe is egg-free and dairy-free and full of flavor and goodness. I don’t know about you, but I like a little (vegan) buttery spread on my banana bread. I always have:)
Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread (Vegan)
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder sub cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut butter melted
- 1 cup bananas mashed
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cashew milk sub plant milk of choice
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons tahini paste
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips vegan
- Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9xz5" loaf pan. I used coconut oil spray.
- Put 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats in a blender. Blend on high speed for a minute or so or until oats are powdery like a coarse flour.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium-large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt coconut butter in the microwave for a minute or until just softened and slightly runny.
- Mash together overripe bananas. Depending on size, you will need 2-3.
- Mix all of the wet ingredients together.
- Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients all at once.
- Fold in and mix until all dry ingredients are moistened. DO NOT OVER MIX.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
- Cook in a 350° oven for 45-50. The top should be lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Caution - if you use chocolate chips in this recipe, make sure the toothpick isn't inserted in a chip as it will not be clean.
- Let rest till cool enough to handle. Then turn out onto a rack. This bread will cut best when completely cooed but will taste best when a little warmed.