Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

January 4, 2013 · 19 comments

I promised this recipe some time ago.

I’ve made this bread twice now, and every time, I think it gets a little better.

But I guess I’m a little biased.

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You see, I’m pretty picky about my breads. I want them to be nice and moist, and some vegan baked goods end up coming out a little dry.

Not this one, I promise. It’s a keeper.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Prep time: ~10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour+ (use the toothpick test)
Yields: 1 8×4 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance (or any other vegan butter alternative)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, divided
  • 4 browned bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I’m sure other non dairy milk will work fine)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips (or any other other vegan chocolate chips)

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan by greasing it with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside
  4. Mash bananas thoroughly
  5. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spice
  6. Separately, mix together the margarine, brown sugar, and only 1/2 cup of the white sugar. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and milk/vinegar mixture
  7. Combine dry and wet mixtures together and mix well. Add chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan
  9. Mix together remaining white sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of batter for a cinnamon sugar crust (you can obviously also use pre-mixed cinnamon sugar for this)
  10. Bake for an hour. Once time is up, stick a toothpick in the middle. If any batter sticks to the toothpick, put the bread back in for 5 more minutes.

I was on a hunt for the perfect vegan banana bread recipe a few months ago, and I came across a slew of recipes that called for many obscure ingredients. After studying quite a few, I threw this together, and on my second try, subbed nuts for the chocolate chips. In my opinion, the chocolate chips are the winner. If you’re a nutty person, however, throw in some pecans or walnuts!

Happy baking!

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