Best Banana Bread You’ll Ever Make (Vegan + Gluten-free)

I love to cook, but for some reason, I just never really got into baking. When I do happen to use my oven (other than for broiling), I think it’s safe to say that 90% of the time I’m making banana bread.

This recipe is pretty much identical to one I posted about a year and a half ago (find it right here). Since then, my eating habits have changed quite a bit so I decided to modify the recipe a little bit and I have to say that I was not disappointed. I think that his vegan version might be even better than the original one.

The main difference between these two recipes is that I substituted eggs with applesauce. Usually, when substituting eggs with applesauce in baking, you should use about 1/4 cup of applesauce for each egg that the recipe calls for. Even though in my original recipe I used 4 eggs, 3/4 cup of applesauce worked a lot better than a whole cup. When using a whole cup the bread came out a bit too moist and took longer to bake. With only 3/4 cup of applesauce, the bread was still incredibly moist and very tasty.

Vegan Banana Bread

4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup natural applesauce
1.5 cup almond meal
a handful of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup raw cane sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Use an immersion blender or a fork to mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Add all the ingredients to the bananas and mix well until the batter is smooth.
  4. Grease the loaf pan lightly (I used coconut oil for that) and pour in the batter (I use a glass loaf pan). Totally optionally, you can also top the bread off with some walnuts and a little raw cane sugar.
  5. Bake for about one hour or until the bread is ready (it’ll turn slightly brown and crispy, you can also insert a toothpick in it, to make sure that it’s done).
  6. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool off for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure that the bread is cool before slicing, as it will be very delicate while warm and can fall apart easily.

If you’ve never made banana bread before, I really hope that you’ll try this recipe. It’s really simple and every single time I make this bread it disappears in minutes- it’s just that good. I always have mine with a cold glass of almond or cashew milk.


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    Kim Petersen
    September 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    This looks so amazing and I love that it’s gluten-free! Definitely going to give these a go since the hubs loves banana bread! XO -Kim

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    September 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    This looks so good! I’ve been on a bit of a health kick myself and literally have all the ingredients, I may have to give them a go myself. Thanks for the recipe!


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    September 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    omg my mouth is watering right now!! need to try it :D

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    September 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    The recipe itself sounds amazing, but omg i LOVE the main picture of the post, it’s so calming and peaceful!

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    November 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Oooh, this sounds yummy! Banana bread is one of my favourite ever things to bake so I will need to try your recipe! At the moment I substitute eggs for greek yoghurt but I love your idea of using apple sauce instead, it sounds like it will give a nice sweetness to the bread! I’ve also not tried a gluten free banana bread before so I really want to give this a go! :)
    Nicole xxx

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    The Sunday Mode
    October 17, 2016 at 6:51 am

    First off, these photos are beautiful! I love how you styled the banana bread (<- did I really just write that?) haha
    I feel like you know what I mean though!

    I'm not much of a baker but I do love eating baked goods and my sister loves baking so this recipe is going straight to her and then that banana bread is hopefully going straight in my mouth.

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    Elisa Marro
    July 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    i have alot of zucchini in the yard, do you think i could adapt the banana bread recipe and incorporate zucchini instead. i like the gluten free option.. is almond meal the same as almond flour and i would like to cut down on sugar or substitute dates instead.

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