Banana bread has always been somewhat of a comfort food to me. It’s not a muffin or a cookie but something super delicious in between. This is one treat that I would never want to live without so that is why I decided to create my Gluten-Free Date-Sweetened Vegan Banana Bread. This banana bread is awesome because:
1. It’s ridiculously easy! The whole thing is made in a blender or Food Processor (which means only 1 dirty dish woohoo!)
2. It doesn’t contain any added sugar (it’s sweetened with dates and bananas…and chocolate chips but they’re optional).
3. It doesn’t contain any animal products so it’s 100% vegan.
4. It’s gluten-free!
Now if you’ve ever tried to make gluten-free baked goods then you feel my pain. It is not easy. I think of it as kind of an art form…where you’re never really sure what you’re going to get until it’s too late. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve waited with my fingers crossed just hoping that the recipe will turn out. I’d say I’m at 50/50 odds, which is better than it used to be 😉
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However, today I am sharing this banana bread recipe because I know it works. This baby is going to stick together and not only that, it’s actually going to taste good!
SO how can something that is gluten-free, vegan and has no added sugar actually taste good?
Just trust me. It does. This banana bread recipe is super moist and contains the perfect amount of sweetness! I’ll let you be the judge though – let me know what you think if you decide to try it 😀
Gluten-Free Date-Sweetened Vegan Banana Bread
- 2 cups of gluten free oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp of ground flax + 4 Tbsp water)
- 3 ripe bananas + 1 as topping (optional)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pitted fresh dates
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/3-1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any nut milk)*
- 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup of chopped raw walnuts
- Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a 9x5" bread pan with parchment paper
- Place oats in a food processor or blender and blend until oats turn into a flour
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and blend for 10 seconds
- Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the food processor or blender and blend until combined. You should end up with a thick paste*
- Remove the blade from your food processor and fold in chocolate chips and/or walnuts. Alternatively you could pour batter into large bowl and then add the chocolate chips and/or walnuts.
- Pour contents into lined bread pan and smooth with spatula
- (Optional) Slice one banana length-wise and place on top with cut side up, pushing it down into the batter
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
- Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes before moving it to a cookie rack to cool completely.
- Enjoy 🙂
- *Start with 1/3 cup of milk and then add more if batter is too dry. You want the batter to resemble that of a muffin mixture (wet enough to pour and where it would stick to your fingers but not too wet that it's runny).