Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread is one of those food items that always seems to hit the spot, yet I only eat it about once a year. Unless I am really in the mood and plan on going out and getting all the ingredients I need to make it, I usually just settle for something else that I already have the ingredients for. Combined with the fact that no restaurants/stores around these parts offer gluten-free banana bread, then I guess it makes sense that I eat banana bread so infrequently. Well, last week I was in the mood for some banana bread, so I decided to see what I could come up with.

For some reason, I had some serious doubts about how this banana bread was going to turn out. Whenever I am trying out new ingredients and a new recipe, I think it is pretty natural to have some skepticism about how it is going to taste. I just had to wait for the bread to cook and hope everything turned out well.

Well, the end result was some really great-tasting banana bread. I gave my dad a piece and was expecting him to eat a couple bites and discard it. He ended up eating the whole piece and asked for another, so I guess that must mean it turned out pretty well.

Here are some pics of the cooking process:

Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread ingredients

Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread – The Ingredients

Ready for the Oven

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread

Fresh Outta the Oven – Looks Tasty!

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread

This Piece Is Gonna Be Gone In About 30 Seconds!

The Recipe

Here are the ingredients you are going to need:

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 medium-sized bananas, well mashed up
  • 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Take a 8 in. x 4 in. loaf pan and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
2.  In a large bowl, combine the gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix together well.
3.  In a separate bowl, cream together the sugars and the Earth Balance.  Then, add together the bananas, vanilla extract, and almond milk.  Mix together well.
4.  Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture.  Mix in the walnuts and stir until everything is combined.
5.  Pour the batter into the loaf pan and place in the oven.  Bake for 55-65 minutes.  It is done when a toothpick placed in the center of the bread comes out clean.
6.  Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  After about 20 minutes, remove the bread from the pan and let it continue cooling on the rack.  Wait until the bread is completely cooled (2-3 hours) before slicing.
7.  Serve and enjoy!

As I mentioned above, I was very pleased with how this gluten free vegan banana bread recipe turned out. It was delicious and filling; there is no doubt in my mind that anyone who is a fan of regular banana bread is going to love this as well. I just made this bread as a snack, but you could easily eat this as a main breakfast entree. I put a little Earth Balance on the bread before eating it, and it was fantastic.

One Response to Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

  1. Sweetberry April 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I am going to make this tonight or tomorrow morning. I will do something differently though : I am going to toast the walnuts slightly and cut down the sugar by half. I do hope it will turn out fine with this modification.

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