Healthy Vegan Banana Bread on a piece of slate with a slice cut off the end showing the inside
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4.7 from 10 votes

Healthy Banana Bread

Simple & delicious Healthy Banana Bread. Whole-grain, oil-free & perfect for breakfast or snacking!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Baked Goods, Breakfast
Cuisine: oil-free, vegan, whole-grain
Servings: 10
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Melanie McDonald

Ingredients

  • 3 medium bananas , make sure they are very ripe, (plus some extra slices for the top)
  • 4 tablespoons cashew or almond butter , or 60mls | 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid measure)
  • 115g / 1/2 packed cup sugar , plus a little extra to sprinkle over the top before baking. Any sugar will do but I like coconut sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom ,OPTIONAL - can be omitted if you don't have any or don't like cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 230g / 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a loaf pan (I used an 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan )and line with a strip of parchment paper along the bottom, making sure it comes up over the ends so you can use it as a handle to lift the loaf out once cooked).
  • Peel the bananas then mash them with a fork or use your stand mixer to beat them up into a puree.
  • Add nut butter/coconut oil, sugar, molasses, optional cardamon and salt and beat well until smooth. 
  • Add the flour and baking powder and gently fold it all together. Do not over mix. You want it so that it is just combined and so that you cannot see any dry flour throughout the mixture.
  • Pour into your prepared pan.
  • OPTIONAL - Top with some sliced banana and a sprinkle of sugar.
  • Bake in oven for around 50 minutes or until a tooth pick or skewer comes out clean when inserted through the middle.
  • Lift out of pan, remove parchment paper and cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

This bread freezes really well. I often double the recipe so we have one to eat and one for another day. 
You can use regular all purpose flour in place of the spelt flour but you might find you need to add a little plant-based milk to loosen up the batter a bit as it is more absorbent. Not too much though. Only a few tablespoons at most. The batter should be quite thick and need spooning rather than pouring into the tin but not so thick that it is difficult to stir. 
As with all of my baking recipes where precision is key to excellent results, I highly recommend using a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients, rather than using cup measurements. I love this one because it is very reasonably priced and it has a tare function which is really handy. It means you can place any bowl on the scale and reset to zero so it doesn’t include the weight in it’s calculation, plus you can reset to zero when adding multiple ingredients to the same bowl which saves on washing up!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 10 slices | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5.1g | Fat: 3.9g | Sodium: 221mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 12.3g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.6mg