Are you looking for a vegan gluten free banana bread recipe? One that actually tastes delicious and is easy to make?
Well your look is over!
We have the recipe for you. Here in Costa Rica we grow some of our own bananas and I’m always trying to create new recipes so that we can use them. Sometimes our freezer gets a bit full with frozen bananas.
I love the smell and taste of banana bread and making it gluten free is an even bigger plus in my book. No artificial anything in here which makes this a healthy treat too.
The challenge in making any type of vegan bread is that they sometimes end up being flat. For us the added challenge is our altitude of 4,800 ft. As our website says we’re also holistic healing and would rather go without a boxed item if we can’t create a home made version. I use to love boxed banana bread but OMG they really are not healthy for you at all. Chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and colors and hmmmm no real bananas (they must be powdered in there somewhere).
That’s NOT food that I want in my body anymore. There literally is only 10 ingredients in this recipe. I put the wet ingredients in one bowl and in the magic bullet I have to make my flour with I put in the dry ingredients. Put the blades back on and pulse a few seconds to really mix the dry ingredients together.
Did I mention I love to make easy recipes? I haven’t tried my hand at fancy recipes yet, but I do have the tools if I wanted.
I have made this recipe numerous times just to make sure the first time wasn’t just some fluke. Perfect every time!
I like using the rolled oats to give it the right texture. I will experiment with alternate flours to see how this comes out and I’ll adjust the recipe accordingly.
The homemade nut butter is necessary for the recipe to help add moisture and allowing the bread to rise. Remember I said the challenge has been on getting gluten free breads to rise. I make my own peanut butter and most of the time I do not need to add any extra oils to it, just 100% peanuts. What ever you use it has to be smooth and drippy, preferably with no added oil or sugar. I don’t use either.
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- 3 Medium Bananas make sure they are VERY brown and spotty
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats divided – not instant
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar can use brown sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter any nut butter will work
- 1 tbs freshly ground flax seed
- 1 tbs freshly ground chia seed
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp coconut vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp himalayan pink sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F
In a small bowl combine the ground flax and the ground chia with 6 tbsp water for form an “egg”. Stir and set aside for 5-10 minutes
Add 2 cups of rolled oats into a blender or food processor and blend until they form a fine flour, about 45 seconds
Place the oat flour into a medium sized bowl and add the baking powder, baking soda, remaining 1/2 cup of oats and salt. Mix well and set aside
Add your ripe bananas to a separate large bowl and mash with a form until they form an even, runny texture. Add the nut butter, sugar, vinegar, vanilla and the flax/chia egg to the bowl and mix well.
Slowly incorporate the dry flour mixture into the wet banana mixture, stirring well and until all clumps have been dissolved
Pour the batter into a portent paper-lined or greased 8″ bread pan and smooth the top with a spatula. I used silicon bread pan.
Bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out cleanly or with minimal crumbs. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and allow to cool completely before slicing.
Store it in a container at room temperature for up to a week ….. if it lasts that long
you can substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar
You can use any nut-seed butter that you’d like for this recipe, but this will affect the final taste. I use homemade peanut butter but you can use almond butter, tahini, cashews butter or sunflower seed butter. Try this with different butters to see what you like the best.