This simple banana bread tastes like traditional banana bread, yet is free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. It’s vegan friendly and includes a gluten-free option as well!
Everyone needs a good banana bread recipe in their arsenal. It’s a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or sweet treat to welcome company. What I love about this version, is that it tastes like the classic banana bread we all know and love, yet is free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. There’s even a gluten-free variation included!
You definitely won’t miss the lack of dairy or eggs in this bread. Even if you allow these ingredients in your diet, omitting the eggs gives the bread a more tender crumb, in my opinion. I also rely on the overripe bananas to sweeten the bread, so I cut back on the amount of sugar found in traditional recipes and replaced it with coconut sugar.
Coconut sugar is a great unrefined sugar alternative for baked goods. It has a lower glycemic index compared to white sugar and can be used as a 1:1 replacement. Its flavor, while distinct, is very subtle, similar to molasses or brown sugar. The most noticeable difference in using this sugar is the rich caramel color it adds to the finish product.
Whether you like your banana bread with nuts or without, or maybe you’re a nonconformist and prefer to stud yours with chocolate chips, the nice thing about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. Feel free to leave it plain or mix in any nut, dried fruit, or baking chip of your choice. The option is yours.
My favorite way to enjoy a slice of this banana bread is slathered with butter, alongside a cup of tea or coffee! Give it a try and please let me know your thoughts in the comments below…enjoy! 🙂Print