Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Almond Butter
Now that I’m working my way back into a running routine, I’m excited to start making more healthy post-run snacks to keep in the house for easy access! Any nut butter with banana is my favorite post-workout recovery snack, so why not throw them together in delicious gluten free & vegan banana bread recipe? Even if I weren’t trying to step up my fitness game, I’d still make this bread to enjoy.
Banana bread is one of those treats that never gets old. My mom used to make a loaf almost every week because it was my dad’s favorite. Just the smell of banana bread cooking in the house brings so much nostalgia 💜 Whenever I have bananas going brown in the house; I’ll either freeze them for smoothies or bake with them. Last Sunday, I decided to spend the rainy day baking a loaf of healthy banana bread to bring some light to the dreary weather. I usually don’t add chocolate chips to banana bread because I’m a walnut girl, but Kyle is anti-walnut and pro-chocolate chips. I didn’t feel like eating this entire loaf of banana bread by myself, so I settled for chocolate chips! The chocolate chips were a nice addition, though.
This banana bread recipe is gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, and soy free (soy-free depending on the type of chocolate chips you use.) This is a great recipe to bake for snacks, dessert, or breakfast. I enjoyed a slice of the banana bread in the morning with coffee and in the afternoon with coffee! This bread only lasted a few days in the house because it was so delicious. I’m not patiently waiting for the next round of bananas to start turning brown so that I can make another batch (with walnuts this time!)
This banana bread is filled with delicious and healthy ingredients — bananas packing potassium and fiber while almond butter is packing healthy fats and protein. I was initially going to use vegan butter, but changed my mind mid-recipe and decided to replace it with almond butter. The substitute was a success, and the texture of the bread couldn’t have been any more perfect.
You can use any nut butter as a substitute. I’m sure peanut butter would taste so delicious!
Chocolate chips or walnuts, you choose!
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This recipe is gluten free, vegan, dairy free, and so darn delicious.
- 1 Tsp Lemon Juice (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 3 Medium Extra-Ripe Bananas
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar (or your sweetener preference)
- 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 Cup Almond Butter
- 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil (any oil, or melted coconut oil)
- 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (coconut flour/almond flour will not work)
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsps Agave (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used no added sugar Lily's Vegan)
Preheat oven to 350.
Add the almond milk and lemon juice to a small mixing bowl. Stir and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher. Once the bananas are mashed well, stir in the coconut sugar, almond butter, vanilla, and oil.
Add the almond milk and lemon juice to the large mixing bowl and combine.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, and sea salt.
Add in agave
**take a sample of the batter to determine if it's sweet enough! Remember that the chocolate chips will also add in extra sweetness
Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
Add the batter to a greased baking pan (9 x 5-inch), spread evenly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
If the top of the loaf starts to brown before the center is done, cover the bread with tinfoil. Stick a knife into the bread and if it comes out clean, then the banana bread is done!
**mine was finished at 34 minutes
Let the bread cool for a good thirty minutes before cutting the slices.
**I stored mine in the fridge
This recipe makes fourteen slices of banana bread!
Nutrition Per Slice! 125 Calories, 24g Carbs, 4g Fat, 3g Protein, 4g Fiber, 8g Sugar
This recipe also works great for muffins!
One of the best ways to eat this bread is by heating it and adding a little spread of vegan butter on top! 😋 I hope you enjoyed this recipe! If you make it, don’t forget to tag me so I can see your creation! xo
Questions for you!
- Are you team chocolate chip or team walnut?
- Should I make a cinnamon swirl or double chocolate loaf next?