Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (Gluten Free, One Bowl)

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

Baking is not as easy as it seems. Okay, no one ever said it was easy. But I sometimes live in a world where I think everyone’s a lot better at doing stuff than I am. In other words, things are harder for me because I’m not the sharpest, uh… whisk in the bowl. –> See what I mean?

I start thinking too much. (Danger, Will Robinson!!) And I get to the point where I’m pretty sure everyone else is a knife and I’m a lumpy, oddly-shaped spatula. With polka dots.

But then I realize, I’m just being extra hard on myself for no good reason. It’s totally untrue that everyone else is perfect and I’m just a manufacturer’s defect. Shoot, I’ve got to start inflating my balloons, not go around popping them. (I mean, what kind of popping can I do with my lumpy spatula anyway?)

I tell that little fruit-print jumpsuit wearing kid inside of me to chill. That all of the mess-ups and scraped knees of my adult life are good. They’re badges of honor and all of that. Do you ever feel this way?

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If you do, just know that you’re not alone. I’m here to make mistakes with you. Hey, we can even swap stories about our biggest disasters (in the kitchen and outside). Case in point: everything that led to this vegan chocolate banana nut bread.

It all started on a Saturday morning. The sun was shining, birds were being their usual chirpy selves, and Erik and I were up working on the blog/baking/laundry/dreams about sleeping in. I had already been working on a recipe for double chocolate banana nut muffins prior to that cheerful morning.

In fact, if I can be honest, I already finished the recipe, shot it and then scrapped the whole thing because perfectionism/pressure/self-imposed madness can be a… well, mad thing. I had already decided that the muffins didn’t rise enough, and if that recipe wasn’t the best it could be (note to self: “best” means everything and nothing, all at once, so yeah), then I wasn’t gonna publish it on the blog.

I had spent some time testing and retesting the recipe over and over again. I finally whittled the bugger to what I wanted it to be. This Saturday morning was supposed to be the final baking—these muffins were the ones I’d shoot.

All was going well. The muffins were busy baking. The oven had filled the kitchen with its warmth. Erik was happily, if not sleepy, typing away at his worky stuff. I was cleaning up after the cocoa powder tornado that had hit the counters.

Then, the timer went off.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. #Vegan #GlutenFree |

With cocoa-powdered cheeks, and to be honest, cocoa-powdered hair, I headed to the oven. I slipped on my bright red oven mitts, pulled the oven open and was immediately hit by a wave of just-baked warmth. There is nothing that can compare to this feeling, is there? All at once, you feel your heart lift, your face awash in the goodness that is homemade everything, and you know you can conquer the world.

Then, the scents. Oh, the scents! Melted chocolate, fresh-baked aroma swirling through the air, roasted walnuts, so much banana yum, and just everything you’d hope for in perfect double chocolate banana nut muffins.

I carefully lifted the muffin pan out of the oven. Nudged the oven door shut with my knee. Clicked off the oven temperature thingy.

The muffins were perfect. Perfectly round, perfectly lifted dome tops. Perfectly sprinkled chopped walnuts and chocolate chips dotting these perfect domes. Perfectly gorgeous, deeply rich color that is chocolate muffins. They were everything you’d hope for, everything you could pressure yourself into dreaming about.

I set them on the cooling rack on the counter. Erik hurriedly ran towards the muffin pan, eager as can be. We both crouched, wide-eyed, admiring the muffins. Drooling, of course.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. #Vegan #GlutenFree |

And then, because this kind of perfect thing doesn’t happen very often, I decided, I really, really needed to shoot these muffins.

Cue: “Danger, Will Robinson!!!!”

Erik, being the amazing person that he is, saw the look in my eyes and immediately began helping me set up my shooting area. Foam board, tripod, the works.

Because I’m so smart the lumpiest spatula in the bowl, I decide to carry the still-hot muffin tray to the photoshoot area on the cooling rack. Danger—oh, you know where this is going.

In my rush to get everything done (no time was scheduled for a photoshoot on Saturday, and we had craptons of things to do), I hurried over to the photoshoot area. I was saying who even remembers what, thinking about the call I had to make to my mom, the no bake bites, peanut butter cookies, and chocolate popsicles I still had to make, dreaming about a vacation to Hawaii, and whether or not Erik remembered to throw my favorite sweatpants in the laundry, when it happened.





One second, I was squeezing in a super-speedy photoshoot. The next, the entire tray of muffins…

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. #Vegan #GlutenFree |

Were. On. The. Floor.

Upside down.

Perfect domes be damned.

Erik’s mouth is agape. I freeze.

Then I crumple to the floor and dissolve in tears. I messed up. I broke the schedule. I broke the muffins. I ruined our chance to be able to relax tonight.

The tentative, jam-packed schedule of all the things we had to accomplish, all the check marks we’d planned to place on our to-do lists, the “maybe” we’d turn into a “yes” on the question of whether or not we could take a day off in June. All gone.

And I cried like a baby. And then I felt bad for crying like a baby because other people have much more problematic problems in the world. Then I cried harder for being so lame. So selfish. So lumpy. Then I cried some more because I was a crybaby. That’s what we do.

Erik held me and helped me get up.

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And after a time of indulging in my self-ugh, I realized: I need to relax. This, and everything that seems like, well, everything, is not that bad. It’s not that serious. We all need to take a break. We have to give ourselves a break.

You know?

There’s so much pressure to keep up, to be a certain thing, or to have certain accomplishments by whatever arbitrary date. But what about just stopping and taking the time to breathe? To smell those wonderful smells, to pat yourself on the back for being an awesome mother/friend/daughter/teacher, to take a risk, to embarrass yourself, to talk in a silly voice because it’s fun?

And so we cleaned up the chocolate muffin mess, reminded ourselves that this shiz ain’t that serious, finished up SOME of our chores, and went for bagels. Said, screw you to the rest of the chores list. Because. Life is what’s happening when you’re… and all of that.

A few weeks later, I put the muffin recipe aside, because it had an attitude that I’d like to teach a lesson. Then, I baked my first loaf ever. Then I baked it and tweaked it and tested it again. Once more covered in cocoa powder, once more wearing my bright red kitchen mitts, I took the loaf out of the oven.

And it was beautiful. (Plus delish).

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. #Vegan #GlutenFree |

No spills, no crying, no babies. Just love, experiments and that little fruit-print jumpsuit kid in me, tinkering around. Having fun in the kitchen. Lumpy, polka-dotted spatula and all.

Won’t you do the same? Because… this vegan chocolate banana nut bread is:

  • a one bowl recipe
  • incredibly easy to make
  • vegan and gluten free
  • refined-sugar free, dairy free
  • hearty, warm and satisfying
  • richly moist and chocolatey
  • made of simple ingredients
  • not in a muffin pan

And just remember to let yourself breathe sometimes. All the time.

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Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (Gluten Free, One Bowl)

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Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V+GF): A one bowl recipe for rich, moist and chocolatey banana bread with walnuts. Vegan and Gluten Free.



Wet Ingredients

  • 3 medium, very ripe bananas (a little over 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar*
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 5 mins)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy whisk or fork, mash bananas until smooth. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add oat flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pan. Optional: lightly sprinkle with chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 65-80 minutes. (Mine took 75 minutes.) Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The toothpick will come out clean when the loaf is done.
  6. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 1 hour. Lift out, slice and enjoy!


– *You may substitute coconut sugar with dark brown sugar.
– Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
– This loaf freezes well. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, or pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or more.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 65 mins
  • Category: Breads, Vegan, Gluten Free, One Bowl

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  1. I am not vegan, nor gluten free, but I was looking for an easy (meaning one bowl) chocolate banana bread recipe to use up some brown bananas. Came across this one and was so happy with how it turned out. My picky kids ate it and asked for more! We finished the loaf in less than 2 days. I will be trying more of your recipes! Thank you!

  2. I made your recipe today for the very first time and absolutely loved it. It was delicious on its own and also with a light snear of fig jam. I was wondering next time I make it do you think I could use raw cacao instead of Cocoa? And would it work if I made it into muffins instead of a loaf? 😊

    1. Hi Nancy! I’m so happy to hear that. 🙂 Oh gosh, fig jam sounds so incredible on top of this bread. Raw cacao should work just fine. For the muffins, bake at 350F, for about 25-30 mins, give or take. Test for doneness with a toothpick, if there’s no wet batter, it’s done. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. This bread is sooo tasty! It’s perfect, really.
    I used grapseed oil instead of coconut oil, substituted the coconut sugar for more maple syrup, and added cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Deliciously chocolatey and wonderful! I love Beaming Baker’s recipes. Hopefully you can make a vegan scone recipe soon!


  4. I made this bread over a year ago and I LOVED it! I have been craving to make it again for so long, and today I made it again and it does not disappoint! This is my favorite bread. I love banana bread and this chocolate version is just amazing! The texture is perfect, like banana bread, brownies and fluffy cake all in one. It’s so delicious, I am so happy I made this bread again. It has been on my mind since the first day I tried it and fell in love with it! Thank you for creating a wonderful and healthy recipe that I can enjoy! I have many more of your recipes I am waiting to try, like the zucchini bread! That is next on my list! Can’t wait to make it! I appreciate your time and your hard work creating recipes! Keep em coming, cuz I sure am ready for em! .

    1. Hi Shalayam, what a wonderful comment!!! You truly made my day with your enthusiasm & happiness over trying my recipe. 🙂 Isn’t it the best when you have a good memory of something, and the repeat performance is just as great? I LOVE you description of this bread as banana bread, brownies and fluffy cake all in one. So true! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the zucchini bread and may I recommend my Best Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread? I think you’ll love it too! Sending you lots of love & gratitude for your kind words. Xoxo

  5. I finally feel I’ve got a few go towhee plant main dishes down and am ready for some go to dessert. I tried this last night and it was fabulous. I love chocolate and this will fill the bill. My husband loves cake and most of the cakes I’ve made fall flat. Literally y 1/4 to 1/2 inch. This recipe is like some sort of decadent gourmet cake. Thank you so much for the recipe! I now have a go to dessert!

    1. Haha I’m so pleased to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the bread! . I know, flat cakes are definitely no fun. Can’t wait to see what you try next!

  6. This chocolate banana bread is absolutely The best! I wrapped a slice of it for a friend when we met for lunch and told her she could take it home for later. She put it in her purse and took it into the restaurant and after her meal immediately ate it with raves! Now I know what I will make for a gift! Making the banana bread Now .

    1. That’s amazing!!! I would be SO happy if my friend showed up with baked goods! Hehe. 🙂 Imagine making mini loaves of these as a gift. 😉 Enjoy!

    2. I love your recipes! I made this bread today and will be having it for dessert tonight! However, I do want to ask a favor. Can you please provide the nutrition information for these recipes, specifically this one? I need to know calories, fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fiber, sugars, protein — that sort of thing. Thanks!

      1. Hi Suzanne! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. I am in the process of adding nutrition info to all my older recipes (minus the traditional dessert ones), but’s it’s a very slow process. I’ll make sure to add this one to the list! 🙂

  7. Hi, like your recipes very much. Have a question though. May I use amaranth flour in your recipes calling for oat flour?

    1. Hi Consuelo! Amaranth flour has a different texture than oat flour, and can lead to more a dense baked good when you use a large quantity of it (such as with quick breads). I haven’t tried it myself, but you could try replacing 1/4 of the oat flour in this recipe with amaranth. Let me know how it turns out!

  8. Hi Demeter!

    Thank you so much for this awesome recipe .!
    Can this be made without the almond meal? Or can it be substituted?


    1. Hi Cinthia! Thank you. ☺️ Your best bet would be to substitute it with something g very similar, such as walnut meal, sunflower seed meal or cashew meal, 1:1 ratio. If you absolutely can’t access those, try substituting the amount meal with half the amount of oat flour. So instead of 3/4 cup almond meal, you’d use an additional 1/4 + 2 tablespoons oat flour. You may need to adjust this amount depending on the consistency, I haven’t tried this or yet. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

    2. I don’t see my comment but I made this and I have one slice left. I am thinking of making it again and for dear friends. Thanks for another wonderful recipe, Demeter! The bread is so much better tasting a few days later! I love that I was able use oat and almond flours I ground myself!

      1. Hiya, Michelle! You are so sweet to make homemade treats for your friends. I mean, how lucky are they? 😉 Isn’t it awesome how the chocolate and banana flavors just get richer as the days pass? Glad you’re enjoying it & GO you for making your own homemade almond flour!! .

      2. I am making this again this week for our church staff. The ones I made last week got really good reviews! I just grounded some more oats and almonds. I ran out of them! Thank you so much for the recipe and the kind words, Demeter! You definitely have my heart! ♥️

      3. I am beyond happy to hear that the bread was a hit Michelle! And thank you so much for your kind words! It’s messages like this that really motivate me to make the best recipes possible. .

  9. My daughter asked me if I would make my quick breads for her to give to her coworkers as Christmas gifts. To my surprise she told me that 2 of her coworkers are vegans, dairy free. I have never made dairy free or gluten free breads, and in my search, I came upon your recipe. Thanks to you, I made this bread last evening. It is very moist, not too sweet and very tasty. I followed the recipe exactly as written and my bread is exceptional. I know my daughter will be pleased with these breads. Thank you again. I also tried the pumpkin bread which is also very good.

    1. Hi Veryan! It was such a treat to read your comment. 🙂 Btw, your daughter is so lucky to have you making these extra special treats for her (and her coworkers). 😉 I’m so pleased to hear that my recipes have your seal of approval. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. Happy baking!

  10. I just made this, and it came out perfectly. 350F for 75 minutes. Spot on. Thank you! Taste is exceptional. Lovely and moist.

  11. I made this yesterday and it’s yummy! However I cooked it at 350 as directed for 60 minutes because my over is super-efficient. The stick had a bit of chocolate still on it so I cooked for 5 minutes, then another 5, then another 5 until because i was still getting chocolate on the cocktail stick. So sadly the top – covered in choc chips and walnuts is burnt. Any ideas for cooking it more consistently throughout? The insides take delicious btw 🙂 x

    1. Hi Becky! 🙂 Oh no… perhaps the stick was just picking up melted chocolate? If most of the bread was the right texture, I’d recommend stopping at around 60 minutes (or around this time, as long as the walnuts are golden brown–not burnt). Make sure to allow to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing. If that doesn’t work, you might need to decrease the temp overall. Good luck! xo

  12. Hi Demeter, love the blog, havent tried any recipes so far but why do you always put an asterik after the coconut sugar? is it optional? thank you!!

      1. No worries! So glad you love the blog. Can’t wait to hear what you think of my recipes, Sarah! 🙂

  13. What a beautiful post. This really spoke to me.
    Especially when you said, “(note to self: “best” means everything and nothing, all at once, so yeah)”
    I hold myself to a standard of always achieving my very best. Your sentence blew the truth of that concept wide open.
    What is my best, after all? On a “good day”? On a “bad day”? What about when I’m exhausted? When I’ve been encouraged by another?
    What really is my.. or anyone’s best?
    I guess this concept of best is a moving target.. And each of us has to discern it for ourselves… Kind of often.

    Most of all,, I was equating my best with perfection!
    Which, besides being ridiculously stress-inducing, it’s just nonsense!
    Until I was reading your post, I hadn’t realized just how narsasistic that is. Ha!
    Thank you for being courageous and honest and sharing your experience.
    You’re an amazing writer and I cannot wait to bake this bread!
    Best regards!

    1. Taylor, thank you so much for opening up to me. The concept of “best” can be so damaging and completely unattainable. We hold ourselves to that standard and, when we’re unable to achieve it, we beat ourselves up for it. <--What a crappy place to be. When we realize that perfection is useless and meaningless, that's when we can really love ourselves. Thank you for being courageous with me. <3 Sending you big hugs. xo

  14. This is my favorite post of yours EVER (and there’s some stiff competition out there). First of all: this loaf, it looks amazing and I’m imagining all of the chocolatey fantastic glory of it. Also, as back to school has been on my mind so much lately, a piece of this would be awesome in a kid’s lunch! I know mine would love it, so I guess I need to bake one up 🙂 D, I feel like you just told a story that every blogger must have (I know I do, many times over), so you are definitely not alone, and happily neither am I 😉 Thinking of you and sending out the boggiest of hogs <3 <3 <3

    1. Stephanie, my dear friend, that means A LOT to me. Okay, but if I were next door (say… in Alaska hehe), I would totally bring over a fresh loaf. Make it two! One for you and one for the rest of your fam. 🙂 Thank you for sharing in my fudge-ups. I guess we all have those days, right? I’m basking in your boggiest of hogs and sending even boggier ones right back atcha. So much love to you, Steph. <3 <3 <3

  15. I connected to you immediately and it’s because you are one of the sweetest people ever and so human…like me…a mess sometimes. I really had to give myself a break a couple weeks ago when John asked me why I was stressing myself out doing something that I claimed I loved? That and I had a twerky comment that I took to heart. One comment out of the many sweet ones and I chose to settle on that one to determine my attitude for the next several hours. Arghhh. This bread is just beautiful and the photos make me want to just reach in and snatch a couple pieces. I love your imperfection, Demeter and from my perspective you do everything right! Julie

    1. Aw, Julie. I got so choked up just reading your comment. I feel the same way about you. You are the sweetest, kindest person. We can be messes together, any place, any time. Okay? 🙂 John is so unbelievably right. When we care so much, we start putting pressure on ourselves to be better. But then suddenly that need for improvement becomes something else entirely. Sigh. I’m so sorry about that comment. Forget them, Julie! Haters gonna hate. Ya know? I love your imperfection too, Julie–it’s what makes you so special. Feel free to lean on my lumpy spatula anytime. <3 xoxo

  16. Oh dear… i would have cried when the muffins became messy at floor. I was enjoying that aroma coming out of the oven and remotely feeling the baked muffin hot from oven and suddenly you put me off with muffins lying down. You prove everytime that you create the most tempting baked goodie. Mouth watering and hungry at 11pm here. Keep rocking girl.

    1. Oh no! Didn’t mean to make you feel bad! It all worked in the end though. 🙂 Now you can feel better thinking about my kitchen mishaps if anything ever happens to you. You keep rocking too, Smitha. xo