The BEST Vegan + Gluten Free Banana Bread!


I know, so many people use ‘the best’ in their recipe creations it gets to a point where you’re like.. is it reeeeeeally the best? I can honestly say, this recipe. is. the. best.

I don’t actually think I’ve said that about any of my other recipes either. While I love everything I make and post on here I keep ‘the best’ term for really really bomb recipes – like this one. The first batch I made was a huuuuge success and got eaten up quicker that I could get a single photo in.. my next batch was off limits until I could shoot some decent photos haha but even then they didn’t last long. It’s a really great breakfast substitute for those of you on the go who don’t have time to make anything in the morning.  



Now juuuuuust before we get into the recipe deets, I thought I share a little bloggy update with ya’ll. I don’t know if you noticed (I have!) but I haven’t really been posting too many recipes on here lately, I haven’t really been posting a lot of foodie shots on Instagram either. Well here’s the deal – Winter is extremely difficult, without artificial lighting I can’t seem to get good shots during the times that I’m cooking. Plus, I’ve been feeling a tad bit uninspired lately so I’ve been sticking to staple recipes like curries and stirfrys. And if you remember my 2016 The Year of Change post then you’ll know I’m itching to make some changes to the blog, this time in a big way! I may veer away from regular recipe posting and creations, or I may post simpler recipes some that you guys may already be familiar with but that would be good resources for others who are looking to start out a healthier lifestyle, I may venture into a bit more style and fashion fun as I’ve been quite enjoying that recently. I’m not sure, but when the time comes to share my new ideas and changes with you guys, you’ll be the first to know!

 So! Let’s get onto the recipe.

The BEST Vegan + Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Serves 12
The Best vegan + gluten free banana bread your ever going to try! Bonus: It's incredibly healthy!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 & 3/4 Cup Oats
  2. 3-4 Ripe Bananas
  3. 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed (Flax Meal)
  4. 2/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
  5. 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  6. 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  7. 1 Tsp Vanilla Bean Powder (or 1 tbsp vanilla extract)
  8. 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  9. Pinch of Sea Salt
  10. Optional: 1/3 Cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips (I use the EnjoyLife brand)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix together your ground flax with 6 tbsp of water, stir and put aside.
  3. Place 1 Cup of your oats into a food processor (or blender) and mix until you get a flour-like consistency.
  4. Pour into a mixing bowl.
  5. Add your coconut sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean (if your using the powder), baking soda and salt and mix together.
  6. In another mixing bowl mash your ripe bananas and add your vanilla extract (if not using powder).
  7. Heat a small pot with your coconut oil, once melted gently pour into your flour mix bowl.
  8. Add your banana mixture and stir until everything is combined and gooey.
  9. Pour in your chocolate chips and mix again.
  10. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil, pour your banana bread mixture into the dish and place in oven.
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is slightly golden.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  13. Serve warm or refrigerate for up to 5 days!
Her Balanced Life
xx HBL 



  1. S
    July 1, 2016 / 12:39 am

    I followed the recipe but both times my bread was raw in the centre (not like in your photos). I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or if there is a certain type of each ingredient that works better? I also assumed I was to add the ground flax mix to the banana mixture. Thank you!!

    • Kate
      July 4, 2016 / 11:27 am

      Hey There! Sorry to hear it didn’t work out. Try reducing the number of bananas (if you’re using 4, try 3 instead) sometimes the size of bananas you use can make a difference so if they’re really large you could try just 2 🙂 I also know everyone’s oven works a bit different, so you can also try baking for a bit longer.
      I hope those suggestions help!

  2. February 21, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Nom! I will have to write this recipe down 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

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