Our favorite Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread is made with oat flour and tastes like decadent, rich cake! It's one of those fun recipes that manages to be perfectly appropriate both breakfast and dessert. Enjoy in the morning with a cup of coffee and in the evening warmed up with a scoop of vanilla oat milk ice cream on top. Gluten-free with a nut-free option.
Y'all really love this Oil-Free Oat Flour Banana Bread, so I figured a chocolate version was in order.
The batter for today's recipe is almost identical to that one but with the addition of cocoa powder, rich chocolate chips, and a hint of ginger just for fun. Oh, there's also a splash of either balsamic vinegar or coffee added to this one because they're great at enhancing the flavor of chocolate.
This vegan double chocolate banana bread is moist and sort of like a cross between brownies and cake, and it tastes amazing warmed up the next day.
- fine oat flour - store-bought or make your own by blending rolled oats until fine
- fine almond flour - this improves the texture of the oil-free batter
- cocoa or cacao powder
- ground cinnamon and ginger, optional
- 3 very ripe bananas
- maple syrup - adds moisture and sweetness
- coconut sugar - feel free to sub light brown sugar.
- smooth almond butter - or seed butter such as tahini for nut-free option
- unsweetened non-dairy milk
- balsamic vinegar or brewed coffee - just a touch enhances the chocolate flavor
- dairy-free chocolate chips - use semi-sweet for sweeter bread or 70% dark chocolate chips for less sweetness
See the recipe card below for amounts and full instructions.
Making this chocolate banana bread is easy as pie, I promise!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line the loaf pan with a piece of parchment.
- Add the oat flour and almond flour to the mixing bowl. Sift in the cocoa, baking powder and soda, and spices, if using. Whisk to combine.
- In the smaller bowl mash the bananas with a fork. Add the remaining wet ingredients, and whisk or stir very well so that the nut butter is incorporated.
- Pour wet into dry, and stir. Fold in about ½ cups chocolate chips, and transfer the batter to the loaf pan.
- Arrange more chocolate chips on top (and banana slices, if desired), and bake for about 55 minutes.
- Let the banana bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then lift out onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
As you can see in the photo above, the batter will be somewhat thick, with a fluffy consistency. And if you're tempted to lick the bowl clean I completely understand.
Sometimes I like to decorate the top of the loaf with sliced banana, and sometimes I go with chocolate chips. You can't go wrong either way.
In fact, if you also want to add chopped walnuts or pecans on top, that's a great idea!
- a mixing bowl and a smaller bowl
- 9 x 5 loaf pan (or 8 ½ x 4 ½)
- parchment paper
How to Store
I like to store banana bread in the refrigerator so it stays fresh longer, up to 6 days. Wrap tightly or place in an airtight storage container.
This bread also freezes well.
More oat flour recipes:
I hope you enjoy this delightfully healthy vegan chocolate banana bread. If you try the recipe I would LOVE to hear from you. Comment below to let us know how it turned out. Happy baking!
Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread
- 1 ¾ cups oat flour - See Notes for tips.
- ¼ cup fine almond flour - Or use an additional ¼ cup oat flour.
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar - Can sub brown sugar.
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup natural cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger, optional
- 3 large overripe bananas (plus 1 small one IF you want to decorate the top with banana) - Should equal 1 ⅓ cups mashed.
- ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup smooth almond butter - Sub tahini or sunbutter for nut-free option.
- 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar or strong brewed coffee
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ to ¾ cup dairy-free chocolate chips - Use semi-sweet for sweeter bread or dark chocolate chips (70% cacao) for less sweetness.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C), and line an 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper (a 9x5 pan is fine, too). The paper doesn't have to cover the ends; just make sure there's enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bread from the pan after baking.
- To a large mixing bowl add the oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Sift in the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Whisk very well.
- In a smaller bowl mash the bananas (a few larger bits are okay). Measure to make sure you have 1 ⅓ cups pureed banana. Add the milk, maple syrup, almond butter, balsamic or coffee, and vanilla. Stir very well so the almond butter is fully incorporated.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to combine. Fold in ⅓ to ½ cup chocolate chips, depending on how many you want to use. (I used ½ cup in the batter and about ¼ cup on top.) Transfer batter to the pan, and arrange remaining chocolate chips on top. If adding banana on top, arrange slices between chocolate chips, and very lightly press into the batter.
- Bake for 53 to 58 minutes or until the center feels firm and a tooth pick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then use the parchment to lift onto a cooling rack. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Measuring Oat FlourFor baking I always recommend using a kitchen scale if you have one (click on "Metric" above to see the gram weights of the flours and cocoa). If you don't have a scale, whisk the oat flour to fluff it up, then spoon it into a measuring cup, and level off the top.
Storing and FreezingChocolate banana bread will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two or refrigerated for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen for up to 1 month. I like to warm up individual slices for 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.