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One-Bowl Chocolate Banana Bread

50 min

Snack

Dessert

10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

Freezer-friendly

This banana bread is the perfect combination of wholesome ingredients and tantalizing taste. It's a classic, super moist, crowd-pleasing treat!

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Total

50 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

40 min

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 6 Tbsp (90 mL)
    water
  • 3
    ripe bananas
  • ½ cup (112 g)
    granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 g)
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp
    salt
  • ½ tsp
    baking powder
  • 1¾ cups (242 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 3.1 oz (90 g)
    dairy-free dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C) and lightly grease a 12 x 5 inch (30 x 13 cm) loaf pan*.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flax seeds and water. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it gels, mixing once halfway through.
  3. Once the flaxseeds have gelled, add the bananas and mash until well combined.
  4. Then add the sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir well.
  5. Add the flour next, and gently mix until partly combined.
  6. Lastly, add the chocolate (reserve some to sprinkle on top) and fold in until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle on the reserved chocolate.
  7. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the top is golden, the bread starts to pull away from the sides, and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, which will take about 40 minutes**.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool further. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * Or use a 9 x 5 inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan.
  • ** If using a 9 x 5 inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan, increase the cooking time to closer to 50 minutes.

Storage

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Girija Damle - July 27, 2022, 7:22 p.m.

This recipe is a hit in our home. My dad particularly loves it! I have tried this lovely recipe a lot of times now, but this time I skipped the chocolate, added a little more cinnamon and added in some chopped almonds. Came out equally delicious! Thank you for the recipe Sadia ❤️

PUL Team - July 28, 2022, 2:22 p.m.

Mmm sounds tasty, Girija, thank YOU :D


Vicky - July 6, 2022, 7:20 a.m.

This recipe is superb! I did use a 9x5 so it took more like 60 minutes to bake until the toothpick came out dry, but it was entirely worth it! i do use a scale so I really appreciate the measurements in grams/ml. Thank you!

PUL Team - July 6, 2022, 9:11 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Vicky! Thanks for the insight and kind words 🤗


Laurel - June 11, 2022, 7:54 a.m.

My new favorite banana bread recipe!


Erica - June 9, 2022, 8:53 p.m.

This recipe works really well as is. It's my go-to banana bread recipe and everyone loves it every time I make it!


Jules - June 6, 2022, 11:01 a.m.

This is a lovely recipe! Bread came out with such a gorgeous moist texture :)

Made a few modifications - and they turned out well!

was a bit worried would be too sweet with apple sauce and v ripe bananas in already so decided to leave out the sugar. I did have two dates hanging around in the cupboard, however, so I chopped them up fine added those! Turned out super well but I think next time I would either throw in 1-2 more dates or add 1/4 of the sugar in the recipe (I know it’s hard to gauge one sweet tooth against another… but just an fyi for anyone worried recipe will be too sweet for them)

I also left out the chocolate because I didn’t have any, and used wholemeal flour as that was all I had in the house (I don’t think it is super wholegrain though, this was quite cheap Dutch wholemeal flour and is way more “white” looking than say Irish whole-wheat flour). I was worried it might be too dense because of this but I think it worked really well and made the texture a bit moister/interesting!

PUL Team - June 6, 2022, 8:44 p.m.

Oh, Jules, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share the modifications! It's so appreciated and insightful. We're so happy the banana bread was enjoyed 🤗


Sandra - June 5, 2022, 7:35 p.m.

Is there a substitution for the chocolate chips, sorry but I don't like them .

PUL Team - June 6, 2022, 8:36 p.m.

Hey there, Sandra, we've heard positive reviews with omitting the chocolate chips. You could also substitute it for nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, seeds or dried fruit if desired 🙂


Erica - May 16, 2022, 12:13 p.m.

Hi! Quick question, what is the substitute for applesauce if we can't get our hands on them? Really look forward to making this recipe!

PUL Team - May 16, 2022, 6:50 p.m.

Hey Erica, you could substitute the applesauce for equal parts of neutral vegetable oil. We've heard some positive reviews with coconut oil. Do let us know if you give it a try 😃


Maria - May 15, 2022, 3:55 p.m.

I love this recipe, I have doe it tons of time. Thanks Sadia :)

PUL Team - May 16, 2022, 4:15 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share, Maria!


Christina - May 6, 2022, 8:04 p.m.

Sadia yet again another winner!!!!!!! Soooooo goooood 😋 😋 😋. Thankyou lovely X

PUL Team - May 7, 2022, 8:06 p.m.

Awe thank YOU, Christina ☺️


Sarah - April 28, 2022, 10:21 p.m.

I have been making this bread for years. It's so simple and delicious!


Arjun - April 7, 2022, 3:33 p.m.

Swapped the sugar out for 50% less brown sugar. It was still really good and sweet enough for me! Also swapped out applesauce for vegetable oil (after seeing recommendations here). I don't have a loaf tin, I used a square pan instead. Also used convection on my microwave. Turned out perfect. Thought something would go wrong for sure because of so many differences. Especially like how the bread just plonked out after I inverted it :D Made for a neat picture!

PUL Team - April 8, 2022, 11:52 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with the banana bread, Arjun! Sounds lovely 😃


Mojca - March 24, 2022, 6:32 p.m.

Thank you Sadia, the best recipe ever! I swapped a lot...made it gluten-free with blended oats, omitted sugar, used soya yoghurt for apple sauce...but the texture is still divine, soft and moist, and tastes great!

PUL Team - March 25, 2022, 1:18 a.m.

Such a big compliment, Mojca! We're so glad the substitutions worked out 😊


Janset - March 21, 2022, 10:01 p.m.

This is the best banana bread! I and my boyfriend cooked it so many times and everytime it’s perfect. We used olive oil instead and chocolate chunks instead of chips. Thank you!

PUL Team - March 23, 2022, 5:15 a.m.

So happy the banana bread is being enjoyed, Janset, thanks a bunch 😊


Emma - March 14, 2022, 10:32 p.m.

Great recipe that I will definitely make again. I made it a bit under cooked (still tastes great but I want to impress my chef friend) so going to make it again for sure asap. Was also making it with the flax soaked without being milled first as no grinder so will probably leave it for a lot longer soaking first too. Skipped on the chocolate and added less sugar and sweet enough for me. Thanks to you I feel excited to be back in the groove of cooking all from scratch and your recipes had enough options that I was able to use what I have in the house, without using strange substitutes. This is greatly appreciated at a time when cash is tight :-)

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 5:33 p.m.

Awe we're so honoured to hear, Emma! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with the banana bread Emma 😊


Lizzy - March 3, 2022, 2:03 a.m.

I really love this recipe. I have made it a few times now and it always came out amazing. Everyone who tried it was very surprised it is vegan and I was even asked for the recipe a couple of times. Thank you very much for your great recipes :)

PUL Team - March 3, 2022, 2:53 a.m.

Thank YOU, Lizzy, it's so appreciated ☺️


Tania - March 1, 2022, 12:10 a.m.

Wow! I made this banana bread and it was fantastic. Thanks for your great recipe. Yet I have a question: may I uses oat flour instead of all-purpose flour with the same amount?

PUL Team - March 1, 2022, 12:45 a.m.

Hey Tania! So glad it was enjoyed. We've had several positive reviews with oat flour as a 1:1 substitute 😊


Britta - Feb. 27, 2022, 9:16 p.m.

AWESOME banana bread recipe. I tried like a trillion different banana bread recipes and I am most of the time not satisfied with the consistency. I like it soft but cooked through and not as fudgy like brownies. But this one hits it all. Taste, consistency, ingredients. Everything just perfect. Even my boyfriend said I never made such a good banana bread and am invited to make this again :D
Note: Added some leftover pekans and this one was a nice twist!

Thanks for sharing,
Britta

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 7:56 p.m.

A huuge compliment, Britta, thank you for the glowing review 🤗


Hannah - Feb. 21, 2022, 10:17 a.m.

So funny story, we made this recipe and accidentally added 1 cup of flour too little because of a miscommunication in the kitchen and it still turned out pretty tasty nonetheless. We'll definitely try again because I am sure if we get the measurements correct it will be wonderful <3

PUL Team - Feb. 21, 2022, 3:28 p.m.

We're so happy to hear it was still enjoyed, Hannah!


Florentina - Feb. 14, 2022, 7:36 p.m.

First of all, this recipe is AMAZING. It tastes excellent and holds better together than many recipes I tried using eggs as a binder, wow.

Secondly, the only small concern I have is that the dark chocolate tastes a bit too bitter for me. I don't know if it was because I chopped more coarsely than you or why? I used vegan dark chocolate, as you said. But maybe it's just not my thing.

Thanks for sharing, much love.

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 11:04 p.m.

Hey Florentina, thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with the banana bread! The bitterness in dark chocolate tends to come from either the quality or amount of the cacao/cocoa. Using vegan dark chocolate with less cacao, such as a 70% bar rather than 90%, will be less bitter. Purchasing higher quality chocolate is also generally less bitter compared to lower quality if possible.

Perhaps adding a touch of sea salt or powdered sugar, or serving the banana bread with a sweeter side (such as fruit, plant-yogurt, coconut-whip, etc.) can help enhance the taste of the current batch. We hope this helps for now, and sending much love back your way ✨


Carrie - Feb. 11, 2022, 11:37 a.m.

YOU NEED TO BAKE THIS FOR ABOUT 80 MINUTES. Great recipe and a big hit with everyone! I saved it to my favorite recipes file, because it always goes over well. I've made it many times since I first tried it in around four or five years ago. It is the absolutely the best with dark chocolate. I like cutting it into rough chunks of about 2 centimeters because that way the chocolate doesn't completely melt. I've found chocolate chips too small.
SO ABOUT THE BAKE TIME: I've made this many times (always in a 9 x 5 inch [23 x 13 cm] pan) and it has always taken and hour and twenty minutes. I have an oven thermometer so I'm certain that my oven is at the right temp. I made it again last week for first time in a couple of years, and forgot about this adjustment, so I had to rearrange my evening a bit because I had planned on leaving when it was done, and at the 50 minute mark the knife I used to test its readiness was still coming out of the loaf wet and sticky. I then baked it again last night (big hit with the non-vegan roommates) and it was nicely done at the 80 minute mark. I am not sure if it takes so long because of the unusually low temperature setting--I've never baked anything else at a temperature as low as 320 F (160C). But it taste great and the recipe works if you just leave it in the oven for an extra 30 minutes and I haven't felt like experimenting to see if it would finish faster at 375 (suspect it would work but worry that the chocolate would completely melt)

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2022, 5:24 p.m.

Hello dearest Carrie, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the banana bread! It's so appreciated to help us improve and we're so thrilled the recipe is being enjoyed. Unfortunately, there's often a lot of variation from oven to oven on how things bake. Perhaps it could have to do with the function setting of your oven? 320°F may cook differently with conventional heating vs. fan oven vs. grill vs. bottom heating etc. In our case, we tend to use conventional.

A couple of ideas come to mind that may help if you're interested. For one, perhaps it has to do with the position of the rack within the oven. For example, if the heating element is closer to the bottom and your oven isn't conventional, moving the pan to a rack closer to the heat may reduce the baking time. Increasing the temperature a tad is also another thought that should help if desired. We'll note down the feedback in any case and keep an eye out for others experiences with the baking time 😃

Carrie - March 8, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

It's a convection oven. I've also baked this at 3 different apartments, all different ovens, and the results were the same each time!


Asta LaBianca - Feb. 6, 2022, 10:43 p.m.

Since the first time I made this, I make it fairly regularly because it's really delicious. I don't use the chocolate, but instead use walnuts. Otherwise, I make it as it is -- using some ww. flour as well as white.

PUL Team - Feb. 6, 2022, 11:08 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Asta, and so glad the banana bread is being enjoyed :D


dana - Jan. 30, 2022, 4:52 p.m.

Hi Sadia! I tried last night to bake this banana bread and it didn't work out well. After I let it cool off it became hard and it was raw. What did I do wrong? Too many times checking the oven or it was because one of the bananas was not so ripe?
P.S. I didn't get to try again the vegetarian patty but next time I will add lemon juice one spoon at a time.
P.P.S. I tried the simple hummus, it's hands-down delicious.

Thank you!
Have a great time!
Dana

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2022, 1:35 a.m.

Hey Dana, so sorry to hear! Were the ingredients listed in the suggested amounts used? If so, it sounds like the mixture may have been overmixed. All-purpose flour when overmixed promotes more gluten to develop which creates a tougher texture. It can be super tempting to mix more, but only mixing the ingredients together until just combined helps avoid this. So glad the hummus was enjoyed and we hope this helps for now 😊

dana - Jan. 31, 2022, 5:26 p.m.

Hey Sadia, thank you for the replay. I used all the ingredients and maybe I overmixed. I will try again soon and let you know.
Have a great time :)


Kaitlyn - Jan. 25, 2022, 1:40 a.m.

Wow!!! I made this tonight and am amazed at how fluffy and delicious it is. This was only my second time using a flax egg and it was super easy. I was able to swap out AP flour for oat flour (1:1 ratio, for anyone else who wants to go gluten free or has oats they want to get rid of!). I didn't have veg oil so used canola. I also omitted the sugar and sprinkled vegan dark chocolate chips on top for some sweetness instead. I made my own applesauce using my InstantPot and it worked perfectly! Thank you for my new go to banana bread recipe Sadia! 🤗

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:20 a.m.

A sincere thanks to you, Kaitlyn, for taking the time to share your experience with it! We're so glad it was enjoyed and appreciate the insight ❣️


Dani - Jan. 18, 2022, 3:09 a.m.

Just made this recipe today. I would give it ten stars if I could! This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve made. We added in cardamom and nutmeg. Definitely an excellent recipe, two thumbs up😊

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 5:09 p.m.

Aw it means so much, Dani, thank you for the glowing review 😃


Jessica - Jan. 16, 2022, 3:36 p.m.

Hi Sadia! ☺️ What type of oven are you using in the video that rotates??

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2022, 8:42 p.m.

Hey Jessica, it's a "combi" oven (works as both a microwave and oven on different settings) - it's one we used to have in our old apartment at the time the video was made. But now we make the banana bread all the time using a regular oven. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!


Willeke - Jan. 12, 2022, 11:36 p.m.

🤤


lifeYoga - Dec. 28, 2021, 4:38 p.m.

It's the best recipe for banana bread! I tried many but this one is the only one I love so much I could eat it all the time. I always make it when I'm visiting friends or when they visit me. Thank you for it!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

A massive compliment, lifeYoga! We appreciate the kind words so much ✨


Rita Teresa - Dec. 27, 2021, 8:10 p.m.

I made this banana cake today and it was delicious! Just omitted the vanilla as I didn't have it, but the flavour of the bananas and the cinnamon seem to be perfectly enough. I have tried different banana bread recipes over the last year, and didn't think I liked them with chocolate, but this one convinced me. Next time, I'll try a chopped chocolate bar, I used chocolate chips and it doesn't look as pretty as yours does :-) Thank you for this lovely recipe.

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 7:13 a.m.

Oh, Rita, we're so thrilled it was enjoyed! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with this one 🎉


Tina - Dec. 22, 2021, 4:18 p.m.

I’ve made this recipe many times before, and I love it. I have a friend that he’s diabetic and his wife is doesn’t get along with gluten. So I decided to try and make this bread for them. I substitute AP flour for oat flour (blending oats), using Greek yogurt instead of applesauce, and honey instead of sugar. My, my! the bread was delicious, still kept all the moist and flavor from the original recipe but with more wholesome ingredients for those who worry about gluten and sugar.

PUL Team - Dec. 23, 2021, 1:35 a.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Tina, and thanks for the insight 🙂

Mahima Kalla - Jan. 28, 2022, 2:17 p.m.

I might try the recipe with these subs... did you use 1:1 yoghurt instead of applesauce?

Tina - Jan. 30, 2022, 12:12 a.m.

Yes,I use the same amount as listed.
But I mind you the bread doesn’t rise as much that if you use all purpose flour tho. Is not a significant difference tho.


Ana-Claudia - Dec. 20, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

So moist and tasty 🤤 this is the best recipe I tried! I did leave out the sugar and added a little bit of maple syrup as the bananas were super ripped and sweet already and used spelt flour. Made it last night and and my boyfriend already ate half 😅

PUL Team - Dec. 21, 2021, 5:28 a.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Ana-Claudia, and thanks for the insight 😃


Nicolien Oosthuizen - Dec. 6, 2021, 6:16 p.m.

I used half the amount of sugar (coconut sugar) replaced the chocolate with crushed nuts and made my own apple sauce. This was delicious. Thank you so much.

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2021, 4:01 a.m.

Thanks for sharing the modifications, Nicolien, we're so glad the banana bread was enjoyed 😊


Olivera - Nov. 30, 2021, 2:57 p.m.

Favorite recipe. Everybody loves this banana bread


Rachna - Nov. 23, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

This banana bread recipe is hands down my favorite thing ever. I've made it atleast three times now and it's not failed me even once. It's very difficult to find applesauce here in India, so I experimented and made my own and it has worked wonderfully for me. I even swap the all purpose flour for whole-wheat flour and usually top mine off with walnuts as well.

I just wanted to let you know everyone at home loves this recipe as well so now whenever we have overripe bananas that no one wants to eat, I make this.

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2021, 7:44 p.m.

Aw thank you, Rachna, we appreciate the kind words so much! We're so happy the banana bread is being enjoyed and the substitutions sound lovely ☺️


Rae - Nov. 18, 2021, 8:08 p.m.

What could I do if I don’t have apple sauce on hand?

PUL Team - Nov. 19, 2021, 2 a.m.

Hiya Rae! You can substitute the apple sauce for equal parts of neutral vegetable oil. We've heard some positive reviews with coconut oil as well. If you're feeling adventurous, you could experiment with homemade applesauce, plant-based Greek yogurt, or another pureed fruit, such as pears or sweet potato. We hope this helps for now 😃


Perla - Nov. 16, 2021, 3:27 a.m.

I love all your recipes. I live in Latin America and with your recipes I have taste a lot of different flavors I never tasted before

PUL Team - Nov. 17, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

We're so honoured to hear, Perla, thank you! Sending hugs to Latin America 😊


Rachel - Nov. 11, 2021, 5:45 p.m.

This banana bread is now the only one I need! I've made it twice in the last two weeks, the second time for people who came over for dinner. They were rightfully obsessed.


Chiara - Oct. 30, 2021, 8:45 p.m.

Hello! I once made this substituting half the amount of chocolate with almonds and it was delicious and fluffy. I would now like to try it without sugar altogether as i am trying to avoid sugar in my diet as much as i can. Do you think there will be any change to humidity/consistency/baking time? could you please advise?

Also, if you have some natural sugar advice like dates or dried apricots, could you please share?

Thanks!

PUL Team - Oct. 31, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

Hi there, Chiara, almonds sound delicious! We haven't tested out the recipe without sugar, so we can't say for certain. We have had some positive reviews using half of the recommended sugar, so perhaps this may be an idea to start with.

In case you're interested and haven't already seen it already, you may be interested in our Guide to Sugar pickuplimes.com/article/a-gui… for some tips😊


Vaibhavi Patel - Oct. 23, 2021, 9:31 p.m.

Hello! What can I swab the vegetable oil for? Can I swap it for Coconut oil (and the measurement)?

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 4:21 a.m.

Hello, Vaibhavi! Thanks for the question. We haven't tested it out, but imagine that equal parts melted coconut oil would work. We'd recommend refined coconut oil if you don’t want too much coconut taste/aroma. If it solidifies in contact with the colder ingredients, stirring it to naturally warm it should help as well. We hope you enjoy the banana bread 🍌


Sumedha Gupta - Oct. 20, 2021, 8:32 p.m.

The bread came out fluffy and full of flavour. Great recipe!


Raihanah - Oct. 7, 2021, 11:37 a.m.

Made this and it turned out so good!! Personally would add less chocolate (just my personal preference, my friends (non-vegans) had no complaints). Was worried it would stick to the pan but it didn't, was overall great! Sending lots of love to the PUL team!

PUL Team - Oct. 8, 2021, 7:19 p.m.

Glad to hear the banana bread was enjoyed, Raihanah, and thank you for sharing your experience with it 😊


Livvy - Oct. 1, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

This is our favourite banana bread recipe ever. It's now the only one we use. It's really simple to make, my two toddlers love to help and eat this.

PUL Team - Oct. 1, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

Oh, Livvy, we appreciate this so much! So happy your little ones are enjoying the banana bread as well 🤗


Elke - Sept. 16, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

It‘s simply delicious! Especially with some roasted pecans or other nuts. Even my non-vegan friends love it!


Evien - Sept. 13, 2021, 5:25 p.m.

Hey PUL team,

I'm currently making the recipe and I noticed a possible small mistake in the nutritional info. It says there's 0g of added sugar in it though the recipe contains 100g of granulated sugar. Also, do you think the sugar could be replaced using dates? If yes, in which quantity?
PUL is my latest and favourite find for beautifully made, fun videos and super smart recipe website. I love the attention that's been put into it.

Groetjesss van Evien uit Veldhoven

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

Hey Evien, great catch with the nutrition info! We've updated it now, and many thanks for bringing it to our attention 🤓 As for using dates instead, we haven't tried it so I can't say with confidence. Personally, I wouldn't advise subbing out the sugar for dates, but I'm sure it'd still taste delicious if you decide to try it out. It might help to know that dates have some inherent moisture, which will likely make the mixture a bit more wet and dense. The cooking time might also be altered with the addition of dates. If you do choose to try it out, let us know how you find it! 😊

Friederike - Sept. 17, 2021, 4 p.m.

I replaced the granulated sugar for granulated date sugar which tastes amazing!


Alica - Sept. 2, 2021, 6:19 a.m.

Practical question: is there a way to achieve an "egg" without flaxseeds (and staying vegan of course) ?
The area where I live in does not have any flaxseeds at all, nor chia seeds or all of these goodnesses.
I would very much like to honour all of PUL's baking recipes, but am facing a wall now...

PUL Team - Sept. 3, 2021, 4:01 a.m.

Hey Alica, that's a lovely question! It may depend on the recipe. If chia or flax seeds are inaccessible, the next best bet may be substituting the flax/chia seeds and water with ½ a ripe mashed banana or ¼- ½ cup of another pureed fruit such as unsweetened applesauce, canned pumpkin, or pureed prunes. Your local store may have a vegan egg replacement powder as well depending on where home is for you. We hope this helps for now 🤗


vir - Aug. 26, 2021, 9:14 p.m.

I made this a few days ago and it's yummy! I didn't have applesauce so I made my own and it was fine. I also added walnuts in the mixture for an extra crunch and topped it with chopped pistachios. SO GOOD. def recommend making this!

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 7:12 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your experience with the banana bread, Vir, we're so thrilled the recipe was enjoyed 😃


Sarah - Aug. 20, 2021, 11:18 a.m.

Hi Sadia, absolutely love this banana bread and have made it countless times! If I only make half the batter (because I only have a small baking tin), will baking time reduce by a lot? I think that is one thing missing with the scalable recipe: baking time & also tin size don’t adapt with it, which I understand is complicated but can lead to the recipe not working when it’s a baking one :) I know it might to common sense but you’d be surprised what I’ve done wrong over the years just blindly following instructions hahaha - Thank you xxx

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 9:27 p.m.

Hey there, Sarah! Thanks a bunch for the feedback. It's super helpful to hear 😊 It's indeed tricky to adjust the cooking time if changing the portion size, as it will also depend on the pan and oven used. If we had to guess for halving the recipe, checking on it around 30 minutes in might be a good start. We hope this helps! In the meantime, we've noted down the suggestion to consider for future website improvements 😃


Ann - Aug. 20, 2021, 2:37 a.m.

Made this yesterday and it was so easy. I didn't have the applesauce so I just sub it with 1/4 coconut oil. It tastes so good. My husband loved it. I'll make this again after I make homemade applesauce. Thanks, Sadia for these plant-based recipes.

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 2:51 p.m.

Yayy! So glad you and the hubby enjoyed the banana bread, Ann - thanks for sharing 🤗


Evette - Aug. 15, 2021, 3:19 p.m.

Just made this and I don’t need any other banana bread recipe. I only have small load tins so I have split it into 2 and one loaf is almost gone! This is sensational! Thank you for a lovely recipe. I shall definitely be making this again, might even do a double batch ☺️


Therese - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

This is so delicious!! Definitely the best banana bread I've ever had and my family enjoyed it too :) Thank you for putting so much time, care, and effort into making such incredible recipes 💕💕


Julie Jeffries - July 31, 2021, 2:58 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! I may or may not have eaten half the loaf within the first two days…
Next time i make it I’m going to try using Gluten Free flour so my mom can eat it.

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:56 a.m.

So kind of you to make it for your mom, Julie! We hope it's enjoyed 😃


Adrienne Abudo - July 30, 2021, 1:25 a.m.

Oh my goodness... This is the BEST banana bread I have ever had! I made a double batch and did half as bread and half as muffins. The muffins only took 30 minutes to bake. PUL is my absolute favorite plant based blog/channel. Thanks for all your hard work and delicious recipes!

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

Thank you, Adrienne, for taking the time to share your experience with the recipe and for the continued support☺️ So happy to hear :)


Magdalena - July 26, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

This is the best banana bread I have ever tried. I make it so often that I know the recipe by heart already.
I think this is how I started to follow your recipes Sadia, from the best banana bread (and banana muffins).
Thanks so much!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:05 a.m.

Thank YOU, Magdalena, for the glowing review! We're so glad you're enjoying the recipe 🤩


Archa - July 25, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

Finallyyyy I made it. I had asked several questions on the blog about this recipe and you replied so promptly and well. It came out really well and tasty. It was my first baking experience and really loved it. If they had an option to upload pics here, I would have. Thank you so much. <3

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 6:19 p.m.

We're so thrilled to hear this, Archa, it means so much! Thank YOU for sharing 🤩


Marie - July 25, 2021, 12:40 p.m.

I love this one. I have made it countless times because it is so easy and great so save Bananas I have forgotten about. And I got loads of compliments and questions to share the recipe. An I am always happy to do it


Berenice Delignat - July 24, 2021, 11:52 p.m.

This is the best banana bread! Simple as that... And sometimes I don’t have all the ingredients (because I honestly bake this cake a couple of time per months) so instead of apple sauce you can had an apple if you are too lazy to make your own, or less oil… you can play and add walnuts, or do it without chocolate, change the flour for a gluten-free, sometimes plain flour… it will be good anyway.
It’s a huge success every time I do it. Even for my non-vegan friends. It’s mind blowing 💕💕💕

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Berenice, thank you for sharing! We're so glad the banana bread has been enjoyed 🤗


Laurie - July 24, 2021, 10:04 p.m.

I tried it, I love it.. This is THE banana bread recipe. Even my non-vegan friends agree.


Krupa Hebbar - July 23, 2021, 12:23 p.m.

I love this recipe, this is the first vegan banana bread recipe that's worked for me! Realised after starting on it that i had run out of applesauce so I replaced it with an equal volume of vegetable oil and it came out so great!! Also subbed the chocolate out for walnuts, just eyeballed the ratio for that, and that may have been my favourite part. Devoured the whole thing by myself in 3 days! Shared this recipe with so many friends as well. Thank you!!!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Krupa - so glad you enjoyed it! 🍌


Elinor - July 23, 2021, 5:12 a.m.

I made these last weekend for a pick me up snack during work - and oh man oh man I’m so glad I did! I still can’t believe they’re vegan because they taste better than the other banana breads I’ve eaten before. Thank you PUL team and Sadia for sharing this recipe😍 Lots of love from the US!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 6:47 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for being here, Elinor! Lots of love back to the US 🥰


Maja - July 22, 2021, 8:26 p.m.

This is my favourite banana bread recipe and the only one I've been making for almost 2 years now. Honestly, my family, my friends and friends' friends adore it. However, like someone else pointed out, there's a change in amount of flour. To be honest, the previous version with 280gr works perfectly for me. The cake is fluffy, moist and it raises perfectly. There was just one time that I used the other amount of flour, and I didn't like the outcome, it wasn't "my cup of tea". Just a thought, but maybe it would be a good idea to keep both amounts, depending on how "bready" you want your cake to be.

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 5:10 a.m.

Hey Maja, thanks for sharing this! It's super helpful 😊 I've made this banana bread more times than I can count, but I've always measured it in cups rather than in grams. After reading your comment, I took my cup measurements over to our scale and weighed it out to be sure. For us, it came out to be 231g in total, so I've updated the recipe to reflect this - thanks again for bringing it to my attention 🤓 Although this number is a bit higher than what it was before, it's still not quite at 280g. If I've done my math correctly, 280g would be about 2 cups + 2Tbsp, whereas this recipe calls for 1¾ cups of flour. I feel like indeed the 280g would work well also - as you've mentioned - resulting in a more "cake-like" consistency and perhaps a little less moist/dense than the version we usually make. In any case, I've bought some bananas and when they're ripe enough, I'll try this recipe using the 280g of flour because now I'm curious 😜🍌 Thanks again, Maja!


Archa - July 21, 2021, 2:19 a.m.

Hii. This looks so tempting. Can I make this in a round cake pan? That's what I have with me. Should I change measurements accordingly? Please please respond. Thank you so much. Lots of love <3

PUL Team - July 21, 2021, 3:38 a.m.

Hey Archa, thanks for the question! It may depend on the size of the desired cake pan. We'd recommend at least a 9×2 inch round pan and continuing to bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. If we had to guess, it may take closer to 50 minutes. Do let us know how it goes if you give the recipe a try 🙂


Chinmayee Hota - July 19, 2021, 1:29 a.m.

LOved the recipe... one feedback it is actually little confusing where it says 1 3/4 flour, I ended up adding 1 + 3/4 cups only to realize that it is just 3/4 cup flour.

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 5:30 a.m.

Hi Chinmayee, the recipe indeed calls for 1 + 3/4 cup of flour, so you did it correctly! We do appreciate the feedback, and we hope you enjoyed the banana bread 🙂


Milda - July 17, 2021, 3 p.m.

I had to choose between making this banana bread either in a big tray or in a muffin tray, so I went with the muffin one. It turned out delicious! I wasn't sure for how long to bake them, so I started checking them after 15 minutes mark. I opened the oven 4 or 5 times, until they were done around 40-45 minutes since popping them in (on 180C). If anyone has figured out the exact baking time for this recipe the muffin way and could share it here, it'd be helpful for making my next batch :)

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:58 a.m.

Thanks so much for sharing this, Milda, it's super helpful! We'll keep an eye out for anyone else's insight 😃


Charlotte - July 15, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

Such a crowd pleaser!


Vanessa - July 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Absolutely love this recipe. My go-to banana bread recipe of the many I've tried. I don't have flaxseeds, so i usually sub it out for chia instead. And i like adding walnuts for crunch and heartiness ❤️

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

Mmm love it 😍 Thank you for the review, Vanessa!


baerenappetit - July 12, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

I have already made this so often, I already know the recipe and all the ingredients by heart.
So a big thank you for many many pieces of delicious banana bread from me and my family!

I have a question though: I'm about 90% sure the recipe used to call for 280gr of flour. Am I remembering this correctly? If so, what's the difference?
Thank you in advance. :)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:47 a.m.

Such a compliment, baerenappetit, so glad you're enjoying the recipe! Indeed it looks like the grams amount changed. We're now using more reliable ways to determine average measurements of ingredients (such as the USDA: fdc.nal.usda.gov), so it looks like our previous measurement of flour was a fairly big overestimate! We hope this helps ✨


Marita - July 12, 2021, 10:14 a.m.

Made this with half of the sugar (not into super-sweet banana breads) and it was devine. My roomate even said it was the best banana-bread she ever had :D

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 6:19 a.m.

We're so honoured to hear this, Marita! So thrilled you and your roommate enjoyed it 🌻


Stephanie - July 10, 2021, 2:43 p.m.

I am going to try making this today using either coconut or cassava flour (or a mix of both) & date sugar. Looks like a great recipe! I've been craving banana bread but have been looking for a healthier recipe. This looks super promising! I'll report back after I make it. :)

Stephanie - July 10, 2021, 7:41 p.m.

Update: It was delicious but slightly under-baked! I kept it in 35 mins, but 40-50 would have been much better. It's trial & error baking with coconut flour. :)

Stephanie - July 12, 2021, 2:08 p.m.

Another Update! LOL. I made it a second time and used just cassava flour - it was definitely more moist and overall had a better consistency. The loaf could have still used 5-10 more mins in my oven. I might try doing muffins instead of bread next time. This recipe is awesome and makes my mom and me feel good that we are using healthy, wholesome ingredients! :)

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 7:48 a.m.

Ooo love to see the updates, Stephanie, thanks so much for returning to share them! Muffins sounds like a super fun idea. Do let us know if you experiment anymore! Happy cooking 😍


Heather - July 9, 2021, 9:53 p.m.

Made this today - absolutely flawless recipe! I have a 23 x 13 cm baking tin and 50 mins at 160c fan assisted baked this to perfection with a really lovely rise. Honestly the best banana bread I’ve ever eaten. Lovely and banana-ery, not greasy or chewy - just the perfect consistency and most gorgeous flavour. Cannot wait to bake it for friends - but this initial bake is all for me :D! Thanks so much for the brilliant recipe - what a winner!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:13 a.m.

Aw you're too sweet, Heather! Thanks for sharing this. We're so glad you enjoyed the banana bread :D


Danielle Hadley Grave - July 9, 2021, 7:13 p.m.

This is a delicious recipe! Highly recommend ❤️


Laura - July 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m.

I have baked this banana bread SO many times and it is always gone within minutes when I bring it to work or a family party. Love it!


Sabina - July 9, 2021, 3:09 p.m.

I don't know how many times I already made this recipe... it's so delicious and easy to make!


Anna Karenina - July 9, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

I made it several times and it’s sooo yummy! Comes together pretty quickly too 😄


Nadine - July 9, 2021, 11:07 a.m.

Absolutely love this banana bread! So delicious and moist :)


Lucy - July 9, 2021, 9:22 a.m.

Absolutely brilliant! As are all the recipes of yours I’ve ever tried! Fantastic work! The scaling feature is brilliant too! I can adjust the recipe to the weight of the bananas I have on hand 👌 I didn’t notice that the amount of baking soda in grams doesn’t seem to scale down for me (though it does scale up), but maybe that’s just my phone.
A really brilliant reliable recipe!!

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 4:50 a.m.

Lucy, you are absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention - we were able to find the bug and fix it 🤓 so glad to hear you're enjoying the recipe 🍌 hugs from us, and thanks again! 🤗


Jenna - July 8, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

This is my go-to banana bread recipe! I have made it so often over the years! I make it with a gluten free baking mix, and it turns out beautifully (it just won't get as brown or rise as much). It also freezes well, and I have given it to friends as gifts - who then ask me for the recipe and I can point them here!

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:11 p.m.

Thank you for sharing, Jenna! So kind of you to share the recipe 🥰


Archa - July 3, 2021, 7:19 a.m.

I'm a follower of your videos for 3 years now and I love all your recipes. Can we omit applesauce in this? Or any substitute? Thanks a lot ❤

PUL Team - July 3, 2021, 9:42 p.m.

Wow we're so grateful you've been part of the PUL community for so long, Archa! Oil generally makes a good substitute for applesauce. More mashed bananas, plant-based Greek yogurt, or another pureed fruit, such as pears or sweet potato, are some other ideas that may be fun to experiment with 🤗


itsizzi - July 2, 2021, 4:07 a.m.

Like so many others, this was one of the first recipes I tried when I found your YT channel. I've been around ever since and this remains one of my favs. Even though I'm vegan for many years, I have high cholesterol and generally try to avoid the saturated fat in coconut oil. I found that if I sub a light veg oil, like Sunflower or Earth Balance for solid fat, it always works just fine. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes, and equally brilliant website.

PUL Team - July 2, 2021, 6:59 a.m.

Thank you for the continued support and review, Itsizzi!


Clarissa - June 15, 2021, 5:38 a.m.

Oh my goodness, this banana bread is so good! My sister had a really good banana bread recipe, but it contained lots of butter and sugar. Not only is this recipe a lot healthier, but it is also really moist and delicious, especially with the combination of cinnamon and chocolate! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 6:09 p.m.

I'd do this recipe again and again! It's FABULOUS! 😁


Mona - May 29, 2021, 8:11 p.m.

This was one of the first recipes I made from your blog, and I instantly became a fan! Really delicious banana bread that is very easy to make. I think I've already made it twenty times in total!

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 8:36 a.m.

So lovely to hear, Mona, thank you for the review and for sticking around all this time later 🤗


Su - May 24, 2021, 6:15 a.m.

This has been my go to banana cake recipe ever since I found PUL a few years ago.

Since I don’t get apple sauce I have replaced it with oil and it still turns out fine. Is there any substitute to apple sauce you can recommend ?

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 7:56 a.m.

We're so grateful you've been part of the PUL community for so long, Su! Oil makes a good substitute for applesauce. More mashed bananas or another pureed fruit, such as pears or sweet potato, are some other ideas that may be fun to experiment with 😀


Martina - May 22, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

My boyfriend and me love this recipe. We make a banana bread per week now!


Monse - May 18, 2021, 3:42 a.m.

I've been making this bread since I found your page and its perfection!


jessica rietveld - May 14, 2021, 8:36 a.m.

I've been a (really big) fan of Pick up Limes and Sadia's recipe's for some years now. This recipe is one of the first I tried out and since I made it for the first time, I've baked this banana bread practically every other week or even weekly. I have halved the amount of chocolate in my recipe and I leave the chocolate out for my husband as he prefers it that way (strange!) and I've also reduced the amount sugar as it would be just wrong to eat it like this as often as I enjoy it. The beauty of this recipe is that it is very easy to make your own because it comes out great if you play around with the amount of certain ingredients as well. It's super easy and efficient to make as a one-bowl-bread and it's made from pantry ingredients. Also, it freezes well. I always bake one to take with me when I go on holiday - I have some waiting for me now whilst I write this from a holiday home. I highly recommend making it in muffin moulds instead of a cake tin if you're hungry and appreciate the crispy outside of the bread as much as I do.

PUL Team - May 15, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

Ooo thank you, Jessica, for sharing all these tips with us! We especially love the muffin tin idea 😍 Lots of love to you and your husband and thank you for being part of our PUL family :D


Marcia Oliveira - May 13, 2021, 12:39 p.m.

I tried several banana bread recipes and none compares to this. Incredibly tasty, moist, and such a crowd-pleaser (hard to believe it's wholesome too!). Everyone who tries it loves it, even the pickiest friends and family members. Thank you for this recipe PickUpLimes! It is amazing!

PUL Team - May 14, 2021, 8:43 p.m.

We appreciate you sharing this review with us so much, Marcia! So happy you and your loved ones are enjoying the banana bread 🤗


Nehalie Gunawardena - May 10, 2021, 3:37 p.m.

This is such a nice recipe. I loved making it for my mom for Mother's day. ♥

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:07 a.m.

So honoured the banana bread was part of the special day, Nehalie! 🥰


Anna - April 24, 2021, 7:41 p.m.

Tried it, it was amazing!! Really moist and yummy :)
Making recipes with sugar, oil... to stress me out when I was struggling with my relationship with food but now I'm so glad I have the courage to try them out :))
Thanks a ton!

PUL Team - April 25, 2021, 1:23 a.m.

Aww this means so much, Anna! We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe and are allowing PUL to be part of your journey with food. What a huge milestone ✨😊


jasmine - April 20, 2021, 9:09 p.m.

this has been my go-to banana bread recipe for several years and it never disappoints! it's so easy to make and such a crowd pleaser (: i appreciate that all the ingredients are simple and easy to find - thank you so much for this recipe!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

Aw that's so wonderful to hear, Jasmine, so glad you've been enjoying the banana bread :)


Teddy - April 10, 2021, 9:35 p.m.

Wonderful recipe

PUL Team - April 11, 2021, 12:32 a.m.

Thanks, Teddy!


Emilia - April 7, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

To say my friends and I love this recipe is an understatement. All friends who bake have asked for the recipe and are delighted by how easy it is. I used to bring this to university to eat with friends after class all the time. I'm not used to vegan baking (vegetarian here) so I'm very pleased by how easy it is to make and that I already have everything I need in my cupboards. I'll sometimes use an immersion blender for the bananas, especially when I'm making two banana breads in one go. Thank you so much for this and all your other wonderful recipes!!

PUL Team - April 8, 2021, 6:38 a.m.

We appreciate this so much more than words can describe, Emilia! Thank you for the lovely review and immersion blender tip 🥰


Ira - April 3, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

My father-in-law, who is extremely picky, and never touches any food that has 'vegan, 'non-diary', 'low fat, 'organic', 'gluten free', and other 'modern weird stuff' in the title, absolutely loves this bread.
I swap chocolate chips for walnuts and use vegan butter instead of vegetable oil. Everything else is exactly as in your recipe.
When I told the family that I'm going to bake this bread again this Saturday, their faces brightened instantly. :)
Thanks a lot for the recipe. Also, I have to say, that the new website is wonderful - faster and more convenient than the old one, and I absolutely love the recalculating feature - very cool and useful, thanks!

PUL Team - April 4, 2021, 2:59 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us, Ira! We're so grateful that your family has enjoyed the banana bread and you're liking the functionalities of the new website 🙂


Sarah - March 31, 2021, 9:20 p.m.

This bread was good that it should be illegal. I swapped out the regular all-purpose flour for a gluten free for obvious reasons. It has been a huge hit among my carnivorous family members.

I personally am not a huge fan of chocolate, but the recipe had just enough of it in it. I look forward to making this again.

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1:04 a.m.

Wow, thank YOU for the incredible review, Sarah! So happy you and your family have been enjoying the banana bread 🤗