1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread

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Overhead shot of vegan gluten free banana bread on cutting board with slices placed on metal plate and vegan butter on top

I can’t shake the fact that banana bread is still my favorite baked good (probably of all time), even after all these years.

Nothing quite beats a thick slice of banana bread with a little nut butter and a cup of tea or coffee.

Since creating our 1-Bowl Gluten-Free Banana Bread several years ago, I’ve wanted to perfect an egg-free version. You guys seem to LOVE that recipe, and dare I say this vegan version is even better? I know — bold claim. But so true. Let me show you how it’s done!

Overhead image of banana being mashed with flax seed meal in a blue bowl

This 1 bowl recipe starts with a flax egg and mashed ripe banana — 3 ripe bananas to be exact.

Then it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar, moistened with a small amount of avocado or coconut oil, and gets a boost of healthy fats and protein from almond butter!

Overhead image of banana bread batter being mixed in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon

For the dry ingredients I stuck with our tried and true Gluten-Free Flour Blend, almond meal, and rolled oats. This combo just seems to work in quick breads.

Walnuts add a nice crunch (and a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids). Plus, they take the aesthetic up a notch.

Overhead image of raw banana bread batter about to be baked in the oven

After about 1 hour in the oven, your house will smell like heaven in a loaf pan. Behold: The Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread of my dreams.

Image of hands holding a loaf of freshly baked banana bread

We hope you LOVE this bread. It’s:

Tender on the inside
Golden brown on the outside
Naturally sweet
Incredibly hearty
& So, so delicious

This would make the perfect breakfast on the go, hearty snack, or healthier treat. Banana bread is just versatile like that. Enjoy as is or pair with a bit of almond butter or peanut butter and you’re living the good life.

Into this banana bread? Try our Vegan Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls, Banana Bread Granola, Vegan Banana Crumble Muffins, Vegan Nutella Banana Bread, and Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Image of vegan gluten free banana bread slice on a metal plate with vegan butter on top and bananas in the background

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Amazing vegan, gluten-free banana bread made in 1 bowl! Wholesome ingredients, naturally sweetened, and so delicious!
Author Minimalist Baker
Partially sliced loaf of Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread with bananas and oats in the background
4.63 from 102 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 9 (slices)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days


  • 1 batch flax egg* (1 flax egg = 1 Tbsp / 7g flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp /37 ml water)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (3 bananas yield ~1.5 cups or 425 g)
  • 1/4 heaping cup unsalted almond butter (or sub other nut or seed butter)
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sub organic brown sugar)
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub agave nectar or coconut nectar)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other dairy-free milk, such as rice or hemp)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ¾ cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1 ¼ cup gluten-free flour blend*
  • 1 ⅓ cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly grease.
  • Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl and let rest for 5 minutes. Then add ripe, peeled banana and mash well with a fork. You want it pretty smooth.
  • Add almond butter, avocado oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, sea salt, and almond milk and whisk to combine. Add baking powder, almond meal, gluten-free flour blend, and gluten-free oats and stir well to combine. Lastly, add half of the walnuts and stir to combine.
  • Pour into the pan and smooth with a spoon. Top with remaining walnuts. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. When done, the loaf should feel firm and be crackly and golden brown on top (see photo). A toothpick or knife should come out clean (or with very few crumbs).
  • Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully loosen sides with a knife or pull up on the parchment paper to transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting or it will be tender and tend to crumble. It’s even better the next day!
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 4-5 days. Slice and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven until tender and warmed through.



*If subbing chicken eggs for flax eggs, 1 flax egg generally = 1 small chicken egg.
*If not gluten-free, use unbleached all-purpose flour or spelt flour in place of the gluten-free blend.

Nutrition (1 of 9 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 458 Carbohydrates: 54.8 g Protein: 10.3 g Fat: 24.5 g Saturated Fat: 2.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.72 g Monounsaturated Fat: 6.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 322 mg Potassium: 455 mg Fiber: 6.7 g Sugar: 19.6 g Vitamin A: 68.21 IU Vitamin C: 3.49 mg Calcium: 222 mg Iron: 2.31 mg

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tricia, we would recommend replacing the quantity of oats with a half and half mixture of almond meal and our gluten-free flour blend. Hope that helps!

  1. Kiesha says

    This is the best vegan/gluten free banana bread I have made. Thank you so much for this recipe. I tweaked a few things, but it was still delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katarina, possibly more oats + GF blend, but it will be more dense. Or maybe a seed meal or something that isn’t a flour consistency to keep the bread light in texture. Hope that helps!

  2. Sheryl says

    Ok seriously the most delish, moist and yet fluffy gf banana muffins I have ever had the joy of making! I reduced a tiny bit the coconut sugar and the oats. And I added frozen blueberries! No nuts. Made them in a silicon muffin tray – and wow!! Thank you heaps – this will be my go-to muffin recipe – next I will try substituting apple sauce for some of the nut butter or oil. But then again, why play with perfection right? 😍💕🤟

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      YAY! We’re so glad you enjoyed the banana bread muffins, Sheryl. Love your creativity with it, too! Thank you for sharing! xo