June 14, 2021

Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread

This Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread recipe combines soft and moist Banana bread with Spiced gingerbread for the ultimate holiday treat.

two stacked slices of vegan gingerbread banana bread slathered with butter

two stacked slices of vegan gingerbread banana bread slathered with butter

If you like gingerbread and bananas, you will love this vegan gingerbread banana bread! This banana bread recipe is perfect for the holidays and like any banana bread recipe, it is ideal for using up those brown bananas at the bottom of my freezer!
If you are like me and have a treasure trove of frozen bananas or overripe bananas, this easy loaf cake recipe is for you.

Make one big gingerbread banana loaf for yourself, and a couple more for gifting!

a hand reaching for a buttered slice of vegan gingerbread banana bread

a hand reaching for a buttered slice of vegan gingerbread banana bread

I love this delicious loaf cake just slightly warm from the oven with a dollop of vegan butter – but I like it equally well a day or so later when it has had a chance to sit for a while. The flavors are out of this world and get ever more pronounced with time.

That gingerbread spice, the banana and that touch of malty molasses. DELISH! Especially around Christmastime, I try to add molasses to as many recipes as I can. I used classic thick and dark cooking molasses, which is what you use in regular gingerbread for that magnificent warming molasses flavor. If you want a lighter flavor, use fancy molasses. It will make the loaf sweeter and lighter.

a slice of vegan gingerbread banana bread being buttered

a slice of vegan gingerbread banana bread being buttered

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I like that this banana bread is super flavorful but not overly sweet, and it wakes you right up in the morning with its bold gingerbread spices and the round molasses flavor! An added bonus: little bursts of candied ginger, that we add to the batter.

Gingerbread Banana Bread

This Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread recipe combines soft and moist gingerbread with spiced banana bread for the ultimate holiday treat.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time55 mins

Total Time1 hr 10 mins

Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan banana bread, vegan gingerbread loaf

Servings: 12

Calories: 170kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (225 g) mashed bananas about 2 medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup (66.67 g) sugar such as coconut sugar, light brown sugar (1/4 cup for less sweet or if the bananas are very ripe )
  • 1/4 cup (59.15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp oil omit to make oil free
  • 1/3 cup (78.86 ml) almond milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp molasses

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup (166.67 g) flour (I use 1 1/4 all purpose, and 1/2 cup of whole wheat or spelt)
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) almond flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (1.5 tsp) salt
  • 1-1.5 tsp gingerbread spice or a mix of 1 tsp cinnamon,1/4 tsp ginger , 1/8 tsp cloves, nutmeg, allspice
  • 2 tbsp chopped candied ginger optional

Optional add ins

  • Chopped walnuts/pecans
  • Chopped Dates other dried fruits

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F (185 C), and line a 9×5 or 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan with parchment.

  • In a bowl mix all the wet ingredients till well combined.

  • In another bowl, mix the flours ,the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices until well combined, then mix in the candied ginger.

  • Add 1 3/4 cup of the dried mixture to the wet mixture, and mix in. Add the rest of the dry flour mix 1 tbsp at a time until it is a stiff muffin batter. If it is not stiff enough, add another 1 or two tbsp of flour

  • Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan, and even it out with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp of brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. This is optional, but I like the crust it gives the banana bread. You can also add some candied ginger on top, or some pecans tossed in maple syrup for a candied pecan top

  • Bake for 55 minutes. Check with a toothpick from the center of the loaf, if it comes out clean, then remove from the oven else bake for another 5-10. cool the loaf for 10 minutes before taking out of the pan. Then cool completely before slicing.

Notes

This loaf can be stored on the counter for the day, and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Gingerbread Banana Bread

Amount Per Serving

Calories 170 Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 135mg6%

Potassium 189mg5%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 15g17%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 12IU0%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 56mg6%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For this recipe, I kept the ingredients really simple and easy.

Ingredients:

  •  All-purpose flour + almond flour mixed with baking powder and baking soda for the dry mix
  • I added some warm, cozy, gingerbread spices to the mix, – so ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice, and some molasses for rich depth of flavor,
  • candied ginger adds some nice chewy bits
  • I used 2 whole bananas – make sure they are ripe but no complete mush yet
  • For sweetness, I like using brown sugar or coconut sugar and add some maple syrup – we want warm caramel notes
  • almond milk and vinegar create a vegan “buttermilk” which makes this banana bread super light and fluffy
  • I do add some oil but you can leave it out for oil-free
  • A hint of vanilla – always a good idea around the holidays

overhead shot of ingredients needed for making vegan gingerbread banana bread

overhead shot of ingredients needed for making vegan gingerbread banana bread

Tips:

  • Make sure to bake this until a cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • To make this refined sugar-free, use coconut sugar.
  • Want to make this loaf oil-free? You can omit the oil and add a tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut instead.
  • This loaf makes a great gift, and leftover slices can also be frozen for a rainy day when you need something sweet.
  • Great options for add-ins would be: chopped walnuts/pecans or chopped Dates, other dried fruits

How to make Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread:

wet ingredients for vegan gingerbread banana bread being mixed in a bowl

wet ingredients for vegan gingerbread banana bread being mixed in a bowl

Prep: Pre heat the oven to 365 degrees f or 185 degrees Celsius, and line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment.

In a bowl mix all the wet ingredients till well combined.

batter for vegan gingerbread banana bread being stirred together

batter for vegan gingerbread banana bread being stirred together

In another bowl, mix the flours,the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices until well combined, then mix in the candied ginger.

flour being added to wet batter ingredients

flour being added to wet batter ingredients

Add 1 3/4 cup of the dried mixture to the wet mixture, and mix in. Add the rest of the dry flour mix 1 tbsp at a time until it is a stiff muffin batter. If it is not stiff enough, add another 1 or two tbsp of flour.

vegan gingerbread banana bread batter in a white bowl

vegan gingerbread banana bread batter in a white bowl

Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan, and even it out with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp of brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. This is optional, but I like the crust it gives the banana bread.

Sliced vegan gingerbread banana bread on a wood board

Sliced vegan gingerbread banana bread on a wood board

You can also add some candied ginger on top, or some pecans tossed in maple syrup for a candied pecan top. Bake for 55 minutes. Check with a toothpick from the center of the loaf to check if it comes out clean. cool the loaf for 10 minutes before taking out of the pan. Then cool completely before slicing.

HOW TO STORE VEGAN BANANA BREAD:

This loaf can be stored on the counter for the day and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. Single slices can be frozen.

a slice of buttered banana gingerbread on a white plate

a slice of buttered banana gingerbread on a white plate Source