Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My favorite comforting banana bread recipe, loaded with melty chocolate chips! This vegan chocolate chip banana bread is made with just 5 ingredients and it’s totally gluten free and banana sweetened.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Happy new year!! I’m welcoming 2018 with open arms. I’m going to be real – 2017 wasn’t an amazing year in terms of my overall happiness. But, it was definitely enlightening in terms of really figuring out my overall goals and what I want to do with my life, and I’m thankful for that. I love the vibes this time of year, the feelings of excitement about being able to start fresh, reinvigorated with energy for things you want to make happen in the new year. I’ve got big plans for scary but exciting transitions and new opportunities.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

While we’re on the topic, promise me you won’t let negative nancies talk you out of big, exciting resolutions. If you’re pondering a resolution but are unsure whether you can pull it off, just GO FOR IT. Because you can do it. Life is just too damn short not to wake up happy, healthy, and excited about how you’re spending your days. If you’re thinking about going vegan this year, check out this site. If you’re on the fence, watch this, this, this, or this.

In our current society, there is no longer ANY valid reason or excuse to continue breeding animals to experience an entire life of suffering solely for a meal. Doing so causes unfathomable suffering and deaths of countless animals who want to live, while also wreaking havoc on our own personal health, and destroying our planet.

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Seriously, reach out to me if you’re feeling a pull in your heart to make a change. Changes always seem so scary before you actually make them. It won’t be as difficult as you think. It’s not extreme. What’s extreme is continuing to pay for the exploitation and suffering of animals. Open up those eyes, let your compassion come out, because we’ve all got it – I firmly believe nobody wants animals to suffer – it’s a matter of not knowing HOW to make the change, but that’s the good news! We now have ENDLESS food options that don’t require that innocent animals be killed. Not only is there an abundance of naturally occurring plant foods you’re probably already eating, there are SO many incredible vegan options to help you transition away from animal products. It will be the best choice you ever make, I promise.

I could go on for days. DAYS! It’s my passion, ya know? Which is why if you want to talk, please do not hesitate to email me!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Now, let’s talk vegan chocolate chip banana bread! To start, we’re using oat flour as the base. In the past I’ve used banana flour and buckwheat flour, both of which I personally love. But I know a lot of you guys don’t have access to those, and I’ve recently fallen in love with oats all over again. They’re SO healthy for you, and they work amazingly in banana breads for their slightly sweet flavor and dense texture. All you have to do is grind some oats (I always use whole grain, gluten free rolled oats) until they look like flour.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Next is a few simple wet ingredients – super ripe, mashed bananas, flax eggs, and some almond milk to bring the batter together. The bananas are the only thing sweetening this banana read, so make sure they are ripe ripe ripe. The flax eggs add some more moisture and binding (and nutrition!), and the almond milk brings it all together.

Pour the batter into a nonstick or parchment lined loaf pan, and bake! Mine takes about 30 minutes, but feel free to let it go longer if yours is still feeling soft in the center at that point. It’ll firm up a bit as it cools, too.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This vegan chocolate chip banana bread has an incredibly gooey, rich texture. I freaking love it. This is not a light banana cake, it’s a thick, dense banana bread, okay?! So be prepared to be satisfied, in the best way.

PS, if you really want to take things to the next level, spread on some almond butter, die of happiness, then come back alive and thank me later.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This vegan chocolate chip banana bread is now my favorite, go to, reliable recipe for banana bread! It has all the qualities of a good banana bread – dense, rich, super comforting, and with just the right balance of chocolate chips and sweet banana flavor. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make, with just a few healthy ingredients.

Start the year off with a slice of this, and I guarantee it’ll be your happiest, healthiest yet.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

PS – I made my first recipe video ever! It’s not anything amazing, but I did my best. Plus, it’s a new year and I can only get better, right? 🙂

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 c whole grain gluten free rolled oats, ground into four
  • 1 1/2 c mashed super ripe bananas - I used about 4 medium size bananas
  • 2 flax eggs - 2 tbsp ground flaxseed in a small bowl with 6 tbsp water, set in the fridge for 15 minutes
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, bananas, flax eggs, and almond milk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and stir, then pour the batter into a parchment lined or nonstick loaf pan.
  4. Bake the banana bread for 30-40 minutes, until it no longer feels too soft/gooey in the center - it'll firm up as it cools, too!
  5. Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing, then cool for another half hour before slicing.
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread