This coconut chocolate chip banana bread is perfectly sweet, buttery and has hints of coconut throughout from both shredded coconut and coconut oil. Is there anything else a vegan banana bread needs?
using coconut oil in banana bread
While this banana bread is baking it seriously smells like you’re baking a banana bread with two sticks of butter. My mom even says it tastes like a donut! And I think I owe that to the magic of coconut oil! This recipe only calls for a quarter cup of coconut oil. A little goes a long way in making luxurious, donut tasting banana bread!!
A banana bread that smells like it contains two sticks of butter but doesn’t? Happy holidays, everyone.
Now, this recipe is super super easy. Made in one bowl, requires very little active time, and is made with ingredients you likely already have on hand in your pantry! Get ready to experience that two sticks of butter smell!
I’m usually a savory breakfast person, but this is the perfect thing to have in the kitchen for when you are running out the door and have no time to make something. Or when you get hangry while making dinner. Also makes a good snack or even a dessert with a drizzle of maple syrup. YUM.
Basically good for all life scenarios. You will never be upset about having banana bread on hand.
If you are looking for a SUPER healthy banana bread, I would recommend Sweet Simple Vegan’s banana bread. It is the epitome of a healthy banana bread. It’s vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and oil free. I’m not going to attempt a super healthy vegan banana bread because honestly, you can’t beat this one.
BUT, sometimes life calls for a banana bread that’s healthy, but a bit more indulgent. A bread that feels like dessert but is appropriate for breakfast. And that’s where this coconut chocolate chip banana bread comes in. Still refined sugar free and vegan, but tastes like a donut. Just ask my mom!
making your banana bread:
First you’ll want to mash your bananas in a large bowl. Add in the baking soda and allow it 10 minutes or so to activate. You’ll notice the mashed bananas become really light and fluffy! This is good!
Once fluffy, add in the rest of the liquids and stir gently to combine.
Next, slowly fold in the dry ingredients.
Lastly add in the chocolate chips and flax egg and very gently fold these into the batter. You don’t want to over mix or your bread won’t rise as nicely!
what’s a flax egg?
If you’re new to vegan baking you might be thinking what the heck is a flax egg? Don’t worry. I had that same thought once upon a time.
A flax egg is essentially one tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with two and a half tablespoons water. This mixture creates one flax egg. This recipe calls for two flax eggs so just double it!
As this mixture sits (for about fifteen minutes) it gets very gelatinous and a very similar consistency to eggs! It helps bind together the bread the same way eggs do. How cool is that?!
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Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Oil a loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, make your flax eggs and set aside for 10 minutes.
- Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add baking soda and allow to activate until mashed bananas are light and fluffy (about 10 minutes).
- Next, add in maple syrup, coconut oil and stir to combine.
- Next, add in spices, flour and shredded coconut. Fold gently to combine (do not overmix!)
- Finally, Gently fold in chocolate chips and flax eggs to combine (the flax eggs should be gelatinous and egg like in texture).
- Pour mixture into 9"x5" loaf pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow loaf to cool in pan for 10 minutes before moving it to a baking rack to cool completely.
- Storage: Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. I do not recommend refrigerating this bread.
- I have not tested a gluten free version of this bread and cannot recommend a flour swap.
Disclaimer: The Nutritional Information provided for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.