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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread with Cornmeal | Sugar-free, Gluten-free

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 The best healthy vegan banana bread recipe I have ever tried- naturally sweetened and gluten-free! The batter uses cornmeal and oat flour, which makes it both moist and fluffy. A true keeper. 

Healthy Vegan Banana Bread without sugar and gluten-free on a cooling rack

Happy Weekend everyone, and to all my Canadian reader: Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you all have a great feast planned for either tonight or Monday.

We are gonna have our big feast on Monday as we are going to spend Sunday in the Moose Jaw, apartment hunting. Yes, the next move is about to happen and we are both very excited to spend some more time in beautiful Saskatchewan.

As a snack for the 2,5-hour road trip, I wanted to bake something healthy-ish, something that would not send us on a sugar high and straight to sleep after 10 minutes.

I grabbed those overripe bananas from the counter and created a refined sugar-free vegan banana bread recipe that I JUST HAVE TO share with you.

It’s amazeballs!

This Healthy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free & DELICIOUS!

healthy vegan banana bread sliced on a cooling rack

This healthy vegan banana bread recipe uses a mix of cornmeal and oat flour, which gives it a really great texture, plus it is gluten-free.

The texture is indeed the perfect combination of moist and fluffy, with a slightly coarser crumb than your regular banana bread.

healthy vegan banana bread with cornmeal and oat flour with two slices cut

What I love about this healthy vegan banana bread recipe, is that it needs no refined sugar. All the sweetness comes from the ripe bananas and a splash of maple syrup.

I really like the slight nutty aroma the maple syrup adds to the loaf, especially together with the natural sweetness of the cornmeal.

a loaf of gluten-free healthy Vegan Banana Bread on a piece of white parchment paper

How to make Oat Flour:

This gluten-free banana bread recipe uses oat flour instead of wheat flour. You do not have to buy it if it’s something you normally don’t use.

Simply make your own oat flour!

To do so, pulse the rolled oats in your food processor until they are ground into a powder-like consistency. Depending on the speed and power of your food processor, this should take 60 seconds or less.

Stop and stir the oat flour to ensure that all have been finely ground.

Note that one cup of rolled oats will yield approximately 1 cup of oat flour

What toppings and add-in shall I use for this Vegan Banana Bread Recipe?

I am a bit of a purist when it comes to banana bread, but you can feel free to stir some vegan sugar-free chocolate chips or chopped nuts into the batter before baking.

Pecans, Walnuts, or Chia Seeds are other great additions.

As you can see, I only sprinkled a couple of tbsp of sunflower seeds and rolled oats on top of my vegan banana bread right before baking. I love how it makes my vegan banana bread looks rustic and wholesome.

Best Healthy Vegan Banana Bread slices arranged on a cooling rack

The vegan banana bread tastes best fresh out of the oven. Pure or with a tsp of nut butter! Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

For more healthy vegan desserts, check out my Vegan Black Bean Brownies and my Vegan Hazelnut Cinnamon Cake.

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Did you make and love this healthy vegan banana bread recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

Best Vegan Banana Bread - no sugar & gluten-free
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Best Vegan Banana Bread | No refined sugar, gluten-free

This vegan banana bread is so quick and easy to make! The mix of oat flour and cornmeal ensures a fluffy yet moist crumb and maple syrup adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this healthy treat.

Course brunch, cake, Snack
Cuisine canada, usa
Keyword gluten-free banana bread, healthy banana bread, vegan banana bread recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 200 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 1 cup oat flour 80 g
  • 1 cup cornmeal 150 g
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch or cornflour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 80 ml
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream or -milk or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a blender, puree banana with maple syrup, vanilla and coconut cream. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Pour batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle some rolled oats or nuts on top.

  3. Bake banana bread until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Depending on the size of your loaf pan, this could take 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool, slice and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes one regular small-ish loaf or 6 muffins. 


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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    die Rezepte von feastingonfruit finde ich toll, dieses Bananenbrot hat es mir angetan. Hast du wirklich Maismehl oder Polenta benutzt? Ich würde es nämlich gerne nachbacken und habe beide Maisprodukte hier. Cornmeal ist ja eher grob und Maismehl ist ja ganz fein.

  2. Bananen sind ja sehr unterschiedlich groß. Kannst du vielleicht in etwa sagen, wieviel Gramm “drei große Bananen” wiegen?

  3. 4 stars
    Ich habe das Bananenbrot als Gugelhupf gebacken und es ist gut geworden. Ich habe Polenta verwendet und man hat die Körnchen schon stark gespürt beim Essen und man hat sie auch gesehen – mein Brot/Kuchen hat schon etwas anders ausgesehen als auf dem Bild.
    Aber es ist ein empfehlenswertes Rezept – auch toll, dass es ohne Fett auskommt.

  4. Huhu! Ich bin auf der Suche nach einem tollen gluenfreien Bananenbrot, da eine Freundin mit einer Unverträglichkeit zu mir zu Besuch kommt. Nun bin ich etwas verwirrt – ist Hafermehl wirklich glutenfrei? LG

  5. 5 stars
    Wahnsinnig lecker…ich hatte 4 sehr reife Bananen und habe deswegen noch eine gute Hand voll gemahlene Nüsse zugefügt! Der Hammer!! Könnte das ganze Brot sofort verputzen. Yummi

  6. Hallo, nicht jeder, der glutenfrei leben muss, verträgt die glutenfreien Haferflocken, deshalb bitte immer vorher nachfragen. Auch ist es ganz wichtig, dass die Küchenutensilien, Backformen etc keine Spuren von Gluten an sich tragen.
    Es ist toll, dass du dir Gedanken gemacht hast und deiner Freundin etwas leckeres anbieten möchtest, aber man hat als nicht Zöli leider keinerlei Vorstellungen, auf was man gerade bei der Essenszubereitung und dem Backen achten muss.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. Baked the Vegan Banana Bread this afternoon since I have all the ingredients at home except maple syrup. Used hone instead. The bread is perfect and nice.

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