Vegan Banana And Oat Bread

Banana bread on a cooling rack
Banana bread with figs sliced open.
Banana bread with figs and cherries

Banana bread with cranberries and nuts.  Bread is sliced.
Banana bread with cranberries and nuts

Written by McDonald, T.  |  Updated 2nd of April 2023    

This recipe is the best I have for banana bread.  It is low in salt and high in taste!  It is very simple to make and easy to eat.  I wanted something that was easy, healthy, and tasty so I looked around for the perfect recipe, but I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  Don't get me wrong, they were all great, but I wanted something vegan and simple so I came up with this.  It is firm but not too chewy and just sweet enough.  When it comes to banana bread, I like it to be more like bread pudding than bread and that is what this recipe gives.  If you like to watch how to make the recipe, a video is provided at the end of the blog.  In addition, it is possible to use different fruits and nuts and you can leave out the apple sauce if you are concerned about packaging. 

Mashed banana
Mashed banana

Mix in the flour and oats
Mix in the flour and oats

Banana bread with sugar topping instead of banana
Banana bread with sugar topping instead of banana

Banana bread with sugar topping on cooling rack
Fresh from the oven


  • 4 bananas 
  • 2 tbsp of apple sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup of vegan milk 
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1.5 cup of wholemeal flour
  • 1.5 cup of rolled oats 
  • 4 tbsp of pine nuts (optional)
  • 3 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp of cranberries or sultanas (you can add other dried fruit like figs or cherries if you want.)


  • H6 x W11 x D21cm loaf tin
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  2. Add all the other wet ingredients and mix.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients and stir until everything is mixed up completely.
  4. Spoon into a loaf pan and bake at 200 C in a preheated oven for 40 minutes. 
  5. Once out of the oven, leave to cool on a cooling rack. 
Cut a slice off and eat it as it is.  It will keep in the fridge for up to 6 days in an air tight container. 
For an extra delight, top the dough with some sugar before putting in the oven or banana for the last 15 minutes of baking time.    


Sweet and tasty.  I love the way I can throw in any died fruit or just stick to sultanas.  It is OK to use nuts or to leave them out.  Since coming up with this recipe, I have made it a regular thing to have each week.  I find that it makes for a better sweet treat than biscuits and is a lot healthier. I'm very pleased with this.    

Slices of banana bread
Banana topping

Slices of banana bread on a white plate.
Banana bread with cranberries and pine nuts

I hope you decide to give this a try. If you do, please let me know what you thought in the comments or on Twitter.  Please like, share with your friends and subscribe.  


Popular posts from this blog

Vegan Stollen

The Price of Ignorance

Rum And Raisin Loaf