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So who doesn't love banana bread?? Especially when it's packed with wholesome ingredients that you can enjoy throughout the week! Check out this insanely easy recipe that you can just throw in the oven and forget about that is oil free, dairy free, egg free and more. It is seriously so delicious, not to mention pretty too! It even has both chia and flax seeds for some healthy omega fatty acids and is a great source of fiber.

While this recipe is already plant-based, if you want to make it gluten-free then you can substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten-free oat flour! This recipe can also be made completely sugar free by omitting the caramelized banana topping.

Start with 2 large spotty bananas.

Mash till smooth.

Combine with maple syrup, apple sauce, and vanilla extract.

Combine all of your dry ingredients.

Add wet to dry and stir to combine, don't over-mix!

Add to a parchment lined loaf pan and place your "normal-ripeness" banana on top, sprinkling with sugar then bake for 1 hour.

Note: If at the end of 1 hour the sugar has not caramelized on the banana (each oven varies) take a kitchen torch and lightly torch the sugar or place on broil for 30 seconds- 1 minute watching carefully!



Time: 10 minutes prep | 1 hour bake

Yield: 6-8 servings



2 large or 3 medium/small overripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract


1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

optional topping

1 banana, normal ripeness, sliced down the middle

2 tsp sugar

optional add-ins

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat your oven to 350F.

Mash your bananas till smooth, don't worry about any chunks. Combine in a medium bowl with the remaining wet ingredients and mix till well combined.

In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients, mixing till well combined.

Add wet to dry and mix till combined, do not over- mix. Add in optional add ins at this time.

Pour into a parchment lined loaf pan and tap to get rid of any air bubbles. If adding a banana to the top, slice as shown above and press into the top lightly. Sprinkle sugar over the top of the banana.

Bake for 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan then remove and let finish cooling on a wire rack.

Enjoy :)




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