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Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Sugar Free and Gluten Free options)

If you’ve always got a few ripening bananas on your counter and a half eaten jar of nut butter in your pantry, then this recipe will be your new best friend!  This deliciously perfect bread combines three of the best ingredients on the planet – bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate!  The result is moist and tender, it’s packed with protein and potassium and happiness (aka- chocolate chips), and can be made in just one bowl.  Fully vegan, and options for gluten free and sugar free!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 58 mins
Total Time 1 hr 8 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch Box, Snack
Servings 10 slices


  • 3 large bananas mashed will come to around 1½ cups, but the recipe is forgiving if it’s a bit off
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp peanut butter I use Skippy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • ¾ heaping cup granulated sugar *see notes for more specifics on"heaping", and also if you want a sugar free option, this links to my favorite sweetener, you can substitute it 1:1 in place of regular granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups gluten free flour can sub all-purpose if desired. This links to my favorite store bought gluten free flour blend that works best with all of my recipes, or see "Ingredients Needed" section for further info.
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mash up 3 large bananas using a fork.  It should measure to about 1½ cups mashed, but the recipe is forgiving if it’s a little off.  Add in the peanut butter, neutral oil, sugar, and vanilla extract, and stir or whisk together until combined.  Then add in the gluten free flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and mix until fully combined.  Finally, add in chocolate chips (or chopped nuts or any mix-ins you are using) and mix throughout.
  • Pour the batter into the lined loaf pan and put in the oven.  Baking time will vary from 50-58 minutes, depending on how wet or dry you like your banana bread.  If you prefer it very moist and undercooked in the middle, cook for around 50-54 minutes.  If you want it more crispy on the outside and crumbly and fully cooked through on the inside, cook for 55-58 minutes.
  • When it’s done, remove from the oven and let it stay in the pan for about 15 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing into.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Confused by the phrase "heaping" cup of sugar?  Basically this means - when you scoop the sugar from the container, instead of leveling it off at the top of the measuring cup, you can leave that little pile of excess sugar on top.  
Keyword banana, banana bread, banana peanut butter, chocolate chip banana bread, peanut butter banana bread, peanut butter chocolate
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