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Dairy-free Banana Bread

This Dairy-Free Banana Bread is better for you and doesn’t sacrifice one ounce of flavor! It’s incredibly moist, packed with banana flavor, and, best of all, it’s completely dairy-free!

A loaf of dairy-free banana bread with chocolate chips in a glass baking dish.
This Dairy-Free Banana Bread is incredibly moist and better for you without compromising on flavor!

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Why This Recipe Stands Out

If you’re a fan of moist flavorful breads, you’re in for a treat. This dairy-free banana bread recipe is a game-changer. Here’s why it’s worth trying:

  • Healthier: This recipe replaces ingredients such as butter, milk, and sugar with healthier alternatives like olive oil, honey, and coconut milk, just like our Healthy Pumpkin Bread.
  • Supremely Moist: The healthier ingredients don’t come at the cost of texture or flavor at all. It’s a supremely moist bread that’s just as good as traditional banana bread, if not better!
  • Versatile: You can add dark mini chocolate chips, nuts, or dried blueberries to customize the bread to your liking.

Key Recipe Ingredients

Overhead shot of igredients for dairy-free banana on a black table.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – We use extra virgin olive oil to grease the pan and add a rich, fruity flavor to the recipe. Don’t worry; your bread will not taste like olives.
  • Raw, Unfiltered Honey –This is our natural sweetener of choice, adding a touch of sweetness without refined sugar.
  • Ripe Bananas – The star of the show, ripe bananas add natural sweetness and moisture to the recipe. Plus, they’re packed with nutrients!
  • Coconut Milk – We use coconut milk to add a creamy, tropical twist to the recipe.
  • Ground Flaxseed Meal – This is a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and it also helps to bind the ingredients together.
  • Ground Cinnamon – A teaspoon of ground cinnamon adds a warm, spicy note that compliments the sweetness of the bananas and honey.
  • White Whole Wheat Flour – We use white whole wheat flour for its nutritional benefits and its ability to give the recipe a light, fluffy texture.
  • Optional: Dark Mini Chocolate Chips, Nuts or Dried Blueberries – Feel free to add these in for extra flavor and texture. They work well with the other ingredients and make the recipe even more delicious.

Substitutions And Variations

This dairy-free banana bread is as versatile as it is delicious. With a base of ripe bananas and whole wheat flour, the possibilities for mix-ins and flavor additions are almost endless. Take a look at some of our favorite substitutions and variations:

  • Sweetener: Swap the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar if you prefer a different kind of sweetness.
  • Vegan: If you’re vegan, you can replace the eggs with flax eggs (1 tbsp of flaxseed meal with 2.5 tbsp of water for each egg).
  • Flour: If preferred, you can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour. Note that whole wheat flour will result in somewhat of a more “textured” bread than the white-whole-wheat.
  • Milk: You can also substitute the coconut milk with almond milk, soy milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice like we do in our Vegan Ice Cream.
  • Extract: For a fun flavor variation, try using almond extract, coconut extract, or even butter extract like we do in our Poppy Seed Bread.
  • Add-ins: Feel free to get creative with add-ins. Dark mini chocolate chips, nuts, or dried blueberries would all work beautifully in this banana bread.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix oil, honey, eggs, bananas, and coconut milk.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except flour, and mix gently.
  1. Fold in the flour and chocolate chips, if using.
  2. Pour the batter into a greased pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Allow bread cool before removing from the pan and slicing.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.

How To Prep Ahead

This dairy-free banana bread is already a snap to make, but we have a few additional tips to make it even easier. Take a look at our best prep-ahead tips for this recipe:

  • Dry Ingredients: All dry ingredients can be measured and combined several days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.
  • Make and Freeze: The easiest way to enjoy this dairy-free banana bread is to make it ahead of time and freeze it. Make sure you cover it with plastic wrap. Simply pop it in the microwave, and it’ll be ready to enjoy!
Sliced dairy-free banana bread with chocolate chips.
Supremely moist dairy-free banana bread with ingredients that are actually good for you!

Commonly Asked Questions

What type of honey should I use for this dairy-free banana bread?

For this recipe, we recommend using raw, unfiltered honey but you can use any other honey you may have on hand as well.

What type of oil should I use to grease the pan?

We recommend using extra virgin olive oil to grease the pan. It’s a healthier option and it won’t alter the flavor of your banana bread.

How do I know when the banana bread is done?

The banana bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few tender crumbs attached. It should take about 50 minutes at 350F.

How long does dairy-free banana bread keep?

This dairy-free banana bread will keep for about 2-3 days at room temperature. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months. Just make sure to wrap it well to prevent it from drying out.

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Sliced dairy-free banana bread with chocolate chips.

Dairy-Free Banana Bread

5 from 36 ratings
This Dairy-Free Banana Bread is better for you and doesn’t sacrifice one ounce of flavor! It's incredibly moist, packed with banana flavor, and, best of all, it's completely dairy-free!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Lightly grease 9×5 inch loaf pan with your choice of oil. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add oil, honey, eggs, bananas, and coconut milk. Stir with a hand-whisk until fully incorporated. Add remaining ingredients except for flour. Gently whisk to combine well.
  • Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the flour; fold repeatedly until flour is just combined, with some small lumps remaining (do not over mix the flour.) Fold in the chocolate chips, if using.
  • Use rubber spatula to completely transfer batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake about 50 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few tender crumbs attached.
  • Let bread cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Run a thin, sharp knife along edges carefully and remove bread from pan to slice.

Notes

  • When choosing your bananas for this dairy-free banana bread recipe, make sure they are very ripe. The riper the banana, the sweeter and more flavorful your bread will be.
  • To guarantee that your banana bread is moist, don’t over-mix the batter. Over-mixing can lead to a dense, dry loaf. Just fold in the flour until it’s combined, leaving some small lumps.
  • Don’t forget to preheat your oven. This ensures that your banana bread will rise properly and cook evenly.
  • Feel free to customize your banana bread with add-ins like dark mini chocolate chips, nuts, or dried blueberries. 
  • Always let your banana bread cool completely before slicing. This helps it retain moisture. 
  • Remember to lightly grease your loaf pan with extra virgin olive oil. This prevents the bread from sticking to the pan and makes it easier to remove once baked..
  • We prefer mini chocolate chips, as they “melt” into the bread really well.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose, Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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45 comments

    • Sophia (@chitownchica)

    I have a dairy allergy so I am always trying to find modified recipes! Going to give this a try, I just hate it when banana bread is kind of mushy, but this looks nice and fluffy. Thanks!

    • Joanna

    I remember the first time I had banana bread, whilst traveling in Malaysia. I was in love with the taste! Thank you for this recipe, I will try to do it myself.

    • Kylie wenn (cre8tone)

    Wow! This looks so yummy! Nice recipe.. Healthy and great!

    • Eva Phan

    All of these banana bread recipes look so good! I’ve been really trying to eat healthy lately, and these sound like they’re both healthy and delicious — a win-win! Now if only I had any cooking ability!

    • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    Love this recipe! I especially love the replacement of the traditional ingredients with the ones you suggested. Thanks so much

    • annerbananer1

    Oh my gosh this sounds amazing! I don’t normally feel guilty about baked goods, but this recipe would definitely erase any negative feelings toward eating it 😉

    • Josselyn Radillo

    Oh this looks good!!! Actually this is my favorite kind of bread!! I love banana bread!!

    • Alicia Taylor at Taylorlife.com

    I do love banana bread – and like your modifications. I will try it with almond milk next time, but I have to throw in a handful of pecans. It’s the southern in me.

    • Karly

    I love banana bread! Looks delicious!

    • Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    This banana bread looks so tasty and wait … you said it’s healthy too? I have to try this recipe.

    • Monique Elise

    This looks and sounds so delicious! I’m currently on a diet myself and am craving something sweet!

    • Emily Fata

    This looks dangerously delicious! I can’t wait to make it myself this coming weekend. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Autumn

    Every single bread looks delicious! Banana is my favorite.

    • Elizabeth O

    Wow this looks absolutely delicious, I am impressed that it is dairy free and has no refined sugar too. Definitely going to give this a try!

    • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    I’m trying to cut all refined sugars out of my diet, so this recipe is perfect for me! Plus I’ve got everything I already need in the kitchen 🙂

    • Noelle Lynne

    WOW! This looks amazing, I am hoping that I can try and make a vegan version of this later this week. Bookmarking the page now 🙂

      • Jennifer

      Did the vegan version work? I’m planning to make it this weekend and hope it turns out as well.

    • lucicoo

    This looks and sound so delicious. I have everything in my kitchen so I could make this.

    • dgutkowski

    Looks delish! It’s definitely hard to bake healthy and not sacrifice flavor. This sounds like a must try! Thank you for sharing it!

    • Megan B

    Ooooooh, as IF I needed something else on my list of to-do’s this weekend! Yum, this looks too good.

    • Cleo

    Oh this looks good, and who doesn’t like some chocolate chips to go along with it! 🙂

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