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Vegan Applesauce Banana Bread (Sugar-free)

Moist, fluffy, yet filling, you will love this amazing vegan applesauce banana bread! It is healthy and wholesome and is free from refined sugar. An easy one-bowl recipe that is fuss-free and oh so easy to make!
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 177kcal
Author Meesha

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas about 300g/10.5oz
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup cashew butter or other nut/seed butters
  • 2 tablespoon plant based milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oat flour use gluten-free ones if needed (180g)*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8.5x4.5 loaf pan with parchment paper, as shown in the process shots above.
  • Add bananas into a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash until bananas are relatively smooth.
    2 large ripe bananas
  • Next, add in the rest of the wet ingredients into the bowl. Stir to mix.
    ½ cup applesauce, ¼ cup cashew butter, 2 tablespoon plant based milk, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Now, add your dry ingredients in and mix until everything is well incorporated.
    2 cups oat flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pour your batter into the lined loaf pan, and optionally, top with banana halves.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted down the middle.
  • Let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a cooling rack. Let your bread cool down completely before slicing and serving.

Notes

*Oat flour - You can make your own at home by blending rolled or quick oats in a high-speed blender until it turns into flour. 
 
Helpful tips 
  • Make sure to use super ripe bananas with brown spots. As this recipe is sugar-free, you will want your bananas to be as sweet as possible.
  • If possible, use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients for the best result. 
    • I am using this inexpensive Ozeri scale and highly recommend it. 
    • If you choose to use measuring cups, follow the spoon and level method. Do not scoop flour directly from the bag. Instead, spoon flour into the cup. Then, using a butter knife, level off excess without packing flour in. 
  • Let bread rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes at most, then transfer it to a cooling rack to allow it to cool down further. If you let your bread sit in the pan for too long, water vapor might form, causing the bottom of your bread to turn soggy. 
  • Let your applesauce banana bread cool down completely before slicing, for at least an hour.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg