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Lockdown is upon us once again in the UK and if that means one thing, it’s time to bake a gluten free banana bread.

I’ve finally got round to writing up my failsafe basic banana bread recipe – and the best thing? It’s dairy free and vegan too!

Banana bread is one of those fabulous recipes which creates something delicious out of something that would usually go to waste.

In fact, the blacker the bananas the better – using overripe fruit which you’d normally throw away results in a sweet and fudgey banana bread which is just perfect.

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
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How to make gluten free banana bread

Making gluten free banana bread is actually really easy, so it’s no wonder everyone was turning to this during the first lockdown.

You essentially just mix everything up in one bowl and bake it, et voila, the perfect banana bread everyone will enjoy.

And to make it even easier, I decided to make this gluten free banana bread vegan too.

It’s a similar recipe to my gluten free and vegan chocolate banana loaf cake, but with even fewer ingredients.

I’ve added chopped walnuts to my recipe as it’s my favourite banana bread addition.

However, you could add anything from dried fruit, pecans, coconut flakes or even chocolate chips. The choice is yours!

gluten free banana bread vegan recipe

How to make vegan banana bread

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s also egg and dairy free, which means people with multiple allergies can enjoy it!

To replace the eggs, I’ve used two separate substitutes: bananas and a combination of bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar.

Bananas are a really common substitution for eggs, so using them in a banana bread recipe is a natural choice.

I also like to use a mixture of bicarb and apple cider vinegar, as these react to create a really light and fluffy egg replacement.

It stops the cake from being too stodgy and don’t worry – you can’t taste the vinegar at all.

I also used oil and a dairy free milk (in this case I used a gluten free oat milk, but any dairy free milk will do) in this recipe to make it dairy free.

The dairy free milk also replaces some of the liquid element you’d usually get from the eggs, so you don’t have a super dry mixture.

gluten free banana bread vegan recipe

What do I need for this banana bread recipe?

There’s a full printable recipe card below, but for the shopping list you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 80ml oil
  • 80ml gluten free oat milk
  • 200g self-raising gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 65g chopped walnuts (optional)

I use the FREEE by Doves Farm self-raising gluten free flour, which already has xanthan gum in the mixture.

This is a really useful ingredient for gluten free baking and I’d recommend if you’re flour mix doesn’t contain this, that you add around 1/4 tsp to the recipe.

I used a gluten free oat milk in this recipe (one I was sent from Plenish) but you could use any dairy free milk – almond or soy milk would probably work best.

Of course the riper the bananas the better – did you know if your bananas aren’t ripe enough you can microwave them in the skins to ripen them faster?

Nice little recipe hack there for you!

gluten free and vegan banana bread

My gluten free banana bread recipe

Here it is, the perfect lockdown bake – my gluten free, dairy free and vegan banana bread recipe!

This makes enough for a 2lb loaf and you can easily slice it up and freeze it or store it in an airtight container for up to five days.

If you make this recipe and love it, please do let me know by tagging me on my Instagram or using #theglutenfreeblogger. I love seeing your bakes!

And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me. 

gluten free banana bread vegan recipe
Yield: 12

Gluten Free Banana Bread (Dairy Free and Vegan!)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This gluten free banana bread recipe is the perfect easy bake. This recipe is also vegan - with no eggs or dairy! Makes one loaf cake.


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 80ml oil
  • 80ml gluten free oat milk
  • 200g self-raising gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 65g chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180'C / Fan 160'C / Gas Mark 4. Line a 2lb loaf tin with a loaf liner or baking paper and set aside.
  2. Peel the bananas and add to a bowl. Mash with a fork and then add to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the sugar, oil, oat milk, gluten free flour, baking powder, bicarb, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon to the bananas and beat using an electric mixer until fully combined.
  4. Add the chopped walnuts and fold them into the batter. Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin, smooth the top and bake for 50-60 minutes until golden on top and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove the baked banana bread from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving. Stores for up to 5 days in an airtight container.


Feel free to substitute the gluten free oat milk for any dairy free milk - almond would work well.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Need some more gluten free baking inspiration?

Want to have a go at some of the other gluten free baking recipes on the blog?

Give some of these other gluten free bakes a try and see what you think!

There are plenty to choose from – here are a couple of easy baking ideas to get you going:

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. Sorry to say this was terrible. Possibly the worst Gluten Free banana bread I’ve ever made. It was dry and dense
    Bring gluten free all my life (67yrs) always make everything from scratch I was so disappointed
    Will not make again

    1. That’s interesting, wonder if you followed the recipe/ingredients exactly? Mine turned out fluffy, moist and absolutely delicious!!