Get ready to savor the goodness of this moist and tender Maple Chocolate Chip Banana Bread—a delightful blend of rich flavors with gooey pieces of chocolate melting throughout. This easy vegan banana bread recipe highlights the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, complemented by the comforting touch of maple syrup + delicious semi-sweet chocolate chips, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it for breakfast, as a snack, or as a comforting dessert—this chocolate banana bread is sure to become a beloved treat in your home. Gluten-free option.
There's nothing I love more than banana bread—it's my go-to treat! My loyal Orchirds + Sweet Tea followers know this isn't my first time making banana bread, and it won't be my last. I love this chocolate + maple twist on my more classic recipes like Vegan Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread and Healthy Banana Bread. Both are delicious, but it just hits differently with melted, gooey chunks of chocolate.
Bananas + chocolate are like the dynamic duo of deliciousness, and I couldn't resist creating this recipe to combine their magic. I swear, every time I bake this banana bread, it becomes an instant family favorite. The heavenly aroma fills the house, and it's like a homely beacon calling everyone to gather around for a slice of pure joy.
It's super easy to make with simple plant-based ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen-- especially when you have a few spotty (very ripe) bananas just lying around. AND for my chocolate lovers, be sure to try this Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread next!
This is a simple vegan banana bread recipe. Here's what you need to know about the ingredients for Maple Chocolate Chip Banana Bread -
Usually, when turning my breads into gluten-free bread, I simply swap regular all-purpose flour for the gluten-free all-purpose flour or 1-to-1 baking flour from Bob’s Red Mill. I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!) for greater ease. However, if using only GF All-purpose flour, be sure to add Xanthan Gum so that it acts as regular flour would.
Also, when making this Banana Bread gluten-free, I had success with the following adjustments:
Everything else remains the same throughout the recipe.
Absolutely! Maple syrup is like nature's sweet gift to our taste buds! It's a healthier option compared to refined sugars because it comes from the sap of maple trees with minimal processing. Maple syrup contains essential minerals like manganese and zinc, as well as some antioxidants, which provide added nutritional value!
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make this Maple Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that is cheaper and so easy to whip up!
When it comes to making this vegan banana bread recipe, the level of ripeness of your bananas matters. I've made my banana bread with both types of bananas, and to be honest, the VERY ripe bananas have made the BEST banana bread.
Very ripe bananas make for a sweeter and more moist bread, and the mashing is also a lot easier.
Have you ever had bananas that weren't fully ripe, but you were dying to make banana bread recipe? Well, I totally understand. I've definitely been there. Luckily, I've come across a few hacks to help you ripen your bananas if you're in a pinch and here's what you can do:
If you're looking to ripe your bananas more quickly for baking purposes then you can do one of the following:
After a bit of trial and error with many types of breads, I've found that the following tricks have been full-proof in baking my banana breads perfectly:
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your banana bread (and other baked goods) fully rise and bake through nicely.
Incase you weren't aware, there's an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here's what you need:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
This sweet treat has a place at breakfast, brunch, or tea time. But it doesn't stop there.
Here are a few more creative ideas on how to enjoy this vegan chocolate banana bread-
Warm and Fresh: Enjoy a slice while it's still warm from the oven. The crisp top and soft, moist interior make for a heavenly combination. You can savor it as is or add a pat of vegan butter or a drizzle of maple syrup for extra indulgence.
Toasted and Topped: Toast a slice of banana bread to add a delightful crunch to the already delicious crunchy topping. Once toasted, you can spread a layer of your favorite vegan cream cheese, nut butter, or even homemade fruit compote on top for a decadent twist.
Pair with a Beverage: Banana bread pairs beautifully with a hot or iced coffee like this Iced Caramel Latte, or for my chocolate lovers, double the chocolate fun with this Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate
Ice Cream Sandwich: Get creative and turn your vegan banana bread into a delightful ice cream sandwich. Slice the bread + scoop your favorite vegan ice cream like this Caramel Ice Cream or Butter Pecan Ice Cream in the middle, and enjoy a warm + cold creamy treat.
Absolutely! You can always use frozen bananas in your Maple Banana Bread. However, you'll need to thaw them out at room temperature and then drain off any excess liquid before mashing them and adding them to the mix.
Refrigerate leftover vegan chocolate banana bread by tightly wrapping it in foil paper or keeping it fully covered in a cake stand—lasts up to a week. Can also be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
You can freeze leftovers by wrapping the whole loaf in aluminum foil. Store it in a zip-top bag. Squeeze as much air out as you can without smooshing the bread.
The ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients matters. This is why it's super important to add a high-quality neutral oil (or butter) to your bread for the perfect moistness. Just remember that too much milk and not enough flour creates the opposite problem----meaning that your cake will become too wet and may not bake through best or take much longer.
Whether you choose to use chopped chocolate or chocolate chips for this banana bread, the important thing is to keep them from sinking to the bottom--right? Well, the best trick that I've tried is to lightly flour the chocolate chips (or chocolate) before folding them into the mix!
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