This Vegan Chia Seed Maple Banana Bread is super moist, tasty, packed with healthy nutrients including superfoods like Chia Seeds, and 100% delicious! It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and makes for a great healthy alternative for a little sweetness in the morning for breakfast or even for dessert after dinner. All vegan ingredients, entirely kid-friendly, and a gluten-free option available.
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love baking any form of banana bread. My most favorite banana bread recipe has to be my Vegan Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread, which is incredible and is topped with a crunchy pecan + walnut topping. It's a MUST! However, this recipe definitely comes in at a strong second!
Of course, if you're a chocolate and/or bourbon lover then I have this Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread for you too! It's so rich and decadent all at the same time. Such a sweet treat to treat yo'self to for sure! Yes, I had to write it how I said it. Haha.
This is a simple recipe to make. And chances are you probably already have the ingredients on hand. Here’s what you need to know about the ingredients for vegan chia seed maple banana bread.
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When it comes to Banana Bread, I've found a new love for it. Honestly, I never use to be a fan of it, especially the traditional way that it was often made when I was growing up. However, since putting my own spin on things, I've realized just how delicious it can be and just how versatile it is as well.
Let's take this Almond-Cinnamon Crunch Blueberry Banana Bread, which is a fun balance between crunch and fluffiness. Best during breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert, this banana bread uses healthier ingredients which include a blend of whole wheat + all-purpose flour, toasted almond nuts, organic blueberries, coconut oil, and non-dairy milk. Plus, it’s completely dairy-free and vegan which is a real special sweet treat for those taste-buds!
Usually when turning my breads into gluten-free bread, I simply swap regular all-purpose flour for the gluten-free all-purpose from Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur. It's usually a pretty equal swap, but I always recommend slightly adjusting the liquids to ensure that it's not too wet. I talk more about this in the recipe notes!
Also, if you're looking for a delicious Oat Flour version of banana bread, this Oat Flour Banana Bread from The Toasted Pinenut is pretty amazing!
OK, so did you know that Chia Seeds are considered a superfood? Yup. It is. For those of you who are wondering what a superfood is anyway----whelp, it's pretty simple. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial to one's health and well-being.
While there isn't just one type of food that can fight away any one disease, etc.; having an array of good foods (including superfoods) and a well-balanced diet is the key to overall good health.
When it comes to Chia Seeds, this type of food falls under the 'Nuts and Seeds' category of superfoods. They are generally rich in fiber, vegetarian protein, and heart-healthy fats. Research has indicated that eating nuts and seeds helps to protect us against heart disease.
While some nuts and seeds are dense in calories, Chia Seeds have very few calories which often makes it a great option when adding it to meals and drinks.
When it comes to both syrups, I often use them interchangeably, although I love to use pure maple syrup mostly. Agave is said to have a lower glycemic index, which makes it perfect for those with diabetes. On the other hand, pure Maple syrup has tons of antioxidants because it comes directly from a plant’s sap.
Believe it or not, Bananas not only taste great but they provide essential nutrients in our daily diet. In addition, Bananas hold a fair amount of fiber, several antioxidants, while just ONE banana contains about 105 calories, and contains mostly water and carbs.
Vegan Chia Seed Maple Banana Bread.