Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Make this rich, dense chocolate bourbon-spike banana bread that's incredibly moist and flavorful for your next brunch or party.

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

This Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread is decadent, fudgy, moist and totally dairy-free and egg-free. This is the best way to upgrade your quick bread game with serious flavor. 

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

The Southerner in me just loves baking with bourbon. Once I made these Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes + Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream, I knew I was on to something with the flavor. 

It’s slightly sweet and rich, so it’s the perfect pairing with chocolate. And to add an extra level of moisture and dense texture, I had to add sweet ripe banana.

Out came this delicious and over-the-top good chocolate bourbon banana bread. And guess what? It happens to be vegan! 

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

If you, like me, are trying to eat less dairy or eggs, then you’ll love this fudgy, rich chocolate banana bread. It’s also super easy to make and the perfect way to use leftover bananas. 

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

How to Make Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

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 bourbon banana bread.

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Ingredient Notes

  • Bananas. You’ll want to use really ripe bananas for the densest, sweetest flavor. 
  • All-purpose flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill organic flour, which is certified vegan. 
  • Brown sugar. Again, choose organic to make sure it’s vegan.
  • Almond milk. You can use any plant-based milk, including a nut-free option like oat or soy milk. 
  • Apple cider vinegar. My trick is to combine vegan milk with some ACV to make vegan “buttermilk.” It’s tangy and acidic, which helps the baking soda rise. You can also use white vineger. 
  • Vegan butter. I like to bake with the buttery sticks from Earth Balance, they’re easy to measure. 
  • Maple syrup. You can also use agave, but I love the warming flavor of maple in this banana bread. 
  • Vegan chocolate chips. I like semi-sweet, but if you prefer bittersweet or dark chocolate, go for it. 

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Can I Make Gluten-Free Bourbon Banana Bread?

I haven’t tried it, but you can usually swap regular all-purpose flour for the gluten-free all-purpose from Bob’s Red Mill. If you give it a try, be sure to let me know how it turns out!

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Is the Banana Bread Nut-Free?

Yes, as long as you use nut-free vegan milk, this bread is very allergy-friendly. 

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

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Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Vegan Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Serves: 8 servings
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  • 4 ripe Bananas, fully mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups organic All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of finely-ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk + 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (You can use your favorite plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips, semi-sweet


  • Vegan chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • Sliced bananas


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it using vegan butter or coconut oil.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup, add the milk and apple cider vinegar together, whisking until combined. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until the mixture slightly thickens.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, melted butter, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and Almond milk-AVC mixture, whisking them together until well combined.
  • Next, add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. NOTE: DO NOT OVER-MIX! Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter in the prepared loaf pan and evenly spread it out.
  • Gently place the sliced banana slices on top of batter (lightly pressing them in so they stay in place) and sprinkle the top of batter with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife that is inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before gently removing it from loaf pan to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, slice and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Refrigerate leftover 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.
  • SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of maple syrup, you can always substitute with Agave syrup.
  • OIL: Instead of vegan butter, you can also use vegetable oil coconut oil, if preferred.
  • MILK: You can use any plant-based milk for this recipe. I love using Califia Farm’s Almond Vanilla or Oats + Roasted Almonds Milk or So Delicious Dairy-Free’s Almond Milk, however, you can use Soy, regular Almond, Macadamia, Coconut, etc.


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