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Vegan Buckwheat Flour Banana Bread (gluten-free)

Vegan buckwheat flour banana bread may soon be your favorite of all banana breads! It is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, as well as low in added sugar.

sliced gluten-free vegan buckwheat bread

Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Bread Made with Buckwheat Flour

My whole grain flour obsession du jour is buckwheat. I have been using buckwheat flour in combination with wheat flour for years, but now I’m learning to savor it solo.

Sweet-tooth me, a cake-y banana bread seemed a great place to start. Hello, Vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread!

loaf of buckwheat banana bread on a cooling rack

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is one of the oldest crops in the world and is naturally gluten-free. Despite the misleading name, buckwheat has no relationship to wheat at all; it’s actually a fruit seed (related to rhubarb—who would have thunk?), not a grain. 

two bowls, one filled with buckwheat groats, the other with buckwheat flour

You may already have an affection for buckwheat, too without having thought about it much: think savory French crepes  with melting Gruyere (the ultimate street food IMHO) or a big bowl of earthy Japanese soba noodles. But if baking with buckwheat is unfamiliar terrain, then it’s time to explore.

Why Should I Bake with Buckwheat Flour?

When buckwheat is milled, buckwheat produces a flour that is light and fine-textured. It is a very absorbent—more so than wheat flour—and  works wonders in baked goods. Think crisp cookies and tender as can be breads, cakes and muffins.

And the flavor! Buckwheat flour gives baked goods a rich, earthy  flavor akin to nuts (walnuts and pecans come to mind in particular).

Is Buckwheat Flour Nutritious?

Buckwheat (whole, or milled into flour) is very nutritious indeed!

If you need further incentive to give buckwheat flour a try, with this bread or in another recipe, consider this: buckwheat, like quinoa, contains a full spectrum of essential amino acids, making it one of the few vegetable sources of complete protein that equals the protein of fish or meat in quality. Perhaps I should rename this “power banana bread?”

Which brings me back to my vegan buckwheat banana bread.

Benefits of Vegan Buckwheat Flour Banana Bread

  • Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free
  • High in fiber
  • No refined sugars
  • Quick and easy to make (one bowl!)

Ingredients

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Step by Step Instructions

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Lightly spray a 9×5-inch (22.5 x12.5 cm) loaf  with nonstick cooking spray (or line with parchment paper).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut sugar, oil and vanilla until blended.
  • Add the buckwheat flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until blended.
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Let cool 20 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove loaf and cool completely before slicing.
4 photo collage showing the steps to make vegan buckwheat flour banana bread

Happy baking!

More Great GF & Vegan Buckwheat Recipes:

Yield: 12 slices

Vegan Buckwheat Flour Banana Bread (gluten-free)

sliced gluten-free vegan buckwheat bread

Vegan buckwheat banana bread may soon be your favorite of all banana breads! It is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, as well as low in added sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups finely mashed or pureed very ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 2/3 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (or ground chia seeds)
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Lightly spray a 9x5-inch (22.5 x12.5 cm) loaf  with nonstick cooking spray (or line with parchment paper).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut sugar, oil and vanilla until blended.
  3. Add the buckwheat flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until blended.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool 20 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove loaf and cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread at room temperature in a cake keeper, or loosely wrapped in foil or plastic wrap, for up to 3 days. Alternatively, wrap the cooled bread in plastic wrap, then foil, completely enclosing bread, and freeze for up to 6 months. Let cake thaw at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 slice (1/12 of loaf)

Amount Per Serving Calories 120Total Fat 2.8gSaturated Fat 0.2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 140.3mgCarbohydrates 22.1gFiber 3.5gSugar 10gProtein 2.6g

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Patti

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Did you change this recipe? I have it pinned on pinterest, and I'm pretty sure it used to have nuts and chocolate chips. Could you post the original again, if you changed it?

Jen

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

I love buckwheat and look forward to trying this. I wonder why it looks fairly light? The buckwheat flour I have is very dark and I’m sure the cake would look black.does your flour have a different flavor? Just curious.

Camilla

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hi Jen! You can buy light buckwheat flour sa well as the more traditional dark buckwheat flour. The latter is more robust in flavor--either variety will work here!

Leigh Jansen

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Made this! Soooo good!!!

Michelle

Sunday 25th of April 2021

Why did you not add the bananas & sugar to the fermented buckwheat groats bread recipe?

I've made blender buckwheat flour pancakes, with milk & a whole banana, but the recipe became unreliable - the batter took awhile to cook & stuck to the skillet. I started with flour milled from the groats, then I tried commercially ground, organic flour - nothing helped.

Camilla

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

That would probably be great, Michelle! I would love to know if you try it :)

Karen

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Hi Is there any way you can give the ingredients in grams please? Thanks Karen

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