My quick and easy vegan chickpea flour banana bread is a dream come true! In addition to being vegan, this moist, delicious bread is also oil-free, grain-free, and gluten-free.
Grain-Free Gluten-Free Oil-Free Vegan Chickpea Flour Banana Bread
Dear Power Hungry,
I only have about 100 banana bread recipes. I need something new and exciting to add to the rotation. Any thoughts? Sincerely, B.A. Nana
Dear Ms. Nana,
Thanks so much for writing; it sounds like you are in quite a jam! But I do, indeed, have an exciting new option for your 101st banana bread recipe: Vegan Chickpea Flour Banana Bread.
Banana bread made from beans? I know, it sounds alarming. But chickpea flour is amazing. It’s high in protein and dietary fiber, but you (and your family or guests) will only know that they are eating something delicious. It’s so fun to fool people into eating well, right?
Camilla @ Power Hungry
This remarkable vegan chickpea flour banana bread is super-delicious, moist & satisfying, as well as:
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Super easy to make
- Made in one bowl
Ingredients for the Vegan Chickpea Flour Banana Bread
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
The ingredients for the bread are minimal and easily acquired. Here is what you will need:
- Mashed VERY RIPE banana (super-squishy, lots of brown spots)
- Coconut sugar (I have options in the recipe card)
- Vanilla extract
- Chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour, besan, or gram flour)
- Flaxseed meal
- Ground cinnamon
- Baking soda
Banana Success Tips
- It is very important to use very ripe (sweet, squishy) bananas (mostly brown on the peels) for the recipe to work. Fresh, all-yellow bananas are not liquid-y enough, nor sweet enough (those starches are converted to sugar as the bananas become super-ripe).
- I like to freeze my super-ripe bananas for future baking. When defrosting, do not drain the bananas. Measure the defrosted bananas WITH the defrosted liquid.
- Also, mash the bananas super-fine. I used my immersion blender to blend the bananas entirely smooth.
How to Make Vegan Chickpea Flour Banana Bread
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Pan
Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.
Step Two: Whisk the Wet Ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk the bananas, flaxseed meal, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until blended.
Step Three: Stir in the Dry Ingredients
Add the chickpea flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt to the bowl.
Stir until completely blended, then scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Step Four: Bake the Bread
Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 42 to 46 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
Tip: Tent the Banana Bread with Foil while Baking
To prevent over-browning, I suggest tenting the banana bread with a sheet of aluminum foil during the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking.
Step Five: Cool the Bread
Cool the bread in the loaf pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a cooling rack.
Cool the bread completely before slicing it. Isn’t this a gorgeous bread?
How Should the Bread Be Stored?
Store the cooled banana bread in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months.
What is the Taste & Texture of the Bread?
This is a moist, yet firm, loaf with a deep banana flavor. The flaxseed meal is high in natural omega-3 fatty acids, so you will not miss the oil at all!
The bread has a beautiful sweetness, despite having no more than 1/3 cup of added sweetener.
Can I Use Something Other Than Chickpea Flour?
Apologies, but no, this recipe will only work with chickpea flour.
Sunday 23rd of April 2023
Thank you for this great recipe. I made it for the first time without the added sugar and it came out delicious. Me and my 2 year old love it. Can’t wait to make it again!!
Saturday 29th of April 2023
Hooray! That's wonderful, Cazsy! And thank you for sharing that you made it (successfully!) without added sugar. I appreciate it, and I know other readers will, too!
Monday 6th of December 2021
Beautiful bread and I love the ingredients! Can't wait to try it.
Thank you, Camilla.
Wednesday 8th of December 2021
Thanks so much, June! Always a treat to hear from you ?
Tuesday 20th of July 2021
I used a Pyrex loaf pan & baked at 350 for 45 min, when I checked, it was definitely raw in the middle. I returned to the oven for an additional 15 min and it was a little overdone...but boy is it delicious with a tiny dollop of coconut butter. Will bake for 55 min next time. Thank you so much, love this one, a definite keeper.
Wednesday 8th of December 2021
So glad you like it, Dee! :)
Sunday 30th of May 2021
Thanks for posting this easy chickpea flour banana bread recipe. I made it twice and both times it came out well and tested very good. I was surprised the bread did not have the distinct chickpea taste, but I guess the bananas helped hide it.
I left out the coconut sugar since the fruit already had sugar.
I will continue to use the recipe, and try making banana muffins, too.
Wednesday 2nd of June 2021
Excellent, Yaseen! Thank you for sharing that you were able to make it without sugar with good results, too--I know that will be sper-useful to other readers :)
Sunday 23rd of May 2021
wanted to make these as the chocolate (albeit oil-free) version as suggested in the comments and only realised i didn't have enough chickpea flour at home after i had already mashed the banana, so i winged the proportions but ended up with the most delicious, fluffy and soft 7 muffins nonetheless - wanted to share the proportions i ended up using, since they're kinda perfect hehe: 85gr chickpea flour 30gr cocoa powder, a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom. 1tbsp (4gr) baking powder 1 medium egg 220gr banana 20gr no-sugar, high-protein soy yoghurt 20gr granulated xylitol 25gr dark chocolate, finely chopped. baked at 180°C (i guess that's roughly 350°F) for 17min. also, generally thank you so much for all the wholesome, healthy baking recipes - best recipe blog for (mostly) vegan runners :)!!!