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100% Millet Banana Bread {Vegan, Oil-Free}

Fast & easy 100% millet banana bread! Flourless, vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free, it is made in a flash in a blender. This makes a sturdy, fine-textured loaf that is great for toasting & sandwiches.

close up of a loaf of millet banana bread on a cooling rack

Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread

Why yes, the world does need another banana bread recipe!

This one is unique in several ways. First, it is made from whole millet grain (no flours, no other grains). Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain that is high in fiber, protein and antioxidants. I like that it has a neutral flavor (translation, versatile in all kinds of recipes) and love that it is inexpensive (especially when I purchase it in bulk).

Second, the loaf is a breeze to make. The millet and bananas are processed in a blender in seconds. Push-button baking, I like it.

Third, this banana bread is more sturdy than squidgy, more bread than cake. Sometimes the latter fits the bill, but when it comes to toasting and sandwiches (spread with nut butter, jam, fruit, Nutella, you name it) this banana bread is ideal.

I don’t know about you, but I need banana bread sandwiches in my life :).

overhead shot of a slice of banana bread topped with peanut butter and sliced bananas

Recipe Benefits

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan (egg-free & dairy-free}
  • Xanthan gum-free
  • Oil-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Nut-free
  • Flourless (see my notes for using millet flour in place of whole millet)
  • High in fiber
  • Minimal ingredients
  • Fast & easy to prepare

Ingredients for Easy 100% Millet Banana Bread

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

overhead shot of the ingredients for millet banana bread on a marble surface

The recipe ingredients are minimal (as a banana bread should be 😊):

The recipe also uses plain water (I use filtered tap water).

Sweetener Options

An equal amount of brown sugar, or the granulated sweetener of your choice, can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

An equal amount of liquid sweetener can also be used. If using a liquid sweetener, decrease the total amount of water in the recipe by 2 tablespoons (30 mL).

How to Make 100% Millet Banana Bread

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pan

Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). If your oven has a convection setting, do not use it for this bread. This bread needs to be baked using the regular (convection) heat. More about this in the FAQS at the end of the post.

Spray a 9×5-inch (22.5 x12.5 cm) loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Alternatively, lightly oil or grease the pan.

Step Two: Blend Most (but not all) of the Ingredients

blender filled with some of the batter for millet banana bread

Place the millet, bananas, water, coconut sugar, vinegar and vanilla in a blender (a high-speed or regular blender).

Blend on high speed, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the blender container, until the millet is completely broken down and the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into a large bowl.

Step Three: Whisk in the Remaining Ingredients

Stir the psyllium husks, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into the batter until completely combined. Use a spatula or large spoon rather than a whisk (the batter thickens quickly and will clump on the whisk).

two photo collage showing how the dry ingredients and psyllium husks being added to the millet banana bread batter

Why Transfer the Batter to a Separate Bowl?

When the psyllium husk is added, the batter becomes very thick and sticky. In seconds. This makes it (a) difficult to scrape the batter out of the blender and into the pan; and (2) a major task to clean out the blender.

Scraping the thickened batter out of a mixing bowl, by contrast, is quick and easy. The same holds true for the cleaning.

Step Four: Pour Batter into Pan

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon.

banana bread batter in a metal loaf pan

Step Five: Bake the Bread

Bake the bread in the preheated 350F (180C) oven for 90 minutes until risen and the surface of the bread is a deep golden brown. A tester inserted near the middle of the bread should come out with only a few moist crumbs attached. The corners of the bread should be pulling away (slightly) from the pan.

baked millet banana bread on a gold cooling rack

Transfer the pan to a cooling rack. Cool the bread in the pan for 15 minutes.

side view of millet banana bread cooling on a wire rack

Step Six: Remove from Pan & Cool

Remove the loaf of bread from the pan (slide a butter knife around sides, as needed, to assist the release). Place the loaf on the cooling rack and cool completely.

Slice it Thick or Thin

Is this a pretty loaf of banana bread or what?

overhead shot of millet banana bread

As I mentioned at the start, this is not a squishy, cake-y banana bread. Instead, it is hearty and sturdy, which means that it can be sliced thick, thin, or anywhere in between.

close up of millet banana bread, sliced

What is the texture & taste of the banana bread?

Texture: This is a brawny banana bread: solid, fine-textured, heavy (in a very good way). One slice make s a filling breakfast or snack.

Taste: The flavor of bananas is front and center, with nutty undertones from the millet. This is not a super-sweet banana bread. I baked multiple loaves to get the level of sweetener just right, but feel free to add more (or slightly less).

millet banana bread with a colorful napkin and a cutting knife alongside

FAQ

How should I store the 100% Millet Banana Bread?

Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, and the freezer for up to 6 months.

Can I use millet flour in place of whole millet?

Yes! Here is what you need to do to make the substitution:

(1) Use the same weight (not volume/cups) of millet flour in place of the whole millet grain. Specifically use 2 and 3/4 cups (440 grams) of millet flour to replace the 440 grams of whole millet.

For the most accurate results, I strongly advise weighing the millet flour for an exact weight replacement.

(2) Do not add the flour to the blender

Whisk the millet flour, psyllium, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the large bowl. Blend the bananas, water, vinegar and vanilla in the blender until smooth.

Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until blended.

Can I use a different grain in place of the millet?

I do not recommend it. The proportion of wet and dry ingredients, as well as the quantity of psyllium husk, is particular to this combination of grains. For the best results, stick with the ingredients and proportions listed.

Is the 500 grams of bananas peeled or unpeeled?

I use 500 grams of peeled, very ripe bananas.

If you have a kitchen scale, you can weigh the peeled bananas (no need to mash them before adding to the blender). If you are using cups, 500 grams of bananas is 2 cups of finely mashed bananas.

What kind of millet do you use?

I bring this up for my international readers. In the U.S. and Canada, we pretty much have one millet available, labeled “millet.” It is small and pale yellow. It looks like bird seed because…millet is often used for bird seed (note: do not use seeds designated for birdseed in human recipes 😊). The variety available for human consumption is hulled.

glass bowl of raw millet on a marble countertop

North American manufacturers do not specify the type of millet on packages (just “millet“), but various sources indicate that the only millet grown for human consumption in the United States is proso millet. If you have the choice of several millets in your country, opt for proso millet.

My oven has a convection setting. Should I use it for this bread?

No, definitely not. Convection ovens are wonderful for many types of recipes, but not every recipe. Convection ovens excel at quick, crisp cooking. They are not the right choice for long slow baking, and that is definitely the case for this bread.

Convection ovens (or the convection oven setting) can force the outer layer of this bread to rise and separate from the inside of the bread. This will lead to several results: (1) a big bubble under the surface of the loaf; (2) a gooey middle and bottom; and (3) a hard outer crust.

This bread needs the moderate, radiant heat of a conventional oven.

My bread came out gooey in the middle. Why?

The bread should not be gooey at all. But if it happens, possible reasons are as follows:

  1. Baking in a a convection oven instead of conventional oven. See the section above explaining why this makes a huge difference.
  2. Inaccurate measurements. Even if you have been baking since forever, it is possible that you mis-measured. It is easy to get distracted for a split second–it happens to everybody! If you measured using cups, I urge using a scale next time around. You will love using the scale to measure once you start.
  3. Oven temperature is inaccurate. I regularly check my oven temperature setting using an inexpensive oven thermometer. Check to make sure the oven is accurate before baking. If the oven is too hot, it can force a faster rise to the bread, leading to a bubble under the top of the loaf.

Can I Use Something Other than Whole Psyllium Husks?

No, for this recipe it must be whole psyllium husks. Other gelling agents, such as flaxseed meal or chia seeds, will not work as direct substitutes (they might work, but it would involve some experimenting to determine their efficacy).

I also do not recommend psyllium powder. It can work as a substitute for the whole husks in some recipes, but for some reason, it does not work well in breads such as this.

Happy baking!

Yield: 1 large loaf (14 slices)

100% Millet Banana Bread (oil-free, vegan, GF)

millet banana bread with a colorful napkin and a cutting knife alongside

Fast & easy 100% millet banana bread! Flourless, vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free, it is made in a flash in a blender.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (440 g) millet (raw)
  • 500 g (about 2 cups mashed) peeled very ripe bananas
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (296 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (see notes for options)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) cider vinegar (see notes for options)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (27 g) whole psyllium husks
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 325F(160C). Note: do not use convection setting for this bread (see post for explanation). Spray or grease a 9x5-inch (22.5x12.5 cm) loaf baking pan.
    2. Place the millet, bananas, water, coconut sugar, vinegar and vanilla in a blender container. Blend on high, stopping once or twice to scrape down the container, until smooth.
    3. Pour the batter into a large bowl. Stir in the psyllium husks, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt until blended (it will become very thick, very quickly).
    4. Pour and spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes until a deep golden brown and a tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
    6. Cool in the pan, on a cooling rack, for 15 minutes.Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on the cooling rack before slicing.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 3 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, and the freezer for up to 6 months.

Psyllium: Be sure to use whole psyllium husk, not psyllium powder.

Vinegar Options: Any light colored vinegar, or lemon juice, can be used in place of the cider vinegar.

Sweetener Options: An equal amount of brwon sugar, or the liquid or granulated sweetener of your choice, can be use in place of the coconut sugar. If using a liquid sweetener, decrease the total amount of water by 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Information

Yield

14

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 147Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 3g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although powerhungry.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands and optional ingredients can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.

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Fred Jjingo

Sunday 8th of May 2022

It is a wonderful recipe i have ever seen.

Camilla

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Thanks so much, Fred, I am glad you like it!

jacquie

Saturday 30th of April 2022

i love that you made a bread just using millet flour. however, I don't use banana's so is there something i could substitute such as pumpkin or applesauce to make a different type of millet bread? thanks.

Camilla

Monday 2nd of May 2022

I think pumpkin would great, and applesauce, too. For a really great apple flavor, I suggest purée it fresh apples ( I do this for my almond flour cookies on this site). I also have this millet bread recipe https://www.powerhungry.com/2021/04/millet-sandwich-bread/ . You could add spices, replace some liquid with a juice, or add a bit of sweetener 😊

Holly

Monday 11th of April 2022

Oh wow! This looks fantastic! Going to make this for certain! Thank you for sharing all of your recipes! Can eat foods that I’ve been missing for so long 😊

Camilla

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Yay! I hope you like it, Holly :)

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