We eat a lot of banana bread. There are a lot of really delicious vegan banana breads on the internet and I have to wonder- does the world really need another one? It turns out it does. You see, I have tried various healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipes and there is always one thing missing: tahini. The worlds another vegan banana bread recipe because the world needs THIS Vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf with tahini (and maple syrup, sesame seeds and olive oil, to be precise).
Because TAHINI and dark chocolate and banana and maple syrup is a thing that should be celebrated and banana bread is a great way to celebrate. The texture here is just perfect- it is moist with that much loved banana-bread crumb, the toasted seeds on top provide a delightful crunch and chew and the little speckles of dark chocolate add just the nicest variety. This is the banana bread atet we love the most, and while it is not gluten free, or sugar free or anything else free is it a recipe that you’ll come back to time and again.
So- lets dive in! here are the ingredients for the vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf;
Of course. To make the most flavoursome loaf you want this extra ripe bananas that are soft, squishy and starting to brown. The ones that you don’t enjoy eating because they are too sweet. Using under-ripe (or firm) bananas will mean the loaf has less flavour and sweetness, as at this stage bananas and more starch that sugar.
Milk of choice.
I like to use this almond milk, but it really does not matter which milk you chose. I would avoid coconut milk as the flavour might be too strong.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste taht hails from many middle eastern countries. It has a natural nutty flavour that pairs just beautifully with banana, but not all tahini is equal! To find good quality tahini look for one that is runny, does not have the oil separated on top, and is IN date. Like all nut or seed butters tahini does go rancid, so ensure you are using fresh tahini.
Note- there are 3 types of tahini on the market. Hulled (my personal favourite), unruled (this is darker in colour and thicker in consistency) and black tahini (made from black sesame seeds). You could use any of these however both unhealed and black tahini have a more overbearing flavour so I would recommend you stick to the hulled variety.
Pure maple syrup
I added pure maple syrup for 2 reasons. Firstly, I love the way it pairs with tahini. The two together create the more delicious flavour combination, and the sesame seeds drizzled with maple on top of the loaf really make the loaf sing. Secondly, while I wanted to keep the loaf absolutely delicious, I prefer to keep the sugar on the lower side- so we have. mixture of pure maple syrup and coconut sugar to sweeten.
The thing about baking with sugar is more than just adding sweetness to a recipe- it also aids in creating a desirable texture. I prefer to use coconut sugar (but please note- coconut sugar is not any healthier than cane sugar) as it has a beautiful, natural camel flavour and doesn’t add too much moistness unlike brown sugar.
Tip: If you want a HEALTHIER version you can bake this loaf without any coconut sugar at all- I have done this many times when I want to make snacks for etc girls that are free from refined sugar. Expect the taste and texture to be flatter, though. Using monk fruit sweetener like this one is a great option too if you want less sugar but still the sweeter taste and fluffier texture.
Cold pressed light olive oil
You could actually use any olive oil, but I prefer a light olive oil for this vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf so the rich flavour or virgin or extra virgin olive oil doesn’t take over the flavour profile.
Health tip: Cold pressed oils are always the healthiest option as they really on pressure to extract oils from plants rather than harsh chemicals.
Just the original. You could use spelt flour(although I would recommend sticking to 1 cup plain flour flour, 1 cup spelt) or wholemeal (again, stick to a half half ratio), to. I have not tried any gluten free substitutes but use a 1:1 substitute with a good all-purpose GF flour mix like this one and I think it will be fine.
Baking power and baking soda
Both varieties are used for leavening, and I would not recommend skipping on the baking power. the maple syrup in the recipe require a little more baking soda that a vegan banana bread recipe that uses only sugar as the sweetener. I tested the recipe without baking soda and it was too clay.
Salt and ground cinnamon
Because, flavour. I like to use Australian salt- at the most that is pink lake salt from the Source, who work in collaboration with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, who represents the Wimmera’s traditional landowners. Every year they harvest a small amount of salt from the lake, sinfully avoid impact to the ecosystem there. If you buy exotic salt from a foreign county I highly recommend seeing what is local (and harvested ethically ) to you.
Frequently asked questions
1. How do I make this vegan chocolate chunk banana bread refined sugar free?
There are 2 options. Firstly, you can simply omit the coconut sugar. The loaf is still delicious without the added sugar, but not it won’t be as sweet, moist and perfectly fluffy.
The second option is swapping the coconut sugar with a sugar-free granulated alternative. My preference is lakanto, made from ethically sourced Monk fruit. I have also tried this loaf with the sweetener from Whole Earth, it was good.
2. Can I make this loaf gluten free?
Yes. There have been many remakes using a variety of gluten free options, I would mostly recommend a gluten free baking mix like this one but note I have not tried any of these versions. Instead I created this peanut butter, banana oat loaf for you, and you can substitute the peanut butter for tahini if you prefer.
Here are some other delicious vegan snacks recipes you might like:
- Grain free banana muffins
- Apple pie scrolls with cream cheese frosting
- Healthy no bake mocha cheesecakes
- Grain free choc chip saltana cookies
We cannot wait to hear from you if you try this recipe- we just love this Vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf with tahini and we hope you do too, and as always we love feedback, reviews or comments below.
This Vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf with tahini is the perfect banana bread! It is the perfect mix of sweet, comforting, chewy, spiced, nutty and moist and can be made with or with our refined sugar. Best baked on a cold morning and enjoyed with a cup of tea and a good book.
312g (1 1/4 cups) ripe banana, mashed
125ml (1/2 cup) almond milk
70g (1/4 cup) pure maple syrup
75g (1/4 cup) hulled tahini
55g (1/4 cup) light, cold-pressed olive oil
42–85g (1/4 – 1/2 cup) coconut sugar (optional)
300g (2 cups) plan flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp baking soda
50g (1/2 standard block) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp maple syrup, extra
- I highly recommend using kitchen scales for this recipe- it will give you a level of accuracy that cannot be matched. If you use cups please follow the spoon and level method. I used Australian standard cups. To measure the banana with cups, please mash FIRST and then measure.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease a line a standard loaf tin and line with baking paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl add banana, milk, maple syrup, tahini, olive oil and coconut sugar. Using a hand whisk or stick/immersion blender whisk until smooth. A stick blender will remove any lumps, however you can expect to see many small lumps if you use a hand whisk (this is just chinks of banana).
- 3. Sift in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Add in salt. Using a wooden spoon gently mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just uniform. A few dry spots of flour is ok, but do not over mix the batter- this is the main cause of a gummy banana bread. Add chopped chocolate and gently fold through 3-4 times.
- Using a rubber spatula scare the vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf batter into the prepared loaf.
- Use a spoon to flatten out, then top with sesame seeds and the 2 tsp maple syrup. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until cooked through. To test insert a skewer into the middle of the cake (ideally though one of the natural cracks tahini this formed). take the skewer out- there should be no wet batter on the stick, but ideally quite a few moist crumbs. The top should be slightly golden brown and springy when gently pressed.
Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before gently removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Th loaf is best enjoyed once fully cooled (the cake settles during this time).
Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 5 days. The vegan chocolate chunk banana loaf is also be stored in the fridge and is freezer friendly.
Keywords: Banana bread, tahini, chocolate banana bread, egg free, dairy free, refined sugar free