vegan blueberry banana bread

August 15, 2010

There are many days where my eats are over the top delicious, with me telling you that you need to make a certain dinner or lunch dish before your life is actually fulfilled.
Unfortunately for you, today was not one of those days. It was a day, however, where my baking skills were put to work. I swear you won’t be disappointed.

vegan blueberry banana bread

Hold on, hold on.. we’ll get to that in a minute.
My appetite has really been lacking today for some reason. I’m just not very hungry, but eating well… because I have to eat. This is highly unusual for me, and I’m not sure what’s up. I rolled with it though. I took a nap after church today – i HAD to. I was so crabby this morning and I am pretty sure the husband felt like he was putting a toddler to bed.  When I woke up around 1:30, I knew lunch should be served, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Therefore, I made myself the most boring rice bowl ever.

brown rice, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and salsa

I also felt the need for some sweetness, so fruit was on the menu as well. A large organic pink lady to be exact.

organic pink lady

I went to Costco this afternoon where I picked up my favorite hummus. I told Mommasita this morning that I “NEEDED” the hummus again. It wasn’t a want, it was a NEED. I don’t believe in lying, so she knew it was an emergency. :)  I was doing cartwheels in the store so happy to finally have it back.

For dinner, we played a game called “operation clean out fridge”. The husband had a leftover burger and potatoes from last night. I had leftover tofu from Friday, so I paired it with a huge salad and some veggies with hummus.

monstrous salad

i find my salads to be best when overflowing in the bowl.

leftover tofu, carrots, zucchini, hummus

Okay, now what you’ve all been waiting for. The main event. This afternoon I made Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread adapted from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. I made a couple of changes, so I want to make sure to post the recipe below because this bread is absolutely scrumptious.

Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large (or 3 small) very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill, but feel free to use any flour mixture of your choice)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • cinnamon to taste (which means a lot for me!)
  • 1 cup blueberries

How it’s done:

  1. You’ll want to start by mashing up your bananas in a large bowl. Once your bananas are mashed, add the lemon juice to the mix.

2 very ripe, very large bananas

4. Mix the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth. Feel free to add MORE cinnamon at this point. Gently fold in the blueberries.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.

when i say i added cinnamon, i mean i ADDED cinnamon!

6. Baked at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

into the oven she went!

If your bread looks anything like this when it comes out, you have been successful in your baking adventures.

vegan blueberry banana bread

This bread is perfect – I’m not kidding you. I have had a lot of trouble with my baked goods lately as they have been very dense to say the least. Meg and I both agree my coffee cake still needs a little work, but this bread is fantastic.

moist, chewy, mildly sweet - perfection.

 So, do yourself and your family a favor by making this for them sometime soon! Let me know how you like it as well. I always love honest feedback!

 I also want to say mad props to Miss Amy who is in the process of organizing an email list and is planning on getting us Chicago bloggers organized to have meet ups and functions! I’m super excited!

I’m off to go eat some bread in the form of cereal (yes, a little weird, but it’s delicious) and relax by catching up on your lives. Have a great night!

Question: Have you ever had a meet up with fellow bloggers? How did it go? I have yet to have any meet ups, and unfortunately missed my chance at THE BIGGEST meet up ever this weekend. I’m excited to perhaps do one soon!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

theemptynutjar August 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Never had a meetup.
Nice creation.
Ever try Sabra hummus? Oh dear, good stuff.


cleaneatingchelsey August 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I havn’et ever had Sabra! I must try it!


Angela (the diet book junkie) August 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

haha….we never have “operation clean out fridge” because we go through food like nothin to it! i’ve never been to a blogger meet up either, but i just started this whole thing a few months ago and still learnin’ the ropes. the HLS must’ve been amazing though, everyone’s had great reviews!


Amy @ Second City Randomness August 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I’m working on that blogger meetup thing for you! :p

Sorry to hear your appetite has gone missing! That rarely happens to me… but when it does, I get somewhat annoyed- this girl likes to eat!


Megan (Running Foodie) August 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

OK, banana bread is up next! I looooove blueberries in banana bread!

I haven’t done a meetup either, but I’m hoping to do one soon with some Bay Area, CA bloggers (Maria, I’m talking to you!).

Unrelated, but when do you go back to work? I’m enjoying my last week of freedom, although I’ll be in meetings/setting up my classroom all week.


cleaneatingchelsey August 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

I go back to work officially on Thursday and Friday for institute days. I’ve been going in to work on my classroom last week and this week, and the students arrive next Monday.. Ahhh!


kaztronomic August 16, 2010 at 2:03 am

Oh no, I hope you’re not getting sick! I hope you find your appetite soon.

That vegan blueberry banana bread looks so yummy. It’s rare to find a gluten free loaf that works out, but that one doesn’t look doughy or dense or anything — it looks perfect! I know I’ll be making it soon. Thanks for the recipe. :D

I’ve never been to a blogger meet-up before. I’m too shy! LOL


teenagehealthfreak August 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

i get those not so hungry days too,….then a few days later..LOOK OUT> there will not be any food left in the house! lol…your bread looks great! i’ve never met anyone in person..yet, i’d love to though!


Amanda @ . seek . August 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

Mm banana bread is like my favorite thing eeeeever. Such a shame that I’m all of super ripe bananas :(

I’ve never had a blogger meet up because I honestly don’t think there are any bloggers up here in my neck of the woods. It’s something I’d love to do, though, so maybe if I’m ever traveling, I’ll have to look up bloggers in the area :)


Megan August 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

Ooh I love banana bread!! I’ve never used blueberries in it but this looks awesome. I did a blogger meetup last week where a bunch of us went to dinner and it was wonnnderful!


cleaneatingchelsey August 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

I know! I saw your posts the last few times you went and I was jealouuuussss! Why don’t I live around you? :)


elaine @ Om Sweet Om August 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

bread in the form of cereal? hmmm…i’m intrigued :D

i know quite a few bloggers who live in L.A. hopefully we can arrange something when i return for school!


cleaneatingchelsey August 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I swear it’s delicious. I take a muffin or some kind of banana bread, toast it, crumble it, and put it in a bowl with all kinds of nuts and dried fruit. Add some coconut and cinnamon, drown it in almond milk.. oh. em. gee!!!!


Erica @ Fashion meets Food August 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

That bread looks absolutely amazing. I think I just might have to try it out. I have a crazy amount of blueberries.



Jess @ MTL Veggie August 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

That bread looks amazing! Will definitely need to try it sometime!
I’ve never gone to a blogger meet-up, mainly because I’m still so new to this whole blogging thing and also because I don’t really know of any bloggers in the Montreal area.
Wanna come to Montreal and have a meet-up with me? haha Hope your classroom prep is going well!


cleaneatingchelsey August 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I’ll make a special trip just for YOU!


Jess August 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Oh wow!! That banana bread looks so delicious and moist!

<3 jess


Kat (My Fruity Life) August 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I wish you could’ve came to HLS! I would definetly still try to get your swag bag, it was incredible..

Let me know about a meetup in Chi!!


cleaneatingchelsey August 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm

me too girl.. me too. :)
I’ll email Amy and tell her to add you to the list!


Lauren August 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Uhhhh I must have missed this post while I was on vaca otherwise you would already have recieved a comment about how I’m drooling over the pictures of that bread!!! MUST.TRY.SOON!

P.S. I love that “nap” is one of your tags ha ha


Sue June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Would whole wheat flour work in this recipe?


cleaneatingchelsey June 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm



Amanda October 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Hi this looks so yummy! I am vegan but recently trying the whole gluten free thing so i was wondering do you use xanthan gum for the gf flour or no? And also i am trying to limit my sugar intake as well so could i substitute the agave for stevia in the raw? Thank you!


Heather Yospe October 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Am I missing something, or are steps 2 and 3 missing?? It skips from 1 to 4. But other than that, I made your bread today and it was delish! I subbed evaporated cane juice for some of the agave. I think next time I’ll add even more banana to give it more banana flavor. thanks for the recipe!


Candice Protheroe November 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

Just made this bread and let me just say A-Mazing!!! So moist and delicious loved it!!! cant wait to try more recipes


cleaneatingchelsey November 13, 2012 at 6:07 am

:) Glad you liked it!


Patricia Collette July 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

is there anything i can use in place of the agave necter? i dont have any left :(


cleaneatingchelsey July 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Any other sweetener is just fine. If you use a dry sweetener, I would maybe up the liquid factorin this just a little bit. Play around with it!


Joanne Novelli October 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I have recently started clean eating habits. I wasn’t sure how this would come out but this banana blueberry is delicious and my kids love it!!!!


cleaneatingchelsey October 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I’m glad you all like it Joanne!


Gloria January 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

Hi Chelsey,

Could I omit the blueberries?


Kells May 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Just made this bread with my 2 year old and it is delicious!
We used 1c whole wheat and 1c white flours otherwise kept it the same.
I’m so happy to find a banana bread recipe that doesn’t need 1500 cups of sugar (estimated)

Thank you!


cleaneatingchelsey May 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm



Nicole May 17, 2014 at 5:43 am

I just made this, with a couple of substitutions:
- 3 TBS of maple syrup in place of agave
- as my flour mix, I did almond meal, millet flour and rice flour

Turned out really well. I’ve been testing varieties of vegan and gluten free muffin/breakfast bread recipes for the last year and I think this is my favorite so far. Really moist and not dense like I’ve come to expect! I also love that it is oil free.


cleaneatingchelsey May 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Glad you liked it!


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