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Comforting and delicious, this vegan and gluten-free Oat Flour Banana Bread is an easy recipe perfect for breakfast or a snack!

        A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

Comforting and delicious, this Oat Flour Banana Bread is an easy recipe that beautifully balances health and indulgence. Ideal for everything from a nutritious breakfast to a satisfying snack, its rich flavors and wholesome ingredients cater to all. You’ll fall in love with its ease of preparation, customizable options, and the way it brings a touch of homemade warmth to your day.

A slice of oat flour banana bread next to cinnamon sticks.

❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Gluten-Free Goodness: Made with oat flour, this banana bread is a fantastic gluten-free option, perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
  • Naturally Sweetened: With ripe bananas and your choice of granulated sugar, like coconut sugar, this recipe offers a natural sweetness that’s hard to resist.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re adding nuts, chocolate chips, or keeping it simple, this recipe allows for a variety of delicious mix-ins.
  • Dairy-Free and Vegan Friendly: By using milk alternatives like oat milk, this banana bread caters to those who prefer or require dairy-free or vegan options.
  • Comforting Aromas: The blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and banana fills your kitchen with a comforting and inviting aroma as it bakes.
  • Simple & Easy to Make: With straightforward instructions and common ingredients, this recipe is ideal for bakers of all skill levels.
  • Health-Conscious Choice: Packed with fiber and the goodness of oats, it’s a snack you can feel good about enjoying.
  • Perfect for All Occasions: Whether it’s a cozy morning breakfast, a midday snack, or a dessert for a gathering, this banana bread fits perfectly into any setting.
  • Great for Meal Prep: Bake a loaf, slice it up, and you have a ready-to-go snack or breakfast for the week.
Oat flour banana bread on a wooden cutting board.

🗒️ Ingredients and Substitutes

Oat Flour: Oat flour is the star of this recipe, offering a gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat flour. It’s known for its mild flavor and tender texture, making it an excellent base for banana bread. If you need to ensure it’s completely gluten-free, opt for certified gluten-free oat flour.

Granulated Sugar of Choice: You can personalize this recipe with your preferred granulated sugar. Coconut sugar is my preferred choice for its subtle caramel-like flavor, but you can also use traditional white or brown sugar depending on your taste preference.

Ground Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These spices add warmth and depth to the banana bread. Cinnamon brings a sweet and woody aroma, while nutmeg offers a slightly nutty and bittersweet undertone.

Baking Soda: Baking soda (not baking powder) acts as a leavening agent, helping your banana bread rise and achieve a fluffy texture.

Salt: A pinch of salt is crucial to balance the flavors and enhance the overall taste of the bread.

Bananas: Ripe bananas are essential for moisture and natural sweetness. The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more pronounced their flavor will be in the bread.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil adds moisture and richness to the bread. It can be substituted with other oils or butter if preferred.

Milk of Choice: This recipe is versatile enough to work with various types of milk, including dairy and plant-based options like oat milk, which complements the oat flour beautifully.

Vanilla: A dash of vanilla extract brings a classic, sweet aroma and rounds out the flavors in the banana bread.

A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

🥣 How to Make Oat Flour Banana Bread

A bowl of banana bread batter with a blue spoon in it, made with oat flour.
A loaf of banana bread in a baking pan.
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A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350℉ (177℃). Line a loaf pan, preferably 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, with parchment paper for easy removal of the bread after baking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients – oat flour, your choice of granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Whisk them together to ensure they are well mixed.
  3. To the same bowl, add the wet ingredients – mashed bananas, coconut oil, your choice of milk, and vanilla extract. Fold these with the dry ingredients until you have a smooth and uniform batter. It’s important not to overmix, as this can affect the texture of the bread.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for about 1 hour. The banana bread is done when it’s golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. After removing the bread from the oven, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. This step is crucial for the bread to set and makes slicing easier. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, slice your oat flour banana bread and enjoy it as is, or toast it lightly for a warm treat. Pair it with your favorite spread or a cup of coffee or tea.
A delicious slice of oat flour banana bread is delicately placed on a rustic wooden cutting board.

🍌 How to Serve Oat Flour Banana Bread

A Breakfast Delight

Oat Flour Banana Bread serves as a wonderful breakfast option. Pair it with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a smear of almond butter, or a side of fresh fruit for a balanced and satisfying morning meal. Its subtle sweetness and hearty texture make it an excellent companion to your morning coffee or tea.

Snack Time Favorite

For a midday snack, this gluten free banana bread is a perfect pick-me-up. Enjoy a slice on its own for a quick and easy snack, or top it with honey, maple syrup, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra flavor boost. It’s also great with a glass of milk or a cup of herbal tea, providing a comforting and energizing snack.

Dessert Pairings

Transform this banana bread into a delightful dessert by serving it with a scoop of vegan coconut caramel cookie dough ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce. It can also be layered with whipped cream and sliced bananas for a decadent banana bread parfait.

A slice of oat flour banana bread next to cinnamon sticks.

🥡 Storing Banana Bread

  • Storing: Once it’s completely cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container. This will help maintain its moisture and freshness. Stored at room temperature, the banana bread will last for about 3 to 4 days. If you prefer to keep it longer, refrigerating it in an airtight container can extend its life to about a week.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, oat flour banana bread freezes beautifully. Wrap individual slices or the whole loaf in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thawing it is easy – just leave it at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Reheating: To recapture the warmth and freshness of just-baked banana bread, you can reheat it. If it’s frozen, let it thaw first. Then, warm it in the oven at 350℉ (177℃) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. If you just want a slice or two, a toaster oven, air fryer, or even a microwave will do the trick.
A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

💭 Top Tips

Bananas: The key to delicious banana bread is using ripe bananas. Look for bananas that have lots of brown spots; they are sweeter and mash easily, infusing the bread with a rich, natural banana flavor.

Oat Flour: Can’t find oat flour? It’s so easy to make your own! All you have to do is blend oatmeal in a food processor or blender until it is a fine powder.

Don’t Overmix: When combining wet and dry ingredients, mix just until they are combined. Overmixing can lead to a denser loaf. Gentle folding will keep the batter airy and light.

Checking for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so keep an eye on your banana bread as it bakes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loafif it comes out clean, your banana bread is ready. If it’s still a bit wet, give it a few more minutes.

Nutritional Boost: For those looking for a more nutritious option, try adding nuts like walnuts or pecans for added protein and healthy fats. Sprinkling chia seeds or flaxseeds on top before baking can also boost its fiber and nutrient content.

A slice of banana bread made with oat flour on a cutting board.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Is this banana bread vegan?

Yes! As written, the recipe is vegan as there are no eggs included, and you can opt for a plant-based milk of choice instead of dairy milk.

Can I add extras to the banana bread?

Absolutely! Feel free to stir in nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit to add extra flavor and texture to your banana bread.

How can I make this banana bread nut-free?

Simply use a nut-free milk and make sure that your oat flour is processed in a nut-free facility if allergies are a concern.

Can I make muffins instead of a loaf?

Yes, you can. Just adjust the baking time accordingly, as muffins will bake faster than a loaf.

How ripe should the bananas be for banana bread?

The riper, the better. Overripe bananas with brown spots are ideal as they are sweeter and mash easily, contributing to a moist and flavorful bread.

A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

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A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.
A slice of oat flour banana bread on a cutting board.

Oat Flour Banana Bread

Comforting and delicious, this vegan and gluten-free Oat Flour Banana Bread is an easy recipe perfect for breakfast or a snack!
5 from 48 votes
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Course: Baked Goods, Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour use certified gluten-free if necessary
  • 1 cup granulated sugar of choice I like to use coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup milk of choice I like to use oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the oat flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well.
  • To the same mixing bowl, add the mashed bananas, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix until you have a smooth and uniform batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan then bake for 1 hour, or until the loaf is firm, golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf pulls out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool for at least 10 minutes before slice for the best results.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Loaf pans: A standard 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan is recommended for this banana bread recipe. A 9 x 5 loaf pan will work, but the bread will be shorter and produce smaller slices.
Bananas: The key to delicious banana bread is using ripe bananas. Look for bananas that have lots of brown spots; they are sweeter and mash easily, infusing the bread with a rich, natural banana flavor.
Oat Flour: Can’t find oat flour? It’s so easy to make your own! All you have to do is blend oatmeal in a food processor or blender until it is a fine powder.
Don’t Overmix: When combining wet and dry ingredients, mix just until they are combined. Overmixing can lead to a denser loaf. Gentle folding will keep the batter airy and light.
Checking for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so keep an eye on your banana bread as it bakes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loafif it comes out clean, your banana bread is ready. If it’s still a bit wet, give it a few more minutes.
Nutritional Boost: For those looking for a more nutritious option, try adding nuts like walnuts or pecans for added protein and healthy fats. Sprinkling chia seeds or flaxseeds on top before baking can also boost its fiber and nutrient content.

How to Store and Reheat Oat Flour Banana Bread

  • Storing: Once it’s completely cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container. This will help maintain its moisture and freshness. Stored at room temperature, the banana bread will last for about 3 to 4 days. If you prefer to keep it longer, refrigerating it in an airtight container can extend its life to about a week.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, oat flour banana bread freezes beautifully. Wrap individual slices or the whole loaf in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thawing it is easy – just leave it at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Reheating: To recapture the warmth and freshness of just-baked banana bread, you can reheat it. If it’s frozen, let it thaw first. Then, warm it in the oven at 350℉ (177℃) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. If you just want a slice or two, a toaster oven, air fryer, or even a microwave will do the trick.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Best banana bread I’ve ever made! This was really good and easy to make. Shared some at the office, and they loved it too. Great recipe, thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried your recipe and it came out so good, I love it! A really perfect bread for breakfast! And the fact that it was so easy to make is what I like the most. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    If anything one bowl sign me up! Delicious recipe made using oats so naturally I had it for breakfast with yogurt and a cuppa tea 🙂 This will be on repeat

  4. 5 stars
    I used my overripe bananas for this recipe. Turned out great! I love the flexibility to customize with nuts or chocolate chips and that it is a healthy too .It lasted me a week for breakfast. Perfect for those busy weekday mornings. I usually have it with coffee or tea.

  5. 5 stars
    This banana bread is my new favorite. It’s moist and so yum! Loved that I didn’t need any special flour.