Vegan Banana Bread with Spinach

Vegan Diaries - Green Spinach Banana Bread

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

November 5, 2022

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Vegan Banana Bread with Spinach: The Tastiest Way to Get Your Veggies

Vegan Banana Bread is such a nourishing comfort food. I was having one of those days. You know, the ones where you just feel off? I looked at the fruit bowl on our dining table and saw that I had a few overripe bananas, so I thought to myself, “Why not make some banana bread?” Baking always cheers me up.

I had all the other ingredients on hand too – chia seeds, soy milk, vanilla, sugar etc. I happened to have old spinach in the bottom of my fridge as well. I’d seen a friend post a recipe for green spinach muffins on Instagram using dairy and eggs, so I thought why not try something similar but vegan – and voila! Green Spinach Banana Bread was born. The end result? The best banana bread I’ve ever had! Not only was it super moist and delicious, but it was also packed with hidden veggies. If I had kids I would definitely be using this to hide vegetables and make eating them fun – I saw in the comments on Instagram, some mums were calling it “the hulk” banana bread.

So if you’re looking for a way to sneak in some extra veggies into your day, then give this green spinach banana bread recipe a try. It’s easy to make, vegan, kid-friendly and most importantly – delicious!

Overripe bananas, fresh spinach leaves and other baking ingredients in bowls

Ingredients Overview for Vegan Banana Bread with Spinach

Overripe bananas

The overripe bananas are a key ingredient in this recipe because they make the bread super moist and delicious. They also add a natural sweetness to the bread, so you don’t need to add as much sugar.

They’re also packed with health benefits, including fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. This recipe is a great way to use up any brown bananas you have sitting at the bottom of your fruit bowl! I will often buy old bananas discounted on quick sale at my local green grocer and freeze them to have on hand.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood that are packed with health benefits. They are a key ingredient in this recipe because they bind all the ingredients together. They basically act as a vegan-friendly egg replacement.

As a bonus, chia seeds are also high in fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, making them a great addition to any diet. Some studies have been shown they can improve blood sugar control, help with weight loss, and reduce inflammation.

Chia seeds are also gluten-free and can be added to smoothies, yogurt, baked goods, or made into chia pudding.

Soy milk

Soy milk is a plant-based drink made from soybeans. It is a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D, and has been shown to have health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Soy milk can be used in baking as a dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk. When fortified, it has similar nutritional value to cow’s milk, making it a healthy choice for people who don’t consume dairy products. In my opinion, it’s the most versatile and healthiest plant milk available.

Mild vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is the perfect ingredient for this recipe because it helps to bind all the ingredients together and makes the bread super moist. It also has a mild flavor that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the bread. As an added bonus, it’s often high in monounsaturated fats and low in saturated fats and is generally a healthier choice compared to butter.

Fresh baby spinach

The fresh baby spinach is used in this recipe because it is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies into your day. Spinach is a great source of nutrients, including fibre, protein, vitamins A, C and K, and minerals such as iron and calcium. It also has a high content of antioxidants which can help protect the body against disease. Some studies have shown that consuming spinach may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and age-related macular degeneration. Overall, fresh baby spinach is an excellent addition to any diet and provides many health benefits.

Vanilla extract

The vanilla extract is used in this recipe because it has a delicious, subtle flavor that pairs well with the bananas and spinach. Traditionally, it has been a favourite of bakers as it takes the edge off the smell of raw eggs and enhances the flavours of other key ingredients like sugar, milk, chocolate etc. However, in this recipe, vanilla will take the edge off the spinach flavour and enhance the natural sweetness of the bananas and raw sugar.

Raw sugar

Sugar is a key ingredient in this recipe because it helps to enhance the natural sweetness of the overripe bananas and masks the flavour of the spinach.

Raw sugar is a type of sugar that is made from cane juice. It is often less processed than other types of sugar, and contains more minerals and vitamins.

It also has a lower glycemic index than some other types of sugar, meaning it doesn’t cause quite as much of a spike in blood sugar levels (although, it is still very sweet!). Overall, raw sugar is a generally healthier alternative to other types of more processed sweeteners.

Plain flour

This recipe for Green Spinach Banana Bread calls for Plain flour as one of its key ingredients. Plain flour is a type of wheat flour that has been milled to remove the bran and the germ. This leaves the starch behind, making it a more refined flour. It is often used in cakes, pastries, and other desserts because it has a very smooth texture and a mild flavor. In this recipe, Plain flour works well because it helps to bind all the ingredients together and makes the bread super moist. It also has a low gluten content, meaning it is easier to bake with and results in a softer texture.

Baking powder

Baking powder and baking soda are two key ingredients in this recipe for Green Spinach Banana Bread because they leaven the bread and make it light and fluffy.

Leavening is the process of causing a dough or batter to rise, and baking powder is a type of leavening agent that contains baking soda as well as an acidic ingredient like cream of tartar. This combination causes a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas, which causes the bread to rise and gives it a light, fluffy texture.

Green banana bread batter in a blender

Substitutions for Ingredients in Vegan Banana Bread

If you’re looking for a healthier version of banana bread, this Green Spinach Banana Bread is a great option. It’s made with raw sugar, and vegetable oil instead of butter, and it also includes fresh baby spinach and chia seeds to boost the nutritional value. Plus, it tastes delicious!

If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, try some of these swaps:

  • Flaxseed meal for chia seeds
  • Coconut oil for mild vegetable oil
  • Frozen spinach for fresh baby spinach (but be sure to thaw it and squeeze out the excess water before blending)
  • Any other milk of choice instead of soy milk
  • Any other sugar instead of raw sugar (but beware – depending on which kind you use, it will alter the sweetness of the finished product!)