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Dairy Free Whole Wheat Banana Bread

IMG_8654This is a great quick banana bread recipe to have in your collection. It is studded with chocolate chips and sunflower seeds. I made this the night before hosting a playgroup so the flavors could meld a bit. This happens to be dairy free, too! I turned to ‘Julia’s Best Banana Bread‘ recipe from Bon Appetite. It was recommended by a friend as ‘the best’ and I found myself with all of the ingredients (and more). It was so simple that I did not photograph a single recipe along the way. Hmmm.

A simple banana bread recipe that is forgiving with additions. I threw in handfuls of (dairy free) chocolate chips, sunflower seeds and I would have added some malted milk powder but, alas, it contains skim milk.

I made mini loaves of this bread…intending to give away some loaves. Apparently, I wanted to share only some with my playgroup friends…and all the leftover banana bread somehow disappeared throughout the week. Oops.

Dairy Free Whole Wheat Banana Bread


  • Recipe adapted from Bon Appetite
  • 3 overly ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 C. white whole wheat flour (could use all purpose)
  • 1 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 t. kosher salt
  • Optional: 2-3 tablespoons of malted milk powder
  • Optional: large handfuls of dairy free chocolate chips, sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed banana, oil, vanilla extract, sugar and eggs together.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and malted milk powder (if using).
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir together until barely mixed.
  5. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.
  6. Divide the batter into the 3 pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until a tester in the center comes clean.

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