{Vegan} German Chocolate Banana Bread

Before we hit the ground running, I need to clarify something.

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

I am not vegan.

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

However, because vegan food doesn’t include any animal products, that means there is no dairy, which suits my little old digestive system loverly.  And that also means no eggs, which isn’t happening in real life, but in my world of desserts, it has worked out just fine.  Besides, “vegan” is a lot shorter than “dairy free.”

But I’m not vegan.  I eat eggs.  I eat bacon.   I eat eggs and bacon together.  They’re good stuff.

But they aren’t in this banana bread.  Emphasis on bacon (although …)

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

Ok, so there are no eggs or milk or butter.  But there is a whole lot of other amazing ingredients!  Like coconut oil, applesauce, bananas, whole wheat flour, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.  I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t used cocoa powder so you could see the coconut and pecans.  But then I think, there is double the chocolate in this banana bread, what am I talking about?

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

Double chocolate is also good stuff.

This bread is like a brownie.  Between the cocoa powder, coconut oil, and chocolate chips, you get a rich, soft, and amazing brownie/bread texture.

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

There is something comforting about a warm slice of banana bread, with melty chocolate chips, and toasted coconut and nuts.  Even in the dead heat of summer.  You know one of my favorite things to do in summer?  I love to go swimming, hang out in my wet swim suit, get the chills, and put on a sweatshirt.  Seriously, it feels so good.  Maybe it is my way of rebelling against summer temperatures.

While my younger siblings have swim lessons, I swim laps and every year, the first day about kills me.  I’m doing great until the 50 m mark for free style and suddenly, there is no air in my lungs, my arms ache, and Houston, we have a major problem in lane 2!  Breaststroke is my best friend.  Backstroke is not.  Every time I bring my arms up and around, I splash water in my face and about drown myself.  My Mom thought the situation was pretty funny.  She was like, it is one of the few strokes where your face is out of the water the whole time.  Yes, true, but struggle is real.

Vegan German Chocolate Banana Bread

This is why I make German Chocolate Banana Bread.

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{Vegan} German Chocolate Banana Bread
Serves: 8-10
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  • 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 8x4 or 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Mash bananas and beat with coconut oil, brown sugar, applesauce, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in baking soda, salt, flours, and cocoa powder until combined.
  4. Stir in coconut, pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle some coconut and pecans on top, if desired.
  7. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen:



  1. says

    This banana bread has everything, Mary Frances! My favourite kind has chocolate in it, but the thought of banana bread that resembles brownies has really got my mouth watering.
    I know what you mean about rugging up in your sweatshirt in summer. It’s a bit like that ‘winter thiing’ I guess where you come in from the cold and switch on the fire! :-)
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  2. says

    My husband has tummy problems, so I do a lot of non-dairy baking too. It does feel better!
    And I’m sure this bread will make anyone feel awesome, anytime! Love the German chocolate concept!
    Good luck in the pool. I suck at backstroke, too. Who can do that without splashing water into their nose? Not me!
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  3. says

    This bread = perfection.
    I mean, the texture looks flawless and the flavor combo sounds pretty awesome to me. And the fact it’s healthy?? SO GOOD. You’re terrific at making healthy desserts look decadent, Mary Frances!
    Also, swimming in summer is fab, but backstroke is just plain uuuuuuuuuugh-y hehehe 😉 Happy Sunday!
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  4. says

    Love this twist on banana bread! It looks amazing and so decadent! German Chocolate Cake is one of my favorites so I would be one happy camper with a big slice of this for breakfast :)

  5. says

    Mary Frances, this looks AMAZING. I seriously love a good slice of German chocolate cake every once in awhile, but it’s usually so fatty that I try not to eat it. But I love it when I do! This looks like the best of both worlds since I obviously love banana bread. Your blog is looking amazinggg!!
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