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Gingerbread Banana Bread

Gingerbread Banana Bread – Soft and moist gingerbread combines with sweet homemade banana bread for the ultimate holiday baked good.

Gingerbread Banana Bread - a super healthy breakfast recipe for the holidays / EASY to make + leftovers can be frozen for later @choccoveredkt


Maple Syrup And Agave – Are They Better For You Than Sugar?

Pretty much on a weekly basis, readers ask me what I think of agave, maple syrup, and other alternatives to white sugar.

Are they healthier?

Are they good for you?

Should you replace white sugar with maple syrup?

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Gingerbread Banana Bread - a super healthy breakfast recipe for the holidays / EASY to make + leftovers can be frozen for later @choccoveredkt


While these sweeteners might be a little less unhealthy than table sugar, that doesn’t mean they are good for you.

Sugar is still sugar, and it’s a good idea to cut back no matter what type of sugar you are using, whether it’s maple syrup, agave, honey, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or white table sugar.

I keep this in mind when developing recipes, and most or all of the recipes on my site that call for any type of sugar will have significantly less sugar than traditional versions of the same recipes.

There is, however, one exception: blackstrap molasses.

Blackstrap molasses is by far my favorite sweetener, not just for its gingerbread flavor but also because it offers an incredible number of health benefits packed into one tiny tablespoon, including copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and 20% of the RDA for both calcium and iron.

If you’re new to molasses, be sure to try my recipe for Vegan Pecan Pie.

vegan gingerbread

Especially around Christmastime, I try to add molasses to as many recipes as I can.

And since I’ve already done regular gingerbread, with my 3 Secret Ingredient Gingerbread Recipe, making banana bread seemed like the logical next step.

Gingerbread Banana Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe for the holidays: 1 1/2 cup mashed banana, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/4 cup... @choccoveredkt


If you like gingerbread and bananas, you will love this vegan gingerbread banana bread!

Secretly Healthy Gingerbread Banana Bread


Adapted from my Healthy Banana Bread

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Gingerbread Banana Bread

This soft and moist gingerbread banana bread is the ultimate holiday baked good!
4.74/5 (34)
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 10 - 12 slices


  • 1 3/4 cups mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice OR oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, agave, or honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses – blackstrap or regular
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp each: baking powder and salt
  • 2 cups spelt, white, or bob’s gf flour (260g)
  • optional pinch stevia or 3 tbsp sugar for more of a dessert bread
  • optional 1/2 cup raisins or crushed walnuts


  • Grease a 9x5 loaf pan very well, going up the sides. (Or line the pan with parchment.) Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl, then set aside. In a large bowl, stir remaining ingredients together very well. Pour wet over dry, stir just until evenly mixed, and smooth into the loaf pan. Bake on the center rack for 33 minutes – then do not open the oven even to peek, but turn off the heat. Let sit in the closed oven for 10 additional minutes. Remove and let cool completely before going around the sides with a knife and inverting onto a plate or cutting from the pan. Store leftover slices in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze for up to a month.
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*For a traditional banana-free recipe, try this Vegan Gingerbread.

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Published on December 7, 2015

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  1. Tish says

    This is the best vegan banana recipe I’ve ever used it’s perfect every time and amazing with all the spices!

  2. Lauren says

    Is it possible to substitute all of the maple syrup for molasses? Maple syrup, as you know, can be pricey, and I wondered about substituting maple syrup for molasses not only in this recipe but also in others, like your healthy banana bread. I’m unfamiliar with baking with either, and do I can’t appreciate how the molasses would alter the taste or texture. Can you give me your thoughts, please?

  3. Lauren says

    Thank you very much! I realized I meant to type “and so I can’t appreciate…” but you answered my question perfectly.

  4. Lauren says

    I made this mostly as written (except in place of the Maple Syrup, I used a Lakanto-brand maple flavored sweetener, which I had on hand even though I don’t follow a particular diet and am non-vegan/-vegetarian). I made it with ultra-filtered skim milk in place of the oil. I also added 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, as suggested, and I added mini chocolate chips to the batter, as well (about 1/3 cup). Perhaps chocolate and gingerbread sound weird together, but I have enjoyed the results. I didn’t have either cloves or nutmeg on hand, so I left those out.
    Thank you for this recipe.

    I think the flavors merry well together after being refrigerated for a couple of days. I would recommend tasting but not judging the flavor, taste, or consistency of the bread until day 2. In my humble opinion, the bread improves over time (covered and in the fridge).

    Nice job, Katie!

      • Lauren says

        Thank you so much for your creative recipes and wonderful posts. I always read them in their entirety. I like everything about them!

  5. Cheryle D says

    I used whole wheat flour and substituted the honey/agave step with unsweetened applesauce. I didn’t add raisins, nuts or Stevia/sugar and it was delicious with some good butter on it. Should be good toasted too!

  6. Libby says

    Holy mcWow! I made the less-sweet version (and I was low on milk so I used yogurt and applesauce instead) and it is just divine! I love that it’s not too sweet. It smells divine. It’s EXCELLENT. SO GOOD. Yum!

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