Are you in the mood for something delicious, nutritious, and just a little bit indulgent? Look no further than this vegan Chocolate Tahini Banana Bread!
Richly studded with dark chocolate chips, made sweet with ripe banana, and nutty and fragrant tahini mixed together into a moist loaf; we're sure that it'll be your go-to breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.
Whether served warm from the oven spread generously with sweetened whipped coconut cream or simply enjoyed on its own as an anytime snack, what more could you want? So let's get baking!
This vegan chocolate tahini banana bread recipe is decadent, satisfying, and brimming with chocolate chips! Refined sugar-free and whole grain, this vegan version is perfect for a snack or indulgent breakfast. In fact, it's like eating chocolate cake that has bananas in it!
I say banana bread, but it's more like cake! It's delicious and fudgy, and the organic black sesame butter adds a rich and unique note to an already delicious recipe.
Banana bread, in one form or another, has always been a favorite in our household. After all, it is easy to make, and have bananas in various stages of ripening on our kitchen counter.
Making this delicious banana bread with melty chocolate chips is a great way to use up spotty bananas! Ripe large bananas have a natural sweetness which is perfect for making a lot of banana bread.
This vegan chocolate tahini banana bread is delicious as is, or serve it with this easy cherry compote.
For more recipes using ripe or overripe bananas, try my Easy Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes, Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl, Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, and these Vegan Buckwheat Banana Waffles.
Looking for more chocolate desserts? Check out my Vegan Chocolate Fig Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting.
- Very ripe bananas - brown and spotty, so they are sweet enough for this recipe. They are the key ingredient! I leave bananas on the counter until they ripen enough to make banana bread.
- Spelt flour- this flour is perfect for banana bread.
- Organic cacao powder - I used the Navitas Organics brand (not pictured).
- Arrowroot powder - for additional tenderness and softness to the flour. If you do not have it, you can use organic cornstarch, or you can omit it.
- Black tahini - a good quality tahini with a more liquid consistency is better. I like Eden brand's black sesame butter. Whichever tahini you have on hand is fine, although I recommend runny tahini that is not bitter. Some brands of tahini are stiffer than others. If yours is stiff, mix it with water to thin it.
- Vegan chocolate chips - a lot of brands are accidentally vegan. Read the label to ensure it is free of dairy. I really like this one, either found at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, or you can find it online.
- Organic cane sugar - this is vegan.
- Spices - cinnamon and nutmeg for additional flavor.
- Organic soy milk - I like to use Edensoy or Westsoy. Use unflavored, unsweetened plant milk.
- Apple cider vinegar - this is added to the soy milk to create a "buttermilk" (not pictured).
- Applesauce - this works well as an egg replacement in this recipe.
- Vanilla extract for extra flavor.
What is tahini?
It is ground sesame paste, if you haven't baked or cooked with tahini before. The texture is like a smooth paste. If you cannot find black tahini, ground black sesame seeds, you can use regular tahini.
Tahini is made from untoasted and sometimes lightly toasted white sesame seeds and has a nutty, slightly bitter flavor.
The black tahini gives this banana bread a slight nuttiness and depth of flavor. If you use regular tahini, this banana bread will not be as dark. Whichever tahini you use, the runnier it is, the better.
How to make vegan chocolate tahini banana bread
Start by preheating the oven to 375°F. Grease two 5x9 baking dishes with coconut oil or avocado oil.
Tip: Line the baking dishes with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the banana bread.
Add the apple cider vinegar to the soy milk and let rest for ten minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl. In this image, the cacao powder hadn't been added yet.
In a large bowl, mash the very ripe bananas with a large fork or potato masher.
Add soy milk with apple cider vinegar, applesauce, black sesame butter, and vanilla extract. Stir together well with a spatula.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir and fold the mixture until combined.
Stir in a cup of chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into the two baking dishes, and top with the rest of the chocolate chips.
Bake for fifty to sixty minutes, checking at fifty minutes if the bread is done. See my tips below. You might need an extra five or ten minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool for at least twenty minutes on a wire rack before serving.
How to tell when the chocolate tahini banana bread is done
Press the top of the bread gently, and it should spring back. Another way of checking is to put a wooden toothpick into the middle of each loaf.
The edges of the cake will start browning and pulling away from the edges of the pan.
If raw batter comes out with the toothpick, keep baking and check it every five minutes. I usually turn off the oven at this point. The heat inside the oven will continue baking the banana bread for the next five or ten additional minutes if needed.
- Spelt flour - use whole wheat pastry flour or organic all-purpose flour.
- Arrowroot powder - use organic cornstarch instead.
- Apple cider vinegar - use fresh lemon juice instead.
- Black tahini - use regular tahini instead. If it is too thick, thin it with a small amount of water so it pours easily.
- Soy milk - use cashew milk or oat milk instead. The texture of the banana bread may change slightly. Soy milk reacts with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice the best to create a vegan version of buttermilk. If you use almond milk, it will not curdle as much. You can also use plant-based yogurt and mix it with a small amount of plant-based milk; this will give this banana bread a brownie-like texture.
- Organic cane sugar - may substitute with coconut sugar or brown sugar, or a mix. I don't recommend a liquid sweetener because that will change the liquid/solid ratio in this recipe. The amount of organic cane sugar balances the flavor of the tahini.
- Vegan chocolate chips - use walnuts or pecans instead.
- Organic cane sugar - use organic brown sugar instead, or a combination.
- Applesauce - use canned pumpkin instead.
Be sure to use the ripest bananas you can find, the spottier and darker, the better. At this point, the bananas will start to soften inside. These sweet bananas are perfect for this banana bread.
It's worth the wait to set some bananas aside until they ripen fully. Once your bananas are ripe, keep them in the fridge while you're waiting for them to turn dark.
You can store this cake, wrapped well, at room temperature for three days. It can be refrigerated for up to five days, or frozen (airtight) for one month.
What do I do? I usually refrigerate this moist leftover cake, it does not dry out in the fridge. In our household, the two loaves are gone within four or five days!
How to freeze: Make sure you cool the vegan chocolate tahini bread completely. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and wrap it in aluminum foil before placing it in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. If you're not using a Ziploc bag then wrap it again with aluminum foil. Store it in the freezer for up to four months.
Instead of freezing the second loaf, you can freeze individual slices for a ready-to-eat snack or breakfast. Be sure to double-wrap or triple the slices since the interior is exposed. This will avoid freezer burn and keep the bread from drying out in the freezer.
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Chocolate Tahini Banana Bread (vegan)
- large mixing bowl
- medium mixing bowl
- two 9x5-inch baking dishes
- potato masher or large fork
- 1 cup soy milk or 7 oz plant-based yogurt plus ¼ cup plant-based milk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 ¼ cup organic cane sugar
- ½ cup organic cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch, optional
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 very ripe medium bananas spotty are best, almost turning black
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- ½ cup black sesame butter or tahini or regular tahini, a runny type is preferred
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups dairy-free chocolate chips divided
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease two 5x9 baking dishes with coconut oil or organic all-vegetable shortening and line the dishes with parchment paper so they hang over the edges.
- Combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl.
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the spelt flour, organic cane sugar, cacao powder, arrowroot powder, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a large fork or potato masher. Add soy milk with apple cider vinegar, applesauce, black sesame butter, and vanilla extract. Stir together well with a spatula.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir and fold the mixture until combined. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour the mixture into the two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Top with the remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, checking for doneness at 50 minutes. Insert a wooden toothpick into the middle of each bread. The bread is done when moist crumbs or no crumbs come out. If raw batter comes out with the toothpick, keep baking and checking for doneness every 5 minutes. The edges should pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove the baking dishes from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes on a rack. Remove with parchment paper before serving. Let cool completely before storage. Makes approximately 16 slices from 2 loaves.
- Be sure to use the ripest bananas you can find, the spottier and darker, the better. At this point, they will start to soften inside. Perfect! Otherwise, the banana bread will not be as sweet as it could be. It's worth the wait to set some bananas aside until they ripen fully. Once your bananas are ripe, you can keep them in the fridge while you're waiting for them to turn dark.
- If you wish, you can freeze the second loaf. You can store this cake, wrapped well, at room temperature for three days. It can be refrigerated for up to five days, or frozen (airtight) for one month. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing it in an airtight freezer-safe ziplock bag. Let thaw in the fridge overnight.
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That added tahini is really lovely with the chocolate!
Thank you so much, Nancy!
Addition of tahini is a masterstroke! I cannot wait to try this at home as we are fans of banana bread and I have a jar of tahini lying in my refrigerator.
Thank you, Vidya, I hope you enjoy it!
Love this banana bread recipe. I had a jar of tahini I was trying to use and this recipe was perfect and tasty.
Hi Andrea, thanks so much for your review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe.
I am loving that this is made with tahini. I love the flavor of tahini and never thought to use it in banana bread. Great idea!
Thank you for your review, Danielle! I'm glad to hear that you liked the idea of using tahini in this recipe!
This chocolate banana bread is delicious! Just the right amount of spices and the additional of tahini is such a great idea. Definitely a keeper!
Thank you for the review and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! We love experimenting with new flavors and we're excited to hear that this recipe was a hit.
I love the flavor of tahini and it complements bananas so well! What a great recipe, can't wait to try this out!
Thank you Farah for your kind review! I'm so glad that this recipe is something you'll be making in your kitchen soon.
We really enjoyed this recipe! It was so easy to follow! The tahini really was a nice touch!
Thank you so much for taking the time to review my recipe, Emily! I'm glad that you found it easy to follow and enjoyed the tahini!