Banana Bread with Creamy Walnut Frosting – Vegan & Gluten-free

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Banana Bread with Creamy Walnut Frosting - Vegan & Gluten-freeBanana Bread with Creamy Walnut Frosting – Vegan & Gluten-free

Rich and moist banana bread with a smooth and creamy walnut frosting is the perfect afternoon treat. Made with oats, ground walnuts and banana, it’s perfect for breakfast too! 

I do love a good slice of cake, but if I had the choice I would always pick a dense slice of banana bread. I love dense cakes and sometimes sponge cakes are just too dry for my liking. They’re usually topped with some sort of frosting or come with a layer of jam in the middle to compensate for their dry texture, and the frosting is always sickly sweet and never healthy. 

FLORA FREEDOM RECIPES vegan gluten-free banana bread vegan gluten-free banana breadI created this recipe with the help of Flora‘s new dairy-free walnut spread. The flavour of the walnuts comes through beautifully, making it perfect for this banana walnut bread recipe. I often bake with coconut oil but sometimes the coconut flavour is really strong and overpowers the other flavours that I’m trying to emphasise – in this case walnuts. 

The spread is dairy-free and completely plant-based, making it perfect for vegan baking. 

Not only is this banana bread moist, it’s also topped with a frosting – a healthier-than-usual frosting that’s packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids (the type of fat you NEED in your diet and that most of us don’t get enough of). It’s not overly sweet so it doesn’t overpower the taste of the cake itself, something that frostings often do. 

Due to the presence of oat flour and banana, the loaf is also higher in fibre than a cake made with white flour. This, along with the use of coconut sugar instead of refined sugar, gives it a slightly lower GI number, meaning it won’t have the same impact on your blood sugar levels, which is always a good thing. Fibre is also important to nourish your gut bacteria and help them thrive for a better functioning digestive system

If you’re going to treat yourself, why not enjoy something that’s tasty AND better for you at the same time. Win-win situation right here.

vegan gluten-free banana bread 

Banana Bread with Creamy Walnut Frosting – Vegan & Gluten-free

Makes: 16 slices


2 cups (233g) oat flour – use gluten-free if allergic/intolerant
1 cup (100g) ground walnuts – or you can use ground almonds
1/2 cup (100g) coconut sugar – or you can use brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

4 small ripe bananas, mashed
120ml Flora walnut spread, melted
4 tbsp milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 flax eggs: 2 level tbsp milled flaxseed + 6 tbsp hot water

For the frosting:

1 cup (110g) whole walnuts
4 level tbsp (57g) Flora walnut spread, melted
4 tbsp maple syrup
6 tbsp almond or soya milk – make sure the milk is cold 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
To decorate – chopped walnuts and banana chips
Prepare the flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp milled flaxseed with 6 tbsp hot water. Leave for 10-15 minutes to set.
Preheat your oven to 180*C (160*C fan assisted)/ 350*F
In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. 
Pour in the wet ingredients and mix to combine. 
Transfer the batter into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper. I used a 22×12 cm loaf tin.
Bake in for 55-60 minutes. Leave to cool completely before frosting. 
To make the frosting – blend all the frosting ingredients together until smooth. If the mixture is too soft, refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Spread over the cooled loaf and top with chopped walnut and banana chips. 

Thanks to Flora for sponsoring this post. Commissioned posts is how I’m able to continue working on the blog and creating recipes and recipe videos for you. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments 16

  1. It looks very pretty and delicious and I wish I could eat it as dessert right now! I also love that it’s vegan and gluten free. 🙂

  2. I’m completely with you on preferring dense cakes. Nothing worse than a dry cake (well of course there is, but you know what I mean). I like cooking with walnut oil, so I can see how well this spread would work. Your flavours are spot on as always and your photos have me very much wishing I had a slice or two of this in front of me now.

  3. This looks amazing Nadia – what a lovely moist-looking cake, and all the better that its vegan. I love the Flora Freedom spread but hadn’t seen this walnut one – looks fab, will keep an eye out for it.

  4. This loaf looks seriously AMAZING! The crumb looks perfect, and with a vegan and gluten free quick bread, I know how gosh darn hard that is to do! The frosting looks incredible, the combo of walnuts and bananas sounds diving…. I could go ON and ON, but I think I sgould get into the kitchen instead and make this RIGHT AWAY!

  5. Nadia,
    What would you substitute for the walnut spread? (both in the bread and the topping).
    This product is not available in my area.

  6. I’ve always been a chocolate cake gal, but I would totally combine the three and make a banana chocolate cake! However, banana bread is still a family favorite, so we always love a good slice of healthy, fresh and naturally-sweetened banana bread. This loaf looks beautiful with the walnut frosting! I have to check out the spread!

  7. Hi,
    I’m from Brazil and here we don’t have the Flora walnut spread and I really want to make thus recipe…what can I use instead of that?
    Thank you

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  8. Best banana bread recipe ever! And no guilt because it’s very healthy also. Also found it’s a fool proof recipe, I baked this twice as muffins (without the frosting) with my 4yo and it’s hard to get exact of everything with him but both times turned out so good. Thank you!!

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