This Easy Vegan Banana Bread With Pears is a delicious way to use up ripe fruit. This is a very quick and easy recipe to put together - no electric mixer needed. The pears give this banana bread added flavor and texture.
While it is a sweet bread, there isn't too much added sugar in this so it's not overly sweet like some banana breads are. It uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. Bonus - you only need one large mixing bowl so you won't have a ton of dishes to do when this is done.
- I used red pears in this recipe but you can use any kind of ripe pears. Bartlett and bosc pears are fine.
- Adding ¼ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts is a great addition to this pear banana bread and will give it a little crunch.
- Adding ⅓ cup of dark chocolate chips is a tasty way to make this bread into more of a dessert.
- I prefer using plain flour, but if you want to use whole wheat flour it will still work. I wouldn't recommend using only whole wheat flour though. At most, I would use it 50/50 with white.
- Top with some vegan whipped cream for the ultimate treat.
- I like using all white sugar but you can also use ½ brown sugar for a little molasses flavor.
Making the Vegan Banana Bread
Start by preheating the oven. For best results, line the loaf pan with parchment paper for easy removal. In a large bowl, mash up the extra ripe bananas with a fork. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, but don't leave any large chunks in it. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil to the mashed bananas and mix very well.
Next you'll be adding the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the baking soda, nutmeg and salt into the banana mixture and combine well. Add the white flour and stir to combine. Don't over-mix the batter.
Using a spatula or a wooden spoon, fold in the overripe pears. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth out the top and place in the preheated oven.
Bake for about 55 minutes. Take out the bread and test to see if it's completely baked through. If needed, bake for an additional five minutes. Let the bread rest in the pan for at least 15 minutes before removing it. Let cool, slice and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Doesn't this bread need flax eggs?
This recipe doesn't use any flax eggs (a mixture of ground flax seed and water) or other egg substitutes. I'm not a big fan of flax eggs as I find it makes baked goods too dense and gummy. This bread doesn't need them.
This Easy Vegan Banana Bread With Pears is our new favorite recipe for a twist on classic vegan banana bread. The chunks of pears are sweet and give the bread a flavor boost. There isn't too much sugar in it so it's great for an afternoon snack.
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Easy Vegan Banana Bread With Pears
- 3 ripe bananas
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 ripe pears, peeled and diced
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
- In a large bowl, mash up the ripe bananas with a fork. Try not to have any large chunks.
- Add in the sugar, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil and mix well with the fork.
- Add in the baking soda, nutmeg and salt and stir to combine.
- Add in the flour and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
- Use a spatula to fold in the pear pieces.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared bread pan with the spatula and even out the top.
- Bake for 50 minutes. Removed from oven and let sit in pan for 15 minutes.
- Remove the bread from the pan, slice and serve.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Option: Add ¼ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans if desired.
I had some ripe pears and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I tried this recipe and we all really liked it. I’m glad I have a go to recipe when I need to make something with overripe pears.
Thanks Jane! It's my GO TO recipe when I have overripe pears too.