Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google Plus Instagram RSS Feed

Vegan Protein Banana Bread

This vegan banana bread has a boost of clean veggie protein from Vega protein powder.

This vegan banana bread has a boost of clean veggie protein from Vega protein powder.

If you’re curious about eating vegan – or if you can’t imagine how you’d do it – you might be pleasantly surprised. To become a vegan is to eat no animal products of any kind. So that means no meat, poultry, or fish; and also no dairy or egg products. That might seem like a lot to wrap your mind around if you’re new to veganism. But even if you know what it is, you might still wonder – How do you get your protein?

The fact is, plenty of non-meat foods have plenty of protein. Think broccoli, nuts, lentils, quinoa, sprouted grains, tofu and other soy products… the list goes on. And if you’re the kind of person who likes protein shakes or protein powders, you can use a plant-based powder like Vega to give yourself an added boost of veggies, fiber, antioxidants, probiotics, and more.

Vega Protein Powder

We had a chance to learn about Vega while at BlogHer from vegan chef Leslie Durso. Leslie taught us how to make some amazing vegan pancakes using Vega protein shake powder to give the pancakes a protein boost. General rule of thumb: If you want to bake with Vega protein powder, put in a scoop of Vega and remove the equivalent amount of flour.

So, in search of a good vegan banana bread, we took her advice. We adapted a recipe from The Simple Veganista by pumping it up with plant-based protein powder. The result? It was a big hit with everyone. (And, for the record, no one missed the eggs or butter.)

Vegan Protein Powder and Banana Bread


5.0 from 1 reviews
Vegan Protein Banana Bread
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6 servings
A moist banana bread that gets a boost of plant-based protein from vegan protein powder.
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Clean Protein shake powder (about ½ cup)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, heated to liquid
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir until evenly mixed and any lumps of protein powder are smoothed away.
  3. In a larger bowl, mash the bananas. Add the coconut oil and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, stirring until just evenly mixed (do not over-stir).
  5. Grease a small loaf pan. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted.

Honestly, the taste was no different from a regular baked good… and we’ve added protein, greens, vitamins, fiber, and Omega 3s. What’s not to like?

Vegan Protein Banana Bread

We’re keeping our Vega on hand next to our baking supplies just so we can keep boosting our baked goods. We’ll let you know if we find any other great combinations!

Blogger disclosure: Vega treated me to breakfast at BlogHer16 and gave me a complimentary container of vegan protein powder. I did not receive compensation for this post, and all opinions expressed are my own.




, , , , , ,

15 Responses to Vegan Protein Banana Bread

  1. Amanda December 13, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Can I make this with vanilla whey protein powder?

    • Jeanne December 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Amanda: Yes, that should be fine! : )

  2. Rossana June 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Hey, I’m trying your recipe. Could I replace the flour with same amount of oat flour and increase baking powder and baking soda?

    • Jeanne June 21, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      Hi Rossanna: That sounds like it might work but I haven’t worked with oat flour much. Could you let me know how it turns out? Thanks! Jeanne

  3. Liz July 23, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    Great recipe. Made this with some modifications with what I had on-hand. I used whole wheat flour and substituted 1/3 c of it with quick cooking oats for some hearty texture and more nutrients. I used only 1/4 maple syrup instead of sugar and used Vega vanilla protein and greens powder as that’s what I use in my smoothies. I squeezed the bananas with my hand and left chunky so there are moist banana pieces in the bread. Super delicious.

    • Jeanne July 24, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      Thank you Liz!

  4. Chloe August 8, 2017 at 5:48 am #

    What substitutes are there instead of coconut oil?

    • Jeanne August 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Chloe: I believe grapeseed oil and olive oil should be good equivalents, but I haven’t tried them in this recipe. If you do, please let me know! Thanks!

  5. Eliza Brasier April 13, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    Do you know the macros for this?

    • Jeanne April 13, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      Thank you for the question – I just calculated it: Nutrition Facts
      10 Servings
      Amount Per Serving

      Calories 201.0
      Total Fat 7.9 g
      Saturated Fat 6.4 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
      Cholesterol 0.0 mg
      Sodium 241.6 mg
      Potassium 219.8 mg
      Total Carbohydrate 30.3 g
      Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
      Sugars 12.6 g
      Protein 4.1 g

      Vitamin A 0.8 %
      Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
      Vitamin B-6 14.0 %
      Vitamin C 7.2 %
      Vitamin D 0.0 %
      Vitamin E 0.8 %
      Calcium 6.0 %
      Copper 3.6 %
      Folate 9.4 %
      Iron 5.6 %
      Magnesium 4.4 %
      Manganese 9.5 %
      Niacin 5.9 %
      Pantothenic Acid 1.9 %
      Phosphorus 4.7 %
      Riboflavin 7.4 %
      Selenium 8.3 %
      Thiamin 9.6 %
      Zinc 1.3 %

      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  6. Anna May 8, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Hello Jeanne
    I’m new to vegan as my teenager made this decision. I tried your vegan banana bread recipe and like in smoothies, the protein powder is prominent . Like in a smoothies the powder taste doesn’t go away. In smoothies I try to leave the powder in almond milk overnight and still you can taste the powder. I thought by baking it in this recipe that would not be the case.
    I used VegEssential All in One, by Progressive. I’ve used Vega in smoothies in the past and found the same thing.
    Any suggestions

    • Jeanne May 8, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Anna: Thank you so much for stopping by and trying the recipe! I’ve only tried it with Vega so I can’t speak to other brands, but if you’re getting a prominent “protein powder” taste maybe first try switching brands? Also, I would try mixing the flour and powder together overnight and letting them stand together before you put them in the bread. Just a thought… I will look into this further! Thanks again for stopping by! Jeanne

  7. Lisa May 20, 2019 at 6:35 am #

    I have to say this is probably one of the best banana breads I’ve ever made! This is largely due to the fact that I’m completely in love with my vegan Biotech vanilla protein powder since the taste is indeed very prominent (which makes it an awesome vanilla flavored banana bread). I found that I had to add quite a lot of liquid since my batter consistency was nowhere near that of the banana breads I usually make, but after that it turned out absolutely perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jeanne May 20, 2019 at 8:33 am #

      I’m SO happy to hear this! Thanks so much for letting me know! Glad you enjoy it!


  1. Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake - Jolly Tomato - May 8, 2018

    […] alike, want to say, “May I please have just one more slice?” (Quick refresher: Vegan refers to a diet or foods made with no animal products, so no eggs, milk, or butter is […]

Leave a Reply

Rate this recipe: