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Christmas banana bread on slate with slice on wooden plate

Christmas banana bread (vegan)

Mandy Mazliah
A delicious and easy recipe for a Christmas vegan banana bread with cranberries. This is the perfect recipe to use up over-ripe bananas.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Cake
Cuisine International
Servings 12
Calories 269 kcal


  • 175 g soft light brown sugar
  • 250 g plain flour I used half white and half spelt
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 ml water
  • 100 ml maple syrup
  • 100 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 50 g mixed dried fruit eg raisins, sultanas, candied peel
  • 50 g dried cranberries


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and base line a 1kg loaf tin with a sheet of baking parchment.
  • Add 175g soft brown sugar, 250g plain flour, ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon mixed spice and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to a large bowl. Whisk gently until thoroughly combined.
  • Place 100ml water, 100ml maple syrup and 100ml sunflower oil into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly so that it doesn't burn. As soon as it's just boiling pour it over the dry ingredients and stir well until combined.
  • Add a tablespoon of cider vinegar and mix in.
  • Stir in the 2 mashed bananas, 50g mixed dried fruit and 50g dried cranberries
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes to one hour* turning the tin around halfway until well risen and firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool in the tin.


  1. Cover the top with foil if it's getting overdone when the centre is still uncooked.
  2. Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.


Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 53mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas banana bread
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