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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (vegan, gluten free)

Get this simple recipe for vegan gluten free banana bread using no weird ingredients, only things that you have in your pantry!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread wrapped in a cloth

I love my husband’s sweats. They are just so much more comfy and roomy than my own. On Saturday night I put them on before bed and then I never changed out of them.

All day Sunday I lounged in his oversized cozy sweats that I went to bed in the night before. We snuggled, watched tv, took a nap, watched football, laughed, and just vegged out. And I didn’t even care how incredibly lazy that was. It felt awesome.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread wrapped in a cloth and slices on the side

My friend posted a meme on facebook the other day that said “Stop the glorification of busy.” I usually hate those things. They are usually political and people just see them somewhere and repost them without really thinking. But this one was different.

This one made me really stop and think. It really is true. Why do we glorify busy? I do it all the time. Being so proud of myself for the non-stop day I had. When truly I never got to spend any quality time with my husband, or kitties, or just time to myself. I’m trying to be more conscious of that.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread wrapped in a ribbon

This bread is a lazy day bread. Sometimes I love spending hours in the kitchen preparing baked goods. The process of creaming and sifting and measuring is therapeutic for me. But I do have days when I just want to throw everything together and be done with it.

This is that kind of recipe. You literally put everything in the blender and then bake. So easy. Cleanup is a cinch. Which means more time to snuggle with your hubby, or your kitty, or your puppy, or just a blanky.

A slice of Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with a cup of coffee

The other really awesome thing about this bread is it is naturally vegan and gluten free. I used ground oatmeal instead of flour (just make sure your oats are certified gluten free if you are making this for someone who is gluten intolerant) and the banana and peanut butter eliminate the need for eggs or butter!

I really love the flavor and the texture that the ground oatmeal brought to this bread. It makes it feel very rustic and comforting. Perfect for a lazy day on the couch with a mug of hot coffee.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread being sliced up

Note: I made this in my ninja blender. It is more of a food processor/blender hybrid. If you have a regular blender it is probably best to pulverize the oats and then mix everything together in a bowl instead.

Though I have not tried it yet, I think a food processor would work well for this recipe. If the recipe is a bit too dry, try adding a few TBSP of water or non-dairy milk. It will be much thicker than a traditional banana bread and I needed no extra moisture, but depending on where you live and the humidity that day, it may be necessary. NOTE: The recipe has been edited based on some reader comments that the bread was too dry.

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread wrapped in a cloth

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yield: 1-9" Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Get this simple recipe for vegan gluten free banana bread using no weird ingredients, only things that you have in your pantry!


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (make sure they are certified gluten free if you have a gluten intolerance)
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas if they are small, 2 very large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • non-dairy milk or water (if necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
  • banana slices for garnish if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Put rolled oats in a blender or food processor and pulse to a fine crumb.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips to the blender and blend until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides and then blend again to get completely combined. (it will not be completely smooth. The oatmeal will give it a grainyness and it will be very thick! Much thicker than a traditional banana bread). Alternatively, you can put the oats in a large bowl with all of the other ingredients and mix with a hand mixer.
  4. If the batter is very crumbly add a few TBSP of water or non-dairy milk to the mixture. You want the batter to be very thick but it should still hold together.
  5. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and banana slices if desired.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380
This simple recipe for vegan gluten free banana bread uses no weird ingredients, only things that you have in your pantry!

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95 comments on “Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (vegan, gluten free)”

  1. As with all GF recipes I don’t care for it at first bc I compare it to the “gluteny” version but then it grows on me, I don’t know why. However I used sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter, added 1 tsp. almond extract, 25 minute bake time in a disposable bread tin, no milk needed. I refrigerated it and it is super moist, even now that its 7 days old 🙂 The taste has grown on me I think the flavors have melded well. I will be making this again! FYI My Fitness Pal says this recipe has 312 calories, 9.5g fat, 49 carbs, 8.5g protein.

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  6. February 21st 2015

    I just made the bread and turn out super good. I was worry about the dry dough but I bought organic peanut butter so it is not has thick and it is more liquid , you have to mash your bananas really good they become more liquid . I pulsed the oat in the food processor and transferred the oat in a bowl then I added everything except 1 cup of chips it was plenty .

    Thank you ,

    Very good bread next time I will replace the peanut butter for apple sauce just to try.


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  8. Chocolate chips contain dairy. Did you mean to use actual chocolate chips or do you use something else?

  9. I made this today as muffins and they came out so good! I didn’t have a problem with the mix being too dry, but I think that may have been because I used a little over one cup of mashed bananas (and a small splash of almond milk to help the mix along in my food processor). I didn’t add the chocolate chips to the mix but did sprinkle a few on top of each muffin and they came out delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Hi Bettie,

    Compliments to you in every way!
    What a stunning treat 🙂 The banana bread tastes exceptional!
    I didn’t have peanut butter, so I replaced it with coconut oil and a dash of vanilla essence … really great tasting bread and so quick to make!

    Thank you and kind greetings from Austria,

  11. hi Baker Bettie, does it matter what type of oats you use in the recipe? I have both long cooking and the quick oats both put out by Quakers Thank you

  12. I love seeing comments on people that have tried the recipe and I HAVE! Several times actually! Everyone LOVES it every time 🙂 It is very heavy and dense, but so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  13. Hello! I am definitely going to try this recipe due to the rare occasion of overripe bananas on my counter (I always eat them first!) and before I do I was wondering if using quick cooking oats for the oat flour would work? I have done it before but didn’t want to risk messing it up and wasting chocolate and bananas:) Thanks so much!

  14. Is it possible to use cacao powder (and some extra moisture, say coconut oil?) is the bread instead of chocolate chips? I have top quality cacao powder which I love but the only chocolate chips I find are not as appealing. I love banana and cacao!

  15. This looks good, but Dad is allergic to bananas so I will have to wait for him to go out if town to try it. 
    Could I just use oat flour? I have that already. What do you think the conversion would be, 1 1/2, or 2 cups maybe?
    I am thinking I might possibly replace some (1/2cup?) of the oats with almond meal. My mouth is watering already, lol.

  16. I made a couple loaves of this…I ended up using my processor to separately blend the bananas and break down the oatmeal, and I used a large bowl to blend everything…I ended up having to leave the breads in the pans until the chocolate chips were totally set, because I didn’t put parchment paper in the pan…but I have to say, this bread is sooo much tastier the day AFTER! Yummy! I even sliced a piece and crumbled it up in a small bowl and hit it in the microwave for 15 seconds, and added a bit of milk…warm the milk a bit, and voila! Oatmeal! And also had a slice of it with butter with my coffee…it’s yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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