Chunky Monkey Banana Bread (vegan)

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I recently spotted a vegan copycat "chunky monkey" ice cream at our local supermarket which I had to take home with me of course, and I also had a few blackened bananas sitting in the fridge, so this chunky monkey banana bread was the only logical next step! 🐒

This recipe is of course based on the popular Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavour, and it's a vegan adaptation of Serene's chunky chocolate chip banana bread over on House of Yumm. It's moist, tender, with an intense banana-chocolate flavour and crunchy walnuts.

You can also substitute the walnuts with pecans or peanuts, but it wouldn't officially be a chunky monkey banana bread then 😉

So if you have any overripe bananas lying around in your kitchen, don't throw them away – save them for this delicious nutty chocolaty banana bread!!

Honestly, this might be the BEST banana bread I've ever made (except for the "best banana bread" of course which is sugar-free and equally amazing)! But see for yourself.


adapted from House Of Yumm

Preparation time: 60 min
Main ingredients: banana, flour, walnuts, chocolate
difficulty level: easy
makes: 1 loaf
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, wheat-free, soy-free, yeast-free, low-sodium


3 (over)ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil (e. g. canola oil)

1/4 cup (60 ml) plant-based milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups (300 g) spelt flour (I used 1 cup type 1050 and 1 cup type 630, so bread flour and all-purpose flour)
1 packet (8 g) vanilla sugar
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup (65 g) walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup (80 g) vegan chocolate chips or chopped vegan chocolate + more chocolate chips or chunks for the top of the bread


Preheat oven to 180 °C / 350 °F.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas using a fork. If that isn't possible they aren't ripe enough and therefore not sweet enough! In that case, you could lightly cook your banana and add some additional sugar to your batter.

To the mashed bananas, add plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, and vegetable oil.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar, and salt.

Add the banana/milk/oil mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Lastly, gently fold in the chopped walnut pieces and chocolate chips. 

Transfer batter into a lightly greased or parchment lined loaf pan, and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips, if desired.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Check on the loaf after 30 minutes – if it is already nice and golden on top, place a piece of foil on top and bake for 15 more minutes. Once a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, remove from the oven.

Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a wire rack.
Serve this chunky monkey banana bread plain (it honestly doesn't need anything more!), or with vegan butter or nut butter. Or, obviously (😉), serve with Ben & Jerry's vegan Chunky Monkey ice cream, or (like I did) a cheap copycat version, or homemade nicecream such as my honey walnut ice cream – to which you could also add a few chocolate chips, if you want.