This tasty buckwheat banana bread is simple to make with just 10 basic ingredients. It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, perfect for a healthy snack or breakfast on the go!

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Why I Love This Recipe

I had a reader request a recipe using buckwheat flour, so I started playing around with it, and I loved how it has a naturally nutty flavor that lends itself well to tasty banana bread. Buckwheat flour is easy to bake with, and it’s a great way to add some extra nutrients to a recipe like this one. The flavor is somewhat similar to a bread made with whole wheat flour. It has a slightly nutty taste and a hearty texutre. This might become your new favorite banana bread!

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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Banana– Ripe bananas provide moisture, natural sweetness, and flavor to the banana bread. Be sure the bananas are very ripe or even overripe. They should be very spotted, almost entirely brown.
  • Oil– You can use vegetable oil or melted coconut oil in this recipe. The oil helps to make the bread moist and tender.
  • Sugar– Brown sugar adds sweetness to the banana bread. It also contributes to the bread’s moistness and texture. You can use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. You could substitute with coconut sugar if you wanted to use a less refined sweetener.
  • Milk– Almond milk adds liquid to the batter, helping to achieve the desired consistency. It also contributes to the bread’s moisture. You could substitute for oat milk or any other milk you prefer.
  • Vanilla– Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the banana bread, giving it a richer and more complex taste.
  • Buckwheat flour–  Buckwheat flour is the main flour used in this recipe. It provides structure to the banana bread and adds a unique nutty flavor.
  • Baking powder– Baking powder is necessary for the banana bread to rise properly.
  • Salt– A dash of salt enhances the flavor of the banana bread and helps to balance the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Mix-ins– Walnuts or dark chocolate chips add texture and additional flavor to the banana bread. If using chocolate, be sure to use vegan chocolate if you want to keep this recipe dairy-free.

What is Buckwheat Flour? 

Buckwheat flour is a type of flour made from ground buckwheat groats. Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, and buckwheat is gluten-free. This nutritious flour has a slightly nutty taste and a grayish color. You can use it in everything from pancakes, noodles, crepes, and baked goods such as bread and muffins. If you’ve ever had traditional soba noodles, you’ve had buckwheat flour! You can find buckwheat flour in the natural food section of most large grocery stores, but you can also buy it online from Amazon!

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Benefits of Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat is naturally gluten-free and rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a good source of magnesium, and iron. Additionally, buckwheat contains antioxidants such as rutin, which may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. It’s a good source of plant-based protein and because it is low-glycemic, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. 

How to Make Buckwheat Banana Bread