This dairy free banana bread recipe no butter is great. I have three choices for you, our Mayonnaise Banana Bread which is incredibly moist, one uses almond milk yogurt, another using just 4 ingredients and boxed cake mix! All are fluffy, moist and a delicious dessert or breakfast choice.
I will explain the semi homemade Banana Bread with Yellow Cake Mix and other version below so you can take your pick. Some versions will use oil instead, like this one. A great alternative if you are lactose intolerant or don’t have a stick at home to use in order to make this old fashioned favorite. (affiliate links present)
Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe No Butter
What you would need to make our 4 Ingredient Banana Bread are listed below. If you choose to use vegetable oil as the moisture element you should opt for this one. Another alternative to that ingredient would be yogurt or even sour cream. I like spiced mix instead of yellow if I can find it but either works.
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1 boxed cake mix is what you start with in addition to a bit of oil, 3 eggs, 5 bananas that are ripe and browned and a bit of vanilla is a nice touch. With any of these you can fold in 1/2 cup of crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips, or a mixture of both. The third uses vegan based butter for our banana bread bundt cake and Silk brand almond milk yogurt.
No Butter Banana Bread
You could make any of these into Mini Banana Muffins with that pan and in only 9-11 minutes. Regular sizes are closer to 18-22 minutes and then a loaf is about 1 hour. I am not a toothpick check kinda’ gal, I think using your finger until it bounces back when touched in the center is a better measure of doneness.
- 2 bowls to mix dry and wet ingredients for banana bread batter
- 4 large ripe bananas mashed
- 3/4 c sugar
- Large egg
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Baking soda
- 1/2 c walnuts crushed, optional, or mini chocolate chips
- You can sprinkle some crumb topping on the top before baking if you like
This plain or chocolate chip banana bread recipe will make one 9×5″ loaf pan. I suggest cooking spray inside so it slides out or lay a piece of parchment paper across the width of it.
Banana Bread Recipe No Butter or Oil
To enhance the overall flavor you could add a dash of banana flavored extract too if you’d like. This is an easy recipe to whip together for the morning or after dinnertime.
- Mash bananas in one bowl but leave some larger chunks for texture. Add other wet ingredients; egg, sugar, mayo and vanilla. Incorporate together.
- In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.
- Combine the two bowls slowly to get a batter. If you want to add crushed nuts or chocolate chips fold them in now.
- Spray loaf pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour batter into pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs attached. Do not overbake.
- this is How to Tell if Banana Bread is Done!
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then loosen slides, slide out and cool on cooling rack rest of the way
If you do have leftovers wrap the whole uncut loaf in plastic wrap and leave on your countertop for up to 3 days. Slice, warm and enjoy again.
Dairy Free Banana Bread
There are several dairy-free alternatives to butter that can be used in baking. These alternatives work well in various recipes and can be suitable for individuals with lactose intolerance or those following a vegan diet.
- Many brands offer dairy free margarine made from vegetable oils. Look for margarine labeled as “vegan” or “dairy-free.” It has a similar texture and fat content to butter, making it a straightforward substitution in most recipes.
- Unrefined coconut oil is an excellent substitute for butter in many baked goods, especially in recipes where a subtle coconut flavor is acceptable. Use it as a 1:1 replacement, but keep in mind that it can solidify at cooler room temperatures.
- Extra virgin olive oil can be used in some baking recipes, particularly in recipes where its distinct flavor complements the other ingredients. Substitute it in a 3/4 cup olive oil for every 1 cup.
- keep in mind this will give it a savory flavor vs. using canola oil
- Mashed ripe avocado can be used to replace butter in recipes that require a creamy texture, like in brownies or chocolate cakes. Use a 1:1 ratio for this option.
- Nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter can be used in recipes to provide moisture and a nutty flavor. They work well in cookies, muffins, and energy bars.
- Unsweetened applesauce can replace butter in recipes where moisture is crucial, like in Banana Zucchini Muffins and quick bread. Use a 1:1 substitution ratio, but be prepared for a slightly different texture in the final product.
- Dairy-free yogurt, such as coconut or almond yogurt, can work really well as an alternative ingredient in recipes like muffins and cakes. Use a 1:1 ratio and adjust the sweetness level if necessary.
Alternatives to Butter in Baked Goods
In savory baked goods, such as savory biscuits or scones, nutritional yeast can be used to add a buttery flavor. Use it sparingly, as it has a unique taste. Use any of our easy banana bread recipes listed here in our post and let us know what you think!
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Banana Bread Recipe No Butter
- With Mayonnaise – Ingredients listed above. – Mash bananas in one bowl but leave some larger chunks for texture. Add other wet ingredients; egg, sugar, mayo and vanilla. Incorporate together.
- In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Combine the two bowls slowly to get a batter. If you want to add crushed nuts or chocolate chips fold them in now.
- Spray loaf pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs attached. Do not overbake. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then loosen slides, slide out and cool on cooling rack rest of the way.
- Mash bananas, then add all other ingredients (except add ins). Mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips if you want to add those and/or nuts. Put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 min or until knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle. This will make 2 smaller 9×5 loaves or 1 loaf + 8 muffins.
- If you'd rather bake muffins fill liners 3/4 of the way full and bake 18-22 minutes or until middle bounces back when touched gently. Remove from pan and transfer to cooling rack immediately.