Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Bread (Gluten/Dairy Free + Vegan)

I know. The title sounds so overwhelming and too “healthy” for a dessert. Or the title could be totally deceiving and this is just another bland, dry, weird tasting gluten/dairy free and vegan dessert… but it’s not, I promise. I definitely wouldn’t be sharing it if it wasn’t up to OH LA FEMME standards. Common, you guys should know me by now, riiiiight? I always post bad-for-you desserts with no regrets (like my Baklava and Chocolate Salted Pecan Cake, for example). But it’s the new year, new goals, and I really wanted to limit my sugar intake, while satisfying my baking (at least once a week) obsession. Also, I have a few friends that are on strict diets or have intolerances and I love to be a good host and cater to them too…cause I’m the do-it-all-wifey. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, I was on the lookout for a free-of-everything recipe for months. I tried several cookie recipes (flop), a couple cakes that tasted really weird, and got sooo frustrated with the endless ingredient list that I needed to buy in order to make one recipe (it was so annoying and not to mention, expensive too). So I gave up on buying gluten-free flours, xanthan gum, and agave — they just weren’t making me happy. I simply wanted a recipe that suited what I had in my pantry, and of course, one that tasted normal. Is that too much to ask for? Well, if you’ve tried g/f, d/f vegan recipes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

And then I came across a recipe. I made it, changed it up to my preference (cause that’s just my style), and bam. This gluten/dairy free, vegan, paleo- whatever you wanna call it, was incredible! And the best part? It tastes just as good as a bad-for-you dessert. I was so happy! My husband didn’t even know and was impressed too. And let me tell you, he isn’t usually a fan of “healthy” desserts. And I don’t blame him, but the fact that he said he couldn’t even notice, was kind of a big deal.

So now I have this awesome go-to dessert for those days when I need a sugar fix (without the regrets) and catering to a variety of my crowds. Everybody wins, and tummies are happy. πŸ™‚

If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. πŸ˜‰

Recipe Notes:

  • Oat flour: you can buy oat flour, or you can prepare it yourself simply using a food processor to ground your oats. Just make sure it’s as ground as possible for the best outcome.
  • Flax egg: this is a substitute for eggs. By combining water to ground flax and letting it sit, allows it to create a “gel” texture which resembles an egg yolk. This really helps in adding moisture and texture to the batter. It’s a genius substitute!

Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Bread (Gluten/Dairy Free + Vegan)


  • 1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, mix, set for 5 mins)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour (you can ground your oats with a processor too)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 soft banana
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • top with walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Line a loaf pan with greased parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to a large bowl: pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. In the same bowl, add the dry ingredients: oat flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together, making sure no flour patches remain.
  4. Then add the mashed banana and chocolate chips, and mix until just incorporated, don't over mix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer and top with our choice of nuts/seeds.
  6. Bake for 50-65 minutes, you can check for doneness with a toothpick or butter knife.
  7. Allow to cool before lifting it out of the loaf pan (about 1-2 hours).
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Have a wonderful Monday!


With love, Ina Petz

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  1. This sounds delicious! I love your recipes. Sometimes I also wonder how you ever find the time to bake such amazing things, while running on hardly any sleep! Not to mention BLOG about it later! Good for you! #supermom #majorwifeymaterial

    1. Aw thanks so much! <3. Honestly I don't know how I manage sometimes too, but I have to say Evalyn is usually an angel during the day, and the opposite at night, haha. But I love making time for things that are special for me, it's very therapeutic.

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