Spelt Banana Bread with Pecans & Chocolate Chunks

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 55 votes

Spelt banana bread is naturally vegan and made extra delicious with chopped pecans and chocolate chunks. 10 ingredients and simple to make.

Vegan Spelt Banana Bread

It is honestly difficult to gauge what is appropriate to share right now. I had a roundup style post of pantry-friendly recipes ready to go, but it all had such strong doomsday-ish undertones to me. I know that these recipes are practical and needed for folks working through this collective unknown. I also know that as this time period of social distancing goes on, I’ll probably be sharing that content eventually, but right now I’m looking to cook for comfort as much as possible. Enjoying simple things in the moment.

There are so many messages that we’re being bombarded with on the news and social media right now, especially in the whole food and wellness community. Take vitamin C, get daily exercise, make sure you’re eating vegetables, go outside, sleep for at least 6 hours a day, don’t eat sugar, don’t drink alcohol, take adaptogens (uuuugh), engage in daily self-care practices, the list goes on.

All of these things are fine if you can do them, but if you’re experiencing acute levels of anxiety with no access to medication/support and you also have children to look after, sufficient sleep and self-care goes out the window fast. I saw a heartbreaking photograph of a frail elderly man staring forlornly at a wall of empty shelves at a grocery shore. Is someone going to scream at him to eat vegetables? If you’re living pay check to pay check and your employer just closed up shop, adaptogens are seriously the dumbest thing to be spending your money on. People with a platform: please think about your privilege and consider perspectives outside of your immediate awareness as you share new content right now.

I always ask myself if what I’m posting is helpful or useful. This feels especially vital in times of uncertainty. I am aiming to use my platform to spread moments of calm, positive energy (that’s also locked in on the seriousness of it all), and obviously some home cooking inspiration. This is a defining moment for all of us. I am trying to be mindful, useful, and compassionate.

There will be pantry-friendly recipes to come and of course I will be much more diligent on substitution questions as they come in. We all have to take this social distancing responsibility seriously to help those most at risk and to lessen the burden on health and medical professionals. If this means cooking and attempting to remix rice and beans for weeks at a time, I think we can do that. If you need help, I’m here.

I had a bunch of deep brown bananas on the counter and while freezing them for smoothies or another future use may have been smarter, comfort and a break from this new routine just seemed necessary. Spelt banana bread for us. Other cozy loaves: pumpkin with chocolate and a zucchini one too. My partner and I are learning how to work together at home and a treat felt like the right thing. All we have is each other and the present moment. Be safe out there and keep looking out for your community. See you on here soon. Sending all my love <3

Vegan Spelt Banana Bread
Vegan Spelt Banana Bread

Spelt Banana Bread with Pecans and Chocolate Chunks

Spelt banana bread is naturally vegan and made extra delicious with chopped pecans and chocolate chunks. 10 ingredients and simple to make.
5 from 55 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 9×5 loaf


  • 2 cups light spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup dairy-free chocolate chunks
  • ¾ cup pecan halves, chopped
  • 4-5 very ripe bananas, peeled (1 ½ cups mashed banana total)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (or avocado oil, sunflower oil, melted vegan butter etc, plus extra)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • You could easily substitute the following flours 1-to-1 for the spelt: whole wheat pastry flour, whole kamut flour, einkorn flour, whole wheat flour or whole grain spelt flour (being mindful of the fact that whole grain flours will make the loaf more dense), all purpose flour, and gluten-free all purpose flour.
  • Any add-ins you like are great! Use up to 1 ½ cups of chopped nuts, seeds, chocolate chunks/chips, or chopped dried fruit. You could also add other warm spices like nutmeg, cardamom etc.
  • You can mash the bananas by hand if you wish! I just like to get them thoroughly pureed in the blender.
  • This recipe is inspired by both Lily Diamond’s and Sarah Britton’s banana breads.
  • If you like this loaf, I bet you’ll love my zucchini bread recipe too.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan and then line it with parchment paper. Lightly grease the parchment as well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the spelt flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, chocolate chunks, and chopped pecans. Stir with a spatula to evenly mix.
  • In an upright blender, combine the bananas, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend on high until totally smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the pureed banana mixture into the large bowl with the spelt flour mixture. Use your spatula to get all of the banana mixture you can out of the blender. Gently stir and fold everything together until JUST combined.
  • Scrape the spelt banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with your spatula. You can garnish the top with extra pecans and chocolate chunks if you like. Bang the filled loaf pan on the counter a couple times to evenly distribute the batter and to fill all spaces of the loaf pan.
  • Bake the spelt banana bread for 50-55 minutes, or until a cake tester/paring knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow the banana bread to cool thoroughly before slicing and enjoying.
Vegan Spelt Banana Bread
18/03/2020 (Last Updated 18/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, breakfast, dessert, gluten free option, snack, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Cooper

    5 stars
    Soooo yummy! My go to banana bread— love how fluffy it is and the dark chocolate/pecan additions are unreal. Laura’s recipes never fail. NEVER! :)

  • Karen

    Great recipe – the flavor and texture are fabulous! The only suggestion I have is to add a binder to keep it from falling apart. Flax egg for vegans, eggs for non-vegans. Again, though SO tasty!

  • Nancy Huerter

    5 stars
    The whole family loved it, and I loved that it was easy to make. Thanks for your careful attention to detail and specific suggestions!

  • kaelyn

    5 stars
    Delish. I’m a big fan of this recipe and will definitely be making it again! Thank you :)

  • Margaux

    5 stars
    Hi Laura! It feels imperative to inform you that this is the best banana bread I’ve ever made, vegan and non-vegan. This just shot to the top of my repeat baking list, tied for first place with your sweet potato muffins. Thank you!!

  • Kavita Mahendra

    Can I use buckwheat flour for this recipe?

    • Laura

      Hi Kavita,
      I have not tested this substitution unfortunately, so cannot guarantee results. My hunch is that you would not be able to do a perfect substitution since buckwheat flour does not contain gluten and has a very strong taste as well. Might be best to Google a buckwheat flour banana bread recipe if that’s your preferred flour!

  • Tania

    5 stars
    This is my favorite plant based banana bread recipe! It tastes indulgent yet light and delicious! Already made twice in one week! Thanks for a great recipe !

  • Shirley

    5 stars
    Hearty and healthy. Will make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Nina

    5 stars
    I have tried more banana bread recipes than I can count, healthy and not so healthy, but all have fallen short in at least one area. I have The First Mess cookbook and I love how every recipe turns out, so I decided to give this a shot. I am never using another banana bread recipe again! My entire family (who usually eat white sugar, white flour, animal products etc.) loved this banana bread. It is perfect. I ended up using sunflower oil instead of coconut oil, but I’m sure it would also be outstanding with coconut oil. Thank you for this recipe! 

  • Michelle Moore

    5 stars
    No kidding I have been making this loaf every week and a half for the past couple of months. We just can’t get enough of it? It is without a doubt the best banana bread recipe out there!  And I have tried many. Thank you

  • Mixhelle Moore

    Well spoken! Banana Bread looks awesome

  • Sofie

    So yummy! 

  • Cheryl

    I made this bread for a vegan friend who had surgery. I’ve never baked anything vegan before so I followed the recipe exactly. Of course I made two so that I could try it and it’s so delicious! My husband and daughter didn’t know it was vegan and they loved it. The spelt gives it a really nice crunch. Keeping this one in the rotation for sure.

  • Bárbara Gramagê

    Best texture in a banana bread in a long time! Absolutely delicious✨

  • Cristina

    Hi Laura!!
    Thank you so much for this superbly simple and incredibly delicious recipe. I’ve got a loaf (my fourth since you posted this) with a couple tablespoons of mesquite flour to add depth.

  • Anna

    As I already mashed the bananas I realised there’s no fluor left except for rice flour – how typical . Substituted 1/2 cup rice flour (all I had) + wheat bran (remaining 1 1/2 cup) and it worked like a charm. Also added hazelnuts instead of pecans as that’s what I had on hand. Thanks for all your great recipies, can’t wait to try more! :)

  • Lucy Bamber

    Hi do you know the conversions to UK grams? And the light spelt flour? What is the UK equivalent if you know please?

  • Desi

    I have tried this recipe with wholewheat spelt flour and swapping raisins for pecans. It’s still lukewarm and two of us have already eaten half of it. It’s so moist and chocolate-y! Absolutely fantastic, thank you for sharing it!

  • Suzanne West

    Soooo delicious, new favourite – only 2nd time making but have already memorized the recipe! (so easy too! :) Blending the liquids makes it ultra smooth and yummy, and minimally mixing liquids with dry gives it a great airy and perfect bb crumb – thank you Laura for a new keeper recipe
    Followed recipe almostly exactly as called for – just mixed whole spelt with all purpose, and put pecans only on top (like them to get toasted ;)

  • Kaley

    I have made this six times already – about once a week since this craziness began. Last night I added a little bit of cocoa powder and baked it in muffin tins and it turned out amazing! Thanks so much for this recipe – it’s definitely my go-to for banana bread from here on out. <3

  • archana jalamadugu

    Hi Laura, I made this today, I had only half a cup of spelt flour, so subbed the rest with 1:1 gf flour. It turned out amazing. It is a great recipe and tastes so good cant stop eating :)

  • Gemma Ingles

    loved it, although i cant stop eating it.

    anyone know a rough calorie guide- just an estimate cant be bothered to my fitness pal it myself lol

    how long does it keep for?

    in the fridge or out?

  • Kasia

    Just baked this, not even cooled properly and it’s already half eaten.

    Used following substitutes, just because didn’t have all the ingredients:
    Olive oil instead of coconut, dry fruit mix & half cup granola with pecans, grated some raw chocolate into the mix as no chocolate chunks, bit short on maple syrup so topped up with honey. Delicious. The best banana bread ever, will be standing in for hot cross buns this Easter.

  • ewlake

    I made six jumbo muffins instead of a loaf, and, WOW! Best banana muffins I have ever made. I have been baking banana bread since 1986 when I was an undergrad in my first apartment, and vegan banana bread since 1995. Needless to say, I’ve made many a loaf over the decades. Hands down the best – non-vegan husband agrees. Thanks so much.

  • Karen Landes

    I’m not usually a banana bread kind of person but when I saw pecans and chocolate… well that changed the scenario. I just have to say that this bread is a slice of divine heaven. I am at peace with the world while I have a big thick slice with my tea this morning. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Chelsea

    Hello! Thank you for this recipe, made it yesterday and I love it! I have a feeling I’ll be making another one very soon!

  • Samantha

    This banana bread baked up wonderfully! Such a comforting aroma to fill the house with during these times of self isolation and quarantine. I used a whole wheat sprouted spelt flour, vegan dark chocolate chips, chopped pecans and 2 1/2 large bananas. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  • Chelsea Cufaro

    Hi Laura! This looks delicious. Do you have a suggestion for a GF flour instead of the Spelt kind?

    Thank you so much! Would love to try this!

  • Lenka HUDAKOVA

    Ah sorry, just noticed there IS baking powder+baking soda:)

  • Lenka HUDAKOVA

    This looks great! Just a technical question: how is it possible that this recipe doesn’t contain any egg replacement or baking powder?? Thanks!

  • Carla Sylvae

    Best banana bread I’ve ever made of had! I needed to substitute flours as I had no spelt flour on hand. I used a mix of whole wheat, white and amaranth, keeping the amaranth potion to only 1/3 cup to avoid heaviness. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I switched to a plant based diet last summer and your recipes are far and away my favorites!

  • Kathryn

    So Yummy!
    I used half ap flour and half dark rye and I had a little bit of coconut to use up so I added that too. The texture and taste is perfect. So easy and so comforting which is much needed right now.
    I like one of your suggestions above about subbing cooked sweet potatoes. I think my next loaf will be part banana and part sweet potato.
    Thanks so much for your beautiful words and wonderful recipes!

  • Kate

    We have been lucky to find a reasonably priced short-term rental in a remote area to wait things out for the next few months in a place that has a bit more space than our tiny apartment in a dense urban area. But the kitchen supplies are limited – no bread pan.

    I made this recipe this morning (as written, with whole-spelt flour) but as muffins instead of a loaf. Baked for 20 minutes and they turned out perfectly!

    Just the treat we needed right now – thank you for posting Laura. Your blog is a staple for us :)

  • Carla Sylvae

    I made this today and it is by far the most delicious banana bread I’ve ever had! I didn’t have spelt flour on hand, so used 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup white flour and 1/3 cup amaranth flour. I also swapped walnuts for pecans, as that’s what we have here. I chopped up some quality chocolate bars from Chocolove and Theo. Yum! I switched over to a plant-based diet last summer, and your recipes are the best in the genre. Thank you!

  • Jackie Dives

    Similar comment to the above about the maple syrup sub. I was wondering about subbing molasses?

    • Laura

      Hi Jackie,
      So molasses would substitute one for one with the maple syrup, but it will change the flavour significantly I think. I would probably go heavier on the cinnamon and maybe add some extra warming spices to compliment the molasses a bit more. As long as you really love that molasses flavour, you should be good! ;)

  • Alina

    Hi there! Can I substitute sugar for maple syrup? Recently ran out in my quarantine life.
    Thank you!

    • Laura

      Hi Alina!
      I think the same amount of sugar or brown sugar would work just fine.

  • Marguerite

    I made this recipe this morning. The only sub was about a half cup of sunflower seeds since I was at the end of the bag of pecans. It came out great and was so comforting and home-y. Just what we need right now.

  • Gala Fernandez

    Made this today and it was amazing! Even passed the picky 12 year old taste test. Thank you again for all your beautiful recipes

  • Sarah

    By far the best banana bread I’ve made! I’ve been toying around with recipes lately and just haven’t loved any of them until now. The texture is so perfect. You’ve done it again! Thanks for all that you do!!

  • Jayme macleod

    just wondering where you got your spelt flour from?

  • Charlie

    Thank you for this relatable, well-written post and reminder to find compassion in this uncertainty. I live in Sydney, Australia and your words resonate deeply with my experience here.

    As soon as I saw your post I knew I had to make the recipe. My family and I love it, definitely a keeper :) Thank you!

  • Cindi

    The recipe calls for light spelt flour & I can not find it anywhere & I live in a major city. ‍♀️

    • Laura

      Hi Cindi,
      If you can’t find light spelt flour, in the recipe headnotes I also suggest, whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, all purpose flour, or whole spelt flour as appropriate substitutes. Lots of options and this recipe is very adaptable to what you have on hand.

  • Jen

    Super excited to make! How would this transition to muffins instead of a loaf? Do you know how many muffins it would make and the baking time? Thank you!

    • Laura

      Hi Jen,
      Someone tagged me on Instagram who made this recipe into muffins! They got about 10 (quite large) muffins and for bake time, I would start checking them at the 30 minute mark.

  • Steph

    Beautifully written and a gorgeous recipe. Thanks for bringing some lightness to your corner of the internet.

  • Betsy

    Thank you for this delicious looking recipe. I happen to have some bananas on my counter that look like they’re ready to move on to the next life in the form of bread. And thank you for the reminder to think about our positions of privilege – we need to treat each other with kindness and love during these difficult times. We are all in this together.

  • jacquie

    thank you thank you thank you for your post. i am glad to see related to comfort and nourishing both the body and the soul. That better form of self-care is there? And thank you for commenting regarding the impracticality of some suggestions that are being put forth. In these troubled times there needs to help and compassion for all including those with so much less.

  • Allegra D'Agostini

    Beautiful post – finding relief and comfort in the little things is so important right now. Hoping to make this soon x

  • Lauren

    I hate to be “that” person but I am not typically a baker. I have found myself longing for some comforting baked goods with limited ingredients on hand — I have everything here except the bananas! Do you think I could sub the banana for sweet potato purée?
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I appreciate how thoughtful you are and look forward to seeing more posts from you over these weeks of social distancing.

    • Shelby

      Thank you for your wise words during these times! Recipe looks delicious and comforting. Wondering if I could sub einkorn all purpose flour for the spelt? Thank you!

      • Laura

        Hey Shelby,
        Thanks for this! In the recipe headnotes, I mention appropriate flour substitutions and I do recommend all-purpose flour there. Since einkorn is wheat-based, it should also be fine!

        • Shelby

          Haha woops, yep, there it is, thanks!

          • Shannon Donohue

            Hi. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup melted coconut oil “plus extra” but there is no guidance on what the extra is for?


            • Laura

              Hi Shannon,
              The extra coconut oil is for greasing the loaf pan!

    • Laura

      Hi Lauren! The following things will substitute for mashed banana: cooked sweet potato, butternut squash, and canned pumpkin! Lots of options ;)

  • Tania Meacher

    Sounds delicious! Any idea on carb content. My husband is a diabetic, so looking for ideas to keep it as low carb as possible but a nice little treat occasionally.

    • Laura

      Hi Tania! I would recommend running the ingredients through one of the many free online nutrition calculators/apps available (My Fitness Pal, Lose It app or Self Magazine’s Nutrition Data site). As a personal rule, I’ve never included nutrition information on my recipes here. My initial guess is that the carb content is going to be on the higher side since there is grain-based flour, maple syrup, and bananas here.

  • Amy Jarboe

    Thanks for this post! I only have 3 med-large ripe bananas in my quarantine life. What size were your bananas and do you know about how many cups mashed they equaled? Appreciate any info on this front so that I can scale as appropriate as I still plan to bake!

    • Laura

      Hi Amy! You’ll need about 1.5 cups of mashed banana. If you have a significant deficit (anything exceeding 1/3 cup-ish), you can top it up with applesauce, cooked and mashed sweet potatoes or even canned pumpkin.

      • Amy

        Thank you! I think my bananas are large enough to get to about 1.5c!!!

        • Laura

          Hooray!! The small wins are so big these days :)
          xo L

      • Jill

        I’m grateful you posted an amount. To me, 4-5 bananas is closer to 2.5 cups. In this case, size really does matter. ;)

        • Laura

          My bananas are on the smaller side ;)