Sugar-free Vegan Marbled Banana Bread + NuNaturals Int’l Giveaway!


Marble Banana Bread An Unrefined Vegan

Notice anything different around here? Yes! An Unrefined Vegan’s facelift is healed and ready for its closeup! A big thank you and tons of gratitude to Lindsay at White Oak Creative who did a fantastic job brightening, refreshing, and updating my site and logo. What she’s done makes everything I’ve done look so much better. If your site is in need of some love and attention, check out Lindsay’s work.

Got my money where my mouth is
The sugar’s in the cane
If I had a million dollars
I’d blow it on champagne.

– David Gray, Snow in Vegas

I love David Gray. I adore David Gray. And Snow in Vegas is a really good song from his latest album, Mutineers. I’ve been belting out this song in the car and on the treadmill (yes, I can run and sing at the same time) and the whole time, I’ve been singing, “The sugar’s in the cake!” (Imagine that it’s slightly off-key, at an alarmingly loud volume.) Turns out he’s actually singing, “The sugar’s in the cane.” Where I’m going with this is that this seemed the perfect lyric to set up this post because – there is no sugar in this cake! See? But, alas.

So, continuing with my undeclared chocolate theme for February…I’ve got a sugar-free, chocoately, whole foods kind of dessert (or snack!) for you today: vegan Marbled Banana Bread. There’s a wee bit of oil in here, but I won’t tell if you won’t – and the other really good ingredients make up for this slight badness, don’t you think?

But about that lack of sugar. It won’t come as any surprise from anyone who has read this blog for even a little while – I love me some stevia – and especially NuNaturals stevia products. I use a bunch of their sweeteners in the recipe below, and happily, I can share these products with FOUR of my readers. And it doesn’t matter if you live in Kansas, Toronto, Paris, Bangkok, or Manchester, England. You can enter the giveaway. Here’s what is up for grabs:

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Sugar-free Vegan Marbled Banana Bread

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 80


With only a touch of oil, this sugar-free, vegan Marbled Banana Bread makes a great snack, or top it with plant-based ice cream & fresh fruit for an easy dessert.


  • 1/4 cup chopped Medjool dates, soaked for ~20 minutes, drained
  • 3 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla stevia liquid
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup or vegan chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Put the dates, bananas, coconut oil, applesauce, and liquid stevia in a high-speed or regular blender and process until very smooth and thick. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a big bowl if you’re up to stirring by hand), add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, powdered stevia, and salt. Pulse at low speed a few times to combine.
  3. Scrape the banana mixture into the flour mixture and slowly start the stand mixer. Mix until a thick batter forms, then mix in the nuts, if using. Scoop out about 2/3 of the batter and set it aside. Add the cocoa powder and the chocolate syrup to the remaining batter in the mixer and process until completely combined.
  4. It’s time to marble. You can either put all of the vanilla batter into the pan and then add the chocolate batter – swirling deep with a knife or spoon – or you can alternate dollops of both batters and then swirl. Either way, swirl and then bake the cake for 55-60 minutes. Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
  5. Let the cake rest in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it (and the parchment) from the pan and letting it cool completely on a wire rack. Or, eat it while it’s still a bit warm.


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 234
  • Fat: 14
  • Saturated Fat: 9
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 52
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 0


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39 thoughts on “Sugar-free Vegan Marbled Banana Bread + NuNaturals Int’l Giveaway!

  1. Marfigs

    That bread looks and sounds delicious! I absolutely *adore* NN products – they’re pretty much all over the kitchen and I get very sadface when they’re done, especially the cocoa syrup and peppermint drops. ;D

      1. Marfigs

        You can bet I troll the internet hard for NN giveaways because they’re usually the only ones I can enter! 😀

        I’m always so shamefaced by how quickly the cocoa syrup disappears – my omnivore husband is not allowed to touch it because he can get his grub on at any restaurant he pleases, so it’s all mine!

      2. Marfigs

        Oh yes! 😀 I’m suck a sucker for mint-flavoured anything so last time Ron sent me *three* bottles of the glorious stuff! It’s not as thick as the cocoa syrup but good grief it’s gorgeous on the tongue 😀

  2. bmolony

    This looks really exciting. I am just in the process of going vegan (allergies to eggs, milk, wheat etc.) and trying to find recipes that will make my family happy can be a challenge. I am trying to turn this into an adventure instead of a problem.

  3. Bianca

    First of all I love the new design of the site! It’s so pretty and it looks so much cleaner than the old one 🙂 Lindsay did a wonderful job.
    And the marble banana bread looks super duper amazing! Yumm!

  4. Jessica Eagle

    Ohhh…gorgeous !!! I love your new look !!! Wow…what a nice makeover. Good job !!!
    Hummmm…your banana bread looks sooooooo good. I really like banana bread so I’ll definitely put your’s in my Pinterest for a nice snack soon 🙂
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway !!! Very, very, very interesting. I never tried the cocoa flavor…sounds interesting.

  5. Barbara

    This bread sounds so delicious, nutritious and easy to make! Unfortunately I don’t have twitter so my chances to win the amazing products are not that big. But nevertheless I am happy, I found your site with all the great recipes! 🙂

  6. The Vegan 8

    I love the new look of your site Annie!! Easier to navigate, brighter, fresh….all of the above! It is more simple and streamlined too, if that makes sense! I love it! This bread looks just gorgeous too….love those gorgeous brown swirls!

  7. Brittany

    This blog is GORGEOUS!! I continue to be blown away by how your blog has blossomed!! I adore everything about it. And this bread!?! HOLY YUM! I looveee those vanilla stevia drops!

  8. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

    This banana bread looks so pretty, and I love the ingredient list! I also LOVE David Gray. I saw him in concert a few years ago and he was so, so good. I’m waiting for him to go on the road again sometime so that I can see him again!

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