Ok, it’s official. I have a brunch addiction. How good is weekend brunch, though? So mellow, sitting in the sunshine, with nowhere to be and not a rush in sight. It’s the only time it’s perfectly acceptable to eat sweet treats as a main meal, plus it’s usually two meals rolled into one which means only one set of dishes to do. Win!

I’ve had a craving for banana bread for a while but I’m not much of a baker and thought it would be too hard. Turns out it’s actually incredibly easy and there’s the added bonus of being able to lick the bowl spoon while it’s baking, and you better believe this batter tastes good.

I was inspired by this fab recipe from Post Punk Kitchen but made a few changes based on the ingredients I already had at home:

Toasted Banana Bread with Passionfruit Butter

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12


  • 3/4 cup Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups plain flour I used a gluten-free all purposes flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or the seeds from half a pod
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt


  • Preheat the oven to 175C / 350F.
  • Spray a 4x8 inch bread pan with non stick cooking spray or lightly coat with margarine.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • Cream together the margarine, melted coconut oil and agave.
  • Add bananas, almond milk and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake for an hour.


Always one to take things too far, I decided a one-fruit brunch wasn’t enough.  I am crazy about passionfruit.  If I had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of my days, passionfruit would be it, and I’m not even kidding.  This ‘butter’ was a cinch to make and not only made my house smell divine, but tasted incredible.  I have a feeling I will be making it into some sort of dessert very, very soon.  Ohhh yes.  Oh yes I will.

Vegan Passionfruit 'Butter'

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup passionfruit pulp
  • 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine or more if you like it more buttery


  • Add the passionfruit, lemon and Agave to a small saucepan and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated - about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the margarine until dissolved.
  • Pour into an airtight container or jar and place in the fridge to set.
  • Toast a slice of banana bread under the grill and then spread it with the cool, tangy deliciousness that is passionfruit butter, mmmmm. If you can stop at just one slice, you have more self-control than me. 🙂




34 Comments on Toasted Banana Bread with Passionfruit Butter

  1. Shira
    May 31, 2012 at 10:44 am (12 years ago)

    I love brunch too! This combo looks amazing – and so creative! Passionfruit is one of my faves! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm (12 years ago)

      You have great taste, Shira. 🙂

  2. Somer
    May 31, 2012 at 11:50 am (12 years ago)

    So jealous of your passionfruit! I fell in love with it when I lived in Australia. Now living in Utah, I can’t find it anywhere. BOO 😉

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm (12 years ago)

      Oh nooooo!!! I’d go crazy without it! You need to book a holiday to somewhere passionfruit-friendly, STAT! Tell them I said so! 😉

      • Somer
        June 2, 2012 at 4:21 am (12 years ago)

        you got it!

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm (12 years ago)

    Amazing! I just had a passionfruit, but I’m wishing I’d made this butter with it! Look fab 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm (12 years ago)

      It’s soooo good, Gabby! Try it next time. It makes your house smell incredible!! 🙂

  4. Alexiasana
    May 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm (12 years ago)

    i am a big brunch fan too but ONLY in goof company of course :)) love your recipes!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, of course. The company must be just as delicious as the food. 🙂

  5. luminousvegans
    May 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm (12 years ago)

    Wowee, that fresh passionfruit concoction looks amazing.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm (12 years ago)

      mmmmm, and so easy! You must try. I’m counting down until tomorrow morning so I can have it again! 🙂

  6. thepainterspalate
    May 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm (12 years ago)

    ahahaaha…I know whatchya mean! I love brunch too. It’s the lazy yummy goodness of chillin’ with good grub and good people. Love it.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm (12 years ago)

      And some good tunes to boot! Bliss. 🙂

  7. Robin Jean Marie
    May 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm (12 years ago)

    I have a brunch addiction too…(mainly because I usually sleep through breakfast 😉 ).

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm (12 years ago)

      hehe, I hear ya. That’s half the fun. 😉

  8. keepinitkind
    June 1, 2012 at 7:03 am (12 years ago)

    I think we need a brunch addiction group. You know, where we can get together (preferably for brunch) and discuss our addiction. 😉

    That passionfruit butter looks just ridiculously beautiful and tasty. Great post!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm (12 years ago)

      mmmmm, perhaps a vegan brunch potluck??? *drool* 🙂

  9. thecrueltyfreereview
    June 1, 2012 at 10:21 am (12 years ago)

    Brunch=excuse to drink alcohol before noon, Seriously, this is an awesome dish. Great use of passionfurit, and who doesn’t love banana bread?!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm (12 years ago)

      Ohhhh yes, only made better with a cold, crisp glass of Champagne! mmmmm… 🙂

  10. hilmo1122
    June 1, 2012 at 11:51 am (12 years ago)

    oh my! that passion fruit butter looks AMAZING, please come cook for me!

  11. iatelunch
    June 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm (12 years ago)

    I love brunch! Might have something to do with the mimosas…. that butter looks so good. I’m gonna have to give it a try.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm (12 years ago)

      You will! It would go perfectly with mimosas! 😉

  12. erika
    June 2, 2012 at 4:14 am (12 years ago)

    Holy cow. These are gorgeous. Passionfruit is on fruit I have yet to preserve- love the inspiration!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, thanks! Let me know how you go. 🙂

  13. Sophie33
    June 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm (12 years ago)

    What a truly appetizing banana bread & that pssionfruit butter calls my name & mouth too! 🙂
    MMMMM! I am not a vegan but do eat vegan 5x/ week! Come on over & check me out!

  14. Kat
    September 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm (12 years ago)

    Mmm looks scrumptious! How long does the passionfruit butter last?

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      September 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm (12 years ago)

      About 7 – 10 days, Kat, if you can make it last that long! 🙂

  15. Lisa
    April 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm (11 years ago)

    So excited about this! Just wondering what brand of GF all purpose flour you use? Is it the Orgran one? Thanks in advance!! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm (11 years ago)

      I used ‘Bob’s Red Mill’ brand, Lisa. Enjoy! 🙂

  16. Lisa
    April 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Thank you!!

  17. jess
    October 23, 2013 at 10:27 am (11 years ago)

    just wondering if the 1/4 coconut oil should be in there?? if it is i’m guessing it went in with all wet ingredients??…

    can’t wait for it to come out of the oven!!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      October 23, 2013 at 11:35 am (11 years ago)

      Oh whoops! Yes, it should go in with the wet ingredients, thanks Jess. I’ll fix it up now. 🙂