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From vegan banana bread flavoured with matcha to banana pound cake studded with Belgian chocolate chips, these distinctive loaves deserve a try

Banana bread was the hottest food trend during lockdown and for good reason—nothing beats the smell of freshly baked banana bread. If you're craving a loaf but don't feel like getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, here are seven kinds of banana bread that aren't run-of-the-mill.

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1. Wownana’s Matcha Banana Loaf Cake

Fuelled by an ambition to prove that vegan food doesn't skimp on taste, Fiozznah Tan founded Wownana during the first movement control order. Tan has been a vegan since 2014 and has been perfecting the flavour and texture of her homemade desserts ever since. Wownana’s banana bread is 100 per cent vegan and comes in unique flavours, ranging from mixed berries and double chocolate to matcha

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Can't choose just one flavour? Customers have the option to mix and match two halves.

2. That Last Slice’s Chocolate Banana Loaf

Made with luxurious ingredients such as browned butter, muscovado sugar and Valrhona dark chocolate chunks, That Last Slice’s chocolate banana loaf is decadence on a plate. A hazelnut ganache and dark chocolate glaze coats the loaf, giving it a glorious shine. While the banana loaf is available whole, customers can also purchase single slices. 

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3. Rise and Shine by Tapestry's Grilled Banana Bread

Located in the heart of Chow Kit, Rise and Shine by Tapestry is known for their homemade breads, quality coffee and wholesome dishes. Served with a side of almond butter and pumpkin kaya, their grilled banana bread contains heart-healthy walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries.

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4. Lushbowl’s Banana Chia Seed Loaf

Naturally sweetened and made with organic bananas, Lushbowl’s banana loaf has the unique addition of chia seeds. The loaf can also be made vegan upon request.

Try your hand at making your own banana chia seed loaf by purchasing Lushbowl's cake mix, which comes with a helpful instruction card.

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5. With Entent's Greek Yoghurt Banana Bread

Founded by Geraldine Chew and Jackson Kang, With Entent provides wholesome, healthier renditions of classic baked goods such as burnt cheesecake and molten chocolate gateau. Made with oat flour, coconut oil and greek yoghurt, the banana walnut loaf is packed with chunks of bananas and walnuts. 

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If you're a fan of crispier edges, Chew recommends toasting slices of their banana bread.

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6. Wholey Wonder’s Belgian Dark Chocolate Chip and Banana Pound Cake

Penang-based Wholey Wonder's banana pound cakes come in not one but three flavours: Belgian dark chocolate chip banana, double chocolate and hazelnut banana, and signature banana pecan. Made with natural, dairy-free ingredients such as coconut cream, flaxseed flour and organic soy milk, the loaves are also fully vegan and can be mixed and matched. 

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Currently, Wholey Wonder's pound cakes are only available in Penang.

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7. Dee Snacks' Gluten Free Banana Bread

Founded by Diane Chia, Dee Snacks offers an assortment of nourishing yet delicious treats such as bliss balls, cookies and granola. The newest addition to the menu is the gluten-free banana bread, which is also egg-free, dairy-free and low in sugar. Chia recommends serving slices with a dollop of nut butter.

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