Rich, dark chocolate banana bread! Moist, healthier and really, really easy to make!
I think I'll start off this short and sweet post (literally and figuratively) with 'sorry'! Sorry for not producing my Indian recipe that I promised on Instagram the other day. I don't really have an excuse, apart from the usual - being busy, and bad lighting!
While I don't have any relevant excuses, I've been really focussed on some other work lately, then realised that 'ah crap' I had nothing to post this week. Which then turned to 'oh yay' I remember I made this ages ago, shot the photos and forgot about it!
Anyway, onto the banana bread recipe...
I think I've said this before, but I hate bananas! Like actually gag at the smell of them and can't even eat them by themselves. I wish I liked bananas but I just can't handle them!
On the other hand, I love things with banana in them! Smoothies, banana flavoured candy (Aussies will get what I mean!), and of course, banana bread, specifically chocolate banana bread or our banana and coconut bread.
This recipe was adapted from our banana coconut bread we posted last year, and is a hit now in the Clegg household.
I had some bananas lying around the other day, and have been doing some serious snacking lately. The only problem is when I snack, it's usually toast or cheese. Or both if I'm feeling it.
I love that this banana bread still fulfills my sweet tooth, but I know it's probably better for me than just eating toast and jam!
I've been trying to go for lighter meal options and snacks lately, and have been trying hard to cut back on gluten *she says as she sips on a beer*.
Although this bread totally contradicts that, I actually made this ages ago and FROZE it! To eat whenever I wanted to!
This banana bread is really easy to make, and uses every day ingredients found in supermarkets or health food stores. It starts with a base of banana's (duh), followed by a simple concoction of eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and a few other dry ingredients.
If you want extra chocolate, simply add a handful of chocolate chips on top before baking!
Happy baking friends! Hope you are well, happy and healthy wherever you are! - Georgie x x
Chocolate Banana Bread
- 1 cup whole meal plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cocoa sifted
- 3 bananas ripe if you have it
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup note 2
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180C/355F
- Mash bananas with a fork in a bowl until there are no/minimal lumps.
- Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl and add salt.
- In a jug, beat eggs and vanilla together.
- Adds eggs and bananas into dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Pour into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 35 minutes, or until cooked through (note 3)
- Cool in tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to fully cool down.
Over to you!
-Bananas, yeah or nah? Favourite banana dish?
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
This looks fantastic! I love that it's sweetened with maple syrup; I've been trying to cut back on refined sugar so I feel your gluten pain :). Banana bread is one of my favorite treats--I'll be trying this soon!
Thanks for stopping by Kelsie! OMG i feel you on the sugar as well! so hard to cut back though! I love using honey and maple syrup as an alternative sweetener! I usually last through the weekdays being really good with my diet then totally splurge on weekends! i need to work on that!
Julia @ Drops of Jules says
This looks decadent, rich, and everything I could want in a loaf of bread. It's my two favorites- chocolate and banana!
Thanks Julia! It is really good, and I don't even like bananas!