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Double Chocolate Banana Bread (vegan)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread (vegan)

Organic raw cacao powder and bits of dark chocolate take this banana bread to the next level. Vegan and refined sugar-free this makes for a guilt-free snack.
Course Snack
Category Baking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Autor elle

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 6 tablespoons luke warm water
  • 3 very ripe brown-spotted bananas, mashed with a fork (up to 315 g peeled weight)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (125 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (250 ml)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup white spelt flour (Type 630) (150 g)
  • 3/4 cup whole grain spelt (100 g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar (I recommend GEPA organic raw cane sugar Mascobado)
  • 4 tablespoons organic raw cacao powder (fat-reduced)
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate, chopped (70% cacao) (*see notes)
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds (50 g)
  • cocoa nibs to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C and grease a ceramic loaf pan with coconut oil and dust with flour; tapping out any excess. Alternatively, line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let stand for about 5 minutes (or until it takes on a gel-like texture).
  3. Meanwhile, mash the bananas in a mixing bowl with a fork. Add the maple syrup, vanilla powder and almond milk. Whisk together until combined. Once the chia seeds have formed a gel, add them to the bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. In second mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cacao powder, and salt.
  5. Add the wet mixture to flour mixture and mix/fold gently with a spatula just enough to combine. Be careful not to over mix! Add the chopped chocolate and almonds and gently fold in to combine.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan and level gently with spatula. Sprinkle with cacao nibs (if using).
  7. Bake for about 1 hour and 25 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Check after 1 hour and 20 minutes for doneness.
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the chocolate banana bread from a loaf pan and place on the cooling rack to completely cool before slicing.
  9. Store covered or wrapped in parchment paper (in a cool dry place) for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Notes