Hey! Who wants some delicious chocolate and hazelnut banana bread cake? You do? Well, then it is your lucky day because this banana bread tastes amazing. Also it is easy to make, anyone can do it! Oh- did I mention it is refined sugar free? And has no butter, no eggs and no wheat flour… Are you in?
Making healthy choices.
The best part about this chocolate and hazelnut banana bread- or should I say cake (because “bread” is just a word tricking you) is that it containsno refined sugars, no dairy and I included a vegan option. To make the banana bread vegan simply use flax eggs and instead of honey, use maple syrup. It is that simple!
Avoiding processed sugars, trying to use wholegrain flours and ditching loads of butter goes a long way!
Maybe it seems simple, but making healthier choices actually IS that simple.
The riper, the better!
As I perviously mentioned, the bread is naturally sweetened. The sweetnes come from the ripe bananas, so you should really try to find the ripest and spottiest ones. You should be able to mash the bananas with a fork effortlessly.
Whenever I see overripe bananas in my fruit basket… I know what’s up- banana bread for dessert!
Have you ever tried hazelnut flour?
I can bet you have at least heard of almond flour, let alone used it in your healthy bakes. A superflour for all of those who are on a Paleo diet or avoiding gluten and grains.
But have you ever heard of hazelnut flour?
It has a coarse texture and a nutty taste… well, duuuh Renata!
It may seem expensive, but you are really using just a bit and there will be plenty more left to make this recipe over and over again. However, if you fail to find hazelnut, almond flour will work just as fine. You do you! Nut flours are made from nuts which are great “brain food”, contribute to boosting metabolism and are great high-antioxidant food.
Oh- and don’t think you are using too little of the nut flour. It is very strong so it must be milded out by using spelt flour in the banana bread.
If you don’t know what spelt is, it is an ancient grain which is less modified than wheat, therefore a bit healthier. You could swap it for regular wholewheat flour too.
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Why try the chocolate and hazelnut banana bread?
this banana bread issimple and easy to make
it is loaded with toasted hazelnut and dark chocolate chunks
there is no dairy in this recipe… Yay for the lactose intolerant ones!
it is super cool to meal prep- you can portion it, freeze and reheat when you need an instantchocolate fix
trust me, your friends will be so surprised that it is actually healthy
it is a kid friendly recipe… better said everybody friendly, even the dogs love it!
For the chocolate lovers…
For all of you chocolate lovers out there, you definitely need to check out my other chocolate recipes such are these homemade vegan Snickers bars and this healthy chocolate zucchini smoothie bowl! Let me know what do you think about it using the #lifeinbalance on Instagram. Now, let’s get baking some chocolate and hazelnut banana bread, shall we?
In a large bowl mix the hazelnut and spelt flour, the sifted baking powder and cocoa powder.
In another bowl mash the bananas with a fork until they turn into a thick mixture without bigger chunks. Then add the eggs, oil, honey and the milk substitution and combine them.
Mix the flour mixture into the banana mixture. Then add the chopped roast hazelnuts and the chocolate chunks.
Pour the banana bread mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper and bake in the oven (180°C with the fan turned on) for 10 minutes, and then 30-35 more minutes with the fan off. Check if the bread is done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf – if there’s wet batter, it’ll need a bit more time.
The banana bread shouldn’t be too moist, because the bananas will already give it plenty of moisture. You will have to wait a bit until it cools down before enjoying it! I usually make a large batch and cut it into slices, wrap the slices and keep in the freezer for “the dark days”… You can serve it with plain, or with a spread of your choice, even with ice-cream.
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