Recently a friend posted a recipe on one of my social media pages. It looked pretty good so I decided to try it. Turns out it was pretty good- nah, it was really good! If you like a deep, rich chocolate flavor without the guilt you will love this.
Given that this recipe contains no fat from the base ingredients (yes the chocolate chips and walnuts add some fat) and given the fact that it is made entirely of whole grains and only a cup of sugar for the entire loaf (much of the sweetness comes from the bananas) this is not terribly unhealthy, which is a bonus.
Easy to make and even easier to eat- I suggest giving this a try!
Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread
4 overly ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup turbinado (raw) sugar
1/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli Semi Sweet)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350.
Add turbinado sugar and vanilla to mashed bananas. Mix with a hand mixer gradually adding water to the mixture. Mix until smooth.
In another bowl add the whole wheat flour, cinnamon, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Stir to incorporate. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until a batter is formed. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Place into a lightly greased loaf pan and bake for about 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean and the top is starting to split.
Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.