(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

October 12, 2015

(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana BreadAs Gary Jules sang, it’s a mad, mad world.
Everyone seems to be on the move. They are either coming or going. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush and it’s tempting to pile more on your plate than you can handle.
It’s become the norm to juggle an extra volunteering gig or job when you don’t even have the time to catch your breath.
I personally pride myself in being able to be occupied on a regular basis: work, blog, training, social life, helping sis with the kids, etc.


(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


There’s nothing wrong with having a busy schedule and I am by no means encouraging boredom or laziness.
But sometimes it’s okay to take a step back, breathe, and just relax.
I guess what I am saying is that there’s really no need to be so fixated on your schedule that you forget to enjoy life.
It’s totally alright to slack off every now and then.
And on a cold fall afternoon you can turn on the oven, bake yourself a delicious banana bread loaf, sit down, brew a cup of tea, and take a minute to sip, munch, and relax.

(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Everyone has a banana bread recipe that they swear is ‘the best ever’ and it might be true.
This one’s different.
Not only because it’s paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free — but because it has to be the most moist, tender, and flavorful banana bread there is.
Coconut flour and banana give this banana bread a fresh and delicious flavor, and they’re sweet enough that you don’t need to add a ton of sweetener. I mean, just one tablespoon of honey, are you kidding me?
It does taste a lot of banana and chocolate. If you like ‘em together, you have to try this recipe.
You have to, it’s (almost) mandatory.

(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


(Paleo) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread                                                                                          Print this recipe!
Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients
One loaf yields about 10 slices

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons almond butter
2 eggs, at room temperature
½ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (175º) and place a rack in the middle.
Line a 8x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and almond butter. Mix until smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time until fully combined.
Mix in coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, until just combined. Do not overmix.
Finally, gently fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and with the help of a spatula gently smooth the top.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack wire for 20 minutes.
Carefully invert and let cool completely before slicing it.
If you feel like drizzle a bit of melted dark chocolate on top, by all means: do it!

Nutrition facts

One slice yields 164 calories, 9 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein.

32 comments:

  1. ***Swoon***my chocoholic self needs a moment! That melted chocolate - this GF bread - GAW...most definitely AWESMAZING my friend!
    Yes - one MUST "take a minute to sip, munch, and relax" when this bread is involved!

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  2. That chocolate drizzle is sending me straight to sweet heaven! Obsessed :) Pinning!

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  3. Confession: I haven't bought bananas in like three months because I have SO MANY chopped up and frozen for ice cream and smoothies. NOW I NEED TO GET SOME fresh ones!!!

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    1. You can use frozen bananas if you want. Though fresh ones definitely yield better results!

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  4. Wait how is this so easy?!?? Like I actually have all these ingredients!

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  5. Great recipe! After eggplant meatballs, you are my guru :-)
    However, since we don't have almond butter here (Serbia), what could be substitute for that?

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    1. I guess you could use any other kind of nut butter (PB comes to mind) or you can make your own almond butter - look in the recipe index I have a couple of recipes for almond butter ;)

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  6. Pinning this right away... once I'm done with all the traveling I'll be making this, love bananas and chocolate together, and I am intrigued by the gluten free nature of this baby.....

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    1. You're such a jet-setter my friend, I really envy you!

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  7. I've never seen a gluten free version that literally makes my mouth water until NOW. Mike, you're making me bake GF. It's a new day!

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    1. I'm glad I provided the inspiration then!

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  8. Yum! I love that you don't scrimp on the chocolate.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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    1. I never shy away from chocolate, like never!

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  9. I totally get where you are coming from, Mike! We've been running at 110% for months now. And then I had the genius idea to sign up to curl 3 nights a week. How do I have time for that? Speaking of curling, the invitation is always open. You know you want to learn how to curl, right? You totally have time for that! Oh, and this loaf banana bread look amazing! Maybe it should show up for the next Howl? #WolfpackMadness

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    1. Now that I'm thinking about it I think it's time for me to learn to curl, I just need to find the time to do it...
      :(

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  10. Um, wow. I'm literally salivating here looking at this.
    It's funny that whenever I do take a break and ponder, how was I juggling all that, another round of commitments pops up to roll all over again. Sitting still is not my style. But this banana bread just smothered in chocolate could be... with and espresso and my laptop of course!

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  11. I hear you on every once in a while taking a moment or some time for yourself. It's so easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle and forget life is meant to be enjoyed! Ever since my father passed away, I try to be conscious of the fact that life is short... we shouldn't take it for granted or power work our way through it. Anyways, this bread looks like THE perfect way to take a breather, relax and devour! ;) love that you used coconut flour! Your photography has me drooling! Cheers, Mike! To stealing moments for ourselves.. and bread!

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  12. This looks amazing ! Can you use almond flour instead of coconut flour?

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  13. I had my meals all planned out for next week, but I'm going to have to rearrange everything to accommodate this recipe! It looks amazing! Last week I made your coconut lemon chia muffins and they were AMAZING! So moist and delicious...so if this even comes close to them, I'm sold :)

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  14. OH my goodness. How did you know I just bought a bunch of bananas. I guess I Need to make this ASAP...

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  15. I had the sipping and relaxing going on this past weekend, but I was missing this killer banana bread! The drippy chocolate glaze looks unbelievable!

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  16. I just made this recipe and LOVED it - it's a real winner, and it's definitely my go-to recipe for banana bread now. I also wanted to say thanks for keeping up this incredibly inspiring blog. You really make eating paleo look good!

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  17. I was wondering what I can use instead of almond butter? I amm allergic to all nuts. Also, I made it on the weekend with the almond butter, and it was so good BUT it was still soggy...and I had it in the oven for hour and 15 minutes. My oven is a bit off so I had it at 380. And I followed recipe exaclty minus the almond butter.Help!

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  18. If its 164 calories a slice can you tell me how many slices there are please? Thank you.

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  19. Make sure you don't use frozen bananas or you will end up with a pan of soupy mix. I learned the hard way!!

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  20. I made this recipe this morning for my little ones and I--so delicious! My littles just scarfed them down. Hands down, the best coconut flour baked good recipe I've ever tried. I will be adding this to my breakfast rotation. Thank you!

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