Healthy Chocolate & Banana Loaf
Healthy Chocolate Banana Loaf, move over banana bread we have a new favourite in town!
It's made with a delicious combination of wholemeal flour and almond meal and sweetened with bananas and a touch of maple syrup. Tastes like a fudgy brownie and for sure will be your new favourite to bake when you have extra bananas!
What makes this loaf 'healthy' you ask?
There are no oils/butter, and whilst some oils are great for us (cue extra virgin olive oil). Generally, oils and butter are quite calorie-dense and/or high in saturated fats. Which as a population, is something we should be aiming to reduce our consumption of.
The reduction in calories/energy of this snack is not an important factor for some people and doesn't necessarily make the recipe healthier. But for some people, it does help to find lower-calorie recipe alternatives and can be a benefit to their health if they are usually eating an abundance of high-calorie discretionary foods.
Tip: make sure to use bananas that have lots of brown spots on them. This will give the bread a natural sweetness.
Serves 12, GF DF
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond meal
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour ( can sub for almond meal of GF flour)
1 tsp bicarb-soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180c.
In a medium-sized bowl mash the bananas. Add the eggs, maple syrup vanilla extract and mix well.
Sift the flour, bicarb soda and cacao powder into the banana and egg bowl. Add the almond meal, half of the chocolate chips and gently fold the flour mixture until combined.
Pour the mixture into a greased/lined loaf tin and top with the remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Cals: 209, Protein: 6.6g, Carbohydrates: 24.9g Fat: 8.3g Fibre: 3.8g