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Chocolate Banana Loaf (Wholegrain)

Banana loaf is easy to make and made with the right ingredients, can be a healthy treat. Using wholegrain flour, coconut oil, cacao and coconut sugar make this loaf full of antioxidants, good fats, fibre and slow release energy (I even have it for breakfast).
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: banana loaf, chocolate loaf

Equipment

  • 2lb loaf tin lined/greased

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup plant milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour (250g) You can use gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF

    To a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon and cacao powder. Using a hand whisk or fork mix all the ingredients together. Add the mashed bananas, milk, oil and vanilla and mix vigorously with a spoon. If the mix is too wet add a dash more flour. If its too dry add a splash more milk. See video for consistency. Spread evenly into a loaf tin and decorate the top with banana and a sprinkle of sugar. Pop in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Check after half an hour to make sure the top isn't burning. If it is cover with tin foil. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. This will help it form and not fall apart. Serve with vegan butter, chocolate spread or ice cream.

Video

Notes

TIP: The recipe says 3 bananas although I used a fourth one to decorate the top. When you pour the mix in the loaf tin be sure to spread it evenly to ensure it rises to a good shape. If you have bananas that are too ripe to eat they will work perfectly in this loaf. If you don't like things too sweet reduce the sugar. I found half a cup was just right. Use a 2lb lined loaf tin