Bananas are something I purchase every week. I wait until they’re very ripe, and I usually freeze them for protein shakes. But this week, I had a real craving for banana bread.
My husband’s aunt makes the most delicious banana bread I have ever tried. Whenever I make banana bread, I use her recipe. It’s the perfect consistency, it isn’t too sweet, and it has just the right amount of banana flavor. So I started to make her recipe, and realized there was one problem: I didn’t have the correct amount of ingredients at home.
I had to switch things up. Since I had to do this anyway… I figured I would turn this into a healthier version of my favorite. The result was awesome.
[Dairy free] CHOCOLATE BANANA OAT BREAD
WHAT YOU NEED:
3 very ripe bananas
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sifted flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup baking cocoa
Set your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease 2 loaf pans.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with the back of a fork, and blend with the almond milk.
Add your coconut oil. There is no need to melt it first. Coconut oil is soft enough to blend into the other ingredients with a fork. It’s OK if small pieces of the oil remain solid – they will melt in the oven.
Next, add your eggs and blend well.
Time to start adding the dry ingredients. Add your granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend well after you add each ingredient.
It’s now time for the cocoa!!!
Make sure all of your ingredients, including the cocoa, are well incorporated. Break up any dry powdery lumps with the back of your fork.
Now, fold in your oats.
Pour your batter into both loaf pans.
Bake on the middle rack of your oven for around 45 minutes. Your chocolate banana oat bread should not be gooey – make sure it is done by inserting a clean butter knife into the center of the loaf. If it is done, take it out of the oven and cool for around 1-2 hours. When you’re ready to eat your delicious treat, slice it up and enjoy!