Nora Abbas, a naturopathic medical student, isn’t sure what to call this healthy but decadent treat. Is it a loaf, brownies or breakfast bread? Whatever you call it, we call it plain delicious. She created this recipes one night during her studies when a munchies rampage hit. Abbas let her cravings take charge and viola! The recipe not only satisfied her cravings, but she realized that her cooking skills had reached a new level. She likes it with cacao powder for a chocolate flavor, any flavor vanilla, coconut or whatever will work. Thank you Nora for helping us celebrate the healthy goodness of chocolate!
Creamy Banana Almond and Cacao Bread
1½ cup bananas (I used frozen, but fresh/ripe work too)
¼+ cup pure maple syrup*
¼ cup almond butter*
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup almond or oat flour
¼ cup cacao
1 tbsp tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp pink salt
Optional: dairy-free chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
For the “Icing”:
3 tbsp coconut oil
4-5 tbsp cacao powder
2-3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
pinch of pink salt
Preheat over to 350F/180C and the baking pan(s) with coconut oil. I also like to put a square sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan. In a food processor or blender, add in the banana and mix/blend until smooth. You can also use a regular mixing bowl and fork. Add in the remaining wet ingredients up to the vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the remaining dry ingredients, except the add-ins. Fold in any remaining ingredients if using. Pour the mixture into the pan(s) – I always like to taste test it a little before just incase I want more or less chocolate J Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top of the loaf is dry and no longer looks wet. The center might be a little gooey, but that’s why this isn’t your normal “loaf”.
- You may need a little more maple syrup depending on desired sweetness and type of maple syrup.
- Feel free to use another liquid sweetener. I sometimes like combining coconut nectar with maple syrup for a lower GI.
- You can also sub in peanut butter if preferred or use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.