Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Bread

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just crave a good slice of banana bread but if you’re like me treats made with wheat flour cause bloating and pain in my stomach.  This is the ultimate treat!  Gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and low in sugar – but by no means is it low in flavour!

This recipe makes one loaf…next time I’ll be doubling it and put one in the freezer!

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What you need:

  • 7 dates (~1/2 cup), pitted & chopped into pieces (could also use other dried fruit like cherries or cranberries)
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 bananas (the riper the banana, the sweeter it will be)
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup or honey (honey will make it sweeter, but not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter (or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour, or gluten free all purpose flour mix (I ground my own buckwheat flour in Vitamix blender)
  • 1/8 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/8 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup whole or ground chia seeds (replace with more ground flax seeds if you don’t have chia)
  • 1/8 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tbsp maca (optional but will support your hormones!)
  • Garnish with coconut and/or cacao nibs

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 deg, and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Chop up your dates (or other dried fruit) and add it to the warm water to let them soak and soften.
  • Mash bananas with your sweetener.
  • Mix in your nut butter and water/date mixture and stir until uniform.
  • Grind up your buckwheat grouts to make buckwheat flour.
  • In a separate bowl mix all remaining/dry ingredients together.
  • Add mixture to wet ingredients and stir making sure there are no clumps.
  • Sprinkle top with coconut and/or cacao nibs
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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