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Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Hola!
I have just returned from a remarkable 4-day trip to Havana.
This was another trip that almost didn’t happen. I got tickets in a bout of spontaneity and then promptly cancelled them because I felt unprepared – I hadn’t researched the intricacies of travel to Cuba. Needless to say, the second set of tickets I got stuck, and ended up having wonderful time in Havana; I hope to share my adventures with you soon.

One of my favourite images from Havana was this giant cart of bananas being pulled down a street. I couldn’t help but picture all the loaves of banana bread I could make with that much banana! It’s funny because a few weeks ago, I purposefully set aside three bananas to brown just so I could make this spiced dark chocolate banana bread. I buy bananas every week when I go grocery shopping but we gobble them up so fast, they’re never around long enough to go past their prime.

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

I’ve been making variations of this banana bread for a few years now; it’s based on this extremely popular recipe. It’s highly adaptable; of course, I switch out eggs for ground flaxseed and include a teaspoon of baking powder to aid with the rise in the oven.

With an infusion of fragrant warm spices and luscious dark chocolate, this bread is nothing short of a decadent treat. It’s sweet but not too sweet, tender, not too dense and aromatic, which is just how I like my banana bread, so this one checks all those boxes.

Sometimes I add a pinch of ginger to up the oomph factor, sadly I was out of ginger this time around. I’ve done a mix of 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour as well, it gives it a subtly rich and nutty taste. For sweetness, I normally use between 1/ 2 cup to 3/4 cup of brown sugar depending on how ripe my bananas are.

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

I shot a fun little video (below, after the recipe) to show how easy it is to rustle up this banana bread – forgive me my poor editing skills, I’ll get better, I promise.

This is a great breakfast loaf, it rich but not too heavy; I love it in the morning with coffee or tea; it adds a delightfully spicy note to breakfast. It’s my favourite way to start weekend mornings.
It makes a wonderful snack too; I wish I had brought a few slices on my trip!

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread
Delicious and tender spiced up banana bread studded with dark chocolate
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (whole-wheat or gluten-free flour)
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  9. 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  10. 90 – 120g dark chocolate bar, chopped (or ~1/2 cup chocolate chips)
  11. 3 – 4 very ripe bananas, mashed or pureed
  12. 1/3 cup vegan butter, melted (or melted coconut oil)
  13. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f., and butter a loaf pan
  2. Mix ground flaxseed and water in a small cup or bowl, set aside and let mixture thicken for at least 5 minutes
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices (cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg) together in a large bowl
  4. Add chopped chocolate and mix
  5. In a smaller bowl, stir together mashed bananas, flaxseed mixture and melted butter; mix in vanilla extract
  6. Pour banana mixture over flour mixture and mix until blended
  7. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan, and bake until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes
  8. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 - 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow cake to cool completely before serving
  9. Enjoy!
the Whinery by Elsa Brobbey https://elsbro.com/blog/

Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Spiced Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

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