Hello, happy February and happy 2018!
I have today a seriously amazing recipe for gluten free (vegan option) chocolate banana bread!!
We went to Kauai last month and I was full on prepared to eat a lot of banana bread while I was there because it’s all over the place in Maui. But, get this, they don’t grow bananas on Kauai and I could hardly find a banana, let alone banana bread!
So, I had this hankering for banana bread for a good month and a half and finally had to do something about it.
This was my third trip to Hawaii, first time to Kauai. I hate to have a favorite…but I think Kauai might have to be my favorite. I mean, the beaches are the best and the mountains are incredible! Good snorkeling, good hiking, good food, good times!
I know hearing out other people’s vacations can be really boring so I’m just going to share a few of my favorite photos.
Gluten Free (vegan option) Chocolate Banana Bread
- 2 large, ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg, or substitute 1 flax egg or omit all together
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 oz almond milk or milk of choice or water
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 5×8 loaf pan.
Combine the 3oz milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla in a measuring cup or small bowl and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and then add the egg and stir until just combined. Do not over mix any of the ingredients.
Add the milk/vinegar mixture to the banana mixture and then add in all the dry ingredients. Add the melted coconut oil last since coconut oil has a tendency to harden up too quickly, especially in the winter months. It will seem at first like the oil will never mix in, but it will. Just be patient and gentle.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.