Usually, I am able to tame my insane sweet tooth, but the other day it pulled a Miley Cyrus.
It simply couldn’t be tamed.
I was on the prowl for something sweet and delicious, but also something that wouldn’t do too much damage to my fitness progress (because summer is just around the corner, people!). Banana bread is always a nice thing to whip up for times when your sweet tooth kicks in, but you want to keep things healthy. To achieve this, I sub sugar for Truvia, flour for flaxseed or coconut flour and butter for applesauce!
However, the other day, I upped my banana bread game by tossing some cocoa powder and vegan chocolate chips into the mix!
My sweet tooth and long-sought-after abs are both thanking me.
Before I unleash the recipe on you, I have a couple baking suggestions.
The first is that if you choose to use coconut flour, using applesauce and/or oil is essential if you want your bread to be moist. Coconut flour has a delicious taste, but it tends to be more dry and dense than other flour substitutes. However, I like using it because I find it to rise the same as regular flour.
Secondly, if you have a sweet tooth (like yours truly) keep the amount of Truvia to what it states in the recipe, but if not, you can lessen it a little bit.
Lastly, I put the chocolate chips on top only, but feel free to mix them in the batter! Adding some walnuts might also be a good idea, if you’re on the nuttier side (lol).
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
1/2 cup of applesauce
1 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tsp. of baking soda
3/4 cup of Truvia
1/4 cup of buttermilk. A recipe for how to make it here.
1 1/2 eggs, beaten
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1.) Preheat the over to 350 degrees and oil up you preferred baking pan
2.) In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and Truvia.
3.) In other bowl, combine the mashed banana, the egg the buttermilk and the applesauce.
4.) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix thoroughly.
5.) Pour the batter into your baking pan. Coat the top of the batter in chocolate chips.
6.) Place in the oven and bake for at least an hour, periodically poking a fork into the batter to see if it’s done. You will know it’s done if nothing is left on the fork when you remove it from the pan. Furthermore, the top should be hard and crusty.