Healthy & Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I am a banana bread freak.  I hope I’m not the only one out there… Anyways, I was in the mood for some banana bread but wanted to make it healthier than I normally would make it. My husband does not eat banana bread (mainly because I put chocolate chips in it) so I knew I could experiment with the recipe I normally use.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-4 ripe bananas (I used 4.  Like I said, I’m a freak)
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I use much more…)
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pecan pieces (optional)
  • vegan chocolate chips (from Trader Joe’s, and optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

1. Mix ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl.  (I buy normal flaxseed and grind it at home.)  As you stir, the flaxseed and water will turn doughy.  Set aside.

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2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking power, baking soda, salt ) and stir.

3. Mash up the bananas and then add them, honey, the flaxseed mixture, and the chocolate chips and pecan pieces to the dry ingredients.

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4. Pour gooey goodness into a bread loaf pan (I use a baking stone).

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5. Bake for 55-60 minutes.  You will know when the bread is down when you can stick tooth pick in the middle and it comes out clean.

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The consistency is very dense and not as “fluffy” as traditional banana breads.  I think the pecan pieces add a good texture (that is the primary reason I use them.)

Enjoy!

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