GLUTEN-FREE BANANA BREAD with CHOCOLATE SWIRL
Yield : 1 loaf bread
Natural cooking spray or regular oil for greasing pan
3 overripe bananas, mashed
⅓ cup canola oil
½ cup coconut sugar
2 large eggs
2 TBS non-fat greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 and ¼ cup rolled oats, ground (or a bit over a cup of oat flour)
¾ cup brown rice flour
1 TBS ground psyllium husk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375º F (180º C). Either grease a loaf pan directly with cooking spray or oil, or line the pan with parchment paper and then spray the insides. Be sure to have at least half an inch of parchment paper above the loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, oil, coconut sugar, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together.
- In another bowl, mix together the ground rolled oats (or oat flour), brown rice flour, psyllium husk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. I like to add the flour mixture in three batches.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Set the microwave for about a minute and then check the chocolate. Be careful with hot bowls! If the chocolate has barely melted, continue microwaving at 15-second increments until the chips are partially melted and very soft. The chocolate doesn’t need to be saucy–just melted enough so that you can stir the chips together into a creamy consistency.
- Pour the banana batter into the loaf pan. Add dollops of the chocolate sauce on top of the batter.
- Using a butter knife, swirl the chocolate around so that you create a nice psychedelic swirl pattern.
- Bake the bread for about 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you pierce through the banana bread portions. Try not to test the bread by sticking the toothpick in the chocolate portions, as the toothpick will always come out with gooey melted chocolate.
- Let the bread cool for at least 45 to 50 minutes before taking it out of the pan for slicing.
- Store any leftovers in sealable container. Refrigerate any bread that you haven’t finished in several days.
2. If you want a true marble bread, add dollops of chocolate between layers of banana batter.
3. When it comes to melting chocolate, the microwave is my best friend. If you don’t have a microwave, try this water bath method from the The Kitchn. Of course, a double boiler works as well, but most of us probably don’t have that in our homes.
4. If psyllium husk is difficult to find, just leave it out of the recipe. I included it in the bread to make the flour bind together a bit more. The taste of the bread will not change.