Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Servings: 1 loaf serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 75 minutes

Cooking time: 55 minutes

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Chocolate chip banana bread is a wholesome snack. Made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt and with the sugar reduced by almost 1/3 from the original recipe, it's a not-too-sweet treat that's perfect for lunch boxes or an afternoon snack.

Chocolate chip banana bread is a wholesome snack. Made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt and with the sugar reduced by almost 1/3 from the original recipe, it’s a not-too-sweet treat that’s perfect for lunch boxes or an afternoon snack. 

For my family the first week back from March Break is also the first week adjusting to the time change – a double whammy that has us all struggling through the early mornings. But when late afternoon arrives and it’s still bright and sunny, and daylight persists through dinnertime, it all feels worthwhile.

It’s a season for new lunchbox and after school snacks for my kids. Although winter isn’t quite over (hello province-wide blizzard warning for tomorrow) we’re all in the mood for snacks that feel less wintery, like this chocolate chip banana bread.

Chocolate chip banana bread is a wholesome snack. Made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt and with the sugar reduced by almost 1/3 from the original recipe, it's a not-too-sweet treat that's perfect for lunch boxes or an afternoon snack.

It’s a wholesome classic that hits the spot when you need a little nibble. Try it toasted with breakfast too.

Tip: If you’re using a frozen banana, thaw completely and whisk with a fork to incorporate the liquid. (This recipe made with frozen banana will take a little longer to cook.)

Eat within two days if you’re baking the bread with banana slices on top.

This recipe is adapted from Ricardo Cuisine.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed with a fork (about 1 banana)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all­-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour or spelt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup grape seed or canola oil
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 banana, split into three sections, squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of white sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large loaf pan (9″ x 5″) with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the banana and sour cream. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the egg with the brown sugar, vanilla and molasses until the sugar is fully incorporated (no longer gritty).  Whisk in the oil. Stir in the dry ingredients, alternating with the mashed bananas, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. If topping with banana: split the banana down the middle lengthwise, separating it into three sections. Sprinkle 1-2 sections with lemon juice then sugar. Place on top of the batter. Press into the batter slightly.
  6. Bake for 45 to 55 min.

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Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe is Refined Sugar-Free

Servings: 8 serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

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Make a healthy version of a chocolate cake: Chocolate beet cake is moist, chocolaty and refined-sugar-free.

Chocolate beet cake is refined sugar free

Baking with natural sweeteners

Plain old sugar has its place in baking. It’s easy to cook with and does the job of sweetening whatever it is you’re making but I think we should expect more from our sweeteners. Yes, we need them to sweeten, but more natural sweeteners, like molasses, honey and maple syrup can do double duty in a recipe by adding flavour too.

In this recipe you’ll see how molasses, honey and maple syrup can work together to create a moist and flavourful cake. In fact, this Chocolate Beet Cake is so chocolaty and moist that you can adapt it to all sorts of wonderful uses. Double the recipe and make a layer cake. Make it as cupcakes, or leave it just as is — the perfect snacking cake.

chocolate beet cake is refined sugar free

It’s easy to substitute molasses for honey or maple syrup:

Real maple syrup is pricy and honey isn’t exactly cheap. Feel free to substitute additional molasses for either the maple syrup or honey called for in this recipe.

This recipe is adapted from the new cookbook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars by food blogger Aimee Wimbush-Bourque. I have already made a few things from the book and have many more tagged to try. All have been a hit with my family so this cookbook is quickly becoming one of those dog-eared family favourites. (I’ll share more in next week or so).

Aimee cooks a lot with natural sweeteners so in this book there is no shortage of recipes for molasses.

Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe

Slightly adapted from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

  • 2 small beets, roasted and pureed (about 1/2 cup puree)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. strong coffee or chai tea (cooled)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8”x 8” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
  2. Combine flours, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg with the melted butter then whisk in the molasses, honey and maple syrup. Add coffee and beet puree and beat well.
  4. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients then stir in the milk.
  5. Spread batter in pan and bake for 25-35 minutes.

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