Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
It’s very easy to tell when my 2 little boys are being cheeky. Aside from the giggles and smirking they each have their own ‘signature move’.
4 year old H, with his wild blonde curls, has a dimple on his cheek the size of a crater which lights up when he knows his doing something a bit mischievous.
2 year old S has developed his own move that we have dubbed ‘crazy eyes’. He stoops his head, furrows his brow and rolls his eyes from side to side. It’s a sure sign that he has gone just a little bit loco!
Me; when I’m being cheeky I get the giggles. My giggles are not the most attractive of features. They’re more piggish than girlish…yep I’m a snorter and not a quiet one! When I laugh and snort it causes everyone around to laugh too. I know they’re laughing at me rather than with me, but at least they’re having fun! I can’t tell a joke to save myself so my snort is my punch line.
You won’t need a punch line with this Chocolate Banana Bread. You may need a 2nd serving, or some whipped cream or jam. It’s moist, Chocolatey and healthier than your average Chocolate Banana Bread. Sweetened by dates, it’s Processed Sugar Free and Gluten Free and it’s Paleo friendly. You can make this Chocolate Banana Bread when you have sure ripe bananas and freeze it for up to 1 month.
Chocolate Banana Bread
- 1/2 Cup Dates
- 1/4 cup Boiling Water
- dash Bicarb Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 270 grams mashed ripe Banana approximately 2 1/-2 to 3 Large Bananas
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
- 3/4 cup Almond Meal
- 1/4 cup Cocoa
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
- dash of Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Milk Coconut, Almond etc
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F
- Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) x 10cm (4 inch) loaf tin.
- Place the dates into a small bowl and covering with the boiling water and add the dash of bicarb.
- Allow to sit and soften for at least 30 minutes.
- Add the date mixture and the male syrup to a blender and mix until a purée forms.
- Place the eggs into the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer and beat on high until fluffy (about 5 minutes).
- Add the purée mix and continue to beat on medium. Add the vanilla extract.
- Add the bananas to the blender and pulse (alternatively do this with a masher or fork). I like to have mine mainly gooey with a few chunks left in.
- Add the bananas to the mixing bowl and beat on medium until well combined.
- In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl, being careful not to over mix.
- Add the milk and stir through gently.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Depending on the reliability of your oven it may pay to start checking at 50 minutes.
- Allow to cool in the tin before slicing.