Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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My talented friend Tracy Wei is a Pastry Chef who is keeping me fat and happy. Her baked goods blow my mind. They are beautiful, imaginative, decadent looking, and not nearly as sweet or heavy as many desserts can be. Her signature Thai Tea Tres Leches Cake is one of the best cakes I've ever had. Drooling now :P 

I'm working with Tracy on a fun project of hers, and she's sharing her amazing Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe with me. This is moist, flavorful, chocolatey bread that makes your house smell unbelievable. It's delicious warm out of the oven, the next day...(if it lasts that long), and even with a scoop of ice cream on top. 

When it comes to ice cream, I am powerless against my cravings. But like a lot of people, I've had trouble with dairy lately. A great solution for this problem is dairy-free ice cream. That's why I couldn't be more excited when I received a package of creamy, dreamy ice cream from Happy Cow, a company dedicated to creating healthier alternatives for people and the planet. With delicious flavors like Coffee, Mint Chocolate Chip, Pure Coconut, and Banana Caramel Swirl, I've been in guilt-free heaven. The best part about dairy-free ice cream is that it's also vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and low-glycemic. Pretty impressive, since the taste and texture is just like the real thing. The crew over at Happy Cow has adapted this recipe to offer a #vegan option, find it below :)

This recipe is unbelievably easy – all you've got to do is measure-and-dump. You don't need a mixer; just a few extra-ripe bananas and an appetite. Let's get baking! 

What You Need:

  • 1 greased loaf pan 
  • 3 extra ripe bananas
  • 3 1/2 oz. low fat yogurt
  • 3 1/2 oz. oil (grapeseed, olive oil, or coconut are great)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: 

  • 1 greased loaf pan 
  • 3 extra ripe bananas
  • 3 1/2 oz. cashew cream
  • 3 1/2 oz. coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped Authentic Me Raiz the Bar Vegan Chocolate 
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Plain yogurt & dark brown sugar

Plain yogurt & dark brown sugar

Oil & flour

Oil & flour

What To Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 325ºF. 
  • Sift together 1 cup of flour with dash of salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp baking powder. 
  • Place 3 ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl and add 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, 3 1/2 oz. oil, 3 1/2 oz low fat plain yogurt, 1 egg, and 1 tsp vanilla. Use a whisk to break up the banana and mix it all together. 
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  • Add the dry ingredients and wish until combined. Don't over-mix, it's nice to have large bits of banana throughout the bread! The more you mix, the denser the bread will be.
  • Toss in up to 1 cup of chocolate chips, stir to incorporate.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan or your desired mold and bake at 325ºF. For a loaf pan, bake for 45 minutes to an hour until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • Muffins bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 
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For the perfect dessert, add a scoop of ice cream on top. I'm loving Happy Cow Dairy-Free Banana Caramel Swirl with this warm, chocolatey banana bread. My favorite thing about this bread is how much banana flavor there is. The chocolate is just an added bonus. You could also try butterscotch chips :) 

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Between the melting chocolate, caramel swirl, and rich, banana flavor, this is a dessert combo I dream about. Enjoy :)