Let’s not act like I always follow my own advice, here. Most of the time my old bananas go in the trash, but sometimes when the stars align and I’m feeling extra groovy, I make banana bread, and it is so, so worth it. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately. Okay, maybe you could call it more than a kick. Maybe you could call it an overhaul. I’ll be writing more posts about that journey and how my fiancé and I have gone from eating fatty meals and using chemical ridden household cleaners to shopping at the farmer’s market and using baking soda to clean our house, but tonight I’m talking about banana bread…I think. Anyway, I didn’t make your average banana bread tonight, and the results were glorious. Who said eating healthy isn’t delicious? No one? Oh okay.
So, here’s the recipe. It originally came from here. I tweaked a few things and I am not mad about it. The coconut oil adds a super delicate and subtle taste, and the whole wheat flour and stevia help to make this bread a little less of a guilty pleasure. The chocolate chips might have defeated the purpose of all those healthy replacements, but we won’t talk about that.
Introducing the amazing Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!
What you need:
- 1/2 cup unrefined virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup neufchâtel cream cheese (it’s lower fat than regular cream cheese)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup stevia powder
- 1 egg
- 2 bananas, medium sized ones
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 t soda
- 1 t baking powder
- pinch of salt
What you need to do:
Heat oven to 350. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil or butter on medium speed, until soft; about 7 minutes. Add the yogurt cheese, and continue beating on medium speed, for 3 minutes. Add the sugar and stevia, and beat on medium speed, until fluffy; 5 minutes. Add the egg and bananas, mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients, mix on medium speed, until combined; about 3 minutes. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 45 – 55 minutes. Each oven is different, start checking at 45 minutes. You want the bread to be golden brown, and a knife will come out clean when you stick it into the middle of the loaf. Serve. Eat. Love
I’m currently enjoying my piece while drinking a glass of red wine and waiting for my fiancé to come home from softball, and I must say it makes me love hanging out with myself. These are the times when I realize it’s the little moments that make life so delightful.
Have a lovely night, friends!