Vegan Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Soft, moist banana bread studded with melty chunks of chocolate. This vegan chocolate chunk banana bread is BLISS. Naturally sweetened, gluten free, and made with banana flour!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

I’m so, so, so, SO thankful for so many things, but most of all for my faith, my husband, my wonderful family, and amazing friends. For having food on our table and a roof over my head, and for being able to create the next one we’ll move in to in just a few months.

I’m incredibly thankful for each and every one of you for reading this blog! You make this process so much more fun and worth all the time I spend on recipes and content. I hope that I’ve been able to help you improve your health/happiness even just a tiny bit. You’re so valuable and deserve to feel as amazing as you are! Hope you all know that. 🙂

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Something else I’m thankful for…chocolate. Bananas. Dessert.

Specifically, this vegan chocolate chunk banana bread.

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This banana bread is actual insanity. Like, get it out of the apartment ASAP so I don’t eat the entire thing in one sitting. Luckily, I could eat it all because it’s made with healthy, simple ingredients.

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One of those healthy ingredients is pretty unique – banana flour. Literally just unripe bananas, ground into flour. I found it at Meijer, so it probably wouldn’t be hard to find at your local chain grocery store! I was super excited to try it out, because obviously ya girl loves bananas – it’s my blog’s name, for goodness sake! The banana flour gives a really unique texture, almost chewy – but in a good way! It made this vegan chocolate chunk banana bread perfectly thick, springy, and moist.

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I was also excited because the banana flour is just 25 calories for 1/4 cup. That’s like, NOTHING. Now of course, minimal calories shouldn’t be the main focus – there are TONS of foods that are amazing for you when it comes to health, but have a lot of calories. I personally just like to eat…a lot. So if you’re looking for a lower calorie option for things like mug cakes or pancakes, give the banana flour a try! I’ve been making my regular weekend pancakes with it for over a month now, and using even just a cup makes a huuuuge stack.

I was so excited to see how it would bake up in banana bread, and the result did not disappoint.

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FREAKING MELTY CHOCOLATEY EXPLOSIONS, IN YOUR BANANA BREAD.

I just can’t with this.

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This vegan chocolate chunk banana bread batter starts with the banana flour – 1 and 1/2 cups (psssst that’s literally 150 calories for an entire loaf of banana bread – most may clock in around 600 calories for the flour alone!). To that we’ll add some flax eggs for a little bit of texture, a little bit of date paste for some depth of flavor with the sweetness, and of course, mashed ripe bananas. Super ripe, brown, and ugly! Those give the best sweetness and ensure your bread tastes banana-y.

Some almond milk to bring the batter together, and we’re ready for some chocolatey goodness.

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Typically I use the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate bar, but lately I’ve been exploring some other vegan chocolate options. Go with a bar of whatever vegan chocolate you like! Chop it into rough chunks and stir it into the batter. I also sprinkled some extra little bits on top prior to putting it into the oven.

Make sure you spray the pan or use a nonstick loaf pan to avoid issues turning it out once it’s done baking.

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I typically bake my banana breads for about 50 minutes, and this vegan chocolate chunk banana bread seemed just about perfect after baking that long. The top will be slightly golden brown, but the inside is still a little gooey – just the way I like it.

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This vegan chocolate chunk banana bread is to die for. The banana flour gives amazingly unique soft and chewy texture. I love plain banana bread, but the addition of melty, rich chocolate seriously takes it out of this world. Soft, gooey, and packed with banana flavor and chunks of melty chocolate. AND it’s made with healthy ingredients.

Have an AMAZING, happy, healthy, dessert-filled Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you! 🙂

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If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf, about 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c banana flour (I found it at Meijer! It's literally just ground up ripe bananas. Chickpea or oat flour would also work as a substitute, but the texture will definitely change.)
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed with 6 tbsp water in a small bowl, set in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before incorporating into the batter)
  • 1/2 c date paste (I used about 8 medjool dates blended with 1/2 c water to get 1/2 c paste)
  • 1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas (I used 3 medium-sized bananas)
  • 1/4 c almond milk
  • Unsweetened chocolate, chopped into chunks (any vegan chocolate you like works!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure the banana flour into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the mashed bananas, date paste, and flax eggs. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the banana flour, add the almond milk, and stir until all ingredients are incorporated into a thick batter.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chunks (I used around 1/2 c, but this amount is up to you!).
  6. Pour the batter into a nonstick loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes.
http://beamingbanana.com/breads/vegan-chocolate-chunk-banana-bread/

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