Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Nut Bread

This loaf is dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free and completely vegan! It is an easy recipe for perfectly moist banana bread, made with oat flour + almond meal, packed with walnuts (excellent brain food!) and bursting with banana chocolate flavour!

If you're not a chocolate person, just leave out the chocolate chips and add more walnuts!

Here is the recipe below! Inspired by my friend Stacy and the Beaming Baker.

INGREDIENTS

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 medium, ripe bananas (1 cup + 2 tablespoons, mashed)

  • ¼ apple sauce

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 15 mins at room temperature)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free oat flour

  • ¾ cup almond meal

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup walnuts, chopped +½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan)

Optional Topping

1 tbsp walnuts, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.

  • Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy whisk or fork, mash bananas until smooth. Add apple sauce, maple syrup, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.

  • Add oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Fold in chopped walnuts & chocolate chips.

  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, smooth batter into an even layer, with the shape of a rise down the center—just like a loaf. Using a butter knife, cut a slit slightly off center down the loaf. Optionally, sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Lightly press walnuts into the top.

  • Bake for approximately 60 minutes. Mine took 60 minutes but I checked on it at 50. Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The toothpick will come out clean when the loaf is done.

  • Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 2 hours. Lift out, slice and enjoy!

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