Banana Chocolate Loaf


Like most people I love chocolate, and from my teenage years I have loved baking!  So now, as I am trying to stay as sugar free as possible (did I mention I am a recovering sugar addict?),  I am always experimenting with the most natural ways of baking with our health in mind.

Recently I posted a photo of a banana chocolate loaf I made onto instagram and was asked for the recipe. Find it below….

 

Banana Chocolate Loaf

 


Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas
30 (165g) raspberries (roughly chopped)
2 eggs
2 Tbsp honey (manuka if possible)
4 Tbsp maple syrup
6 Tbsp melted Coconut Oil

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups gluten free flour (Dove is great)
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt (Pink Himalayan Salt if possible)

1/2 cup good quality cocoa
handful of chopped pecans

Banana, Chocolate loaf mix

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Method:

Preheat oven to 180C.

Mash bananas in a bowl, then add eggs, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil and mix. Drop in chopped raspberries, flour, baking powder, salt and pecans. Mix with a wooden spoon or similar by hand. Be sure to mix only until all ingredients are combined. Your batter should look quite wet. Gluten free flour makes recipes a bit more dry so if batter looks dry add in a few more tablespoons of melted coconut oil.

Use two loaf tins for baking.  Line with a small amount of coconut oil.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Check loaves at 45 minutes with a knife to see if fully baked.  If knife has wet cake on it bake for 10 more minutes.

 


Healthy eating tips:

Manuka honey and pure maple syrup have healthy properties but do remember they are still forms of sugar that create the same reaction in the body of raising blood sugar levels and causing insulin to be released in order to clear that blood sugar.

In order to have less of a blood sugar spike adding protein to a meal or dish is helpful.  I have added the pecans for some protein. You could also serve the loaf with a few slices of cheese or with some natural yogurt to bring down the glyceamic index.  Everything in moderation as they say!

Banana Chocolate loaf - cut


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Charlene Hutsebaut

Charlene Hutsebaut is a Canadian Personal Trainer and corporate wellness speaker working in London. Charlene wants to help you become the hero in your own healthy story! She was a Life Fitness - Top 10 Global Finalist in the Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. Charlene was the only UK woman to make it and 1 of only 3 women in the top ten. She brings her passion for the outdoors to the core of her workouts. She aims to make wellness achievable for everyone, with or without a gym membership. Her love of fitness started early, at age 3, on her first pair of ice skates. Since then, she has completed degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as studying Athletic Therapy. She is a Stott Pilates instructor and has Functional Sports Nutrition Academy Levels 1 & 2. She has logged an impressive 15,000 PT hours in her 24 years of experience. Charlene’s training is a cutting edge fusion of pilates foundations, mind-body connection and traditional weight training. Charlene trains at the St. Pancras Hotel Spa, or outdoors, in Mother Nature’s gymnasium. When she isn’t training or making fitness videos, Charlene runs corporate workshops, and is the featured expert in Psychologies Life Labs and Monarch Airlines in-flight magazines.

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