Sep
23

I love when my weekends are full of good cooking.

Yesterday I enjoyed the day grocery shopping, eating a huge greek lunch with tzatziki (my favorite!), and drinking a little white wine… or A LOT of white wine. No biggie. For a quality nutritious dinner, I destroyed a giant cup of frozen yogurt with four flavors: pistachio, cheesecake, vanilla bean, and red velvet cake batter. Seriously extraordinary.

But then today a little bit of magic happened.

Cause I made this banana bread.

And I made it vegan.

And gluten-free.

And irresistibly healthy.

Because I love you, duh.

This recipe was inspired by my dark chocolate raspberry oatmeal banana bread, which happens to be my favorite banana bread EVER. The ingredients call for gluten-free oat flour and I love making it myself; all you do is throw rolled oats (oatmeal) into your blender and blend until they oats are ground into a fine flour. Simple and easy!

It’s important to note that if you want this recipe to be entirely gluten-free, then you should use gluten-free oats. I purchase mine from Whole Foods.

Besides providing delicious flavor, this banana bread is also the perfect choice for a snack. I used minimal sugar: only 1/3 cup for the entire loaf and a smudge of oil to provide some healthy fat. The oat flour is the real star here; it keeps the banana bread moist, chewy and dense.

Even if you aren’t vegan or gluten intolerant, you absolutely still have to make this recipe.

A little slice of love staring you in the face.

I think I forgot to tell you that I can predict the future; that means I know you will make it and LOVE IT. I’m full of surprises.

 

Vegan + Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 8-10 slices
  • Serving size: 1 slice (based on 10 slices)
  • Calories: 152
  • Fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.6g
  • Sugar: 11.5g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Protein: 3.3g
Recipe type: Bread, Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Using gluten-free oats, this banana bread stays moist without excessive added fat from oils. Slightly sweet, perfectly moist; it will surprise you with flavor!
Ingredients
  • About 3 cups oatmeal {make sure you use gluten-free oats}
  • Other ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Make oat flour: Place oatmeal into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended.
  3. Measure out just 2 cups of the oat flour and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, beat mashed bananas, 1/3 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract, and oil for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle 3 tablespoons oatmeal and 1 tablespoon brown sugar on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on wire rack to finish cooling. Cut into thick slices.
Notes
Bread will stay good for up to 3 days if wrapped well. Feel free to use less chocolate chips. Adding chopped walnuts or coconut flakes to the batter would provide additional delicious healthy fats.

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