In my humble opinion, banana bread is the little black dress of the baking world. So adaptable ! So versatile! It asks very little and gives back in spades of cinnamon-y deliciousness. People often praise you on your mad baking skills when you pull it out of the oven and, like shimmying into your favourite LBD and fending off compliments with the; ‘Oh this old thing?’ line, you feel simultaneously smug and virtuous when you’ve got a loaf cooling on the rack at home, happy in the knowledge that you and your bare hands managed to whip up some café standard fare, from scratch.
For all those reasons, BB bread is a pretty big deal around these parts. So much so that I pretty much bake a loaf every week (this could also be due to my inability to walk past ‘on sale’ bananas, no matter how many I already have at home in the fruit bowl). It’s equally popular in both kindy and grown up lunchboxes. I personally can’t go past a slice, warm and slathered in butter, with a cup of tea once the toddler has gone down for his midday nap. All that delicious, cinnamon goodness is a potent symbol of comfort and relaxation, the food equivalent of being able to go ‘ahhhhh’.
While husband, son and my father all enjoy a piece of whatever version I’ve deigned to whip up that week, there’s one person who always misses out; my poor ol’ mum. Since having to remove the majority of dairy from her diet, her options for baked goods have been limited and while it’s not hard to create delicious food that’s dairy free, I often only remember that she can’t eat it, after I’ve poured in half a cup of cows milk and 50g of melted butter.
Mums’ time to shine (or indulge) has arrived however, with this rather delectable dairy-free Choc-Banana Bread. When Vitasoy got in touch to see if I’d be keen to try whipping up a recipe using their flagship soymilk range I phoned mum to find out if Vitasoy was something she drank. I knew the soymilk she had in the fridge at home was made using organic, non-GMO whole soybeans (as I’d told her to look for that when buying one) but apart from that, I was a bit clueless. As it turned out, Vitasoy is her go-to brand so we were sorted.
I was keen to see how my original recipe (which included both milk AND butter) would fare with the introduction of both original, full fat soymilk and coconut butter and mum was keen to sample the fruits of my labour.
Happily, the resulting loaf was delish. The soymilk gave a slightly nuttier flavor to the end product, which was a little bit yummy, while the coconut butter ensured that regular butter wasn’t missed in the slightest.
- 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1 cup almond meal (If you wanted to go gluten free, you could use all almond meal)
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ cup Vitasoy Original Soy Milk
- ½ cup coconut butter (I used the refined, flavour-less version but you could use the standard)
- ¼ cup dairy free choc chips (I used a standard bar that I bashed up with a rolling pin, you could you regular or dark chocolate if you’re not dairy free)
- 2 tbsp rice bran syrup (you could substitute with honey)
- 1.5 tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp all-spice
- ½ tsp natural vanilla extract
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- Pre-heat your oven to 180c (160c fan forced)
- Combine the baking powder and lemon juice (the lemon juice activates the baking powder so that it starts fizzing)
- Add all ingredients, except for the chocolate/choc chips, into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a food processor
- Mix on low speed to combine (don’t over process as this will thin out the mixture too much)
- Add the chocolate/chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Grease a loaf tin with coconut butter and pour in the batter
- Sprinkle the top of the loaf with ground cinnamon
- Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 min (a skewer inserted should come out clean when done) The loaf is quite dense and won’t rise spectacularly so don’t use its size as an indication of it being done as it may burn.
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