gluten-free & sugar-free banana loaf

Banana loaf is seriously one of my favourite treats. I love saving bananas in the freezer just to make this now and then. Of course, it's me, and I experiment with ways to make the most healthy version possible that is still edible. Haha, of course, MORE than JUST edible, but I've made some interesting concoctions over the years that were pretty borderline.

Last year, I made a grain-free loaf, here, and though I love that one, it's dense and gets a little mushy if you don't eat it within a day. I wanted a more fluffy & flour-like version. So, looking through the mason jars and feeling inspiration, I combined a mix of flours that together, impart a light fluffiness and taste wonderful (there is chickpea flour in there but you can't taste it once cooked).

All in all, delicious.....but, just to avoid disappointment, if you are going from a Starbucks banana bread to this one, you will notice the missing sugar! Big time. If you limit your sugar and sweet treats, this will taste plenty sweet and actually quite substantial with all the protein. A nice thick slice for breakfast would be great. And you won't feel like you just ate a piece of cake, which is what most banana breads actually are....
Ok, so technically, this loaf is not sugar free. But it sounded way better in the title than, 'nearly sugar-free except for the very dark chocolate and bananas'.

Give it a try! I think you'll be surprised how good it is. It might even freeze well, though it never lasts long enough for me to find out.

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

3 super ripe medium sized bananas
3 free-range or better eggs
1/4 cup organic homogenized milk
1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup gluten-free oats ground into fine flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 cup unflavoured protein powder (I use Natural Factors whey)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
1/2 tsp good quality salt

60 grams chopped 85% or higher chocolate (I used a 90% Lindt bar)

Instructions

1. Grease or parchment line a loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in another bowl (except chocolate) and mix well.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Mix well, then add chopped chocolate and mix to incorporate.
5. Pour batter into the loaf pan.
6. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Loaf should not 'jiggle' when you move it. **I bake this in the top of my gemini oven and I tent lightly with foil near the end of the baking time to prevent over browning.
7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Allow 30 minutes before cutting.

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