I have always been one of those people that need something sweet after a main meal. Or something sweet in the morning with my cup of coffee, or for my afternoon tea. Well, yes I can say that I have a huge sweet tooth. But recently, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of “bad” sugar. So I made few changes in my diet. If I want something sweet, I take few pieces of dark chocolate which satisfies my cravings instead of eating the whole box of milk chocolate and still feeling that it wasn’t enough. I also cut out gummy candies to satisfy my sweet craving on a daily basis, because I know that they don’t do anything good for a human’s body. Occasionally I allow myself to have them for example when going to the cinema, but I don’t buy them anymore doing my grocery shopping.
I am not thinking about cutting out completely sugar from my diet, all I want is to reduce what is not good for my body (those called bad sugars) and try to find a balance. So today I wanted to share this great recipe of banana bread with dark chocolate. It is on a healthier side and it tastes super delicious. Very moist, sweet enough, easy to bake, what more could you ask for?
BANANA BREAD WITH CHOCOLATE from Pick up limes
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
6 tbsp water
3 medium ripe bananas
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil (not olive oil)
1/4 cup (60g) apple sauce
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cup (280g) white wheat flour
1/2 cup (90g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
– In a large bowl, mix together the flax seeds and water. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it gels, mixing once halfway through.
– Preheat the oven to 160°C and lightly grease a loaf pan (23x13cm or 30x13cm).
– Once the flax seeds have gelled, add the bananas to the bowl and mash well. Then add the oil, applesauce and sugar and mix until well combined.
– One by one, add the baking soda, baking powder and salt, stirring after each addition. Then add vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir until well combined.
– Add the flour a third at a time, gently mix until partly combined. Then add the chocolate and mix until just combined ( do not over mix). Reserve some chocolate if desired to sprinkle on top.
– Pour into the greased pan and sprinkle on additional cinnamon and reserved chocolate if desired. Bake until the top is golden or until the toothpick comes out clean about 40-50 minutes.
– Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool further. Enjoy with your cup of tea or coffee!