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Double Chocolate Banana Flour Loaf (Plus Huge NuNaturals Giveaway!)

This double chocolate loaf may resemble an indulgent dessert, but I assure you it fits all the criteria of the healthiest of health foods. Made with green banana flour, this loaf is packed with a unique source of prebiotic fibre and provides a hefty dose of essential vitamins and minerals. 

 

Oh hey! Look who’s here with a… a what?… a RECIPE post!? After how long? I’m not even going to try to answer that one. 

Now I’m not here with just any recipe post. This is quite the special offering. Why? 1) it involves chocolate 2) it involves double chocolate 3) there is a hugh-jass giveaway at the end of it all!! Kind of worth the time away, don’t ya think?

But in addition to those three compelling things, this recipe also involves a special ingredient which I’m very excited to share with you all. And I’m making use of a company that is quite high in my fan books. 

double chocolate banana flour loaf

Some time ago, I received a marvelous package from the folks over at NuNaturals – one of the leading companies offering all natural, plant-based sweeteners, baking ingredients, and dietary supplements. They generously provided me with a smattering of their latest products, including – but not limited to – their NuNana Organic Green Banana Flour

double chocolate banana flour loaf

I had seen banana flour floating around in recipes here and there, but was having trouble finding it in any stores. And when I did, it was far too expensive for me to consider. Although banana flour has been around for quite some time in parts of Africa and Jamaica, it was only three years ago that it was introduced to North America. So, I really didn’t think I’d ever be able to add it to my cupboard arsenal. And then low and be hold –  it lands on my doorstep. Literally! 

double chocolate banana flour loaf

I was SO excited to give this totally new-to-me flour a try. I mean – its bananas!! But I must admit, I really just wanted to get my hands on it to appease my inner chemist. I really had no idea of its health benefits. If it even had any. 

Hooo boy was I wrong about that one. Little did I know banana flour reaps a whole SLEW of really cool health benefits. If you are someone who needs to be gluten free, grain free, or paleo, you should be very excited about this new flour alternative. Move over coconut and almond  flour, there’s a new guy in town. 

But it’s not just those with these dietary needs that ought to be excited. 

For starters…

  • Something that TOTALLY jazzes me, is its support for food waste! Banana flour is made from bananas that aren’t suitable for commercial sale (because they have slight blemishes or an odd shape…gasp!).  Consumers won’t buy them for whatever silly reason, so they end up as rejects and get tossed out. Makers of banana flour, however, prevent this waste as well as help farmers make a better living by purchasing part of the crop that commercial customers won’t. YES. 
  • Nutritionally, banana flour contains 330 milligrams of potassium per ¼ cup serving. Because it is all natural, it also retains many other vitamins and minerals that naturally come from bananas, such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin E, and is an excellent source of healthy dietary fibre. 
  • It also contains RS2 – a form of resistant starch found only in a few foods. RS2 has been said to help reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and colon cancer, and is even said to help treat inflammatory bowel disease. Also – SO COOL – RS2 is resistant to digestion and is not completely broken down while traveling through the stomach and small intestines. Therefore, once in the large intestines, it is able to help feed healthy gut bacteria and produce short-chain fatty acids that aid in increasing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Basically, banana flour contains a unique form of prebiotic resistant starch that helps create healthy gut health. And you know I love my pre and pro biotics!!

In terms of baking and financial value…

  • Due to the high starch content, you actually need much less banana flour than you would use regular flour. The general rule is to use 30% less banana flour than whatever amount of flour is suggested in a particular recipe.
  • As it is gluten-free and grain-free, it’s an awesome flour for those who have a gluten intolerance, celiac disease or for those who are simply following a grain-free or paleo diet. In addition to baking, it can be used to thicken soups and sauces, or can be added to smoothies and other foods to simply enjoy the many nutritional benefits.
  • Oh, and it actually doesn’t taste like bananas. At all!! So if you aren’t a banana fan, don’t be turned away. Alternatively, if you are planning to make a banana loaf and think you can get away without using actual bananas…. think again. 
 So now how did it fare in THIS recipe??
 double chocolate banana flour loaf

 

What I found when using this flour was that it performed similarly to coconut flour. It wasn’t quite as absorbent, and thus did not require quite the excessive amount of eggs or liquid, but it definitely had a similar quality and required a little more liquid than regular recipes in order to get the right consistency. 

The result was something remarkably soft and light – almost fluffy – yet pleasantly moist. Once baked, the texture of the loaf did resemble one that would have been made with coconut flour, but no where near as gelatinous  (which I’ve found some coconut flour recipes to be). While moist, it retained a sturdy crumb and was remarkably easy to slice. It did not crumble or break, and stood up very well to the slather-of-peanut-butter-test. 

The most important test of all. 

double chocolate banana flour loaf

In addition to the NuNana Organic Banana Flour, I also made use of NuNaturals Chocolate Syrup and NuNaturals Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder to give this loaf an extra chocolate boost. These items aren’t necessary, however, and can easily be replaced with extra sweetener or a cocoa powder of your choosing. 

The banana flour though. Well, you’re just going to have to get your hands on some of that stuff won’t you!

double chocolate banana flour loaf

Which is why you’re going to be jazzed to hear that NuNaturals is offering FOUR of my lovely readers an incredible prize pack! Each prize will include…

One bottle of Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia Liquid Drops
One bottle of Sugar-Free Cocoa Syrup
One package of their new Organic Banana Flour
One 50 pack box of NuStevia NoCarbs Stevia Packets
AND… a free bonus item!
….a total retail value of $ 70.00!!
 
That’s nuts! Er… that’s bananas!

To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter options below. Then head over to www.nunaturuals.com to check out their awesome line of products and make use of all their special online discounts. At checkout, simply enter the discount code BLG1217 to receive 15% off your entire order. Discount effective until December 31, 2017. 

NOW TO THE RECIPE HOLY GEEZ

Double Chocolate Banana Flour Loaf
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A delicious and healthy double chocolate breakfast loaf using green banana flour. Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups NuNana Organic Green Banana Flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 3 Tbsp NuNaturals Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder *
  6. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  7. 2 tsp NuNaturals Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup **
  8. 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/3 cup butter, melted (grass fed if possible)
  10. 3 eggs
  11. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  12. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to almond milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes
  3. Combine first 5 dry ingredients and mix well
  4. In separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together using a hand held mixer. Add in melted butter, melted coconut oil, milk, syrup and mix again.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, slowly in sections, stirring in-between additions.
  6. Once fully combined, stir in chocolate chips. Batter will be thick.
  7. Pour batter into a well greased loaf pan. Bake for FIVE minutes at 375, then without opening door, lower heat to 350F and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes. Check with a toothpick to ensure doneness. Toothpick should come out clean.
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes in pan and then for 30 minutes on a wire rack before cutting.
Notes
  1. *any cocoa powder will do
  2. **Optional. May omit completely or substitute 1 Tbsp honey, maple syrup, or additional granular sweetener
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I was in no way compensated for this post. I am simply doing so because of my satisfaction with the company and their products.  Also linking up with the Lovely Foodie Friday ladies, Annmarie, Farrah Esther.

GOOD LUCK!

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Have you ever tried banana flour? What else would you like to try?

40 COMMENTS

  1. Frances | 14th Jul 17

    I’m happy to see odd shaped, unmarketable bananas being used for banana flour; however, even though grown here in Queensland, we pay approx. $27. for 500 grams of flour which makes it very expensive for the person gluten, grain free. Thanks for your recipes.

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I hear ya!!! I saw it once in a bulk food store and was floored at how expensive it is! Quite unfortunate, especially since one of the pros is to support the farmers. I hope you win so you can get some for free!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 14th Jul 17

    Super intrigued by the banana flour! But I really want to try the cocoa syrup. I’ve seen it around for years, and I’ve wondered about it!
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I use the cocoa syrup the most. Its not like regular stevia products where you only need a tiny amount, or too much of it is TOO MUCH. This stuff actually works like regular chocolate syrup. I put it on ice cream all the time, or make hot chocolate out of it.

  3. Cindy | 14th Jul 17

    I’m fascinated by the idea of banana flour. This looks delicious!
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I would LOVE to see what you would create with it

  4. Emily Swanson | 14th Jul 17

    WOAH! That’s cool that it doesn’t taste like bananas but you can use it as a gluten-free, grain free alternative. It is totally amazing how God made so many different flours we can use for baking.

    And the texture of this looks amazing.
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I’d love to see you get some and experiment with it, Emily! I would guess….. a brownie? Oooo or a donut?

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 14th Jul 17

    You definitely have me convinced that I need to try out banana flour! I’m drooling over your photos and the consistency of this bread looks amazing!
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      It’s really neat! Would love to see what you’d make with it. Donuts maybe!?? I think they’re next.

  6. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 14th Jul 17

    I’ve been seeing a bunch of recipes for green banana flour of late. I’m really curious to try it now–and interested to hear that it doesn’t actually taste like bananas. Double-chocolate is always yummy in my book! Also, go you for teaming up with a company you support–and go NuNaturals for teaming up with you!
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Isn’t that surprising? I was kind of disappointed when I found out it didn’t taste like bananas. I thought that would be SO yummy. And, make sense… no?

  7. danielle | 14th Jul 17

    yummy! i actually randomly bought some banana flour a few months ago, and i think it might be this brand. is that not CRAZY???? it is nuts. no it’s bananas.
    i can’t say i’ll be making this anytime soon… but then again now that i can order groceries online, who knows???? haha! i love that i’m alive during this time… so many modern conveniences. as opposed to when i was living in medieval times and there was no electricity. that’s totally sane, right.

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Weiiirdddd!!

      You order groceries online!? Ok this is the second time I’ve read about someone does this just in this past week. I don’t even know how that would work!! Plus, I really like lazily strolling the aisles….

  8. Evangeline | 14th Jul 17

    Banana flour?! Be still my heart. That’s DEFINITELY what I want to try. Also the texture of the bread looks dense and chewy, which is a major win because dense and chewy bread is kinda my favorite.
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Mine too!! It’s such a unique texture, Vangie. I wish I could explain it better (or have you over to share a couple slices over tea). It is dense and chewy, but it is SO light. Like, pillowy light.

  9. Casey the College Celiac | 14th Jul 17

    You know that I would LOVE the banana flour. And that chocolate syrup?!? To die for! You are a magician in the kitchen girl! <3
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Maybe you’ll be lucky again!! Would love for you to try this. Its made for you.

  10. Lauren Harris-Pincus | 14th Jul 17

    I’ve been wanting to try banana flour and I love the sugar-free cocoa syrup!

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I love it too! I put it on everything. My favorite is on ice cream and strawberries!

  11. sara | 14th Jul 17

    I’d like to try the bannana flour

  12. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 14th Jul 17

    Sold at double chocolate. I’ve never even heard of banana flour, so I guess I’m behind the times, but I’d LOVE to try it. Also, the chocolate syrup because I am five years old and like chocolate milk for an afternoon snack.
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Haha. Yeah. Who cares what kind of flour you use, as long as there’s chocolate. DOUBLE chocolate.

      Oh man making your own chocolate milk using chocolate syrup is THE BEST!

  13. Jessica | 15th Jul 17

    That vanilla Stevia sounds amazing. I am slowly dropping my Sweet ‘n’ Low habit and am trying out different natural sweeteners and brands of stevia… so FINGER CROSSED for this giveaway. 🙂 <3

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Yes fingers crossed!! This would be an excellent way to help make the transition!

  14. jei | 15th Jul 17

    I have never tried banana flour, so that woud be fun to try out!

  15. Jennifer | 15th Jul 17

    This recipe looks like the perfect way to try out some of these (new to me) ingredients! I would love to try the cocoa syrup.

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      I love the cocoa syrup! If you win, definitely try it on ice cream!

  16. Rosie | 15th Jul 17

    I’ve never tried banana flour it sounds great! I’d like to try the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets for tea!

  17. Ellie Pell | 15th Jul 17

    I’ve never even heard of banana flour! I like the reducing waste property. Recipe looks great Cora 🙂
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    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      That’s my favorite property of it, too. Thanks girl. Chocolate = love.

  18. chasetheredgrape | 16th Jul 17

    Ah the trusty banana – will you ever cease to surprise me!?

    • Cora | 18th Jul 17

      Let’s just go back to being monkeys.

  19. June | 17th Jul 17

    I’m most excited to try the banana flour!

  20. Kristy from Southern In Law | 19th Jul 17

    I need to get me some banana flour because this looks GOOOOOOOOOOOD!
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  21. Miss Polkadot | 20th Jul 17

    Double chocolate – it’s the only way to go, really, right?! – sold me on your recipe, the fact it reduces food waste sold me on banana flour. I’d seen it float around as an ingredient on blogs for months but never looked into it any further. Now your post got me really curious about this fabulous little item – and the fact I stumbled upon a banana flour waffle recipe this morning. Though getting stevia alone would be amazing because just like – you might remember – I live in no-miso-land, it’s also next to impossible to find stevia; much less tasty one. We’re living a few years backwards, always. Though – as that internet company person you mentioned wisely noted – in a beautiful place :).
    Random but: While I don’t eat eggs, I’m sure my mum would be relieved to hear there are still bloggers baking with good old [coconut] sugar and butter. She likes it ;).
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  22. Megan | 20th Jul 17

    I’d be very excited to try the Banana flour and the cocoa syrup!

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  25. Punjabi | 15th Oct 17

    I can’t wait to try these!!!
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