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.
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!
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!
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.
In terms of baking and financial value…
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.
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!
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…
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
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.
Have you ever tried banana flour? What else would you like to try?