I love banana bread. And I’m very particular about banana bread. It needs to be the right texture, the right density, the right flavor. So I don’t like to mess with my tried and true banana bread recipe.
However, I work with a group of people with some particular dietary requirements and restrictions. Some by choice, some by necessity, but I respect them all. And as a picky eater, it’s always frustrating when there’s food but nothing I like or can eat. So I try my best to be inclusive when I bring treats to work.
This recipe was born out of a challenge I made for myself – bring a treat everyone could eat and enjoy. Often I find myself bringing “normal” brownies for most people and bringing something that’s healthier (no processed sugar, etc.), and something gluten-free. This time I wanted to bring a single thing for everyone.
Tampering with the banana bread recipe was a seriously risky move, but no guts, no glory right? This one played to rave reviews. It contains no added fat, no processed sugar, and is gluten free. I think with a few tweaks you could also make it vegan. It’s packed with flavor, the texture is even better than my standard banana bread, and I was asked several times for the recipe, which you can now find here, or you can add it to your recipe box at AllRecipes.com.
- 1 cup over-ripe, mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
- 4 oz apple sauce (1 single-serve cup)
- 2 eggs
- ½ C agave
- 1½ C all purpose, gluten-free flour
- ½ t salt
- ¾ t baking soda
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 C dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1½ T King Arthur cake enhancer (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (reduce to 325 degrees for dark non-stick pans).
- Line a large loaf pan with parchment, or spray with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine applesauce, eggs, bananas, vanilla and agave. Mix until well combined.
- Add cinnamon, soda, powder, salt and flour and mix until combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
- Sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top of the loaf, and with a knife, gently stir into loaf, leaving some chips visible on top.
- Bake for 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean (except maybe for melted chocolate on it).