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- 1 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (3 or 4 small or medium bananas)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or other dairy-free milk
- 1/4 cup Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 cup hazelnut flour
- 3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (about ⅔ cup)
- Small handful chopped hazelnuts, for topping (optional)
- Small handful chocolate chips, for topping (optional)
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter:
- 2 cups dry-roasted hazelnuts (see Tip)
- 4 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8½ × 4½-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and grease lightly with coconut oil. (You can also use a 9 × 5-inch loaf pan; the finished loaf of banana bread will be a little thinner.)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, coconut sugar, almond milk, chocolate hazelnut butter, coconut oil, and ground flax seed. Whisk well to combine. The batter should be smooth with only a few small chunks of banana.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the hazelnut flour, oat flour, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until well mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Top with hazelnuts or chocolate chips, or both, if using.
- Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick or knife inserted near the middle of the loaf comes out clean. If you’re using a 9 × 5-inch pan, check on the bread after 40 to 45 minutes.
- Let the bread cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing. Store the bread, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or foil or in a sealed container on the counter, for up to 3 days. Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months. I like to freeze slices that I can heat in the microwave whenever I want a slice of this bread!
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter:
- Put the roasted hazelnuts in a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix) or bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process at medium-high speed for 5 to 8 minutes, scraping down the sides of the container as necessary until smooth and fluid. Your processing time might be shorter if you’re using a high-powered blender, and could take a little longer and require more scraping in the food processor.
- Once the hazelnuts have broken down completely and formed a smooth, fluid nut butter, add 3 tablespoons of the coconut sugar, the cacao powder, and salt.
- Process again for another 30 seconds to break down the coconut sugar and make sure everything is well incorporated. Taste and add the extra sugar, if desired. You can also add more salt, to taste.
- Transfer the nut butter to a 12-ounce glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the pantry for up to 1 week or in the fridge for about 1 month.
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