A Couple of Halloween Treats – Death By Banana Bread

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AMY’S KETO (OR NOT) CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

I’ve been baking up a storm lately — figured out adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice to my bread makes it rise better and gives my sourdough and even nicer tang! This weekend I had to find a way to use 2 blackening bananas… so I made this banana bread recipe up by modifying some things I found online. It was GOOD, so I thought I’d share it.

I thought I’d save some pounds by using almond flour and then ate the whole damn cake in about a day and a half so… probably some flawed logic there.

The light things are regular bread (A loaf and some rolls). The dark one half covered in foil is the banana bread… half-covered because I ate a piece before I remembered to take a photo!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 overripe ripe bananas (the more, the denser)
  • 2 cups almond flour (or regular flour)
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar (or regular)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup almond (or regular) milk or creamer (I used maple-brown sugar almond milk creamer because it’s all I had in the house and it was yummy)
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (add another cup for “death by banana bread”)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all but chips, then add chips
  2. Pour into a loaf pan, bake at 350 for an hour to an hour 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check – if it comes out clean you’re done.
  3. Using 2 bananas and 2 cups of chocolate chips creates a SUPER dense (but super yummy) “Death by Chocolate Banana Bread” type super moist “cake.”

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11 Responses

  1. Tanya

    Hi,
    Sounds good, not sure about the lemon juice, but I’m adventurous and do have a banana past its prime.
    Why are there different colored loafs? And what are those rock shaped things?

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  2. Jim Hunt

    The lemon juice is a good idea, citric acid reacts with baking powder or soda to produce carbon dioxide which raises the bread. You can also substitute yogurt for part or all of the milk to do the same (lactic acid) and add a little more protein to the bread.

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  3. Tanya

    Amy,
    Would you mind sharing your Sour Dough recipe? ❤️
    Thank you

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  4. Julie Robison

    I got a good chuckle out of the title, “Death by Banana Bread”. I literally am deathly allergic to bananas. I have many food allergies and keep developing more. The family joke is, “it isn’t a party unless there’s an ambulance call.”. I like to find the humour in things. It makes life much easier. Thanks for giving me a chuckle today. 🙂

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  5. Susan Brooks

    Something about a dark banana makes me crave banana bread. Your recipe is just right for me, I can’t eat gluten. Thanks.

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