You’d be forgiven for wondering why the number of recipes pairing bananas and chocolate on this blog are proliferating. Well, the truth is … I really love bananas with chocolate. But I’ve also found that bananas, like berries, are a fruit that I can eat and enjoy without fear of a nasty GI Jane backlash from my gut. So there is no bad with bananas and let’s be totally honest here. Doesn’t everyone love bananas with chocolate? Almost everyone, then? 😉
This isn’t the first banana and chocolate protein bread on this site … but I’ve turned the first one upside down and spun it around this time. I love a chocolate bread with bananas in it, but I also love a banana vanilla bread with some chocolate strewn throughout. Something for every mood and for everyone.
Down to business! This bread has an open texture and is moist and light for a protein bread. I did not add any extra sweetener as I quite like the sweetness from the banana. If you prefer your bread sweeter and more cake-like, feel free to add some, to taste. I also used 100% cacao chocolate as I love the contrast of the intense chocolate to the banana. Use whatever you prefer, but know that a lower cacao content will generally mean the carbohydrate content will increase, mostly due to the addition of sugar.
Of course, some of you prefer to use flavoured protein powders. If so, this would work best with vanilla flavoured. In that case, you can omit the vanilla, and you may find that the sweetened powder will make the bread sweet enough, if you prefer it sweeter.
This recipe is suitable for anyone on a low fructose and fructan diet, as well-being tree nut free. If you use gluten-free oat flour, it will also be suitable for anyone on a gluten-free diet. You can use rice protein in place of the whey and casein along with a non-dairy yoghurt substitute if you wish to make it dairy free. There are some great coconut milk based yoghurt out now which would be fantastic in this bread. This bread is also refined sugar free and free from added unrefined sugars.
I am making an effort to get my daily diet back on track this week! This banana bread is my guilt free, nutrition-packed, snack on the go 🙂
The macronutrient breakdown is at the bottom of this post and it’s pretty impressive, yes?
This recipe is included in the Protein Baking Evolved cookbook. Get your copy here!
Remember that if you substitute any ingredients, different to those in the recipe, it will affect the macros.