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Refined Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sugar-free January is off with a bang! I have been really excited so far with this challenge and how my body has reacted. Like I have said before, in my last sugar-free January post (here), I talked about the ‘why’ behind this challenge for me. I do this challenge every year to change my habits, clear my taste buds, and reconnect to whole foods after about 6-months of recipe testing for Christmas. As a recipe developer and food photographer, holiday baking starts in the summer and continues through December. I start working with brands on content in mid-July and typically wrap holiday content by October and then I start for myself! The months of sugar starts altering my tastebud’s sweet receptors. Come January, sweet things are not as sweet as they should be.

One thing that I have been enjoying this month so far has been bananas! I am not someone who gravitates towards bananas for fruit. To me, there are so many more enjoyable fruits. But lately, I have been really into bananas. Bananas and peanut butter on toast, frozen dark chocolate-dipped bananas, and my all-time favorite sugar-free banana bread. I had a realization the other day, my craving for sugar is more craving for snacking when we watch a show after dinner. My go-to after dinner snack is PopZero Cinnamon Toast popcorn. It is an unreal snack! I am a huge cinnamon lover and a huge popcorn fan. I also love to add little chocolate chips when I needed that cinnamon and chocolate fix after dinner. That is where the double chocolate chip banana bread was born.

Let’s Start Baking!

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Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: sugar-free
  • Method: baking

Description

A deep chocolate take on the best banana bread, but sugar-free! This bread is sweet, rich and full of rich chocolate flavor without the sugar! Not only is this bread sugar-free but it is gluten-free and dairy as well!


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of maple syrup
  • 3/4 cups of almond or cashew milk (I use cashew milk)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your vegan butter and add to your bowl
  3. Add your maple syrup and almond milk
  4. Mix your egg or flax egg  until well combined 
  5. Next, add in your vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, baking soda until combined
  6. Slowly add in your 1/2 cups of cocoa powder, scraping the sides of the bowls down to make sure nothing is dry
  7. Peel and add your ripe bananas to the batter and mix until the banana is broken into smaller pieces, but not fully broken down
  8. Add in your gluten-free flour one 1/2 cup at a time and scraping the sides down to ensure all the flour is mixed in
  9. Lastly, fold in  your sugar-free dark chocolate chips 
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, level the top and spread to the corners
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean
  12. Enjoy! 

Notes

*to make a flax egg mix 1 tbsp of ground flax meal and 2.5 tbsp of water, let it sit for 5 minutes to form a thick texture and add to your mix

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One thing that I want to make clear is that sugar-free January is a personal challenge. I got the funniest call from my grandpa yesterday making sure that I am not giving health advice. He is in fact a doctor so I definitively appreciate his concern. As a food blogger, and recipe developer, I make it very clear that I am not going to give health or nutritional advice on my platform. My expertise is in the development of recipes for flavor, texture and allergies (ie celiac, and gluten-free). The reason that I do this challenge is purely personal. As a blogger, I find it fun, encouraging and more to share my daily adventures with my audience! So from my Grandpa Dr. Joe and I, enjoy this challenge as a personal challenge for yourself!

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Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free Banana Bread

To kick off sugar-free January I am bringing you one of my FAVORITE recipes. I am a banana bread stan! I find it funny because I don’t necessarily love a plain banana, but there is something about banana bread that just makes me weak. The subtle cinnamon spice, the vanilla, bananas, and dark chocolate chunks just sing when they are paired together. I eat this recipe on the reg even when I am not participating in sugar-free January!

Sugar-free chocolate?

I love dark chocolate, but I haven’t always been a fan! I use to love a nice creamy piece of milk chocolate but then I became lactose intolerant with age and boy I can’t even think about eating milk chocolate now. There are so many incredible options for low sugar, dairy-free chocolate options that are delicious and so rich. Here is a list of my favorite sugar-free and dairy-free chocolates to eat and bake with, also a little discount for you as well! I get all of my specialty foods on Thrive Market and save those big bucks – truly – save so much money! Use this link for your discount and shop my list here.

Kick off of 2021

I don’t think I need to be the one to say this but…what a year 2020 was. There were extreme highs, and some crazy lows, add in a pandemic, and what a recipe for a year. One, thing that I focus on every day is the positive things that I love. A few of those things are being able to move my body (workout or take my doggie on a walk), how does my head feels (I have chronic cluster headaches – some days they are debilitating and other days I can push through), is my mood good? or what can I do to help my mood? These things may sound small but I really focus on the little victories every day that got me through each day. This year especially, I have had to focus on the little wins rather than the hardships that came with the year. This time last year, came with many challenges, sugar-free challenge aside.

I wrote a little bit about my career here, but 2020 was really a year of running and running and running! Between starting my graduate degree, working a full-time job, and maintain Front Paige Bakes along with my freelance clients – oh and starting a business, I needed a moment to breathe and reflect. I knew that I needed a moment to breathe when I moved down to Texas. And I have been doing just that. It has been glorious! I needed some time to adjust to my new schedule, house, and area down here as well as let some of the stress from the last year wash away. I am not good at allowing myself time off or less of a go-go-go routine, but this new season of life has given me clarity on the unsustainability of this lifestyle. A big goal of mine for 2021 is to allow me to have weekends off. This is HUGE for me…more on this later ;)!

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Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Banana Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: sugar-free
  • Method: baking

Description

Arguably the most baked recipe in my kitchen! Gluten-free and sugar-free but not short of sweet banana flavor or soft texture. Plus, this loaf is refined sugar free but full of rich sugar-free dark chocolate chunks. 


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 23 large ripe bananas (preferably with brown spots)
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cups of sugar-free dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°f and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your vegan butter and add to a bowl with your maple syrup
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon
  4. Whisk your egg into the mixture until the egg or flax egg has been full incorporated
  5. Peel your bananas and add them to your bowl, gently break apart your bananas with your whisk but leave large chunks of the banana
  6. Add in your gluten-free flour using a folding motion to keep the banana chunky in the batter
  7. Chop your sugar-free dark chocolate into chunks or add your dark chocolate into the batter
  8. Pour your banana bread batter into your prepared loaf pan
  9. Bake your loaf for 45-55 minutes

Notes

* you can use honey rather than maple syrup – usee 1/2 cup of honey 1/4 cup of almond or dairy free milk

* you can use a flax egg rather than a chicken egg

*and you can always omit the chocolate – but it is delicious!

How’s it going?

How is sugar-free January going for you so far? I have had so much fun baking and creating delicious treats in the kitchen. I have made a huge batch of sugar-free banana bread and haven’t had many sugar cravings. I have found like I do every year, that when I am hungry and need a quick bite, I reach for a small handful of candy, a cookie or something sweet rather than something nutritious to fight my hunger. Those moments are the exact reason that I LOVE sugar-free January! I feel like I am reteaching my hunger queues and feeling my body rather than filling space while I make a meal.

Let’s continue on together and don’t forget to tag me in your yummy creations!

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