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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

Topped with quick chocolate hazelnut sauce.

Ingredients

3 Large Bananas, Mashed
3 Cups (12oz) White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup (1.5oz) Black or Dark Cocoa Powder
3/4 Cup Sucanat or Sugar
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
3/4 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup (4oz) Butter or Coconut Oil, Melted
2 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Organic Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Organic Whole Milk Yogurt
1/4 Cup Walnuts, Chopped (Optional)

Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce
1/2 cup *hazelnut butter (or almond butter)
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or even better is raw cacao powder which has not been processed at all and retains all the antioxidants and no sugar)
1-2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup

Directions

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Mix together eggs, sugar, milk, yogurt and bananas.

In a large bowl, gently mix together the flour mixture, egg mixture and butter. Stir in walnuts.

Place batter into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce

1. Place hazelnut butter in a shallow bowl.

2. Add cocoa powder and mix it into the nut butter with a fork.

3. Mix in honey or maple syrup. Taste and adjust seasonings. If you need to thin the mixture, add halzelnut oil, walnut oil, or coconut oil (warmed to liquid consistency).

*To make your own hazlenut butter, toast hazelnuts on a cookie sheet in a 400 degrees oven for about 10 minutes. Remove as much of the nut skins as possible in a damp towel, add to a food processor and process into a paste.

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