Chocolate Banana Bread

I’ve always been an independent person. I mean, I moved to New York City on my own, with no money, no friends, and no job. So yeah, you don’t need to hold my hand. I like my solitary time. I know my friends would all describe me as a social butterfly, one who never says no to an adventure; I once had a friend tell me, “you take everything fun and make it crazy.” Yes, I’m a little much to handle. But I’m also fairly reflective and contemplate life every moment my brain is free. Its the budding psychologist in me, I suppose. I explored the city on my own during the first few years of living here and I think that’s a big part of why I love it so much. Solo museum trips, reading a book in the park, or just walking down the street, all things that bring about a different experience of city living. I spent so many years as a solitary independent young person that it seems like a whole other life from the one I live now.

While waiting for a friend for a long overdue catch up session, I enjoyed a solitary glass of wine at a local wine bar. It was refreshing to rediscover my need for solidarity and also the excitement that comes with having amazing friends who will never flinch at sharing lots of cheese and even more wine while discussing the trials of a 30-year-old.

I also baked this banana bread on my own but its OK, I shared it. So what if I ate about 3/4 of it myself? 1 slice for you, 3 for me. Its just how I roll.
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It is so good, only 1 slice left before pictures were taken.

 

Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Adapted from The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer & George Bryant via Paleo Plan

Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Yield: 1 (9-by-5-inch/23-by-12-cm) loaf

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium bananas (about 355 grams)
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup (½ stick/50 grams) grass fed butter
  • ½ cup (125 grams) almond butter
  • ½ cup (60 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces/100 grams) Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-12-cm) metal loaf pan with grass-fed butter
  • Combine the bananas, eggs, butter, and almond butter in a mixing bowl and mix well until the ingredients are well blended.
  • Sift the coconut flour then add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt and mix together well. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the grass-fed butter or coconut oil, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and honey until the chocolate has melted.
  • Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. As soon as you pour the batter, pour the chocolate mixture directly on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to wire rack.

 

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