My 4 and 6 year old girls actually got into a bit of an argument about who liked this loaf better.
It kind of went like this: "I like it more than the house", "I like it more than the earth", "I like it more than outer space". You know, kids stuff.
But that led into a big discussion on "Do we actually exist Mom?", "Does the Universe ever end Mom", "How did Jesus get to heaven Mom?", "How long am I going to live Mom?"and on and on and on. I didn't realize a piece of banana bread, even double chocolate banana bread, could spark a conversation that would lead to them wanting all the answers to the Universe.
I thought I had a few years before I had to dodge these questions. I thought I gave them some great answers that entailed Jesus and heaven and joy, peace and love. But they just kept questioning me.
So I gave them a second piece just to fill their mouths and keep them from asking anymore questions. And we were all happy again. I'm sure I missed a great teaching moment but I've got low iron - my brain was not firing fast enough to keep up with their little brains.
But really, this is a GREAT TASTING banana bread. I probably should have named it some kind of brownie. And now that I think of it I will probably make it into some kind of brownie.
The best part, other than the kids love it, is that it is completely egg, dairy, nut and gluten free. So my sensitive little "old soul" daughter with all the tough questions can enjoy this and TAKE it to school.
And its full of healthy super foods that are great for kids. I only wish I could have a piece.
Double Chocolate Banana Zucchini Loaf - Vegan, Gluten and Nut free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Keywords: bake bread snack gluten-free nut-free vegan banana buckwheat flour chia seeds zucchini
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 2 ripe banana's, mashed
- 1/2 cup finely shredded green or yellow zucchini with skins, packed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3 Tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice - I used buckwheat honey this time)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened milk - use hemp, rice, coconut or flax milk to make it nut-free.
- 1 Tbsp ground Chia
- 6 Tbsp organic coconut flour
- 5 Tbsp light buckwheat flour
- 1/4 cup ground golden flax (I grind in the coffee grinder)
- 3 Tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil or butter. Sometimes I also line it with parchment to make sure it doesn't stick and keep scrubbing dishes to a minimum.
Combine ground chia with almond milk. Let stand for 5 minutes to let Chia gel.
Combine wet ingredients including Chia gel.
Combine dry ingredients separately.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and mix in.
Split batter evenly in greased loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes until center is fully cooked.
Let cool before removing from loaf pan.
Let your kids enjoy a low-sugar snack full on clean and healthy ingredients.