A lovely banana bread with ample dairy free chocolate chips throughout, made without grains or sugar.
Although I am a huge fan of raw treats when it’s time for an indulgence, this sugar free, grain free Banana Chocolate Bread is a great healthy basic. This is, of course, an entirely plant based recipe – yay! You’ll see apple sauce in the ingredient list – this is a common substitute for eggs in a recipe where you need a binder.
The sweetener used is Xylitol, which I don’t mind to use every now and then in small amounts. It is actually a plant based sweetener derived from the birch tree. It is often used in chewing gums as it has the benefit of inhibiting bacterial growth to prevent tooth decay. It is a sugar alcohol rather than a sugar, and has one less carbon than it’s sugar friends glucose and fructose. Having one less carbon is what gives it this antibacterial property.
Xylitol is a safe alternative for diabetics, as it has a very marginal effect on blood sugar levels. However, just because it is sugar free doesn’t mean it is free of calories – alcohol as you know contains calories so the sugar alcohols also contain a little (though far less than regular sugars). In excess, it will have a slight laxative effect or cause a bit of gas. You would have to consume about 50g in order to feel a bit off.
Sugar alcohols such as xylitol occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, as well as in our own bodies.
You can buy it as granules which look much like ordinary white sugar, or powdered, which looks just like icing sugar. Choose xylitol derived form Birch over Corn if you can.
Sugar Free Grain Free Banana Chocolate Bread
- 1 cup almond meal
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup Xylitol icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup sugar and dairy free chocolate chips
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons apple sauce
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- Sift the first six into a bowl.
- Add the chocolate chips, use a whisk to mix them evenly through the dry ingredients.
- Mash the bananas on a plate with the vanilla, then add the coconut oil, apple sauce and almond milk and mash again.
- Add to the dry ingredients and mix till well combined.
- Bake in a lined loaf pan at 180˚C for 45mins-1 hour or till a skewer comes out clean.
- If it colours quickly, cover it with baking paper.
- Dust with xylitol icing sugar and shredded coconut to serve.
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