Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread (Vegan)

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Is there anything better than cosying up with a slice of homemade banana bread and a steaming mug of tea or hot chocolate?

This weekend, the UK was hit by horrific storms – and, amidst the chaos, the swirling winds and the endless rain, all I wanted to do was hibernate with tea and cake.

Thankfully, I had already made a slice of this delicious Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread to keep us going!

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It is beautifully moist (apologies if you hate that word!), sweet and satisfying – and it makes a great breakfast, too!

Here, I used a combination of spelt and tigernut flours (nut-free, by the way!) to give it that texture, while also adding to the nutrient profile of the cake. I also used aquafaba as the egg replacement to keep it light and fluffy!

To make the cake healthier, I also switched out some of the fat / oil and replaced it with apple puree. This helps to keep that texture, while lowering the fat content and keeping things a little “cleaner”.

Anyway, this is a classic, delicious banana bread – and I think you’ll love it, too!

Sam x

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • Creates one loaf
  • For the wet ingredients –
  • 3 ripe, medium bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup apple puree
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (I love Naturli block) or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
  • 9 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea brine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • For the dry ingredients –
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup tigernut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 150g dark chocolate chips
  • One large handful walnuts, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c, then line a loaf tin.
  2. In a blender, blitz together all wet ingredients – the bananas, apple puree, melted butter or oil, sugar, maple syrup, aquafaba, vanilla – for a few minutes, until smooth and foamy.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the spelt and tigernut flours, then stir in the baking powder, bicarb and salt.
  4. Fold in the wet ingredients, then stir until just combined. Now, fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Pour into your prepared loaf tin, then place in the oven to bake for 42-47 minutes, or until firm on top and cooked through. Allow to cool completely before slicing and enjoying!

Author: Sam

I'm a freelance health, food and fitness journalist, busy mama and recipe creator!

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