There’s no need to deny your weekend chocolate cravings when you can satisfy yourself with this healthy Paleo Double Chocolate Sunflower Banana Bread. It’s dense, rich, and undeniably addicting. Melt into each bite and savor the blissful taste of your new favorite sunflower butter and double chocolate combo.
I posted a picture of this bread a couple months ago on instagram intending to later add it to my mythical “free recipe eBook”. In the spirit of admitting failures and obvious lack of publications, that eBook never happened. A funny little thing called life got in the way and I realized that I just had bigger fish to fry.
I know here at Y&R, Fridays are for recipes, but today I can’t help myself, but add in a little realness. I’m not sure if you saw my post yesterday on Georgie’s blog, but that failed venture is the perfect example of making the wrong goals, the dangers of comparison, and putting unfair time expectations on yourself.
Somewhere along this blogging adventure, I binged on too much content of “how to grow your blog” that I ended up over consuming. It’s hard to sift through the masses of info and eventually there comes a time where you just have to shut it out and do what’s best for you. I lost sight of that and when I saw so many people shelling out free ebooks to grow their newsletter list, I thought I had no choice but to do the same.
Newsflash, Margaret: you don’t even have a newsletter! (yet)
I have a lot of ideas in this little head of mine for various eBook content, but right now I’m more focussed on growing instagram, connecting and resinating with my readers, and enjoying writing content that’s important to me. Newsletters and ebooks will come in their due time, but this little detour just kept me from getting you this really good recipes sooner.
So moral of the story: go with your gut on what’s best for you and your blog and don’t look to everyone else to tell you what to do or you might end up making a goal that you don’t even want and wasting time.
Back to you, bread.
My grandmother, Mamanet (her name is Jeanette so mama + net), taught me how to cook. I was actually pretty sick growing up and before I finally got my tonsils out, I spent a lot of time out of school and in her kitchen. I was so blessed to have a grandmother right down the street to watch me when I wasn’t feeling well and to spoil me into the rotten young adult that I am today.
I’m willing to fight over the fact that Mamanet makes the world’s best banana bread (among many other things). I spent my entire life hating all other banana bread because nothing seemed to compare to hers. As much as I love my grandmother and her cooking, if I ate it everyday, I’d have 99 problems and obesity would probably be one. She cooks with love and a often times that involves a lot of sugar and butter, but when she comes over, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For a healthier treat, I channeled my favorite childhood sweet with the addition of my own little flare. I adapted it to be filled with nutritious ingredients and still have the same great flavors I loved as a kid. I don’t remember Mamanet ever adding chocolate, but the older I get the more I love incorporating cocoa powder and morsels to almost everything I bake. The sunflower butter is also a wild card, but I love how much it balances with the sweetness from the coconut sugar and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, giving a new depth of flavor and richness.
For this recipe, you can of course use any chips you please. I prefer Enjoy Life because they taste perfect and they are also friendly to a lot food allergies and intolerances. They’re gluten free and made with fewer and higher quality ingredients than anything you can find on most shelves.
- 2 overripe bananas
- 3 dates
- ⅓ c sunflower seed butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ c almond flour
- 2 tb cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- ⅓ c enjoy life chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Soak the dates in warm water for at least 5 minutes
- Remove the pits and put the dates in the food processor with the bananas (you can also use a blender)
- Process until the dates have completely broken down and a soupy liquid has formed with the bananas (30 seconds-1 min)
- Add the sunflower seed butter and coconut oil
- Process for 10 more seconds
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients
- Add in the mixture from the processor
- Stir in the eggs and vanilla until well combined
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Greece a 9x5in bread pan (lay it on thick or the bread will definitely stick)
- Pour in the bread mixture and feel free to sprinkle on some additional chips
- Bake for 50-55 minutes or until you can poke it with a tooth pick and it comes out clean
- Once done, flip the bread over onto a cooling rack
- Cool, slice, and serve!
What’s the most popular baked good from your childhood memories?
Have you ever wasted time working on something you didn’t even want in the first place?
Chocolate or sweet/sour candy?