Caramel Choc-Chip Banana Bread


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 45+ minutes

Makes: 10 slices

Nutrition Information: (per slice)
Cals: 117.7   kJ’s: 494.3  Protein: 3.5g  Carbs: 19.4g  Fat: 2.9g

What You Need:
2 tbls ground flaxseed
4 -5 tbls water
1¾ cups McKenzies quinoa flour (see notes below)
1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free)
½ tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
pinch of salt
1 tbls ground Allspice
3 small bananas, mashed (ripe preferably)
2 tbls Natvia / Stevia granules (or similar sugar substitute / 2 tbls agave syrup)
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk (Vitasoy)
¼ cup apple sauce puree
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbls dried pineapple pieces (optional)
1 tbls non-dairy choc baking buttons*
canola oil cooking spray

Topping - ½ banana, sliced (optional)

Caramel Sauce - (makes 4-5 tablespoons)
2 tbls maple syrup
½ tsp corn flour/ corn starch
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

* Sweet Williams Baking Choc Buttons can be found in the health food section of the supermarket.

What To Do:
1. Caramel Sauce - Combine all three ingredients for the sauce into a small saucepan. Stir constantly over high heat until it begins to bubble (1-2 minutes.) When it starts to bubble, continue stirring for a further 1-2minutes as it begins to darken in colour and thicken. Remove from heat and transfer sauce to a small glass bowl / cup and cool in refrigerator 15-20 minutes, prior to making the bread.

2. Preheat oven to 190°C / 374°F. Lightly spray with cooking oil and line with sheet of baking paper a 22cm x 12 cm (9×5 inch) loaf tin.

3. In a small cup or bowl, combine flaxseed meal and water. Stir well and set aside to thicken. This will be used as our egg replacement.

4. Mash bananas in a separate bowl. Add stevia, coconut milk, apple sauce and vanilla essence. Mix in the flaxseed mixture. Stir through well.

5. In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, a pinch of salt and the ground Allspice. Combine banana mixture and fold in 2 tbls of the caramel sauce, pineapple pieces and chocolate buttons/ nibs. Note - The batter should be nice and thick, not runny.

Transfer the banana bread mixture into the loaf tin. Using a spatula or spoon, press mixture into the corners of the tin and flatten out the top. Note - Gently tap/ knock the tin on the kitchen bench a couple of times to let the mixture even out and release any air bubbles.

7. Decorate the top with slices of banana. Push gently into the batter. Bake bread for 45-50 minutes. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin before slicing and serving.

Shar’s Tips -
- Quinoa Flour, ground from the whole seed is available in most supermarkets.

- Milks in this recipe can be substituted for another types; oat, rice, soy etc.

- Store the banana bread in an airtight container and refrigerate.

- Slices can also be frozen up to 1-2 months in small clip lock bags.

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