Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

When you have 3 ripe bananas and lots of oats on hand, you make banana bread. 

I feel like it’s been a while since I baked up something yummy. In case you haven’t noticed, I love to bake! It’s one of my happy places. It’s a way for me to be creative. And more than anything, I just LOVE seeing the look on someones face when they try one of my gluten free/sugar free/dairy free treats not knowing that it’s been “healthified!”

Best. Feeling. Ever!

In fact, you might want to get your hands on my Healthy Desserts eBook and take advantage of the amazing Holistic Wellness Super Bundle (get my detox program, meal plans, smoothie cleanse and so much more and save lots of moola!). My Healthy Desserts ebook alone has over 30+ delicious gluten free, sugar free dessert recipes that are super drool worthy. 

So… back to baking. I normally love baking with almond flour. I find the recipes always turn out amazing, plus, it’s a great gluten free baking flour. But let’s be real, it can seriously be expensive. And the amount of almond flour I go through – eek – it’s pretty crazy! 

Sometimes I can spend upwards of almost $200 on just almond flour alone, specifically when I’m recipe testing. I know, crazy right?!

But oats, they are on the cheaper side and if you get gluten free/wheat free ones, then making gluten free treats is a breeze. 

The only dilemma is that they are considered a grain, so if you are grain free (which I am about 95% of the time), then almond flour may be your better bet. 

I use Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Free Oats, and I grind them myself in my vitamix. It take 2 seconds and it comes out perfectly. Which reminds me, you’ll probably love my Oat Flour Blueberry Pancakes. They are my fav!

So let’s get to the baking goodness. Let me know in the comments below how your banana bread turns out. And be sure to tag me @holisticwellnessfoodie on instagram sharing your pics! 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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  1. 2 cups oatmeal (gluten-free rolled oats)
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. ½ tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. ¼ tsp sea salt
  6. 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  7. 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  8. 1/4 cup coconut sugar (optional, I left this ingredient out as the banana's were sweet enough)
  9. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  10. 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9” × 5" loaf pan with coconut oil.
  2. Make oat flour: Place oatmeal into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended.
  3. Measure out 2 cups of the oat flour and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine mashed bananas, coconut sugar (omit to make sugar-free), vanilla extract, and oil for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can add this to a blender, but I did mine by hand. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on wire rack to finish cooling. Cut into slices and enjoy!
  1. *Feel free to add in chopped walnuts, pecans or any nut/seed of choice.
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Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Banana Bread – Paleo Style

Chocolate. Cinnamon. Bananas. What a combo!

I love baking, as you know, and it’s been a while since I whipped up a banana bread. Let alone, a gluten free, grain free, dairy free banana bread, with NO added sugar!

This bread is DA BOMB! It’s so full of flavour and free of many allergens.

I got the idea from Make Ahead Paleo to include a cinnamon-y topping. I’ve never done this in the past and couldn’t resist testing it out! This delicious “crust” added the perfect sweetness. I highly suggest you test it out! I guess you could say there is some added sugar, since it’s included in the topping, but you can feel free to omit this.

So let’s get baking! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do 🙂Image 3


Paleo Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Bread
Makes 1 LoafIngredients:

1 ½ cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup arrowroot starch
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground vanilla bean
½ tsp sea salt

3 large ripe bananas
4 eggs
1/3 cup hemp milk (almond or coconut work well too)

1 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ cup walnuts (optional- I didn’t use any)

1 tbsp coconut sugar
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp almond flour

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl combine all DRY ingredients. In a large bowl combine all WET ingredients using a hand mixer. Mix until bananas are well combined and mixture is fluffy. Add DRY ingredients into WET and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in EXTRAS. I used chocolate chips. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and pour in batter.

In a small bowl combine TOPPING ingredients and sprinkle evenly on top of loaf. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from loaf pan and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with grass fed butter or your favorite nut butter. YUM!

Enjoy xo

To your AMAZING Health and Abundance,

Samantha xoxo

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Banana Flax Bread and Gluten Free Quinoa Crepes for Meatless Monday

Nothing beats a delicious homemade slice of banana bread topped with antioxidant rich raspberry jam! I do my best not to bake banana bread often as I end up eating it all! This time, I gave half of it away so I wouldn’t be tempted to demolish it! This recipe contains a healthy dose of omega’s from ground flax, fibre from organic spelt and oat flour, and of course, potassium!

Banana Flax Bread

2 tbsp coconut oil, plus 1 tsp for pan
1/2 cup organic spelt flour
3/4 cup organic oat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
3/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg, plus 1 egg white
1/2 cup coconut sugar or organic brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Brush a loaf pan with coconut oil. In a bowl, whisk together both flours, flaxseed, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat whole egg and egg white until thoroughly combined. Add melted coconut oil, sugar, vanilla and bananas, mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in walnuts by hand.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan before transferring to a wire rack. The bread can be wrapped tightly in plastic and kept at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Gluten Free Quinoa Crepes
Sweet or savoury, these crepes are deelish! It may take a few tries before mastering the perfect crepe, but it’s definitely worth it! I enjoyed these light as a feather crepes with raw almond butter, fresh blueberries, raspberries and maple syrup! Sautéed spinach and tempeh with roasted sweet potato would make the perfect savoury breakfast crepe! Enjoy!

1 cup organic quinoa flour
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 eggs
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup of water, (enough to make batter thin, approx. 1/2 cup)
1 tsp coconut oil, for pan

Combine flour, coconut milk, eggs, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix with hand blender on medium speed. Add water until batter becomes thin, approximately half a cup. Heat pan on medium-high, add 1 tsp coconut oil. Using a ladle, pour enough batter to thinly cover entire pan. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes, until batter firms, then flip. Cook for another 30 seconds, then serve.

Happy Monday!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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