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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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Ingredients
  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)
Instructions
  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!
Notes
  1. *Feel free to add in chopped walnuts, pecans or any nut/seed of choice.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Torte (Gluten Free & Sugar Free!)

If you’ve got Holiday Parties of ANY kind coming up, I’d like to introduce you to my famous Chocolate Torte. You’d never know that the filling contains vitamin rich pumpkin. So for all you non-pumpkin lovers, trust me, you won’t taste the pumpkin!

The best part about this torte is the leftover filling. I had quite a lot leftover, which I used for dipping strawberries into, drizzling over coconut bliss ice cream or serving with a side of fresh fruit. Bottom line, you get to be creative with the leftover filling which can lead to more recipes creations and inspirations!

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So let’s get back to drooling over this torte…

If you’re looking to bring a dessert to a holiday party with you, then trust me, this is it! I love it when my family takes a bite of my healthy creations not knowing what the heck is in it, or that it’s gluten free. I’ve learned over the years not to say ANYTHING about what’s in my recipes until someone asks!

Especially when it comes to my non-healthy-conscious family members! They always give me weird looks when I talk about certain ingredients and often times don’t want to try something because it’s gluten free, when they have no idea what gluten free even means! 

So, I’ve learned not to say anything anymore and it works out so much better. So in case you happen to be in the same situation, keep your mouth shut and just smile nicely 🙂

So before we get to this magical creation, I must point out one very important thing! This torte is SUGAR-FREE! Yes, sugar-free! I used Lakanto, a sweetener from monk fruit that has zero calories, is gluten free, vegan, contains no artificial ingredients and best part is, it has ZERO aftertaste (unlike stevia!). 

It also has ZERO impact on blood sugar and insulin which is HUGE considering I work with diabetics and women struggling with PCOS (insulin sensitivity is associated with both these conditions). 

If you CAN’T get your hands on lakanto, which you can find now at pretty much any health food store, you can use coconut sugar or cane sugar instead. 

Enjoy the deliciousness!

 

Sugar Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Torte
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Pecan Oat Crust
  1. 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (I use Bobs Red Mill)
  2. 1/2 cup raw almonds
  3. 1/2 cup raw pecans
  4. 2 Tbsp Lakanto (or coconut sugar)
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, not completely melted, but soft and at room temperature
Chocolate Pumpkin Filling
  1. 2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  2. 1 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  3. 1 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  4. 4 Tbsp tapioca starch/flour
  5. 1/4 cup lakanto (or coconut sugar)
  6. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, toasted coconut, dried or glazed pecans for topping (all optional0
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CRUST: preheat oven to 350 F. Place an 8 to 10 inch removable bottom tart tin on large baking sheet.
  2. In a food processor, blend together oats, almonds, pecans, lakanto cinnamon, and salt until a coarse meal forms.
  3. Pulse in coconut oil until fully combined and a loose dough is formed.
  4. Firmly press dough into tart tin. Be sure to press crust up the sides. This will help keep the filling from flowing over.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate until filling is ready.
  6. FOR THE FILLING: in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together coconut milk, pumpkin puree, chocolate chips, tapioca, lakanto, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt.
  7. Whisk constantly until chocolate is melted (about 5-6 minutes). Continue to whisk for 8 to 10 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken and large bubbles start to pop on top.
  8. Once thick and bubbling, continue to whisk for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  9. Strain through a fine sieve into large bowl. You want the filling to be smooth and creamy without big lumps.
  10. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave filling to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, whisk filling until nice and smooth and pour into cooled crust. Smooth out top and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. You can make this the night before and leave overnight in the fridge if you prefer.
  11. Garnish with pomegranate, cherries, nuts, seeds or flaked coconut.
  12. Torte/filling comes to room temperature fairly quickly. Be sure to serve chilled for best texture.
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