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Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This healthy vegan paleo double chocolate banana bread is moist and sweet without any added sugar! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!

Why settle for chocolate banana bread when you can have paleo DOUBLE chocolate banana bread!? Twice as nice, am I right? Ha! Okay all jokes aside, this recipe is for realz.

This healthy chocolate banana bread is completely grain free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and contains no added sugar! It’s quite possibly one of my simplest recipes, and the ingredients required don’t break the bank, which I really like.

Oh, and yes, you did read that right! This is banana bread is also completely vegan! Here I am again with the paleo vegan creations, haha!

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Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread Origins

Well, it all really started with my paleo banana bread. It was such a hit with everyone, not just in my family and my apartment building, but everyone on Instagram as well, that I had to keep this recipe coming.

I asked which flavor everyone would like to see next, and the majority voted something with CHOCOLATE! So I decided to create this paleo double chocolate banana bread!

I mean, why have chocolate when you can go with DOUBLE chocolate? I also polled everyone on the ‘gram and asked if they wanted more vegan recipes, which they replied with a strong yes! Now, I’m not vegan, I’m not paleo, I don’t label. But I will say, not using eggs or dairy in this recipe is actually quite cost effective!

And because I was riffing off of my original banana bread recipe (which I also turned into muffins), I decided to keep it paleo, hence why we have a paleo vegan double chocolate banana bread!

close up of slices of paleo double chocolate banana bread

But that’s a mouthful, so let’s just stick saying paleo double chocolate banana bread! Haha!

By now, you’re probably wondering what are these special ingredients that make this gluten free double chocolate banana bread so good, right? Let’s get into it!

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Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread Ingredients

Bananas: your main sweetener! You’ll need 4 large bananas for this banana bread (well, only 3 if you don’t want to add the banana on top!). From the reviews on my last paleo banana bread, everyone seemed to love the no added sugar component, so I stuck with it when creating this double chocolate banana bread!

Sweet Potato: my secret weapon when it comes to paleo (and now vegan!) baking! Sweet potatoes are a great way to thicken up a batter, as well as add more flavor, texture, and sweetness to the overall dish. I share my tips and tricks below for how to prep the sweet potato just right for this healthy chocolate banana bread so keep reading!

Coconut Flour: actually a very cheap flour, if we’re looking at all of the other flours! And most often, it’s the same price as buying a gluten free flour, such as white or brown rice flour. You don’t need much flour in this recipe compared to other double chocolate banana breads because coconut flour does such a great job at absorbing moisture!

Nut butter: you can use almond, walnut, or even a seed butter if you want this to be a nut free paleo double chocolate banana bread!

Ground Flax Seed: okay I know this sound expensive but it’s actually not. I use a brand called Sunfood, and so far, it’s the least expensive ground flax seed that I’ve found (and it’s organic!). You can find it at Whole Foods, mom & pop shops, or here!

Cacao Powder: a given, I mean, that’s how you make it double chocolate haha!

Coconut Milk: a little liquid to make sure that the flax seed gets absorbed 🙂

Chocolate Chips: because what is paleo double chocolate banana bread without chocolate chips? You know my favorite brands are either Pascha, which are 100% cacao chips, and Lily’s Sweets, which are sweetened with stevia. But if you’re not completely paleo, go for whatever chocolate chip suits you! The best part about my recipes is that they are supposed to work for YOU. You don’t need to change for the recipe.

slice of paleo vegan double chocolate banana bread with a smear of almond butter on top

Now onto some tips and tricks to make sure that your paleo double chocolate banana bread comes out just right!

Tips & Tricks for this Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

Well, this goes with all banana breads, but make sure that your bananas are very ripe! Especially for this recipe, as there is no added sweetener or sugar. That means that if you normally like your banana bread on the sweet side, then completely brown bananas are the key!

Now, what makes this gluten free double chocolate banana bread so good is the sweet potato, and I’m going to share my favorite way to make them. It’s not by steaming them or by chopping them up and sautéing them.

You need to oven roast your sweet potatoes for at least an hour at 375F! This helps all of the natural sugars found in sweet potatoes caramelize so that your paleo double chocolate banana bread is even sweeter 🙂 But you do need the skin removed, so once it’s baked, let it cool (either for a few minutes or you can create some resistant starch and place it in the fridge overnight!) and remove the skin of the sweet potato before using it for this bread.

You can actually eat the skin too for added nutrients! It’s like a regular potato skin 🙂

close up of double chocolate banana bread with smear of almond butter

For the flax seed, I found that you really don’t need create the famous vegan flax “egg” before making this gluten free double chocolate banana bread. That’s because I think there is enough liquid in the banana bread to activate the flax, which helps to bind things together, much like a regular egg. But if you feel more comfortable creating the flax egg before using it in this banana bread, by all means!

For the nut butter, I highly recommend using walnut butter. Because who doesn’t love a good banana bread without walnuts?! Well, maybe the people who are nut free, so in that case, don’t worry- go ahead and use pumpkin seed or sunflower seed butter. You’ll get the same delicious paleo double chocolate banana bread, except it’ll be nut free 🙂

overhead shot of double chocolate banana bread with smear of almond butter

I feel like I should go over storage for this bread, but honestly, it probably won’t last you that long to even go into that process haha! It’s so good!

BUT if you are meal prepping this bread for the week or weeks ahead, I highly recommend slicing the bread and then wrapping it in either tin foil or an air tight container and storing in an airtight container. This way, all you need to do is go into the freezer for a slice and heat it up in the oven or toaster!

No mess trying to slice a frozen banana bread 🙂 Trust me, I’ve tried that and you don’t want the mess!

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Enjoy, and happy baking!

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This healthy vegan paleo double chocolate banana bread is moist and sweet without any added sugar! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!

Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread


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This healthy vegan paleo double chocolate banana bread is moist and sweet without any added sugar! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!


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Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato (baked, cooled, skin removed)
  • 4 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond or walnut butter (can sub in sunflower butter)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1.5 tbsp ground flax/chia seed
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 mixture 2 tsp baking soda + 1 tbsp lemon/vinegar (can sub in 1 tbsp baking powder)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mash together 3 of the 4 bananas (save the 4th for topping the banana bread). Add in sweet potato and mash all together until well combined.
  3. Add in coconut milk, nut butter, and vanilla extract to the banana sweet potato mash, and mix until well combined.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips and whisk together.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and pour batter into the banana bread pan.
  6. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips if desired and top with banana.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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