Vegan Double Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on May 28, 2012

Everyone has bananas that are just past eating at some point right?  I think I say that every time I post some kind of banana bread, but it’s true.  We eat a ton of bananas in our house, quite literally.  At the store I always think I better get one extra bunch to throw in the freezer at the end of the week for smoothies and somehow we still only end up with one or two extra.  I don’t know how it happens. It might be the two monkeys we have for kids, haha.

I do get sick of banana bread though.  My hubby doesn’t like bananas baked into anything so for the kids and I to go through a loaf is a bit much so it usually gets frozen and enjoyed for a little longer.  I wanted to mix things up a little though so I went with a chocolate loaf.  Surprisingly it doesn’t have too much sugar considering how chocolatey it was.  Thank you bananas!

I will tell you, none of this loaf made it to the freezer  🙂

In this loaf I used coconut oil, which I use all the time.  I really love the stuff.  From a purely culinary perspective, think of all the things you can do with an oil that is naturally solid up till 76 degrees.  My favorite of course, is a healthy chocolate magic shell sauce that’s made with your favorite chocolate melted with a little coconut oil.  As soon as you pour it on ice cream it turns into a magic, hard chocolate shell.  Awesome, right?  It’s also delicious for dipping frozen fruit into.  Yummy!  I also love that it’s a healthy fat for cooking, which is something that makes me nervous about other oils.

 

Tropical Traditions was nice enough to send me a sample to try and review of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and I have to say I absolutely love it.  If you’ve never tried coconut oil you really should, it’s creamy and coconutty.  You might think you wont like the coconut flavor in everything but you get used to it very quickly, and I even miss it in dishes that don’t normally have a coconut flavor.  I like using it in everything from desserts to roasted veggies and savory dishes.  And besides how much I love coconut oil I have to say I really love how Tropical Traditions produces their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  If you’re curious why, just watch this quick video.

 

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[print_this]Double Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

  • 4 large bananas(2 1/4 C), mashed
  • 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 C coconut milk(or another milk, non-dairy for a vegan bread)
  • 1/2 C sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C whole wheat pastry flour from soft wheat
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 C chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a loaf pan by spraying lightly with oil and set aside.

Mash the bananas and mix with the coconut oil, milk, sugar and vanilla.  In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and coconut.  Add to the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Place in the oven and bake for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.[/print_this]

 

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for a free product.

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1 Jill September 29, 2012 at 17:43

This recipe is amazing. It was my first attempt at banana bread, and it is so yummy.

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2 La_rahh September 4, 2012 at 21:15

Hi,
Made this recipe yesterday and it turned out great! The only thing I changed was that I used Canola oil instead of Coconut oil as I didn’t have any. Thanks for taking the time to put up the recipe and the photos.
Cheers

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3 Jen@TheFitHousewife June 4, 2012 at 16:17

I’ll be making this for sure. I love chocolate, banana, and coconut 🙂

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4 Amy @ Gastronome Tart May 31, 2012 at 11:39

I LOVE coconut oil! This looks absolutely delicious and a good for you treat!

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5 Katie May 31, 2012 at 07:45

Wow, this looks like a spectacular spin on banana bread!

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6 Alicia @ Treble Tart May 31, 2012 at 05:38

I am mildly obsessed with banana breads, and especially ones paired with chocolate! Add in coconut to the mix and I’m sold! This looks so good! 🙂

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7 Baltic Maid May 31, 2012 at 00:21

That looks absolutely amazing. It looks so rich. I love it. I make banana bread frequently but I have yet to try chocolate banana bread. It sounds/looks so good!

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8 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 30, 2012 at 09:19

Mmmm, that looks heavenly! Chocolate + banana is such a good combo.

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9 jackie@marinmamacooks May 30, 2012 at 07:30

I just made a banana bread the other day as well. So funny! Mine was not a chocolate bread like yours though! I’m sure my kids would have preferred this bread. I actually had to go to the store to get over-ripe bananas as we go through them way to quickly ourselves. I think we were monkey’s in our past life.

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10 em May 30, 2012 at 04:26

this sounds delicious! i love baking with coconut oil. definitely bookmarking this one.

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11 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 29, 2012 at 13:23

Oh, I love everything about this recipe! Banana bread is one of my favorite baked goods, but adding chocolate and coconut makes it even better. 🙂

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12 Heather May 29, 2012 at 10:14

Just last week I bought 2 bunches of Bananas with the intent to freeze one bunch for smoothies and “ice cream” …..yup that never happened – just between 2 of us we managed to consume both bunches in a week!

I love that you added chocolate to banana bread….we could totally get crazy and throw some peanut butter in the bread too 🙂

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13 Joanne May 29, 2012 at 05:46

We always seem to have bananas past their prime around here and I’m always trying to find a new way to use them. This bread looks great! An awesome twist on normal banana bread!

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14 chinmayie @ love food eat May 29, 2012 at 01:06

I might just be baking this today!! Will let you know how it turns out 🙂

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15 Marsha @ The Harried Cook May 28, 2012 at 21:20

Yummy! Love the chocolate banana combination and I am not surprised that none of this made it to the freezer 🙂 I am a big fan of coconut oil too, and this sounds like a fabulous recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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16 Baking Serendipity May 28, 2012 at 20:41

I love coconut oil…and banana bread but have never combined the two. This looks fantastic!

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17 Michelle@Peachy Palate May 28, 2012 at 12:41

You have been pinned!!! Can’t wait to try it!!!

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18 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 28, 2012 at 10:32

What a great recipe! The combination of bananas, coconut and chocolate sounds fantastic. I don’t normally like coconut but that sounds good! I’d love to try the virgin coconut oil but all we have here is the refined kind. Oh well. It works and I suppose it’s better than butter…

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