Thursday, March 27, 2014

DISAPPEARING ACT: Gluten Free/Vegan Banana Chocolate Marble Bread

So yesterday, I was in the BANANAS GOING WILDLY SOUTH zone, but wanted to make something 'treaty', as we say in this house.

This went fast. Wildly fast. 

THE PICKY ONE came home from school and said....where did this whole loaf go!?!? I lied and said THE MEAT EATER took some to work. THE VEGETARIAN ate it happily, with nary a teen aged "eh" to be heard.
THE PICKY ONE also requested it for breakfast this morning. I obliged because we have a strict-Yes, you may have dessert for breakfast- rule in this house.  I do draw the line at candy, so don't worry. And honestly, this 'treaty' chocolate-y bread is better for her than a stack of processed pancakes with a lake of fake syrup.

By far the best Vegan baked item we've had. and it doesn't really have the nasty weird Gluten Free mouth feel to it either.

I added quinoa flakes (because I am obsessed with them), and made a few other substitutions.. and It rose just fine. Not big and tall like in a bakery, but just fine.

Like I said, It goes fast. You might think about making two....

DISAPPEARING ACT: Banana Chocolate Marble Bread
3 mashed ripe bananas (no more than 1 cup)
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/3 cup any non dairy milk
1 cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes (you could just add more flour if you don't have )
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup chocolate chips (fit to your dietary needs)
3/4 tsp salt
3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water, divided
Prep boiling water, no need to measure yet. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until pretty smooth. Spoon the mashed bananas into a measuring cup to make sure, then return to the mixing bowl. Beat in the sugar, oil, milk and vanilla.
Add the flour, baking soda and salt and gently mix just to incorporate. DO NOT over mix, it will all come together and the more you mix the denser it gets..
Scoop one cup of the batter and transfer it to a separate mixing bowl. Now, in a small cup mix the cocoa powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water and stir vigorously with a fork until it's dissolved. Add this to the one cup of banana and mix until the chocolate is thoroughly smooth and incorporated.
Now back to the original plain banana batter; add 3 tablespoons of boiling water and mix the batter until just a bit smoother.
Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Scoop alternate 1/2 cupfuls of chocolate/banana batter into the loaf pan, Randomly. Then, take a dull knife and swirl it through the batter a few times. Don't over do it or it won't come out marbled!
Bake for 55 minutes, test as you would any ole cake or bread....
Not the best 'Marble' picture,
But it did REALLY work!
(Humbly Adapted from a Isa Chandra Moskowitz recipe.)