This gluten- and dairy-free dark chocolate almond butter bread will satisfy your sweet and chocolate cravings in a healthier way. Made with whole ingredients, this is one recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

The bread itself is only sweetened with banana, and you can keep it totally refined-sugar free by choosing a high quality dark chocolate sweetened with a natural sweetener, such as coconut sugar, maple syrup, stevia, dates, or monkfruit (a 0 glycemic and 0 calorie natural fruit based sweetener). If you want an added superfood boost, chop up one of these Sacred Chocolate bars into chunks.

 

Here’s the delicious chocolate-y recipe:

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Bread

(Serves 12)

Ingredients

WET INGREDIENTS

3 ripe bananas

3 eggs

1/2 cup almond butter (preferably without salt)

1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/4 tsp. vanilla

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

pinch of pink salt (only if your almond butter is unsalted)

1 1/2 oz dark chocolate chunks*

TOPPINGS

1/2 banana, sliced (optional)

1/2 oz dark chocolate chunks

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. If you have a bullet blender, blend the bananas in it until liquified, and pour into a large bowl. If no blender, in a large bowl, mash well with a fork for a few minutes, until they turn into a smooth, lump-free liquid or soup-like texture.
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl and stir well until fully combined.
  4. Next, add the dry ingredients: almond flour, baking powder and 1 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate chunks. Stir well.
  5. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan with coconut oil. Pour the batter into it.
  6. If you like, lay the sliced banana down the middle of the loaf, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chunks on the top.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from pan.
  9. Slice and enjoy!

 

*Instead of using pre-made chocolate chunks or chips, you can make your own by chopping up your favorite dark chocolate bar.

 

Get the printable recipe here.

Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.  

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