Warming dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

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Warming winter deliciousness

Christmas is almost around the corner so I figured it’s time to get out these winter flavors. Do you know the feeling when you’re baking something, your whole apartment smalls of it and you just wander around absorbing the amazing smell and feeling genuinely happy and excited about eating your treat? I’ve been doing that a lot while baking this loaf 🙂

This dark chocolate & orange banana loaf is simply great. It has an intense dark chocolate aroma which is complemented by warming orange and crunchy walnut bits. It’s basically like eating a dark-chocolate&orange truffle. 🙂

I used cocoa butter instead of normal butter, which accentuates the chocolate flavor nicely. As you may already know, I am not a fan of using processed white sugar, so the sweetness comes from the mashed bananas and maple syrup only. In the end, this is one of the healthier winter treats due to it’s low fat and sugar content. Cocoa power also stimulates the formation of serotonine, so you’ll be guaranteed a happy face while eating this 🙂

So who’s up for a lovely winter treat? Let’s get going!

Dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

Ingredients

250g all purpose flour
3 ripe bananas, peeled, cut into big chunks
50g ground almonds
70g cocoa butter
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
juice of 1 and zest of 2 small oranges
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 handful walnuts, crushed
a pinch of salt

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 190°C / 375°F.

2. Lightly grease the bottom and the sides of a 1-litre loaf tin, then dust with flour. Tap to get rid of any excess.

3. Blend your bananas in your blender until smooth and no chunks remain. Then add maple syrup, orange juice + zest and eggs. Stir to combine and set aside.

4. Melt to cocoa butter  in a small pot at low temperature.

5. Mix flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking soda, walnuts and vanilla extract in a bowl.

6. Fold in the banana mix in the flour mixture and add the cocoa butter. Stir as little as possible until everything is combines.

7. Spoon into the loaf tin and bake in the hot oven for around 45 minutes, or until cooked through. To check if it’s done, stick a cocktail skewer into the middle of the loaf and remove after 5 seconds. If it’s clean the loaf’s cooked; if it is still slightly sticky in needs a bit longer.

8. Once the banana loaf is done, remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Best serve while the loaf is still warm with a good cup of tea or coffee.

I hope you enjoy baking and eating this delicious loaf! 🙂

Dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

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