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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckwheat Banana Bread


I was supposed to host a group of friends this morning around breakfast time, and last night I was trying in vain to think up something baked and yummy that I could make to serve then. Since it was breakfast time, I didn't want to serve something too cakey or sweet or unhealthy, because, you know, breakfast, not dessert.... But most of the breakfasty foods that came to mind were fruit based, and my kids finished up the last of my apples yesterday, and I didn't have any other cookable fruit in my house...
Eventually I thought of my chocolate buckwheat bread that uses mashed overripe bananas, and luckily I found some frozen bananas in my freezer and decided to make that chocolate buckwheat bread, but with an upgrade- peanut butter! Because peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and if you add banana to that, it's just awesome.
This bread is more "bready" and less cakey, so if you're expecting something very sweet, don't be disappointed. I made mine with honey this time which ends up the sweetest this will be, and even then my son wanted to sprinkle sugar on his pieces when he ate his, but I enjoyed them as is. I added chopped up dates to mine because dates make everything taste yummy, and you get sweet morsels in your bread, but you can leave it out if you want to, just note that it'll be even less sweet.

In the end my get together this morning got canceled, so more yumminess for us. I definitely plan on making this again as it was very delicious and easy to make.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckwheat Banana Bread

Ingredients:
3 small bananas or 2 large bananas (if you use overripe bananas it is even sweeter than if you use plain ripe bananas- factor that in mind when deciding which other sweetener to use)
1 cup green buckwheat flour, or gluten free all purpose flour mix (or whole wheat or spelt or regular wheat if gluten isn't a concern for your family)
1/4 cup untoasted/green buckwheat groats
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup whole or ground chia seeds (replace with more ground flax seeds if you don't have chia)
1 1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup date syrup, jaggery syrup, maple syrup or honey (honey will make it sweeter, the other sweeteners will make it less sweet but still decent)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
15 dates, chopped into pieces (optional but highly recommended)

Instructions:
1. Mix your mashed banana with your sweetener and water until uniform.

2. Add cocoa powder and flax seeds, chia seeds, flour, cinnamon, and baking powder, mixing well to ensure there are no clumps.

3. Mix in your peanut butter until uniform.

4. De-seed and chop up your dates (save your seeds to make coffee substitute- totally worth it!) and add them to the mixture.

5. Pour into two loaf pans, and bake in a pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Does this look like a recipe you'd try? Do you prefer to eat or serve something healthier in the morning, or are you cool with cake and cookies early in the morning? What would you serve that seems healthy and is homemade if you had early morning guests?

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