Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Who doesn’t love a good banana bread?! I had some very ripe bananas that needed using, but I wanted something different than your average banana loaf this time. I’ve been on a bit of a coconut kick lately, so I decided to throw some in with a handful of chocolate chips. Wow. The result was pretty dang tasty! If you wanted to kick this up even ANOTHER notch, you could top it off with a dairy free sugar glaze, or a scoop of your favorite milk free ice cream, some vegan chocolate sauce and a few chopped nuts. Whether plain for breakfast or dressed up for dessert, this dairy free banana bread will not disappoint!
Dairy Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1/2 cup of your favorite dairy free milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegan margarine (Earth Balance), softened
2 cups whole wheat flour (white or gluten free will work too)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 mashed, very ripe bananas
1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips (we used Amanda’s Own Confections)
1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut
In a small cup, mix your milk and the vinegar together. Let it sit for 5 minutes while you follow the rest of the preparations, so that the milk curdles a bit.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease your loaf pan, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together your margarine and sugar until well combined and smooth. To that mixture, add your flour, baking powder, and baking soda.Give it a good mixing with a fork to combine it well. Next, add your bananas, milk, vanilla, and 1/4 cup coconut. Mix well until smooth. Gently fold in 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Scoop the mixture into your prepared loaf pan, and top with the remaining chips and coconut. Press the chips and coconut down a bit to help them stick. If you’re baking in a glass loaf pan, you’ll want to bake the loaf for about 50 mins. A tin pan will take 5 or 10 minutes less, so keep an eye on it and be sure to test the middle to confirm that it’s done. Let it rest on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then try not to eat the whole loaf!