Dark Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Banana Bread (Gluten & Dairy Free)

If you’re like me, you’ve got spotty black bananas hanging in the kitchen and an empty flour container in your pantry! Hmm….MUST make banana bread to use up those bananas, but don’t really want to run to the store to get flour. What’s a girl to do? Make her own oat flour! I’ve always got loads of oats on hand, thanks to Costco! This recipe is amazing, there is NO oil, no gluten or dairy, and it uses only oat flour, which you can blend up yourself! Its very easy to make, well, as long as you have a food processor or blender. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself making that trip to the store to hunt down some oat flour! LOL. I’m sure you could sub it out for regular gluten free flour and it would turn out fine, but I kind of like the extra oat texture. It makes me feel like I’m eating a little healthier too. I love banana bread, and I love that there are so many variations of it! This is a great example…. the combo of dark chocolate and raspberries is delicious, and mix that with the oatty texture and the banana bread flavor and well…..we’ve got a winner here! I dug into it while it was still warm, and it was melt in your mouth good…..so good that you just want to eat more or it, so just a warning, it will test your self control! Hope you’ll give this one a try. Enjoy 🙂

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Banana Bread

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Ingredients: (Printable Version)

·         Choc Rasp Oat Ban Brd.jpg2 cups oat flour

·         1 tsp xanthan gum

·         1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         3 ripe bananas, mashed

·         1/2 cup dark brown sugar

·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

·         2 eggs

·         1 cup smashed raspberries

·         1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Make oat flour: Place 2 & 1/2 cups oatmeal into food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour.
  3. Combine flour, gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl & set aside.
  4. In a mixer, beat mashed bananas, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in raspberries and dark chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on wire rack to finish cooling.

 

 

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