Sugar-free Vegan Marbled Banana Bread is a great treat for you and your family. With only a touch of oil, this banana bread makes a great afternoon snack, or top it with a plant-based ice cream and fresh fruit for a delicious and easy dessert.
Prep 20 min. Cook 1 hour
- 1/4 cup chopped Medjool dates *soaked for 20 min., *drained*
- 3 large, very ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup coconut oil *melted*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. powdered stevia
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. cocoa or cacoa powder
- 2 tbsp. NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans *optional*
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Put the dates, bananas, coconut oil, applesauce, and NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops in a high-speed or regular blender and process until very smooth and thick.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a big bowl if you're up to stirring it by hand), add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, powdered stevia and salt. Pulse at low speed a few times to combine.
- Scrape the banana mixture into the flour mixture and slowly start the stand mixer. Mix until a thick batter forms, then mix in the nuts, if using. Scoop out about 2/3 of the batter and set it aside. Add the cocoa powder to the NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup to the remaining batter in the mixer and process until completely combined.
- Now for the marble. You can either put all the vanilla batter into the pan and then add the chocolate batter - swirling deep with a knife or spoon - or you can alternate dollops of both batters and then swirl. Either way, swirl and then bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes. Check if its done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done.
- Let the cake rest in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it (and the parchment) from the pan and letting it cool completely on a wire rack, or eat it while its still warm.
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