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Buckwheat Banana Bread with Cacao (Gluten-Free)

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A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients,  and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day!

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

This bread is GOOD. I find myself to be a big fan of buckwheat and chocolate together in any form. Every single time I include those two ingredients together, I am always over-the-moon happy with the results. I simply could not wait to share this one with you guys. . .

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

I found this spin on banana bread to be perfectly moist, hearty and filling, and with the perfect touch of chocolate-y cacao flavor to make it taste like a super indulgent dessert, but with no guilt necessary! The blend of buckwheat and almond flours in this loaf lend it a bit of protein power, too!

Throw in the fact that it slices, hold together, and stores like a dream, and I have no doubt you’ll be making this bread time and time again. I know we wil!

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

This Chocolate Buckwheat Banana Bread is:

  • Rich, moist, and delicious!

  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free.

  • Easy to slice & stores well.

  • Super easy to make!

  • A nutrient dense, healthy loaf filled with fiber, protein, antioxidants, iron, magnesium and calcium, to name a few!

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

Tips for making Buckwheat Banana Bread with Cacao Powder:

  • Are you looking for a nut-free bread? You can replace with almond flour with oat flour for a similar loaf.

  • Due to the unique nature of buckwheat flour, I do not recommend substituting it with anything else.

  • You can replace with tapioca starch with arrowroot starch or cassava flour, if need be.

  • You can replace the coconut sugar with granulated sugar of your choice. For a sugar-free bread, I like to use this sweetener.

  • Want an extra chocolate-y loaf? Throw a handful of chocolate chips into the batter!

  • You can store this bread covered at room temperature for 2 days, or in air-tight containers in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

More Sweet Gluten-Free Bread Recipes:

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 A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients, and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day! #chocolatebread #buckwheatbread #glutenfreebread #bananabread #cacao

Want to learn more about cacao powder? Read about cacao’s health benefits HERE.

 

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Buckwheat Banana Bread with Cacao (Gluten-Free)

A rich, moist, decadent gluten-free banana bread made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and raw cacao powder. This beautiful loaf is created with wholesome ingredients,  and sweetened by unrefined coconut sugar, making it a scrumptious treat that is deliciously healthy any time of the day!


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Course: Breakfast, Sweets
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup butter softened or melted coconut oil (for dairy-free)
  • 5 tbs milk of choice I use almond
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl sift together buckwheat, almond and tapioca flours.
  • Stir in cacao powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Mix well.
  • In a different mixing bowl add your (well) mashed banana and butter. Mix until smoothly combined. Stir in milk, vanilla, egg, and vinegar. Whisk until combined.
  • Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • Pour your batter into your prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (or with only a few crumbs).
  • Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please see the TIPS section above in the post for valuable information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
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Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.

3 Comments

  • Melanie
    06/12/2020 at 6:53 PM

    5 stars
    I made this with a couple of slight modifications and it was delicious. I made it with coconut oil. I used banana baby food in place of the bananas (240 grams). Since the baby food has citric acid, I left out the vinegar. I omitted the spices.

    My loaf turned out a little bit concave on top but I didn’t care because it still tasted delicious. 😊 Thank you for the recipe.

    Reply
  • NC
    09/23/2019 at 5:56 PM

    Hi! This recipe is great! I did sub in sweet potato flour for the almond flour as I didn’t have any. The sweet potato flour brand recommended cutting liquids & sugar back by up to 25%, which I did, but not that much – texture is great but a tad dry so I will add a little moisture next time. All in all a great recipe- one that I’m happy to keep making finally! Thanks so much for posting. ?

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    • Kristen Wood
      09/24/2019 at 3:27 AM

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that! I truly appreciate you sharing! And, I’ll have to check out sweet potato flour sometime. 🙂

      Reply

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