Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

A few of you know that the doctor put me on the Paleo diet because of all the tummy issues I have been having for a long time now. If you haven't heard of it, it is basically no dairy except for eggs, no grains, and no sugar. Ya Ya Ya I have heard it all.... oh so no food! hah aha!

It took some getting used to and some adjusting on how I cook. But basically I can have all the fresh veggies, and fruit, grass fed meats and nuts and seeds I want sort-of. So I have been doing pretty good about 90-95% of the time. It is hard to go out to dinner sometimes.

You know how I love to bake and share my baking. Well I came across an amazing bread recipe and after hunting high and low for the paleo ingredients to make it - it is really wonderful. You don't have to be on a diet or have any health issues to enjoy this. This bread is healthy and filling, and fills the need for chocolate .

The best part is that it satisfied my love of baking and using my Demarle pans. Not to mention my love of bread and cake and cookies and all the things I shouldn't have!  

 Cooling in the Demarle Loaf Pan
Cut into while warm and melted in your mouth yummy!

Okay so here is the recipe and a few tips that I did.

Coconut oil to grease the pan. Not needed if using demarle.

For the Bread:
4 med banana (about 1 pound)
4 large omega 3 eggs
1/4 c (1/2 stick) unsalted grass-fed butter, melted. I used a whole stick by mistake, and it turned out just fine.
1/2 cup Almond butter
1/2 cup Coconut flour (I found mine at Trader Joe's) I know this isn't much flour, but it really is all you need! I was surprised too the first time I made them.
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of fine-grain sea salt (I used what I had on hand)
I also added more Cinnamon to the bread mix, maybe 2 tablespoons. I love cinnamon!

For the Swirl:
2 Tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (I couldn't find these, so I used a Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar and chopped up what I needed
1 Tablespoon Organic honey. We get our honey from a local bee keeper, so I know it is the really good stuff!

Oven at 350
If using a metal loaf  9x5" pan, grease the pan and line it with parchment paper.
If using Damarle use nothing - ya that is the awesome part about Demarle!

Combine the banana, eggs, butter and almond butter in a food processor or mixing bowl and mix until the ingredients are well blended. I used my food processor as I just broke the bananas up to fit in the processor. I think you may need to mash them before putting them in a mixing bowl.

Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking power, vanilla and salt and continue to mix until all the ingredients are well combined. TIP: I am old school, so I mixed the dry ingredients first, then spooned mixed the wet into the dry.

In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the swirl ingredients. Heat, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted.

Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. As soon as you pour the batter, pour the chocolate swirl directly on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the loaf pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, till toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. If using Demarle pan I baked for 35 minutes and it was perfect.

Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

TIP: since I got 4 little loves, I cut two for the family to try and everyone loved it. I wrapped the other two loves in plastic and foil to freeze for later.

If you try this, let me know how it turned out. You can fine more recipes like this from the civilized caveman I do not get money for saying that, just wanted you to know where it came from. Enjoy.

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