Chocolate Banana Bread with Chia

This post is sponsored by Gastromax and as always, photos and words by me.

Chocolate Banana Bread with Chia :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

If you follow me on Instagram you probably think that I (like many health-focused Instagrammers) live solely out of toasts and salad bowls, but that’s not entirely true. That’s only because that kind of food make the most Instagrammable pics ;-)

The real truth is, I eat on average 1-2 slices of bread a day. And I try to limit all other gluten and fast-carb (especially wheat) foods too. Simply because I feel better on a low-gluten and low-carb diet. It doesn’t mean we never eat bread though. But when we do, it has to be proper bread, preferably sourdough, and I usually get it at Cum Pane or Da Matteo Bakery.

When (and if) I bake bread at home it has to be fast. You see, I never plan ahead for such things to happen. Let’s just say there’s always too many other food related projects going on. I used to love the process of baking though. But that was years ago. Before kids, puppy and before I had a food related job…

But who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread in a house? And how to have that without working your ass off? :-)

The solution is soda bread.

Chocolate Banana Bread with Chia :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

This one-bowl wonder bread is actually something in between a bread and a cake. It’s just slightly sweet, which makes it perfect for those afternoon cravings. But still bread-like enough to have for breakfast or as an evening snack. It is ridiculously simple and quick to make, yet great in taste and with a wonderful crust on the outside and super moist on the inside. You wouldn’t actually believe it’s a soda bread unless you already knew. And lemme tell ya – it tastes like heaven with a little peanut butter and chopped 70% (or higher) chocolate sprinkled on top!

Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut butter :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Now, I’ll leave you with the recipe and hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead! Be back soon.

Chocolate Banana Bread with Chia

makes one loaf of bread

2 cups (5 dl) fine spelt flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (1,5 dl) wholemeal rye flour
4 tbsp cacao powder
6 tbsp (1 dl) whole hazelnuts
6 tbsp (1 dl) sunflower seeds
3 tbsp (1/2 dl) chia seeds
1,5 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp powdered vanilla
75 g good quality dark chocolate (at least 70%), roughly chopped

2 cups (5 dl) unsweetened yogurt
1 large organic banana, mashed
3 tbsp (1/2 dl) maple syrup

unscented coconut oil + chia seeds for the loaf tin

1 banana, halved lengthwise (optional) for decoration
sunflower seeds and chia seeds to sprinkle

1) Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F). Oil a loaf tin with coconut oil and sprinkle with chia seeds.
2) In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix carefully using a rubber spatula until you have a smooth batter.
3) Spread the batter out evenly in the loaf tin and top with the two banana halves + sprinkle with sunflower seeds and chia seeds.
4) Bake for 1 hour in the lower part of your oven. Then lower the temperature to 175° C (350° F) and bake for 30 more minutes.
5) Take the bread out and let cool a little before removing it from the tin. Let cool completely on a wire rack. The bread keeps for up to five days wrapped in a tea towel. It freezes well too.

TIP! This is such a great bread to make because the recipe is quite forgiving. You don’t have to weigh the ingredients to be super precise. A cup measure, a tablespoon measure and a teaspoon measure go a long way. I used Gastromax gorgeous range here, which are all made in Sweden. They’re all safe and tested products and of course BPA-free. The products are recommended by the Swedish Culinary team and you can take a closer look at them here. The products are available for sale at ICA Maxi, Citygross, Cervera and Hemköp.

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Solène | In the mood for food - May 5, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Oh looks so good !! I might try this out soon..

Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - May 8, 2017 - 3:14 pm

Thanks Solène! Please let me know what you think if you try it!

Maria - May 9, 2017 - 8:33 am

Wow, I like the look and the sound of this! Gotta try soon!

sientatealamesa - May 11, 2017 - 4:47 pm

Loving this kind of bread I must bake it