July 12, 2016

Eggless Banana Chocochip Bread with Cranberries and Coconut Sugar for #Breadbakers

This month for Breadbakers, Mayuri chose natural sweeteners (like maple syrup, honey, blackstrap molasses, dates, banana puree, coconut sugar, balsamic glaze, brown sugar syrup, real fruit jam made without any sugar, stevia, palm jaggery). I was very keen to participate in this coz as a family, we have been pretty successful in cutting down refined products (both refined flour and sugar) in most of the cooking / baking at home, while even going sugar free for our everyday coffee / tea / mock tails.


Natural sweeteners are such a delight to work with, and I was happy to use my batch of cranberries along with Coconut sugar that the husband so lovingly lugged back from NYC last month. It was the first ever bake with coconut sugar, and we loved the nuttiness that this sugar provided without adding guilt to the indulgence.


The quick bread keeps well on the countertop for 2-3 days (if it lasts that long!) but I am pretty sure it freezes well. So, make this for a quick snack or take it along for potlucks. Either way its a winner.


Prep time : 20mins, Bake time : 40-45 mins (varies from oven to oven); makes : ONE 9*5 pan loaf



Adapted from here


Dry ingredients:

  • Flour / APF - 1 cup
  • Wholewheat flour - 3/4 cup
  • Oats flour - 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/6 tsp
Wet ingredients:
  • Coconut sugar - 2/3 cup
  • Overripe banana - 2 medium ( I used 4 small)
  • Neutral Oil - 1/3 cup
  • Milk - 1/3 cup (can sub with almond / peanut milk for vegan version)
  • Applesauce - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence / extract - 1 tsp
  • Dried Cranberries - 1/3 cup
  • Chocochips - 1/3 cup

Method:
  1. Grease and line a loaf pan (I used a nonstick 9*5 pan, but you could use a 8 1/2 * 4 1/2 for better results)
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients twice over in a large bowl.
  3. Beat the oil, mashed banana and coconut sugar in another bowl till the sugar is melted, fold in the milk, applesauce, vanilla essence and mix once.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and gently fold in along with the cranberries and chocochips (reserve a few chocochips for topping). Do not overbeat
  5. When there are no dry streaks of flour, pour into prepared loaf pan , top with remaining chocochips and bake for 40-45 mins till a toothpick comes clean from the centre of the pan.
  6. Rest in the pan for further 5-7 mins, then invert onto a wire rack.
  7. Slice when cool to required size
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.  


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24 comments:

  1. wow kalyani :) bread looks perfect, with chocochip i can finish all sliced, it is too addictive :)

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  2. I love baking with coconut sugar. As soon as I tried it, it became a real favorite. Glad I have a new recipe to try! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. awww ! u r welcome Robin! it sure was a delight to work with...

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  3. Kalyani your cranberry studded bread looks so wonderful! I have never baked with coconut sugar, sounds like fun. I should try this one really soon!

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    1. yup ! give it a shot Smruti .. am sure u would love baking with Coconut Sugar

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  4. I love ALL banana bread. Yum!

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  5. Wow what a moist and beautiful bread. It looks amazing.

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  6. Yep, there is no way I would have to worry about how long this bread would last on the counter. It would be gone in a flash.

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    1. yup ! I worried too much ! it was gone sooner than I expected to, and my mom indulged in it too :D

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  7. This loaf of bread is just loaded with delicious ingredients. I'd never miss sugar.

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    1. we didnt miss Sugar either, Julie.. was a delight to bake and dig into :)

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  8. I've never tried coconut sugar, and now I feel the urge to hunt some down!

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    1. you should Karen, such a delight to bake with :)

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  9. Hello Kalyani, your loaf looks so beautiful studded with cranberries and chocochips. It is a very healthy loaf with whole wheat and oats.

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    1. Thanks Namita ! yes the family enjoyed the healthy n guiltfree loaf :)

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  10. It's a delicious and healthy bread .

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  11. Kalyani, the loaf looks so moist and soft. I've heard so much about coconut sugar, I would love to add that to my bakes. Got to look for some.

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    1. thanks for this theme, Mayuri... and yes, it was moist and yum too :) do give it a shot...

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  12. Your combination of ingredients sounds delicious!

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  13. I never used coconut sugar. Does it change the texture?

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    1. it didnt change the texture, Cindy ! in fact I didnt miss the sugar at all :)

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  14. Very nicely done without sugar! Sounds great!

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Cheers
Kalyani

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