Caramel & Chocolate Chip Protein Banana Bread

High Protein Caramel & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Low carb and high protein homemade banana bread recipe swirled with dairy free caramel and sugar free chocolate chips!

The days have a new defining chill about them, signalling that summer is well and truly over and that winter is coming in full bloom. It’s cosy season, and it’s also time to crank up that heater, make yourself a hot drink, and cuddle up with some protein banana bread.

Actually, you could even forgo the heater completely, letting the oven do the work as your home gets wonderfully fragrant with freshly baked protein banana bread. You get warmth, and you get baked goods. It’s definitely a win in my eyes.

Slicing into a freshly baked loaf is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I just love having that first slice, spread with some butter or peanut butter, and knowing I still have the whole loaf to devour if I so desire – though I try not to, exercising self control is something I’ve definitely been working on lately.

High Protein Caramel & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Low carb and high protein homemade banana bread recipe swirled with dairy free caramel and sugar free chocolate chips!      High Protein Caramel & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Low carb and high protein homemade banana bread recipe swirled with dairy free caramel and sugar free chocolate chips!

As this is a protein banana bread bread, I’ve decided to keep any added sweetness to a minimum.

I wanted a banana bread that I could have after a workout or for breakfast, without having to feel like I was having a huge dessert-like treat that would be offsetting any of the time I spent in Warrior 2 in yoga, doing pull-ups in Calisthenics, or holding the damn plank in Barre. Oh, and don’t even get me started on burpees – effective, but bane of my life and always makes me want to cry a little bit.

Anyways, back to the protein banana bread. Since we have a higher content of egg whites and have kept it grain-free, it is denser than a normal banana bread. I’ve also kept it at 2 bananas, which gives you the banana sweetness without it hitting you in the face. I decided to swirl some caramel on the top, though that part was for pure indulgence and you can obviously leave it out if you so desire.

High Protein Caramel & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Low carb and high protein homemade banana bread recipe swirled with dairy free caramel and sugar free chocolate chips!      High Protein Caramel & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Low carb and high protein homemade banana bread recipe swirled with dairy free caramel and sugar free chocolate chips!

Caramel & Chocolate Chip Protein Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup greek or coconut yogurt
  • ¼ cup | 35g coconut flour
  • ¼ cup | 25g almond flour
  • ¼ cup | 25g rapadura, coconut or brown sugar
  • 1 scoop | 20g protein powder of choice
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons caramel of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 160ºC | 350ºF and line a 1L loaf tin with baking paper or lightly grease with coconut oil.
  2. Peel your bananas and add to a food processor along with the eggs, egg whites, and greek yogurt and blend until combined and smooth. Alternatively you can mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher and simply whisk in the other ingredients.
  3. Add in the remainging ingredients, except caramel, and depending on your chosen method either blend or whisk again until combined and smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and swirl in your caramel. Let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature to thicken.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing.

 

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