Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein
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The natural sugars in the bananas, which you can use fresh or from frozen, caramelize beautifully while roasting and add an addictive layer to this Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread. We have cocoa and chocolate chunks that melt and coffee liqueur to support the dark chocolate flavour. Wholewheat and rye flour to add nuttiness. And all that with a good hit of protein, to cover your nutrition needs.

Treat Yourself and Lose Weight Anyway

The one thing that kept me on track while losing 70lb in a year was my sweet treat in the evening. While I really love the freshness of salads, which I eat nearly every day, at the end of the day I want something sweet. There is absolutely no way around it. If I don’t have something sweet and healthy around, you can bet I find a bar of chocolate somewhere and munch it.
So my strategy is, to make one sweet and healthy treat on my meal prep day, that I can have over the week, while watching Netflix or reading. Am I the only one with that habit? Please tell me I’m not alone…

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein Ingredients

The Ingredients and Why I Used Them

I found a spiced banana bread recipe many years ago and fell in love with it. Only issue: It was incredibly high in sugar and fat, without any nutritional value, except the bananas. Meaning I had to modify it, to fit my lifestyle.

The swaps were pretty easy, but make an impact on both calorie and nutrition front: I reduced the sugar, as we will be using protein powder, (Link not affiliated or sponsored. Just my favourite one) which already adds sweetness and replaces some of the white flour.

Wholewheat flour for nutrition and nutty taste, rye for even more flavour and a surprisingly moist bread.
Also, sourdough discard, which is fantastic to use in many sweet recipes, adding flavour and nutrition. It’s a small amount, so you won’t have the pronounced flavour as in bread, but a slight tang going beautifully with the sweet banana bread.

I’m also adding some coffee liqueur or (alternative espresso powder), to support the dark chocolate flavour even more.
And, because it’s a treat after all, I’m keeping the chocolate chips. I mean, why would we have Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread without chocolate chips? That would just be silly, wouldn’t it? Well, to me anyway.

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein Process

Using up frozen Bananas

More often than not, I want said healthy(-ish) treat to include chocolate. Dark preferably. My all-time favourites are brownies. Like the linked sourdough version.

I do however always have frozen bananas around. Why? Because when it comes to eating fresh bananas, I only like the ones that are still slightly green. I know, I’m weird. And proudly so.
So I end up freezing the rest.
Apparently most people really enjoy them in smoothies, but I’m just not the biggest fan of drinking my sweets, let alone half frozen. I mean, I live in Ireland. We have about 1 day of summer per year, so cold treats are not particularly high on my list of wants. Though I do occasionally make nice cream. But more about that another day. What to do with all those bananas the keep getting brown? Freeze and make Banana Bread of course! In particular roasted, as they caramelize and get even better.

I’ve used fresh ones in the picture here but made it another day with said frozen ones and it worked great. They do release more juices when baking. Add them to the bread, they give a lot of moisture.

This bread is super simple to make. Roast bananas, throw everything together, stir, bake.
Treat for the week: Done.
Protein needs for the meal: Covered.
Happy Bunny status: Achieved.

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein

Now I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Have you tried this? Did you enjoy it?
What other recipes would you like to see?

If you enjoyed this recipe, please share. It helps me a lot. 🙂

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Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein

The natural sugars in the bananas, which you can use fresh or from frozen, caramelize beautifully while roasting and add an addictive layer to this Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread. We have cocoa and chocolate chunks that melt and coffee liqueur to support the dark chocolate flavour. Wholewheat and rye flour to add nuttiness. And all that with a good hit of protein, to cover your nutrition needs.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large bananas overripe is great. Frozen is good too.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup sourdough discard
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup + 1tbsp rye flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coffee liqueur alternatively 1 tsp instant espresso powder, mixed with 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Peel the overripe bananas and place them in a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder over the bananas. Roast them in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until they become soft and release their juices. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sourdough discard and the protein powder. Whisk them together until they are thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  • Add the egg to the sourdough-protein mixture and whisk again until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rye flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Mix them together.
  • In another bowl, mash the roasted bananas until they are smooth. Add the melted and cooled butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and coffee liqueur (or espresso mixture). Mix well to combine.
  • Pour the banana mixture and the protein-sourdough-egg mix into the dry ingredient bowl and gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the batter and fold them in.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs.
  • Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely. Or eat slightly warm, which is utterly irresistible.

Notes

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread keeps in an airtight box for about 3 days. It also freezes well. I usually keep half out and freeze the other half for another week.
Makes roughly 10 portions, which is what was used here for nutrition calculation.
Total Estimated Nutrition per Portion:
Calories: Approximately 225-255
Fat: Approximately 10-11 grams
Protein: Approximately 6-7 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 31-35 grams
Fiber: Approximately 4-5 grams
Sugar: Approximately 18-20 grams
Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on the specific brands and measurements of the ingredients used. Additionally, the quantities of the ingredients are provided for 1 portion, and the nutrition information is based on a rough estimation.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal
Nutrition Facts
Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread with Rye and Protein
Amount per Serving
Calories
240
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Easy, Protein, sourdough
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