Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

I was glad to see the beautiful sunshine yesterday after several days of cold and wet weather with a few snowflakes here and there. I thought Texas was pretty bad, but this random weather I hear is not abnormal for Michigan.

This past week I was part of a fundraising event for the Holland Chorale. There were a total of 15 singers I believe that sang different selections from operas and shows. It was an all together successful evening. Of course I have to mention that my husband played for me and half the other performers, so I was glad about that. I leave you with 2 selections I sang at this event that proves I sing opera! :)

This banana bread comes from the Babycakes cookbook and is gluten-free and vegan! It was very moist and lasted for a long time. If you want only one loaf, make sure to half the recipe. I made the normal recipe and before adding the chocolate chips, I split the dough in half and made one with chips and one without.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

I made this recipe for a ladies gathering since there was at least one lady I knew was gluten-free.
I have to say that this was a very delicious version of banana bread different than any other recipe I have ever made. Since it is dairy free you would figure this to be dry but the coconut oil and the bananas make this dense and moist. It goes well with tea or coffee for sure!

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
makes 2 loafs
Babycakes cookbook
2 cups Bob Mill’s gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup fresh mashed banana (I used 1 cup since that is all I had)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease two 7x4x3-inch loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, xantham gum, salt, and cinnamon. Add 1/2 C. oil and agave nectar, almond milk, and vanilla to dry ingredients. Stir until batter is smooth. Fold in bananas. Fill greased loaf pan half way.

Bake on center rack for 40 minutes. Serve warm or good at room temperature. Wrap up in plastic. WIll last for 3 days.

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  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    wow girl… you have an amazing gift!! What a beautiful voice!

    That banana bread doesn’t look bad either! haha

  • oldwaystable

    I don’t know what I liked more – your singing or the recipe!

  • Biren

    Wow…you have a beautiful voice! Thanks for sharing the video.

    The banana bread looks delicious. I like my banana bread with choc chips too :)

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i LOVE getting to hear you sing! this really made my morning…you are so extremely talented!

  • Cristina @TeenieCakes

    Beautiful voice!

    I like this banana bread recipe using gluten free flour. I’m trying to switch over when I can. Thanks for sharing! =)

  • Tanya

    The bread looks delicious and thanks for sharing your videos….beautiful singing!

  • Nicole

    I’ve been waiting all day to read this since I saw your tweet during the day! I need to make this recipe! I bet it would be just as good with whole wheat or spelt, but I’d like to try and make it gluten free. Your voice is amazing!

  • Kelly

    Bravo, Bravo, Noelle! I played this and listened and loved it–and trust me, I am not on the fan list of opera (horrible of me to admit)–but you’ve made a convert out of me! OMG–that was beautiful–your husband playing in the background, I nearly started to cry! You are incredibly talented!
    OH, and that banana bread, I have that cookbook, but have yet to make this recipe–you’re tempting me to try it with this post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Ashlei

    Yum those loaves look amazing! Especially the one with the chocolate chips :)

  • Noelle

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments! I love singing if you couldn’t tell and cooking! :)

  • Carla

    i’m home sick today and nothing looks good to me until this banana bread! do you make house calls?

  • Mom

    what can i use instead of xanthan gum? is corn starch a good substitution?

  • Noelle

    @Mom-Personally I think the only thing you can substitute xanthan gum is with guar gum. I am JUST learning about Gluten-free baking so this is what I know for now. Thanks for asking!

  • Sophie

    Your chocolate gf banana bread is looking so appetizing & lovely too!

    I realy love your COOL foodblog!