Whole wheat chocolate almond butter fig bread made with wholesome ingredients and no refined sugar, dairy or oil. This moist, decadently delicious treat is perfect for breakfast, a snack or even dessert!Current situation: dunking chunks of this bread into my morning cup of amaretto-flavored coffee (bless you, Fresh Market), while watching Winston chew on an old piece of mint he found under my food photography table. Is it weird to say this feels like an oddly-comforting state of bliss? My fur baby is letting us know that 1. we need to get his teeth brushed, and 2. we need to vacuum more often. Thanks, bud.
One of my favorite things about August is that it marks the second season of FIGS! The first season is almost rather a “preview” because it only lasts the first few weeks of June. The main season typically runs from August through October, so you can expect to see an abundance of these juicy, velvety fruits in the near future.Fun fact: we categorize figs as being a fruit, but they are actually inverted flowers with a collection of unopened blooms lining the inner wall of the raindrop-shaped sack. The juicy mass of seeds, honey-like in sweetness with a subtle hint of berry, is what we recognize as the fruit’s flesh. Figs are naturally low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of potassium.
Figs are one of those fruits that may be best consumed in their simple, raw, unembellished state. But if you’re anything like me and swoon over the idea of moist, hearty breakfast breads studded with chocolate chips and nuts, than the SECOND best way to consume figs is in this bread!So what makes this bread so exceptionally delicious while remaining nutritious?
- Whole wheat flour! Yep, this bread is made with 100% whole grain goodness.
- Bananas! To provide a natural source of sweetness and amplified moisture.
- Almond Butter! For a “hearty” dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and a rich, silky taste.
- Coconut Sugar! An unrefined natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index and deep caramel flavor.
- FIGS GALORE! For your chewing and tasting pleasure.
To sum it up: NO oil, NO refined sugar and NO artificial or processed junk. Just simple, wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about eating.
Not to mention almost 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per slice!This bread is best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee or cold glass of milk. It’s the ideal breakfast on-the-go for busy weekday mornings, or a great snack to enjoy mid-day when energy levels are low and sugar cravings are high. We all know that 3 o’clock feeling. Heck, it’s even well-suited for dessert topped with an extra smear of almond butter.
For a wholesome, feel-good treat your whole family will enjoy, this bread is an absolute must-try.If (err, when) you make this recipe, be sure to tag #dishingouthealth so I can see your beautiful creations!
- 2 large extra-ripe bananas (~230 grams)
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup drippy almond butter (creamy, salted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1¼ cup white whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh figs (~3 figs) + 1 thinly sliced fig for topping
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts (sub for nut of choice)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat bananas, eggs and almond butter until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and coconut sugar and beat again until well-combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until combined. Fold in chopped figs and chocolate chips. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Top with sliced fig and hazelnuts. Bake for 45-52 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cut into 10-12 slices. Enjoy!
- Store covered at room temperature or refrigerated for up to 3 days.
To make this bread completely dairy-free (if necessary), use Enjoy Life chocolate chips
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