Salted Cacao, Banana & Walnut Squares

Salted Cacao, Banana & Walnut Squares

These little beauties went down a storm on our Instagram page today, so here (by popular demand!) is the recipe...

Although they look and taste like the rich and indulgent love-child of a chocolate brownie and a banana loaf, the (relatively) healthy ingredients mean that you can enjoy them without feeling like your new year's resolution has gone totally out the window on February 1st!  

This recipe contains no butter, dairy or gluten-filled flours, and is also free from refined sugar (except the optional added chocolate!). Using an organic unsweetened cacao powder also gives you that rich, super-chocolatey hit, but with the added nutritional benefits of being a good source of both calcium and iron.

The recipe was inspired by Monique's Double Chocolate Banana Bread from her blog Ambitious Kitchen. She has so many great healthy and delicious baking recipes - check out her wonderful blog here.

To make 12 squares you will need...

4 ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp maple syrup

90g ground almonds

40g coconut flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp salt + an extra pinch

40g cacao powder

8 squares of dark chocolate (optional)

75g walnuts

You will need to...

- Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line an 8 inch square baking tin. 

- Blitz together your bananas, eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup until smooth - I used a blender but a stick-blender or nutribullet would do the job!

- Mix together the ground almonds, coconut flour, cacao powder, 1/4 tsp salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Pour in the banana mixture from the blender and fold in until well combined.

- Roughly chop the walnuts and dark chocolate. Stir all the nuts and half the chopped chocolate into the cake mixture.

- Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle over the remaining chopped chocolate, and put in the oven to bake for about 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

- Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack. Sprinkle the remaining pinch of salt over the top and cut into twelve squares to serve.

Enjoy!

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