You don’t have to sacrifice taste for a healthier alternative with this delicious, moist, and yummy protein banana bread recipe. I threw in some cacao chips because, well, chocolate!
Over the past few months, two of my sons and I have been making healthier choices when it comes to eating and exercising. I still have a way to go on my weight loss journey but these changes have made a huge difference.
A Healthier Option
One of the choices we’ve been making has been eating more whole foods, i.e. less processed foods, and avoiding foods that I know were previously triggers for me, like cupcakes, cookies, sweets in general.
I have missed pancakes but, I’ll survive.
One of my sons was away for a month visiting with family and while grocery shopping with his cousin, they spotted Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes. At first, they snickered because of the big bear on the box, then they read the label and decided to give it a try. They added a big box to their shopping cart – they were at Costco…big boxes are the norm there.
Once they got home, my son made some pancakes with the mix and then immediately sent me a picture and told me I had to get this stuff.
I got curious and headed to Costco and bought a box. I didn’t open it until my son got home but once he returned, he made me some of the pancakes (with cacao chips) and I was hooked.
Not happy to stop at just pancakes my oldest son suggested I use it to make some banana bread. Now my wheels were turning. I got to bake again (something I’ve missed since I’ve been trying to avoid my favorite sweets) and I got to try something new to eat and that’s the reason I baked this protein-packed banana bread.
It turned out deliciously, was almost too easy to make, and satisfied my desire for something sweet…plus, one slice filled me up. That’s a bunch of wins from one product.
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Protein Banana Bread with Cacao Chips
1 cup organic pure maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons almond milk (or regular milk)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 cup cacao chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
Add in the Kodiak Cakes mix,
Mix in mashed bananas.
Gently fold in cacao chips.
Pour batter into loaf pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean.
Cool ten minutes on wire rack and remove from pans.
The bread may settle slightly in the middle.
Allow the bread to completely cool and then slice as desired!
We added whipped cream to ours…totally not necessary but why not?
Protein Banana Bread and Cacao Chip Recipe
- 1 cup organic pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons almond milk or regular milk
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 overripe bananas mashed
- 1 cup cacao chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer, combine maple syrup, melted coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add in the Kodiak Cakes mix, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix just until combined.
- Mix in mashed bananas.
- Gently fold in cacao chips.
- Pour batter into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean.
- Cool ten minutes on wire rack and remove from pans.
- The bread may settle slightly in the middle.
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