Chocolate Marble Banana Bread - gluten-free, vegan, no dairy, no eggs, gorgeous and delicious!
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This gorgeous banana bread recipe has beautiful swirls of chocolate. And it is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and spectacularly yummy! It can be sweetened with either sugar or dates (no refined sugar!).
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 servings
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • EITHER 1 cup sugar OR 1 cup dates + 2 dates
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups of EITHER all-purpose flour OR gluten-free flour mix (such as 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of each of potato starch, quinoa flour, garbanzo flour, and teff flour)
  • If you use gluten-free flour and your flour mix doesn't contain it, add: 1 teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour (this absorbs liquid and prevents it from coming out gooey)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a nonstick cookie sheet OR loaf pan OR 8" circular baking pan.
  3. If you are using dates, put them and 1/2 cup water in a food processor and blend until creamy.
  4. Add almost all of the other ingredients to the food processor BUT DON'T ADD THE CHOCOLATE OR THE LAST 1/4 CUP OF WATER YET. (Sorry about the capital letters. I sometimes mindlessly add the cocoa powder and mess up the recipe, so I figured shouting it in capital letters would help save people from doing that.) Blend.
  5. Pour 2/3 of the vanilla batter into the greased baking pan, and use a spatula to spread it out evenly. In the food processor, add the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of water to the remaining batter and mix. Drop big glops of the chocolate batter onto the vanilla batter. Swirl gently with a spatula to make it marbelized. (Stop swirling long before it gets fully mixed!)
  6. Bake! Times are: 22 minutes if the batter is on a cookie sheet, 55 minutes for a loaf pan, or 45 minutes for an 8" circular pan.
Recipe by Valerie's Recipes at