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Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Cake Recipe (gluten free)

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Cake
Sure, baking a loaf of banana bread or a batch of muffins is a great way to use up ripe bananas. But, the best way to use up bananas is to make cake!
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Cake is moist and fudgy. It’s naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and mashed banana. Rich chocolate flavor comes from natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips. And, since it’s made with a mix of oat flour and hazelnut flour, it’s gluten free.

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Cake Recipe (gluten free)
3/4 cup gluten free oat flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
3/4 cup hazelnut flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup melted virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup well mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round baking pan with parchment paper; lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl mix oat flour, hazelnut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, banana and vanilla until well blended. Add oat flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring until well combined. Stir in 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour and spread batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Tips:
-The cake can be made gluten free by using oat flour that is gluten free such as Bob’s Red Mill. (Not all oat flour is gluten free.) Oat flour is my favorite gluten free baking flour. Check out more oat flour recipes.
-Since products can change, be sure to read package labels to make sure all ingredients are gluten free.
-Almond flour can be used in place of the hazelnut flour.
-Be sure to use very ripe bananas for the best flavor. The bananas provide much of the sweetness in this snack cake.

GF Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
More indulgent chocolate recipes:
Chocolate Banana Muffins (GF)
Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie (GF)
Almond Flour Chocolate Banana Cookies (GF)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies from Eating Clean Recipes
Easy Flourless Cake from Bourbon and Honey

Chocolate Banana Cake

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Almond Flour Chocolate Banana Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Banana CookiesOddly good. That’s the best way to describe these strange cookies made with just 4 ingredients- banana, coconut oil, almond flour and cocoa powder. They are moist and almost brownie-like, with the flavor of sweet banana and bitter cocoa. This small batch healthy cookie recipe makes just 7 small cookies. I make a batch when I’m craving something sweet, but don’t want dozens of cookies hanging around.Cocoa Banana CookiesI’ll be honest, these cookies are a bit ugly. They are dark and bumpy and irregular. Because of their less than perfect appearance I refer to them as Chocolate Lumps. (Actually, I think of these cookies as Lumpier Chocolate Lumps because they are a lumpier, bumpier version of a banana cookie recipe I posted on my Eating Clean Recipes blog. Check out the original chocolate banana cookies recipe post for lots of baking tips and ramblings.)Vegan Banana Cookies

Almond Flour Chocolate Banana Cookies Recipe (vegan, gluten free, paleo, grain free)
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana (1 small)
1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup almond flour (almond meal)
2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl combine mashed banana and coconut oil; stir well to mix. Add almond flour and cocoa powder and stir until well combined. The mixture may look dry at first, but the banana releases moisture when stirred and the cocoa powder gets hydrated.

Use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure to drop the cookie dough mixture on the baking sheet. You should get about 7 mounds. Bake until the cookies look set and the chocolate aroma is intense. In my oven, this takes exactly 15 minutes. Ovens vary, so check a few minutes early. Cool completely on the cookie sheet. The cookies firm up after cooling.

Makes 7 small cookies
Chocolate Banana Cookie More banana cookies recipe ideas:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eating Clean Recipes
Almond Butter Chocolate Banana Cookies from Eating Clean Recipes

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe

Gluten Free Banana MuffinsThere are many reasons to like these Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins, but I’m going to share my top three:
-No weird ingredients! That’s right, gluten free baking without added gums. The banana and eggs hold the muffins together beautifully.
-Only one flour is used in the recipe- gluten free oat flour. (I know you’ve seen gluten free recipes that call for 5 different types of flour. Forget that. Simplicity wins out!) Oat flour has a subtle nutty flavor and makes these muffins moist and hearty. They’re dense in a good way, not a hockey puck way.
-Double chocolate flavor from the addition of natural cocoa powder and cacao nibs. (Chocolate always makes my top three. Always.)Chocolate Banana Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe
1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup melted virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup well mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 tablespoons cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 regular size (2 1/2-inch) muffin cups with nonstick parchment paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl mix oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.Cocoa Muffin IngredientsIn a medium bowl mix eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, banana and vanilla until well blended. Add to oat flour mixture, stirring until well combined. Stir in cacao nibs.Chocolate Muffin BatterDivide batter among muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Ovens vary, so adjust bake time as needed. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack. These muffins can be served warm or completely cooled.

Makes 12 muffins

Tip: The muffins can be made gluten free by using oat flour that is gluten free such as Bob’s Red Mill. (Not all oat flour is gluten free.) Since products can change, be sure to read package labels to make sure all ingredients are gluten free.

More gluten free baking recipes:
Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Oat Flour Peanut Butter Cookies