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PCOS Friendly Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We always have bananas in our house. My children loves them and my husband has 1 every morning with his bacon and eggs. I’m ALWAYS buying bananas and this weekend I somehow landed up with more than we needed. I woke up with 4 bananas that looked a little bruised and speckled and they were never going to be eaten. Now, as I hate waiting food, banana bread was the perfect solution. Yum!

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So, with my 18month old son on hand to scavenge whatever he could help me, I whipped up this delicious banana bread from Bakerita. It has a low Glycemic load and good fats as well as protein. It is a little high in calories so you don’t want to eat the whole loaf in one sitting but I have to say that it really is delicious!

PCOS friendly chocolate banana bread

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas (2½ cups mashed or 575 grams)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup (140 grams) almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup (75 grams) coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

Method:

  • Grease one 9″x5″ loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and nut butter until fully combined.
  • Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 if using a loaf pan. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about ½ hour. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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20 Responses

20 Responses

  1. Can you substitute almond meal for the coconut flour? It’s all I have in the pantry currently! Will it turn out the same?

  2. Hi Tarryn!
    I loved the bread!! But it made my left foot inflamed. I’m really not sure why, and am hoping you could shed some light for me. I struggle with insulin resistance and inflammation in my ankles and feet. My diet is clean and I avoid grains and dairy, with the exception of sweet potatoes and quinoa a few times a week. After eating this bread, which is grain free, im wondering if I should avoid all things that even resemble bread??
    Thank you for any help!
    Missy

    1. Hi Missy,

      I struggle with chronic ankle pain and inflammation after an motor vehicle accident as well. Would love to exchange notes!

      SG

      1. Hello, I also struggle with periodic ankle swelling. You may want to try food allergy intolerance testing. Whenever I would eat pork sandwiches, my ankles would swell. I thought it was in my head. But low and behold, my fiod allergy test showed that my food intolerance level for pork was thru the roof.

        Missy, I bet you have a food intolerance to one of the other ingredients in the bread. Anything – for example white potatoes registerd as an intolerance for me. This is often found in gluten free flours, so I have to read the labels carefully.

  3. I made this recently but I honestly did not like this at all. The coconut flour make it really dry and had a sand-like texture. Any suggestions for Pcos friendly flour with a low gl and a better texture?

  4. Hi! I have done it this weekend and it is absolutely delicious….maybe too much hahaha I will do a smaller one next time to avoid temptation 😉 and keep it away from my husband who liked it also. Thanks Tarryn!

  5. Hello! I am new to pcos diet support and have recently been doing tons of research on dieting and pcos. I have been consistent in working out and eating correctly. I do have a question about cheat meals. How often and is it even okay to have a cheat meal when on a pcos diet? I know this is going to be more than a diet and a lifestyle. So not eating any of my favorite foods seems unrealistic for me. Thoughts? Help?

  6. I think you can make your own almond butter from blanched almond flour and a little bit of coconut oil mixed in the food processor for a long time, till it binds. Could you eat the stuff if it had the skins taken off or does the meat of the nuts bother your intestines as well as the skins?

  7. This recipe looks great, so thanks! I have both Pcos and ibs, however, and am unable to eat almonds. Nuts and seeds are dicey for me. Some I can tolerate in small amounts, others not at all.
    Can you (or anyone) recommend a suitable sub for me, please?

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