Sometimes all it takes, is a little bit of chocolate powder. This vegan chocolate banana bread recipe is just an update to my favourite vegan banana bread recipe, simply by adding a few spoonfuls of cocoa powder.
So instead of the usual blurb – I don’t even have any for you anyway – I will talk about why is it important to by fair trade cocoa powder.
The impact of modern cacao production impacts both the environment and people. Most of the world’s chocolate comes from West Africa.
Cacao plantations take a long time to be profitable; a cacao tree doesn’t produce seeds until its third or fourth year, and can produce for up to 40 years. In West Africa, forests are being cut down to make room for more cacao plantations. This leads to cascading environmental catastrophes, including local effects like habitat loss, diversity loss, and desertification, as well as global effects on climate from the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Also, cacao farming in West Africa relies heavily on dangerous petrochemicals which further degrade soil and water quality.
Millions of cocoa farmers work extremely hard, under gruelling conditions, yet often don’t earn enough in return to cover their own basic needs – like decent food, housing and education. On average, cocoa farmers earn just 6% of the final value a bar of chocolate. Labor conditions on West African cacao farms are notoriously deplorable, and child labor is widely used even today
This is why it’s important to only buy chocolate that is fair trade certified. Fairtrade sets social, economic and environmental standards for both companies and farmers and workers.
And now the recipe – made with fairtrade cocoa powder:
This is a super easy and simple recipe, just add some cocoa powder!
- 3 ripe bananas
- 225 g all purpose flour
- 100 g soft brown sugar
- 75 ml olive oil or any other type of cooking oil
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp cocoa or carob powder
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius.
Mash the bananas with a fork and measure out all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix everything (use a wooden spoon) until they are combined well. Grease a loaf pan with generous amount of olive oil. Spoon the bread mixture into it.
Bake it for about 25-30 minutes, check with a toothpick or a fork that it's not wet. Let it cool before taking it out of the pan and decorate it as you wish.
If you like this vegan chocolate banana bread then why not check out my other chocolatey recipes:
Vegan Chocolate – Orange Cupcakes Recipe
Vegan Chocolate – Rhubarb Cake Recipe
Vegan Sweet Potato – Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Homemade Vegan Chocolate With Pistachios And Goji Berries
This looks incredible. 😍 We have some time off with the kiddies at the end of the month, so we will definitely be trying this x
Yum, this looks lovely! I adore banana bread, and the cocoa is a great addition.
Yummy, I bet this tastes nice. May have to get this made myself for my mams birthday coming up :)!
Looks delicious, I’m always looking for new banana recipes!
I was putting chocolate chips into my banana bread which is amazing but this takes it to a whole new level!
Looks so lush!
This looks so tasty! I love finding vegan treats to try and live banana breads so am sure I’d love this.
Amazing! I love banana bread, adding cocoa powder makes it even more appealing. I tend to use oil in my cakes instead of butter too.
I saw this on Instagram and loved the look. I haven’t ever thought about adding banana and chocolate together.
Wow my mouth is watering just reading your recipe! What a delicious looking chocolate and banana bread. It looks so fluffy and light, thank you for sharing with us xo
This banana bread looks delicious
Well doesn’t this sound delicious?!? I like to swap out the sugar for honey when I make banana bread in an attempt to make it a bit healthier. But then the bag of choc chips I add most likely counteracts that, ha!
Oh wow this looks absolutely delicious! I love banana bread but would you believe I have never tried making it myself?
That looks delicious! We always seem to have bananas left over so any banana recipes go down a treat here!
This looks lovely! I love the fact it includes cocoa, I will have to try this recipe rather than the standard one I’ve been baking over lockdown!
Oh my goodness… This chocolate banana bread is my new best friend! And its vegan too. Happy days all round… Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to get in the kitchen with the little ones x
This looks amazing! I’m going to save this to my Pinterest board 🙂
I was hooked as soon as I saw this on your Insta page. This banana bread looks amazing. So good that it’s vegan too.
Oooh this looks divine. Will definitely try it. Thank you!