The star of this bread is not the banana or coconut, and in fact neither are a strong presence in the loaf. Instead, it is the chia seeds that make this wonderful, giving the loaf a fantastic texture and reminding me of poppy seed cakes. I will definitely be baking more chia loaded breads now!
Whilst I used fig paste for this, date paste or any diced dried fruit or date paste would work well. If you wanted, it would also be easy to boost the amount of dried fruit in the recipe or add some other form of sugar. As I made it, this works as a bread rather than a cake, and I recommend it for that purpose.
Banana chia coconut bread
A minimally sweetened but beautifully textured bread that is perfect for breakfast or snacking
Makes 1 loaf (approximately 12 slices)
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
2 small ripe bananas
1/4 cup fig paste or date paste, or approximately 1/2 cup dried fruit, diced
3/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 160'C (320'F) and prepare a loaf tin.
In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and then stir in the fig / date paste (or dried fruit), milk, vanilla, coconut and chia seeds. Add the oats, flour and baking powder and stir through.
Transfer the mix to your prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.