Friday, June 8, 2012

Low Fat Chocolate And Banana Bread ~ Vegan And Refined Sugar Free

Call it a bread or a cake, but this is the ultimate healthy thing I have ever baked. All purpose flour has been replaced with whole wheat flour and refined sugar with jaggery. Indians and Sri Lankans widely use jaggery in many of their desserts, jaggery is wholesome unrefined sugar, it is made from concentrated sugarcane juice and processed in a natural way and no chemicals are added at any stage of its processing. It has got high protein, vitamin, iron and it has 50 times the mineral content of refined sugar.

Jaggery has got lot of health and healing benefits and moreover it tastes great. It's rich caramel kind of aroma is heavenly. There are many varieties of jaggery and all have distinct tastes, some are more salty and lighter in colour while some are darker with less salt and more sweetness. Jaggery is great for nibbling too, I have seen many people eat chana and gur together to kill boredom. 

My dad used to go on his official tours to these small villages where they made this jaggery, and while returning he used to bring big blocks of dark coloured disc shaped jaggery. Mom used all her strength and might and with a hammer she used to break the disc and we nibbled on the small pieces.

For another interesting jaggery recipe, check this previous guest post by my dear friend Farwin of Love And Other Spices where she shared her famous Sril Lankan "Aggala" recipe.




Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour- 1 Cup
Banana- 1 Large
Jaggery- 1/3 Cup ( Adjust little more or less depending on the sweetness of the jaggery)
Chocolate Chips- 1/4 Cup
Canola Oil- 2 Tbsp
Cinnamon Powder- 1/2 Tsp
Baking Powder- 1/2 Tsp
Baking Soda- 1/4 Tsp
Almond Milk- 3/4 Cup
Walnuts (Roughly Chopped)- 2 Tbsp
Salt- 1/4 Tsp ( if the jaggery has got salt then omit this)


Procedure:

1. Preheat the oven at 180 Degrees C.

2. Take a banana, peel and cut it in small discs.

3. With the help of a fork mash the bananas and add cinnamon powder, oil and chocolate chips in that, mix and keep aside.


4. In another bowl take whole wheat flour and add salt, baking powder, baking soda and chopped walnuts.


5. Powder the jaggery in a mixer and add it in the flour. Now add the banana mixture in the flour and with the help of almond milk, fold everything together gently.


6. Grease a loaf pan or a small cake tin...choose a tin so that the mixture is atleast 3/4th of the tin. Now pour the bread batter in the prepared tin and keep it for baking in the pre heated oven for 35-40 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.


7. Take out the bread from the oven and let it cool completely before inverting it out of the tin.


8. Now invert the bread in a plate and cut in wedges or slices.


My kiddo enjoyed this bread with a glass of juice. 






50 comments:

  1. Wow...banana bread with Jaggery sounds very interesting n delicious...bread come out really good!!
    Love your step wise pics tooo :)

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  2. Raji banana bread looks delicious.

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  3. Wow absoultely delicious banana bread...

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  4. Looks soft, moist n yum ....

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  5. soft and delicious banana chocolate cake..perfect bake!!

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  6. Banana bread with chocolate looks wonderful...Love the mold..cute.

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  7. I've never used jaggery but I have heard of it. I'll try to find some here. Your bread looks great.

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  8. nice!! actually i have never tried baking cakes with jaggery... although use it for appams and such.

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  9. simple and so refreshing that you used jaggery. would like to try this recipe

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  10. Time to use jaggery in bakes, thanks for this wonderful post Raji,will try out soon.

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  11. Looks very tempting; have heard friends raving about jaggery in cakes...

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  12. awesome. I have never added jaggery in baking. looks very good. I ll try some time.

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  13. Looks really good, very healthy too..

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  14. Wow nice healthy bread..looks yum

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  15. Sounds very interesting,perfectly done...loved your clicks and neatly presented...

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  16. Looks very scrumptuous.....

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  17. Nice idea to use jaggery. Looks so good too.

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  18. Healthy n yummy bread, looks so soft.

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  19. Banana bread, chocolate and jaggery- sounds like a great combination. The bread looks mouth-watering as well!

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  21. I just loveee banana bread! This version sounds appealing to the diet too..

    Lovely pics..following your blog :)

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  22. That's a superb bake!!!! I especially need it coz I've been indulging big time in chocolates & cheese! :D

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  23. Looks delicious, nice recipe !!

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  24. banana bread looks so delicious, awesome recipe dear.

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  25. Sound delicious for this recipe! It's make me so hungry! I can't wait to eat this :)

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  26. That baked so beautifully! I pick up the powdered jaggery whenever i see it in stores. the blocks are really hard to deal with:)

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  27. Whoo!!! Y this tempting me this muchhhhhhh :((

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  28. This is great helpful information explain about the banana fruits. I like eat banana because it is very testy and lot of benefits for health.

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  29. Hi Raji, Its always fun to see ur lovely recipes. And this banana bread is looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. Enjoy your weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by my space and the warm words. Best Regards, Sonia

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  30. Nice healthy version, jaggery and banana is a wonderful combo..

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  31. Wow extremely yum bread.....feel like having it right now...

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  32. very nice pictures and looks very yummy too...love ur space

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  33. loved the jaggery & whole wheat combo raji-lovely post

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  34. hi raji,.. found u through fooderati arabia...
    that i sone bread i wanna try.. lovely...grt clicks by teh way

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  35. You have a wonderful collection of recipes here.

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  36. This bread sure reminds me of a banana cake, but this one deserves better merit, because of those chocolate chips! I love chocolates, can i incorporate a little bit of honey with this recipe, what you think? Would it be tastier?

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  40. Hi Raji you got a lovely blog... i love the shape of the banana bread... first time here... do follow me http://cooklikepriya.blogspot.co.uk/

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  41. Sorry sweet for the way too late comment and thanks for mentioning me and the guest post.Nice to see the step-by-step photos.The bread looks so good and am a sucker for this type of easy and healthy recipes.I happen to have all the ingredients and will try it out...

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  42. Mouth watering recipe...looks so delicious yummy

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  43. looks great ..wil definately try this...

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