Have you ever baked with oat flour? People are attracted to this flour for several reasons. It's a gluten free, hearty flour with a slight sweetness to it. At the same time, it has a positive affect on our health as it contains a good dose of fiber which helps reduce cholesterol levels, along with heart healthy minerals to boost our cardiovascular system. Oat flour also offers protein and calcium which is great news for building strong bones.
In addition to the health benefits, baking with oat flour results in a delicious and satisfying outcome to your recipes. You can create wonderful breakfast breads, muffins, and of course, cookies! I myself am an oat lover. Eating oatmeal and homemade granola are a staple in my weekly rotation. So it's nice to switch it up and get my oat fix in other ways. And when you mix oats with chocolate, well, that's an extra special combination.
I love this consistency of this loaf as well. It has all the right components both in taste and texture. For the oat flour itself, if you have oats on hand, you can easily make your own flour by grinding some oats in your food processor. However, one of the many bonuses about oat flour is it is fairly inexpensive and easy to find if you want to save yourself one extra step.
Incorporating flax eggs makes this vegan friendly as well. However, traditional eggs definitely work too if that is your preference. Feel free to add some additional chocolate chips in the batter for an extra boost of chocolate. You can sprinkle some oats, chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped nuts, etc. over the top of the bread loaf before baking for a nice garnish and added flavor.
2 cups oat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 flax eggs (2 Tbs flax, 6 Tbs water)
For the chocolate layer:
1/2 cup of batter
2 Tbs cacao powder
1 Tbs pure maple syrup
2 Tbs coconut milk (light or full fat)
unsweetened shredded coconut
1. Line a 9x5 bread pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Whisk the flaxseed and water together in a small bowl and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until it thickens. Set aside the bowl. Mix the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix mashed bananas, 1/4 cup maple syrup, flax eggs, and vanilla.
4. Remove 1/2 cup of the batter and place in a small bowl. Then mix in 2 Tbs raw cacao powder, 1 Tbs maple syrup, and 2 Tbs coconut milk.
5. Spread half of the regular batter into the loaf pan. Then spread the chocolate layer on top of that, reserving 2 tablespoons for the top if desired. Then spread the remaining regular batter over the chocolate layer. Using a knife, start at the bottom of the loaf and move your knife upwards in a circular motion while you work your way to the other end of the loaf to create a swirl. You will the smooth out the top of the loaf.
6. If you reserved 2 Tbs of the chocolate batter, swirl that over the top of the loaf. Sprinkle with some raw oats and chocolate chips.
7. Bake the loaf for about 45 minutes, checking with a toothpick until it comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool, slice, and enjoy!