Dark Chocolate Raspberry Chia Banana Bread

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That’s a mouth full. A delicious one. No seriously, it’s super delicious.

So I know my blog is pretty lighthearted and I usually make a joke about everything, but I need to talk about something close to my heart today.

I am part of the CrossFit community. A community that is filled with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. The most caring, the most hard working, and the most loving people out there. After seeing my first CrossFit competition and watching the camaraderie of athletes as well as spectators, I knew I wanted to be part of it. After competing for less than a year, I met a man named Kevin Ogar. An incredibly strong, fast, and kind athlete and coach of CrossFit Unbroken. He was always extremely sweet to me and every other athlete that he met. This past Sunday, while Kevin Ogar was competing, in a freak accident he suffered a separated T11-T12 and severed his spinal cord. At this moment, he has no voluntary movement below the waist and has gone into surgery.

picture via Barbells for Boobs

I wanted to share this information not only because I know what an amazing human being Kevin is, but because of what happened after the information was released: an outpouring of affection for this man. Every CrossFit website I came across, every post I saw on Facebook, was all for Kevin Ogar. Sharing their prayers and love for him, and creating a donation fund to help fund his surgery and recovery. The donation page can be found here. In 24 hours, around $80,000 was raised for this man. $80,000 because the CrossFit community cares so much about their people. People may call this community a cult, but all I have seen is people who love one and other and have tremendous respect for each other. I’m not one to put this sort of stuff on my blog, but I think people should know about this amazing community and Kevin’s story. Be grateful for what you have today. And give back to those who deserve it.

Thanks to everyone who is thinking of Kevin and supporting him during his struggle. It’s truly amazing to see how good people really can be.

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Chia Banana Bread

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Ingredients

For the toppings

  • 1/2 cup rapsberries
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tablespoon almond or coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place bananas, nut butter, honey and eggs in a food processor or high speed blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Then add cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to the food processor and puree until well combined.
  4. Add mixture to a large bowl and fold in chia seeds, raspberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan (9×5) and bake for 55-60 minutes.*
  6. Once bread is cooked through, let cool on a cooling rack.
  7. In a saucepan or in the microwave, mix together raspberries and honey until raspberries break apart.
  8. In a double boiler or in the microwave, mix together chocolate chips and almond milk until melted.
  9. Add both the raspberry mixture and melted chocolate on top of the banana bread in any design you would like! Cut and enjoy!

Notes

I baked my banana bread in two 6×4 small bread pans for 60 minutes, so time may range depending on the size of the bread pan.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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58 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Raspberry Chia Banana Bread”

  1. i can’t wait to try this recipe, i love your stuff Juli. i actually cried when i read this terrible news about your friend Kevin – for his accident & the out poor of love from people. i hope he heals completely. thanks for the great recipes.

    1. Right below the salt, you fold it in the the chocolate chips and raspberries. As soon as I posted it, I went back and noticed it was missing. You’re just so fast at seeing the recipe!

  2. Hi Juli! Would you be able to share what kinds of coconut and almond flour you most often buy? These are pretty hard to find in my grocery store and even when I do they seem to be extremely expensive. Thanks!

  3. I did some work for CrossFit Media last year and Kevin Ogar was one of the people that I had the pleasure of interviewing. I have also been so impressed with the amount of love shown for Kevin throughout the CrossFit community. Such an incredible community. Wishing him the best.

  4. Been looking for a good banana bread recipe for my hubby. Gonna try this thanks! I assume this recipe will work without the raspberries and chocolate? (not that it doesn’t look AMAZING)
    Also, my heart goes out to Kevin. It is a tough road but having people to support you makes an amazing amount of difference.

  5. Kevin is my friend’s brother and I know they would appreciate you posting this on your blog. All thoughts are with him and his family.

  6. Any thoughts on what to sub out for coconut flour? No matter how hard I try I absolutely hate the taste of coconuts and can taste it everytime (yeah sucks to be paleo with that level of hate do flavor lol) so when I bake paleo I use almond meal and arrowroot etc. but didn’t know if you had come across a direct substitute for coconut flour?
    Thanks again for bringin more press to Kevin’s situation, great way to use your paleoomg platform!

  7. We are Ogar strong.

    I made this for work today and actually caught someone licking the plate. Delish!!!! I mixed the berries, chocolate, and honey together for the topping and slopped it on.

  8. Is Tapioca flour considered paleo? and could that work as an alternative to coconut? Im cannot bake for the life of me! Luckily my room mate can 🙂

  9. Made this tonight and loved it! I made muffins instead so it was the perfect dessert. Definitely a new favorite from you julie! Keep up the great work!

    Prays for Kevin too. Xo

  10. Thanks Juli for the info on Kevin! My hubby and I are owners of a crossfit gym in CA…it is such a tragedy what has happened. Your story made me cry and so thankful for what we have!
    BTW the bread looks yummy too~!

  11. So cool of you to post the info about Kevin. I’m new to your blog and paleo, love your recipes. I was so excited about my paleo research I began sharing my findings with my Mom and how better I felt just after a month of changing the way I eat. My Mom, who rarely takes note of my food choices, while I was visiting her decided to try a few of the changes I’ve made and now almost calls me daily to see what new recipes I’ve tried. The amazing thing is that she and my step Dad are now out walking 3 or more miles a day and feel so much better at 74 🙂 Thank you again for your blog, it’s awesome!
    By the way, Jess, Kevin’s girlfriend, is one of my fitness trainers here in Denver, CO. I know she too, would appreciate what you have shared about Kevin. Cheers!
    ~Mollybeth

  12. Such an awful and scary thing to happen to him. It’s beautiful to see such a strong, supportive community rally together to help him where they can!

    I just popped this in the oven and am excited to eat it tonight! The batter tasted awesome so I know the bread will be even better. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. This is such a good chocolate dessert! When I served it, people didn’t believe that it was grain free. Yummy!

  14. I have to say I was very surprise how GOOOOOOOOD this recipe is! Just ate last piece of my cake! Congrats! I’m deffinetly baking it again and again!

  15. I made this the other day for the heck of it not sure really what to expect. I have been experimenting with gluten free / healthier baking and some recipes haven’t exactly turned out as I had hoped .. but good lord this was so delicious!! I am making it again ASAP. Thank you!

  16. I can remember the moment I was told that I was paralyzed, T10, and what that felt like. Looks like this man seems to have a strong disposition. Not just from the pictures posted, but from the nice things that people have to say about him from what I’ve read online. He will soon learn, keeping his strength going, that there is definitely life with/beyond paralysis. Here’s to a speedy recovery for him and a cure for us all.

    On a happier note…this recipe looks delish and I can’t wait to try it.

  17. I have a big sweet tooth, and an even bigger dark chocolate sweet tooth, and this hit the spot! AMAZING, simple and I will definitely be bringing these to potlucks 🙂 I am a Naturopathic Doctor from Toronto, Canada, now living in the Netherlands, and I am always asked for healthy recipes from patients. I will also be posting this recipe on my own website for my followers, with a big thank-you going your way. Thanks Juli!

  18. I made this but didn’t bother with the topping and used cacao nibs instead of choc chips. It was super moist and cakey though – loved it. Might add more cocoa powder next time to make it more chocolatey as I am a chocaholic. all in all a lovely loaf cake!

  19. Literally just had a slice of this and I couldn’t believe my mouth. AMAZING. Can’t wait to bring this to my box’s Galentine’s Day Party tmrw night!! I have been following your blog since converting to Paleo four months ago, and your recipes have been both a godsend and truly inspiring! Please keep them coming!

  20. Amazing! I left the honey completely out of the bread (used it in the topping still) and only half the chocolate chips (again just bread, still used in the topping!) and it was still very delicious!

  21. Made this for my uncle who is newly gluten-free and needing a refined-sugar-free protein boost. Then I thought I better make it for myself to taste test it. Now when I come to the end of a loaf, I just make another one. Must. have. chocolate. banana. bread!

  22. i have made this twice now, its delicious and basically guilt free. and an hour is just perfect for a 9×5 pan for anyone who is wondering. mine is glass, i dont know if that might affect it, but 60 minutes or 65 is perf.

  23. I just made some tonight and I love it!! I cannot wait to make it again. Next time I will use smaller chocolate chips, but chocolate is chocolate, so it’s all good.

  24. Made this for company tonight. I just served the raspberry topping to the side. Everyone absolutely loved it! It is a nice texture and wonderful taste. Thanks for the post!

  25. This is so delicious, all the family loved it. I skipped the raspberries in the cake as I only had frozen ones and dropped the honey to 1tbsp. Tbh the bananas were so ripe it could have probably done without. Thanks for all your fab recipes!

  26. Hi there, is it possible to make muffins with this recipe? If so, what do you suggest for the oven temperature/ time? Thanks!

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