Chocolate Chip Cherry Plantain Bread- aka “the most delicious bread I’ve ever made”

You could say I went just a wee bit crazy with the cherries this weekend! Three cherry recipes in one weekend….. thank goodness my family really has a fondness for cherries and all of the recipes turned out beyond delicious. I chose to share the bread with you today because I’m that excited about it.

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Now, I won’t try to convince you that it’s the prettiest bread you’ve ever seen. I know that may be a hard sell, but you’ve got to take my word, it just maybe the tastiest! ;) The last bite was eaten last night and my husband is already asking when I will make more. Doesn’t he understand that food bloggers very rarely make the same thing twice. Silly boy! All kidding aside, this is definitely a bread that I will be making again and I bet a blueberry or raspberry version would also be fabulous.

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I used really ripe plantains, so ripe that the peel was completely black. If you can’t find plantains, I’m pretty sure that you would also get great results using extra large very ripe bananas. When working with cherries, a cherry pitter is almost a must. I bought my Oxo brand pitter for $13 at Target and it works wonderfully. This bread is off-the-chain moist and almost simply melts in your mouth. The chocolate chips are optional, but if you don’t use them, you’re in big trouble!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Plantain Bread- aka “the most delicious bread I’ve ever made”

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: PT40-45M

Total Time: PT52-57M

Yield: 12 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Calories per serving: 210

Fat per serving: 11.4

Chocolate Chip Cherry Plantain Bread- aka “the most delicious bread I’ve ever made”

Paleo, gluten-free, melt in your mouth moist, and out of control delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe plantains or large bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 cup almond meal (I grinded my own raw almonds in my food processor.)
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pitted cherries and juice, finely chopped (I grinded them in my Vitamix.)
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chips (dairy, nut, & soy free)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 9x5 loaf pan with an all-natural cooking spray or coconut oil.
  • Stir the first 6 ingredients (plantains through almond milk) together in a medium bowl.
  • Combine the dry ingredients (almond meal through salt) together in a large bowl.
  • Pour wet ingredients in the large bowl with dry ingredients and stir together. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips. Don't over stir mixture.
  • Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake bread for 40-45 minutes and until knife comes clean and top of bread is lightly browned.

Notes

The fat in the bread is healthy fat coming mostly from the almonds, coconut oil and eggs.

Potassium- 124mg Carbs- 26.2g Protein- 4.7g Vitamin A- 8.7% Vitamin C- 9.6% Calcium- 5% Iron- 12.7%

http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/2013/08/13/chocolate-chip-cherry-plantain-bread-aka-the-most-delicious-bread-ive-ever-made/

Something to think about….

Have you ever tried plantains? I posted a plantain pancake recipe here, if you’re interested.

What’s your favorite homemade bread? I love a good banana bread or zucchini bread with walnuts. This bread had a bit of crunch to it because I ground up my own almonds…. it was a lovely addition.

Have you had cherries this season? If not, you need to!

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you back here for #WIAW tomorrow!

 

Comments

  1. Mhmm this looks so tasty and moist! I love how you brought together so many great flavors :)
    Christine@ appleofmyeye MIMM: Great Friends, Meteor Showers, and GiraffesMy Profile

  2. This looks soooooo good! Plantains have been all over the blogosphere lately (I think thanks to PurelyTwins) and I am loving all the new delicious recipes I am seeing. This one is no exception! Now I gotta buy some plantains…

    • Purely Twins definitely got me on the plantain kick! I had always wanted to try them, but I was unsure how to use them. You should give them a try!

  3. That looks so good and I love the ingredient list!
    I still have a plantain starring at me at home. I might do this or I will look up the pancake recipe!!
    Lucie Tuesday Recipes – Balanced Quinoa Coconut Chicken BowlMy Profile

  4. Loving that ingredient list! I’ve found that paleo baked goods are soooo much more moist than their wheaty counterparts. I love baking with almond meal for that reason. This looks so fantastic! I love that it only has a wee bit of added sugar. Fab!

  5. This sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I’m so intrigued by all of the plantain recipes I’ve been seeing lately! I’ve only ever tried them in chip form, so I’d be curious to try baking with them. And a chocolate-cherry combo is basically just unbeatable ;-)

  7. This looks so unique and do delicious. Cannot wait to give it a try!
    Madison Tone-It-Up Tuesday: Working Out in TennesseeMy Profile

  8. I can completely understand why you would go nuts with cherry recipes! They are so delicious.
    This bread looks amazing. I would have never thought to cook a bread with plantains- so creative!
    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health Coconut-Lime & Mango SmoothieMy Profile

  9. I’ve never thought of using plantains in bread, but I do love a good banana bread!Especially with the way it makes the house smell while it’s in the oven. And the combination of cherries and chocolate? To.die.for.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . beef rouladen .My Profile

  10. I am drooling all over this bread.
    jessiebearwhat Together Tuesday #20My Profile

  11. Plantains remind me of my trip to Nicaragua. At first I didn’t like them but I ate them so much now I LOVE them. Do you have a roommate for the HLS? I have a room but no roommates so far.
    Reba – Not So Perfect Life Recipe Re-Do: “Cream” of Broccoli SoupMy Profile

    • I’m rooming with Hannah from Clean Eating Veggie Girl. I’m sorry you don’t have a roommate yet. You might check with Amanda from runningwithspoons.com or Lisa from Lisalately.com, I know they’re both going. Good luck…. Can’t wait to meet up!

  12. This looks amazing! I’ve had my fair share of plantains while living in the Florida Keys for a summer (they were so popular), but have only cooked them myself once. Fried in coconut oil to make chips. They were good but not a little soggy. I do buy the bulk plantain chips from Sprouts or the Trader Joe’s ones from time to time. I’l have to try them in bread though!
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome Guest Posting today at Healthy NestMy Profile

  13. I love the idea of plantains instead of bananas I can just imagine what a great flavor they would add to this gorgeous bread.
    Christie – Food Done Light Raspberry Chia Seed Yogurt ParfaitMy Profile

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