Decadent Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

A classic banana bread gets a vegan makeover, plus a double layer of chocolate chip-walnut streusel. A decadent breakfast or snack that you can feel good about!

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Hellooooo lovely humans! Welcome to Monday! We're officially a full week into 2018 - hope your first weekend was kicked off with a bang!

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If you live on the East Coast you are probably well aware that our first week was in the negative temperatures thanks to something called a "Bomb Cyclone," which is also definitely the title of a track on my high school classmate's mix tape that he keeps Facebook messaging me about. Go away, Brad.

Anyway, sub-zero temps meant a fairly laid back weekend. On Friday I barely left my bed all day, and didn't once leave my house until it was time to trek out to Don Tito's for my friend Sonia's going away happy hour. I'll miss you so much, Sonz! We had a great time full of sooo many (SO MANY) margaritas and tequila shots, then I headed straight home to my warm bed to avoid the polar freeze.

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Temps on Saturday were no more bearable, but I did manage to make it out of the house and into the gym to have some sort of social interaction and move my body before going out with my friend Amanda. Well, as it happens in a tundra, "going out" turned into "getting dinner at DC Noodles, grabbing some wine and snacks from Trader Joe's, and going back to my house to drunk-bake eclairs, troll guys on dating apps and watch Black Mirror. I truly can't think of a more perfect evening.

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Don't mind us, nothing to see here

Sunday was INCREDIBLY exciting because I woke up and the temperature was above 20 degrees! What a time to be alive. I celebrated by walking to Trader Joe's in my favorite "Not a Morning Person" baseball hat, loading up on groceries for a week, and cooking up allll the things that you'll be seeing here on Scones over the next couple weeks. All while watching New Girl season 6, of course. Priorities. A sweaty, sweaty gym sesh and restorative yoga practice rounded out what ended up being a quite pleasant weekend!

So, friends, how did you spend your weekend? Have you kept up with your New Year's Resolutions? If you're resolving to eat healthier this year, then a) that's wonderful! I fully support that! The rest of the recipes this week will be right up your alley! and b) I'm going to need you to set that all aside for this recipe, because it is as decadent as they get (despite being vegan. Remember y'all, Oreos are vegan. Doesn't mean it's healthy). 

To make this banana bread special, I whipped up a simple streusel of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and brown sugar. I sandwiched half of the streusel into the banana bread and spread the other half on top for a double-whammy of chocolate-y goodness, then baked it on up until golden brown. Omgggg, guys, this was INCREDIBLE! Let's take a closer look.

First, we're going to gather together our ingredients. Stir together those chocolate chips and walnuts with the brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

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Mmm, see those wonderful overripe bananas? That's exactly what we're looking for. Grab another small bowls and mash up the bananas, then set them aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, then set aside.

Grab a large bowl and a beater and beat together your softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and banana. Use a wooden spoon to fold in the flour mixture just until no streaks remain, then your batter is ready!

Grab your greased loaf pan and start adding your layers - 1/2 the banana bread mixture topped with 1/2 the streusel, then the remainder of the batter, and finally the remaining streusel. Pop the bread into the oven and cook 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Let cool in the pan completely, then slide the loaf out, slice and serve! You don't even need butter on this loaf - it's enough in and of itself. Yum!

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Decadent Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Have a wonderful week, friends!

XOXO,
Jesse