Banana Bread with Chocolate Cake Heart

banana bread with chocolate heart

I wanted to publish this blog post for a few days now but lacked some serious creativity. You could say I had little bit of a ‘writer’s block’, probably as the result of a couple of things that happened last week.

It all started on Monday. I wanted to edit the photos and videos we took at our recent Mindful Sunday Event. Thus, I removed the memory card from my camera to put it into the slot of my Mac Book. Nothing happened. No matter how many times I removed it, the folder didn’t appear.

banana bread batter with Kitchen Aid

I then tried to put the card back into the camera to see if I could transfer the files via Bluetooth. The card wouldn’t fit into the slot anymore. I took a closer look and realized that the plastic case of the card was damaged.

With the help of a tiny flashlight, I saw that some of the plastic had broken from the card and was now stuck at the bottom of the slot. I took a small screwdriver to retrieve the pieces which was easier said than done.

chocolate cake hearts

I finally managed to remove the pieces and insert another working card. An error message popped up saying that the memory card was write-protected or needed to be formatted. I pressed the formatting button. Again the camera told me that formatting wasn’t possible.

It began to dawn on me: I had clearly damaged something by trying to remove the plastic pieces from the slot. Great! Just in time when I wanted to take pictures of this heavenly banana bread with a chocolate cake heart that I made the other day.

banana bread batter with walnuts in bakind dish

Well, I wouldn’t be a creative if I didn’t get creative to solve the problem. Luckily, iPhone cameras have developed big time over the recent years and with the right lighting they are a valuable replacement for a real camera. I know many influencers who only take pictures or videos with their iPhone and their quality is incredible.

So, while we are all waiting for my camera to be ready for action again, we might as well treat ourselves to some delicious banana bread. Just in time for Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

banana bread with chocolate cake heart

The first time I made it, my boyfriend ate almost the entire loaf in one sitting. I mentioned before that he is very particular about his sweets, so this sure is a compliment. If a recipe passes his test, I know I can share it with you guys!

I also tested the recipe with sweet potato flour but didn’t like the taste of it as much as I did with the oat flour. If you would like to try it, simply exchange 1 3/4 cup oat flour with 1 cup sweet potato flour.

Happy baking!

Banana Bread with Chocolate Cake Heart

Surprise your partner or best friends with this delicious & healthy banana bread with a chocolate cake heart inside for Valentine's Day.

For the Chocolate Cake Heart

  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup glutenfree oat flour ((64 g))
  • 2 tbsp plant based milk
  • 1/2 cup egg whites ((125 ml))
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup ((60 ml))

For the Banana Bread

  • 1 3/4 cups glutenfree oat flour ((224 g))
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup natural coconut yoghurt ((64 g))
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup ((125 ml))
  • 2/3 cup egg whites ((160 ml))
  • 1/2 cup plant based milk ((125 ml))
  • 1 pck. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • walnuts ((optional))

Chocolate Cake Heart

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F/170°C.

  2. Mix all the ingredients together.

  3. Pour the batter in a baking dish or on a baking tray and spread it out evenly.

  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Let the cake cool entirely. You can also put it in the fridge to accelerate the process.

  6. Take a heart shaped cookie-cutter and cut out hearts.

  7. If you have leftover batter, simply take it and squeeze it inside of the cooking cutter to get additional hearts.

Banana Bread

  1. Mix all ingredients besides the walnuts together using a hand mixer or food processor (I used my KitchenAid). Make sure to smash the banana beforehand if they are not entirely ripe yet to get a smoother batter.

  2. Fold the walnuts inside the batter.

  3. Grease a non-stick baking dish with some coconut oil or butter. Pour a little bit of the banana bread batter inside.

  4. Take the Chocolate Cake Hearts and carefully stack them upright inside the baking dish.

  5. Then pour the remaining batter on top of the hearts to cover.

  6. Top with walnuts.

  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  8. Tastes especially delicious while still warm and topped with almond or peanut butter. Enjoy!

banana bread with jam
banana bread with chocolate cake heart pinterest pin

Can’t wait to see how yours will turn out! Make sure to share your creations with me! @madeleinestanev

Signatur Madeleine

2 responses to “Banana Bread with Chocolate Cake Heart”

  1. […] quarantine baking Banana Bread was all the rage. As much as I love a good old Banana Bread, I wanted to try something new (you know as an MG I get bored easily). Then I saw elderflowers […]


  2. […] will share the recipe soon on here. Until then, you can simply substitute oat for teff flour in my previous banana bread recipe (leave the chocolate cake heart out for a regular banana […]


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