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Chocolate Banana Babka

This vegan chocolate babka is sweetened with mashed banana for a version of a yeasted banana bread, with a silky chocolate ganache woven through the layers.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 large loaf

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons yeast*
  • 3 overripe bananas mashed well
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 cup sprouted spelt flour
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups light spelt flour

Coconut Milk Chocolate Ganache

  • 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate*
  • 1 cup coconut cream from the top of a full-fat can of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, add the warm water and maple syrup. Sprinkle the yeast over top and let it sit for fifteen minutes to activate the yeast. If it's not foaming up, throw your yeast out and get some new stuff.
  2. Stir in the mashed bananas, milk, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla powder. Add the sprouted spelt and stir with a wooden spoon or the stirring attachment on your mixer.
  3. Add the light spelt flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until it becomes too difficult, at which time you can turn it out onto a well floured surface and start kneading by hand. Use your dough hook for this step if you're using a mixer. Continue kneading and adding flour until a smooth, soft ball of dough forms. If it's too soft it'll be too hard to plait.
  4. Place the dough into a large greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size. Prepare the ganache while the dough is proofing.
  5. Line a bread tin with parchment paper. I used a long, narrow tin, but a standard one will work just as well. You might need to bake it for an extra five minutes if your tin is quite wide.
  6. Once the dough has risen, generously flour a clean surface and set the dough onto it. Roll the dough out to about 3 cm thick and so that one side is the same length as your bread tin. Spread the ganache over it. Roll the dough up from the side that's the length of your tin (like a jelly roll), then cut it lengthwise.
  7. Make an X with the two strands of dough, and then gently wrap each over the other until a plait forms. Gently pick the dough up and place it into the lined bread tin, tucking any messy ends underneath. Cover again and let it rise for an additional thirty minutes.
  8. While the dough is rising again, preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden.

Coconut Milk Chocolate Ganache

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water. Don't let the bowl touch the water. Once all the chocolate has melted, whisk in the coconut cream, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator to cool until you're ready to use it. There might be some extra leftover, depending on how much you want to use in your bread. If so, just eat it with a spoon or use it to ice cupcakes. I chose the spoon route.

Notes

1. I used traditional yeast. Rising times will be a little faster if you use quick yeast.
2. Full-fat coconut milk will result in a slightly denser bread. Opt for a lower fat milk, like cashew or almond, for a more pastry like bread.
3. You can also use dark chocolate chips.