Allergy Free Banana Chocolate Swirl Bread


 Banana Chocolate Swirl Bread

Allergy-Free Banana Chocolate Swirl Bread

(Vegan and Refined Sugar-free)


Not your momma’s fruitcake, this quick bread is chock-full of natural kid-pleasers like chocolate, bananas, and honey.  It’s also gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. We eat it for breakfast toasted with Earth Balance buttery spread, with tea, and of course, for dessert.


4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (dairy and soy-free)

1/2 cup canola oil

3/4 cup honey (or agave nectar)

3 ripe medium-sized bananas (1 ¼ cups mashed)

2 Tablespoons flax seed meal mixed with 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons hot water (“flax eggs”)

1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Chop chocolate into pieces the size of an almond or smaller, and set aside in a microwave safe bowl.

3. Use an electric mixer to combine canola oil and honey on medium speed. Mash the bananas, add to bowl, and blend thoroughly. Add “flax eggs”, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

4. In a separate bowl, combine flour mix (to measure flour, use a large spoon to scoop flour into the measuring cup, then level it off with the back of a knife or straightedge), xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix until combined.

5. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, at 30-second increments, stirring between each with a wooden spoon. Do not overheat the chocolate as it burns very easily. Once melted, scoop out 1½ cups of batter and mix thoroughly into the melted chocolate.

6. Oil a 9×5-inch loaf pan and dust with a little flour. Spoon the batters into the loaf pan in two layers, alternating spoonfuls of banana and chocolate to simulate a checkerboard. To create swirls, run a knife or skewer through the batters in a swirling motion. Bake 60 to 70 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. To test for doneness, insert a skewer into the center of the bread. It should come out clean (perhaps with a little melted chocolate). Let cool in pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Then invert onto rack, flip and let cool completely before slicing.

Allergy-Free Banana Chocolate Swirl Bread © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Blondies



I was so excited when Enjoy Life came out with their Semi Sweet Mega Chunks and newish line of chocolate bars, I literally jumped for joy. I was already a huge fan of their chocolate chips, and now they’ve given me a whole new genre of chocolate to bake with. These chocolate chunk cookie bars are an old-fashioned picnic or school function favorite. So easy and yet sooooo good!

Chocolate Chunk Blondie Bars

makes 16 bars

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend or my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
11/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
11/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 2 tablespoons rice milk
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon rice milk
6 ounces Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks or Enjoy Life Rice Milk bars or Dark Chocolate Boom Choco Boom bars (about 4 bars), chopped into centimeter-size chunks


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch pan.
2. Whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, beating on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
4. Add the vanilla and egg replacer and mix for 20 seconds.
5. Add the flour mix in three batches, mixing on low speed, alternating with the rice milk, and beginning and ending with the flour mix.
6. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
7. Spread the batter evenly across the bottom of the baking pan.
8. Bake in the center of the oven for 35 minutes, or until lightly golden, rotating the pan halfway through.
9. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Cut into 16 squares. Let cool.


Reprinted with permission from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame. Copyright © 2009 by Cybele Pascal, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.

Allergy Free Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats


Today is the last day of school here in Los Angeles. Woot woot! For me, that means a lot more time to do arts and crafts and cooking with my boys. I thought it a good day to post this kid-friendly vegan, gluten-free recipe for Sunbutter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats (aka, Scotcheroos). This is a really great one to whip up with the kids. They can cook, you can supervise… and the best part? No oven involved. It’s a no-bake recipe for these hot days of summer. Enjoy!

Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

SunButter is used in place of marshmallow as the binder in this allergen-free version of an old favorite. In addition to being delicious, this rice crispy treat is also packed with protein and vitamin E, so you can feel indulged and virtuous all at the same time. Dark Karo syrup contains molasses instead of high-fructose corn syrup, and thus is better in my opinion, but dark and light corn syrup are interchangeable.


  • 1/2 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup SunButter
  • 3 cups rice crispy cereal (see Erewhon)
  • 1 cup dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips


1. Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.

2. Place the dark Karo syrup and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just begins to boil.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in the SunButter, mixing well until combined. Add the rice crispies and mix, working quickly. Press the mixture into the pan. Set aside.

4. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave, stirring at 30-second increments, or melt in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the rice crispy mixture. Let cool until the chocolate layer sets. Cut into 16 square once cool.


Reprinted with permission from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame. Copyright  ©2009 by Cybele Pascal, Celestial Arts, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo credit: Chugrad McAndrews.