This, my favourite vegan chocolate banana bread, is the culmination of much banana bread eating and recipe testing. This gorgeous bread is moist, sweetly spiced and textured with baked banana and dark chocolate chunks.
The Elf doesn’t like me very much at the moment. I am cranky and don’t let her flush the toilet over and over. I make her say please and thank you and rouse on her when she doesn’t get in to her car seat leaving me standing by the car in the rain. Daddy isn’t cranky; Daddy is excellent. My parent friends tell me the favouritism is perfectly normal and all kids do it but I tell you, it’s arrow through the heart stuff. She calls out to him when she can’t sleep. She used to call out to me. Never has an experience left me all up side down and inside out like parenthood. Some days I am Supermum and other days I am the poop Supermum stepped in on the way to her invisible super car.
These little people are tricky.
So, like any reasonable person I have resorted to cheating. The Elf loves banana bread.
In the process of getting my favourite vegan chocolate banana bread recipe just where I want it, I have made many test loaves. The Elf has helped me in the kitchen and tried each variant loaf. She mixes the flours, adds the salt and steals chocolate buds when she thinks I’m not looking. And for the ten minutes it takes her to eat a sample slice, everything is normal again. We laugh at the shredded coconut that sticks to her nose and the melted chocolate she licks from each sticky finger. It is a lovely moment in time, she and I in the kitchen, and I feel like Olivia Walton or June Cleaver.
Then she throws her crusts at me. I bite my tongue to keep the moment alive and laugh through gritted teeth. She senses weakness and pours her juice on the floor. Moment over.