July 2nd, 2016 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Desserts, Dips, Dollops & Snacks, Menopause, Muffins & Breads, PCOS, Recipes, Thyroid | Tagged ,

Cocoa and Cardamom Banana “Biscotti”

Cocoa and Cardamom Banana Biscotti

Your energy is running low, and you’re looking for a bit of a snack. But you don’t want something that’s loaded with sugar – which will spike your blood sugar.

What should you snack on?

This bread is perfect for that conundrum.

It’s chocolatey, but not loaded with sugar. It gets its sweetness from bananas and tigernuts.

If you’re new to tigernuts, you’re going to be in for an unbelievably pleasant surprise. They are paleo, nut and gluten-free. The reason that they fall into so many categories is because they’re not nuts at all. Tigernuts are actually small root vegetables. They are also high in probiotics which feed the good gut bacteria.

You can buy tigernut flour, or you can make your own in just a couple of seconds. The trick is to purchase them sliced, and then just whiz them up in your spice grinder.

The flavors of cardamom, bananas, and chocolate combine perfectly in this little bread. And that’s why I called it “biscotti,” because it whips up a diminutive little loaf that resembles its Italian cousin. Unlike biscotti, it’s not brittle – it’s soft and succulent. This is a pretty guilt-free snack that will fill that sweet craving perfectly.

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Cocoa and Cardamom Banana “Biscotti”
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup melted ghee
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ cups tigernut flour - where to buy
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
How To Make
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine all of the wet ingredients (including the soaked flax “eggs”) in a medium bowl. Mash to break up the bananas and stir until well mixed.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low for 15 seconds. Add wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
  5. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper and grease it. Make sure that the parchment is tall enough that it runs up the sides to create handles to pull the bread out after it's baked.
  6. Pour the dough into the prepared pan. Smooth out with an offset spatula.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
  8. Let the pan cool on a cooling rack.
  9. Once cooled, invert the bread onto the rack.
  10. To store: Wrap the bread in plastic wrap. It will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature.
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21 Comments to Cocoa and Cardamom Banana “Biscotti”

    • hi, You could try out coconut flour and may work out great. We have not tried that version so let us know how it goes.

    • Hi Rom,
      You can try coconut flour. Just remember that coconut flour is not used in the same ratio as other flours so use less coconut flour than the recipe calls for. Let us know how it works for you with coconut flour.

    • HI Rom,
      I’m sure you could. Just keep in mind that using coconut flour will be much less. Experiment with it and let us know how it turns out.

  1. Made this today and it was wonderful!! Sliced it and toasted it on both sides as well; so so good! Thanks!!

  2. Would you please provide nutritional information for this and your other recipes? That information is very important to those of us with multiple health issues including diabetes. Thank you for your efforts to help us improve our eating options. I for one appreciate your work.

    • Hi Ann,
      Thank you for suggestions, we will definitely put this in our que for updates. Thanks for your support!

    • Hi Ann,
      Although Magdalena does not have specific nutritional information she does include specific dietary sensitivities. This recipe has these tags, indicating that it is helpful for Adrenals, Menopause, PCOS, Thyroid. Thank you for your appreciation of Magdalena’s work.

    • Hi Ana, you could try 1/4 cup of applesauce for each banana in the recipe. Just know the recipe may need more flour and may be wetter from substitution. Please let us know if it works out well!

  3. I Love Cardamom, I put it in my Bullet Proof coffee. But I break off the outside pod and it leaves the little seeds. So are you talking about grinding those little seeds or just taking the outside off?

  4. Can you please research and comment on tigernuts/tigernut flour? I found some research showing it increased estrogen levels in rats. I have ED because I have low progesterone. I haven’t had a test to show specific metabolites, but I am compound heterozygous MTHFR, so I probably am not detoxing estrogen well. I also have 4 thyroid nodules (discovered in 2016) which were benign on biopsy (one is 3cm). They have been stable in size since then. However, when they developed, I think I was iodine deficient. I was not taking any supplement, even a multi, and I only used sea salt. I also have Hashimoto’s. I love tigernut flour for fiber and prebiotics. I eat 1/4 cup per day. Am I contributing to ED and making it worse, or is eating it a good thing?

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