Chocolate And Tahini Banana Bread

If you only bake one recipe from Nigella Lawson’s latest recipe book then it has to be this chocolate and tahini banana bread. I used rather large chocolate chunks which I think made it ever so much better.

Chocolate And Tahini Banana Bread
Chocolate And Tahini Banana Bread
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I wrote about second marriages and the pitfalls of dating a divorcé. But, there can be just as many, if not more upsides. When you meet a man who has had a failed relationship, he knows what he wants. This usually means you will not be messed around. Dave was not the first ex-husband I dated. The first was a wonderful father to 6 year-old twins. He told me right from the beginning marriage was not on the cards for us. I was 23 and he did not want me to become responsible for his children at such a young age. I really appreciated the honesty and dated him knowing it was nothing more than that. Dave and I were friends long before we started dating. I knew from the day we first kissed that he didn’t want any more children.

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This was OK with me as I never wanted kids of my own. But it also delayed us getting engaged as he didn’t know if I wanted to be a stepmother. Like any relationship, we have had our ups and downs. But Dave and I have this amazing friendship and it has seen us through all sorts of situations. He has become more protective over me since we got married and always put me first. I think this is the most one can expect from a relationship. And in the same breath, I always put him first. This month has been a great reminder of why I chose him to be my life partner. And for all the hurdles I faced at the beginning, it was so worth it to get to where we are now. We are truly living our best life together. How do you view marriage?

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Chocolate And Tahini Banana Bread

This combination of ingredients results in the most amazingly tasty tea loaf
Recipe Category: Baking


  • 250 g skin on weight, very ripe bananas
  • 60 mls olive oil
  • 50 g tahini
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g fructose
  • 35 g coconut sugar
  • 5 mls vanilla extract
  • 60 g flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 2.5 mls bicarbonate of soda
  • 1.25 mls fine salt
  • 100 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 7.5 mls sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 170° Celsius
  • Peel the bananas and place them into a stand mixer bowl and mash using the beater attachment
  • Add the oil and beat in, add the tahini and beat in, then add the egg and beat in
  • Add the fructose, sugar and vanilla and beat in
  • Place the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a mixing bowl and stir to combine
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating in until you cannot see the flour
  • When fully combined add the chocolate and fold in
  • Scrape the batter into a lined loaf tin and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top
  • Place into the oven and bake for 50 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and place the tin onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely
  • Remove from the tin and wrap in baking paper, and then wrap in foil
  • Leave to stand for a day before slicing and eating
  • Can be kept for 5 days in an airtight container (if you manage that long)
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10 thoughts on “Chocolate And Tahini Banana Bread

  1. I’d probably add extra chunks of chocolate like you did Tandy! But chocolate and banana do go so very well together that I need to make this with my daughter as she has been asking me to bake something with her. Such an interesting post reading about your relationship with Dave. I guess I view marriage as a permanent status if possible~ especially if kids are involved. I know it breaks their hearts to have parents who split up. But like you said, the key is usually being selfless and putting each other first. So hard to do~!

    1. I have seen so many kids damaged by people who stay together when they are unhappy. It is so sad but if you work on your marriage then the kids will thrive xx

  2. Hi TAndy, I don’t know how I’d feel about being a step mother. I’ve been married for 21 years nearly and it is a first marriage for us both. I’m not sure I’d want to take on someone else children, I’ve had enough problems with my own. 31 Operations is more than enough for one life time.

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