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Lentil Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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½ cup lentils
1 ¼ cups water
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium sized bananas)
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Prepare the lentil purée by adding the water and lentils into a small pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir frequently. Cool and do not drain. Pureè lentils with a blender or food processor. Purée should be the consistency of canned pumpkin.
Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan (9 1/4 X 5 1/4-inch). Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, mashed bananas, lentils, buttermilk, and vanilla until the batter is well mixed.

Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Place batter into greased and floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let bread cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Loosen the bread with a knife and carefully remove from pan. Finish cooling on rack. Slice and serve once cooled.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 
Servings Per Container 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories  528 Calories From Fat 
% Daily Value *
Total Fat  22g
Saturated Fat  14g
Trans Fat   
Cholesterol  77mg
Sodium  241mg
Total Carbohydrate  78g
Dietary Fiber  7g
Protein  10g  
Vitamin A   % Vitamin C   %
Calcium  % Iron  %
* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
   Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate   300g 375g
   Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Calories per gram:
      Fat 9   •   Carbohydrate 4   •   Protein 4