Villa Amada Banana Bread

Want to try to best tropical treat ever? (and feel good about it?!)

In my family I’m known for creating dishes and my own recipes by the taste of my palate. I test and tweak and create. Most everything I bake or cook has my own twist on whatever original recipe it used to be. In another life I was a chef and baker.

I’ve been baking this banana bread for many years and created a new version of it here in Costa Rica with the country’s available natural ingredients specifically to further support the ecological biodiversity and the indigenous people.

It contains organic Costa Rican Datil bananas, locally sourced shredded coconut, and all natural semi sweet chocolate chips made with 70% cacao from the local Maleku Tribe in the nearby Guatuso region.

With some amazing friends at KAJU All Natural we are able to help support the Association of Agroecological Cacao producer in Guatuso (ASOPAC, a local organization that brings together indigenous and non-indigenous people in the Guatuso region of Costa Rica to promote sustainable cacao production and conservation.)

So you can feel good in your tummy and your hearts! My favorite is to bake it in a round bunt pan, its dense and moist. I also make muffin shaped ones perfect for travel. Everyone who stays at Villa Amada gets a slice of our Banana Bread along side their breakfast meal, and it is for sale to the public. Gluten free version are available.