Banana bread – any which way you like it

A super protein based, gluten free version sure to keep the kids and partners happy mid-meal. 

Most people who are allergic to nuts can eat macadamia’s so to make it safe (but please double check first with your friend) use macadamia’s instead of hazelnuts and don’t use almond milk ­čśë  For Coeliacs don’t add the oats. 

  • 2 ripe large bananas
  • 2 tsp baking powder (opt for aluminum free always)
  • 1 cup almond, rice or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-2 scoops whey protein (I use Isagenix Isalean or IsaPro)
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts or macadamia’s
  • 1/2 cup oats or activated buckwheat (I used a mix of both) 
  • 1 tbsp granulated stevia if you like it sweeter (optional or you can add in 3 medjool dates or 2tbsp rice malt syrup)

Preheat oven to 170 degrees and line either a loaf, brownie or cake tin with paper.  In a processor mix together eggs, milk, whey and banana briefly until combined. Then add the rest in and mix until just combined. Place in pan and cook for around 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting. 

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Super choc cookies

Seem to store up almond pulp from making almond milk? I do. So I squeeze the life out of it and then freeze it until I have about 400gram when defrosted (I use 200gram almond per little of milk).

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These choc cookies are gorgeous and subtle in flavour – just enough to go with your coffee – no matter how you drink it. 

  • 100gram butter
  • 400gram defrosted almond pulp
  • 40gram raw cacao powder
  • 8 medjool dates (rough chopped)
  • 20gram maca powder
  • 3/4-1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbspn water (add 1 Tbspn extra at a time as needed to mix it)

Whazz it up in a food processor or Thermomix until it binds well. Add 1tbspn of water at a time to help mix but don’t let it get too wet. The “wet” of the mix should be like a hamburger mix and you will need damp hands to gentle make into balls. The mix is soft and delicate and a little wet. Shape gently into balls and then press gently with a fork. Place in 160 degree pre-heated oven for about 20-30min. Keep a watch on them. Depending on how wet the almond pulp was and their size may mean more or less time. They need some time to dry out and get a soft crust on the outside. 

The do grow a little in the oven (about 25% more than original).

They will still feel soft when you take them out so let them cool for 15-20min before you eat them. 

Words of wisdom

Recycling an absolute classic sentiment. Also a timely reminder after the week I have had. No matter how you are treated, do not stoop to their level. Stand tall in those fabulous shoes and hold your head up. Those people are simply worthy only just enough to look up to you. 

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Words to inspire 

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One could add more to this quote if you want to consider some mindfulness in your day. Those who are inspired by Buddhist dharma will tell you how important it is to not only relinquish the past but to practice presence to ensure the future doesn’t delude the bow. 

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today, and tomorrow too much of your now

Being grateful

Cicero says it perfectly. 

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While the parent of all virtues gratitude helps us put things into perspective. 

  • When your job is uncertain
  • When your toddler is testing 
  • When you feel quite unlike your old self

……..no matter what it is, gratitude will remind you of the simply wonderful things in life. 

  • Living in a country that is safe, clean and prosperous
  • Having a healthy, happy and safe child 
  • Having access to healthy  food and clean water and being able bodied. 

Stop and reflect each day on the challenges you felt and then write down at least the same number of things during that day you were grateful for. ´╗┐