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banana bread with sunflower seeds (vegan & gluten-free)

14th May 2020

I am not gluten-free, however, I am running very low on regular flour due to the situation at the moment, so this was a good opportunity to try recipes using other alternatives.

This cake surprised me. It has a perfect balance between sweetness, banana flavour and consistency which melts in your mouth.

~clivia-miniata~

banana bread with sunflower seeds

Slightly altered recipe from `Cannelle et Vanille´ by Aran Goyoaga.

Makes 1 x 28cm loaf or 12 cupcakes (bake – 35 mins)

Preparation – 20 minutes

Baking time – 50 – 55 minutes

ingredients

3 Tbsp/20g ground flaxseeds

½ cup/110g water

4 ripe medium bananas, peeled, divided

¾ cup/150g granulated sugar

½ cup/115g extra-virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil

1 Tbsp finely grated ginger

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup/100g almond flour

¾ cup/105g superfine brown rice flour

½ tsp fine rock salt

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup/25g sunflower seeds, plus more for topping

preparation

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 28 x 7-cm loaf pan and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, whisk to combine and set aside for 10 – 15 minutes for the flax to thicken.

3.  To the flax mixture, add 3 bananas and mash with a fork until there are some chunks left but it is fairly pureed. Add the sugar, oil, ginger, and vanilla – mix until smooth.

4.  Whisk together the almond flour, rice flour, salt, baking soda and powder. Pour into the banana mixture and stir until the batter comes together.  Fold in the sunflower seeds.

5.  Pour into the loaf pan. Cut the remaining banana in half lengthwise, place gently on top of the batter and brush the banana pieces lightly with coconut oil.  Sprinkle a few sunflower seeds on top of the cake and bake for 55 – 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Set the pan on a cooling rack to cool.

note

  • Turn out of the tray when the cake is completely cool.
  • Bake in a long loaf pan for the best results.

variation

  • The rice flour can be replaced with regular all-purpose flour.
  • Replace the sunflower seeds with walnuts.

creamy oat cinnamon banana smoothie

11th January 2015

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My son had dental work done the other day and found it difficult to eat anything solid. This is where this smoothie came in, inspired by Donna’s breakfast oat smoothie.  Creamy, filling and wonderfully nutritious for a liquid meal.

Oats are a wonderful source of protein, high in folate, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and zinc.  They are also known for their cleansing properties.  The soaking of the rolled oats increases their digestibility, enabling the nutrients to be better absorbed by your body and creating a creamier consistency.  The nut butter boosts the protein in the smoothie…great for two growing hungry, happy teenagers.

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creamy oat cinnamon banana smoothie

Makes 2 large glasses

ingredients 

cup whole oat groats  (If you don’t want to wait to soak the oats you can use quick-cooking oats)

2 cups almond milk

2 Medjool dates

1 small apple, cored

2 medium frozen bananas

1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds

2 Tbsp almond butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

cinnamon powder, sprinkling on top

pre-soak 

1.  Soak the oats in a drop of fresh lemon juice and cover with filtered water for 1 hour or preferably overnight.

preparation

2.  In a high-speed blender, add the oats, almond milk, dates, apple, bananas, ground flaxseeds, almond butter and vanilla essence – blend on high until you have a creamy consistency – 1 minute.

3.  Pour into glasses, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon powder.

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resources :

Soaked Oatmeal Recipe

https://www.greenthickies.com/benefits-of-oats/

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breakfast oat smoothie

14th October 2013

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Warmer weather calls out for all things cool, clean and crisp.

Unfortunately, crispness also applies to my garden due to a lack of rain and unseasonal very hot, dry weather.  Unlike Stacey’s green, lush vegetable garden in Portugal, ours is a work in progress.

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At least someone is enjoying its current state…….

For breakfast in this type of weather, instead of my regular oats, I have been experimenting with ‘oat smoothies’. I find the addition of oats, apart from all their goodness, provide longer sustenance than a regular smoothie.  Soaking the oats first aids digestion.  As soon as I get up, I place the oats in a bowl, cover with hot water, then leave to soak while I do other tasks that need to be done.  That way, they’ve soaked enough for when I am ready to make my smoothie.

breakfast oat smoothie

Choose your own variety of grain + fruit + nuts/seeds + milk. Whatever you choose, aim to include at least 1 ingredient from all 4 groups. Add sweetener of choice if prefer – I use cinnamon.

Serves 1 – 2

ingredients 

¼ cup soaked wholegrain oats/preferred grain (just cover oats with hot water & let sit for 10 minutes)

1 banana

½ cup soy milk/nut milk of choice

handful blueberries

handful raspberries

1 Tbsp chia gel*

a good sprinkling of ground flaxseed/sunflower seed mix

½ tsp cinnamon

preparation 

1.  Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend till thoroughly mixed. Serve immediately.

 *To make Chia Gel – In a sealed, glass jar, add 1 tbsp chia seeds & 8 tbsp water. Immediately shake well, then let rest for approx. 10 minutes. Shake jar every minute or so to prevent seeds clumping together. Store in the fridge. Add to smoothies, cereal, omelettes, etc.

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blueberry bliss banana smoothie

21st August 2013

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The benefits of smoothies –

Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas -Thank you, Nicole

“The fibre in a green smoothie acts like a chimney sweeper.  Since smoothies still contain fibre from the fruits and vegetables, they have a cleansing effect on the bowel.

Sugar is absorbed slowly because of the built-in fibre.  Green smoothies allow you to enjoy the benefits of fruit without experiencing sugar spiking and the ensuing crash.  The fibre regulates the flow of sugar into the bloodstream as your body digests.”

blueberry bliss banana smoothie

Serves 4 medium glasses

It is very important to use only organic produce when making juices or smoothies.  They are both concentrated sources of produce, and you don’t want to add pesticides to the mix. 

ingredients 

2  frozen bananas

2 cups fresh blueberries (or a mix of berries – strawberries, raspberries etc)

1½ cups homemade nut milk

1 cup filtered water

a generous handful of greens (chard, kale or spinach)

2 – 4 Medjool dates, pitted (depending on your preferred sweetness)

1 Tbsp pureed dried coconut flesh (I use a brand called ‘Coconut Manna’, which I purchased in London, but you could replace it with freshly grated coconut or coconut oil)

preparation 

1.  Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender – process until smoothly pureed.

2.  Divide between 4 medium glasses and serve at once.

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