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Gluten Free Marbled Pumpkin Banana Bread

Two weeks ago I had some old bananas and wanted to attempt a new healthy bread recipe. I decided to go with pumpkin as an added flavour. I followed a very simplified recipe I found online that called for an entire can of pumpkin puree. This ultimately killed my bread and my spirit when after baking for 1 hour 20 minutes, the top was charring and the middle a wet mess. Straight into the garbage.

Feeling a bit silly, I needed to redeem myself. I found a recipe that called for whole wheat flour. Not finding any in the pantry, I thought why not try a gluten free flour blend, which I've never done myself. I read that white rice flour could work if you add thickening agents. I luckily had it, cornstarch and almond flour. I hope this isn't another flop, I thought.

The recipe also called for applesauce and honey for natural sweetening. I decided to use bananas instead for tastier/moister bread. I kept the honey and glad I did, the bread has a light sweetness but not overly, so the honey should be included.

I also wanted this bread to be prettier than the average pumpkin bread, so I created a marble effect with chocolate. Cocoa powder would do the trick but I was out of that as well.

Note that there is 1 cup of pumpkin puree, not an entire can ;)

This bread came out INCREDIBLE! So moist and DELICIOUS, with a crisper top. It earns a spot on the blog and I will definitely be making it again soon.

RECIPE

1 cup white rice flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1 heaping cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts (plus a bit more for garnish)

2 oz of melted semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a bread pan with parchment paper, making sure there is enough paper on the edges to lift the bread out after.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.

Add the bananas to a larger mixing bowl, mash, and then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Mix together with a spoon until fully incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and the walnuts. Mix together.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into the bread pan.

Melt the chocolate. Take 1/2 of the remaining batter and add the chocolate to it. Dollop spoonfuls of the chocolate batter into the bread pan, then dollop the remaining regular batter. Shimmy the pan side to side until batter is flatter.

Sprinkle the top with a handful of chopped walnuts.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Once out, gently remove by lifting the parchment paper and let cool on a rack. Slice after 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No bake healthy granola bars

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I never like to skip breakfast or I feel weak and tired for longer in the mornings. But I'm also keen to get to work in my office and don't want to think about making a full breakfast. I tend to reach for granola or protein bars. There's plenty of choice in the stores, but there are simply way too many additives and unwanted cane sugar.

I stumbled upon a few granola bar recipes at home and tweaked this one based on what I had in the cupboards. I loved the result and felt it was definitely one to share! I'm currently eating a bar right now so I can vouch they are worth the effort! which I must say is still very minimal.

RECIPE

3 cup rolled oats

2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder

1/2 cup almond flakes

1 pinch of salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup hazelnut/almond butter

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Rough chopped dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS

Line a tray with wax paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, hemp powder, almond flakes and salt.

Add the the coconut oil, hazelnut/almond butter, honey and vanilla extract to a small pot over medium heat stirring gently, not to be brought to a boil, just until combined and smooth.

Poor the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the dark chocolate.

Poor the mix onto the tray, begin to press flat, sprinkle more almond flakes on top, and pack down hard. If you don't pack firmly enough the bars may have more difficulty staying together.

Place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour to set.

Enjoy!

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Banana Bread For Breakfast

Now and then you see a few bananas in your kitchen with an unappealing brown colouring. What do you do when life gives you ripe banana’s? Make banana bread!

There are actually plenty of good things you could make with ripe bananas, but I was craving a good old banana bread.

I researched a few moist options but there was always butter and/or processed sugar added. I love to cheat using butter but it really doesn’t have to be that way. With these tweaks I was able to get a moist, sweet, delicious banana bread that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

RECIPE

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

4 (medium size) ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Opt. toppings: dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a loaf pan and set aside, I use coconut oil and a dusting of flour.

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mash the ripe bananas. Add the apple sauce and mix together. Next add the eggs and mix. Lastly, add the vanilla and maple syrup.

Add the wet mixture to the flour bowl and mix until just combined. No not over mix. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the loaf is nicely browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!