Coconut Banana Bread (GF)

Coconut Banana Bread

Banana Bread is magical. This is a gluten free protein packed banana bread topped with shredded coconut. Rather than using refined sugar, I used coconut sugar and added a 1/2 cup of paleo protein powder for some extra protein. Although it was 11:00pm when I finished baking the bread, I had to have a sample.

Coconut Banana Bread (GF) (Makes 1 – 9×5 loaf pan)

  • 2 Bananas (Mashed)
  • 13cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Redmill)
  • 1/2 cup unflavored protein powder (I used Paleo Pro)*
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease or line with parchment paper a 9×5-inch non-stick loaf pan.
  3. Cream together mashed bananas, oil, coconut sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl.
  4. Add flour, protein powder, xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda to egg mixture.
  5. Mix until smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pan, cover with shredded coconut and a little coconut sugar.
  7. Bake 9×5″ loaf for 1 hour

Enjoy!

*Do not feel like using protein powder? Use 1 3/4 Cups of Gluten Free Flour

Banana Matcha Waffles

I’m shamelessly obsessed with waffles. It all started one day in college when I had breakfast in Ocean Beach at a little cafe where they sold bumper stickers saying: “The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.” Yes I know. So bad it’s good. Well, waffles might be delicious, crispy, sweet, and buttery — they are certainly not very good for you. I can’t be eating the OG waffles on the reg, I’d like to but let’s be serious here, that’s a ticket to Type 2 Diabetes and a host of other health issues. What’s a girl to do? Well I decided to seek out recipes that do not skimp on flavor but leave out the refined sugar and processed carbs.

So — the latest and greatest are my Banana Matcha Waffles. Using Wedo Banana flour, which is made from green bananas. Not every one has a waffle maker and these make a great pancake too. Clearly I need one in mine and if you’re going to buy one, don’t buy a cheap one, they suck and waffles come out steamed. Been there done that. Gross.

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I’m not really sure if Whole30 would consider this compliant or SWYPO; I don’t think this is SWYPO. When I eat them I’m not like, that was just okay, meh – I eat them and think, I’m never going back to the flour version. This recipe is an adaption of the recipe on the Wedo Banana Flour container, I’ve omitted the sweetner and added the matcha.

This is what you need, serves 4:

1/2 cup Wedo Banana flour

2 tablespoons of Matcha powder

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup Nut Milk (Almond or cashew – I’m sure you can use dairy milk)

3 eggs (we prefer pasture eggs, more spend but those yolks!)

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon (I’ve done both)

2 bananas – sliced.

Ghee, coconut oil, or non-stick spray (I use olive oil) for your frying pan and waffle maker

Time to cook:

Pre-heat you waffle iron or frying pan.

Option 1 – put everything excluding the sliced bananas into a blender and blend until smooth.

Option 2 – put everything excluding the sliced bananas into a bowl and stir until smooth.

Once the mixture is smooth and silky (this is a little thinner than you’re used to) stir the sliced bananas into the mixture, I like to mash them a little bit.

Cook, the pancakes, 60 minutes each side and waffles until ready as indicated on your waffle iron.

Serve with sliced almonds, shredded coconut, cinnamon and ghee or go traditional with maple syrup.

Obviously it’s not a deal breaker if you don’t have matcha, you can omit it.

Enjoy!!!!

 

 

Sensational Spirulina Smoothie (vegan)

FullSizeRenderSo everyone is all about “super foods” these days – there is a new discovery each week, which is exciting because we can try some new things and get a little creative.

A year or so ago I discovered spirulina and haven’t looked back. Browsing the intrawebs one day, I read about this magical green stuff and wanted to explore. I was advised to drink this mysterious dark green powder with orange juice, otherwise it would taste like a pond. So into the Vitamix went a tablespoon of spirulina powder and the orange juice. As the juice met the spirulina powder everything turned this vibrant green color. I stopped the blender, nervously poured the mixture into a glass, took a sip and wow! – it was delicious and invigorating.

Fast forward to rushing around the house one morning a couple of months ago and needing something to sustain me until midday –into the Vitamix went a scoop of protein powder, splash of almond milk, some OJ, scoop of spirulina and a spoonful of coconut oil for healthy fats, and some ice cubes. Boom! Easy. Fast. It tasted great. Not to mention it’s full of nutrients.

1 Tbsp of Spirulina Powder

1 Scoop Protein Powder (plant based)

1 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

1 Cup Almond Milk

1 Tsp Coconut Oil (optional)

1 Cup Ice Cubes (optional)

Spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, this super food has a lengthy list of health benefits that you can read up on anywhere on the internet. I personally like Spirulina Manna by HealthForce.