|Post Holiday Black Bananas
Arriving home from a 10 day holiday abroad opening the fridge there in front of me were four bananas.
Years ago I always used a recipe, Date with a Banana Cake, from a Co-oP recipe book, 1973, which consisted of eggs, butter, flour and sugar plus banana and dates of course. Nowadays my preference is for a more vegan life style and gluten free where possible. So I asked on social media if anyone had a recipe for a vegan banana bread … no one responded.
Heading over to Google I came across the website ‘Oh She Glows’ (ohsheglows.com ) and a recipe for ‘One Bowl Vegan Banana Bread’. The following recipe is based on this recipe. I say based on as I didn’t have all of the ingredients of the Oh She Glows recipe. So what follows are the ingredients I had and put together and Oh, how delicious it turned out.
Black Banana Bread Recipe
Oven Temperature – I set my oven temperature to 180c.
1 loaf tin – Mine is a 9×5-inch one
Options – I added these …
Pre-heat your oven taking into consideration any temperature anomalies that you are aware of.
Loaf Tin – grease or line your loaf tin with baking paper.
Now spoon the ingredients into the loaf tin and spread the mixture evenly.
The loaf is done when it’s golden on top and and springs back when touched.
Allow the loaf to cool before slicing and tucking in.
I particularly enjoyed this for breakfast.
I spread some dairy free ‘Little Choc Pot’ from the Coconut Collaborative (instead of Nutella) plus lots of berries.
This loaf kept really well wrapped in baking paper and stored in an air tight box in the fridge.
With digestive bliss, Denise
|Apricot, oh so simple smoothie.
If there’s one thing I love it’s simple easy to prepare nourishing food.
This smoothie is super easy, simple and nourishing.
All you need is …
*A blender. I use a Vitamix blender and have done for years now.
*A non dairy milk e.g. almond. Choose one that you prefer. My preference is for my homemade hemp seed milk. This milk agrees with my digestive system, my body and is easy to make. If you buy a shop bought one then I recommend buying one that has as little sugar in, or actually says unsweetened on the carton, as possible.
*3 fresh apricots, stones removed. This equals one of your recommended 5-a-day.
*Cashew nut butter or any other seed or nut butter of your choice. I add approximately a dessertspoonful and then lick the spoon afterwards. Add more as less as you prefer.
Add the 3 apricots, the spoonful of nut butter and a quantity of milk that you wish to have at the time of making into your chosen blender. Blend all the ingredients until the smoothness you prefer is obtained.
Pour into a beautiful cup, glass or bowl, adorn with something pretty, in this case I added chopped black grapes, find a comfy seat and simply enjoy.
And that’s it. Smooth, simple and oh so slurp-able
With ease, yumminess and good digestion to you
| A Gem of A Salad
There are many options of leaves, seeds, nuts, dried fruits and other salad ingredients that can be layered together to create a different version of this salad.
Do experiment to find the flavours and textures you like and prefer.
Deva-Licious Food Empowerment – have fun playmates
|You’ll go nuts for this cheese
These quantities make a small amount of this tasty vegan cheese.
Measure the cashew nuts and add them to your food processor and pulse the cashews into smaller pieces.
Gently melt the coconut butter and add this to the pulsed cashew nuts.
Measure and add the white miso paste to the processor.
Measure and add the nutritional yeast flakes to the processor.
Add a pinch of salt to the mix and then blend all the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture. It will be fairly runny at this stage.
Scrape this mixture into a container and place this into the fridge where the mix will set. Once it’s set and gone hard it will slice beautifully.
Try this with oatcakes or your favourite bread or olives or grapes or semi dried apricots or celery sticks or a combination of suggestions and I’m sure you will think of many more combinations.
Deva-Licious Food Empowerment – with ease and yumminess to one and all.
|Mulberry Raw Chocolate with fresh raspberries
1 cup of raw cacao butter
1 cup of raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
2 tablespoons date syrup
A couple of handfuls of dried mulberries (or other dried fruit of your choice e.g. raisins)
You will also need:
Making Raw Chocolate:
I hope that you enjoy your yummy chocolatey treat!
|Broccoli and Almond Soup
Wash and chop the broccoli, including the stem.
Add the broccoli to a largish pan and cover with just enough water.
Gently bring the water to a boil and poach the broccoli until just tender.
As the broccoli is poaching add the pre-soaked almonds to a blender plus one cup of water and blend until smooth.
When the broccoli is tender either add to a blender or blitz with a stick blender while still in the pan until the broccoli and water have mixed and there is a smooth texture. Season with salt and pepper at this stage.
Now mix in your almond cream to the broccoli mix or the broccoli mix into the almond cream ready for further blending together.
I have a Vitamix blender and prefer to blend the broccoli into the almond cream in the Vitamix. This ensures a very smooth soup. I then pour the blended mix back into the pan and heat gently to the preferred temperature. Also at this point I will add a little more water if I consider the soup is thicker than I prefer.
I find this style of soup really easy to make and comforting and filling to eat. I hope that you do too.
How does healthy eating get any easier than this?