Not Bad Banana Bread

And by not bad, I mean bloody brilliant. 

(Thank you @maverickbeanco for introducing me to Quinoa’s cousin. We get along very well).

Meet LUPIN. The next superfood you need to know about. Thanks to old mate, this BB is gluten-free, super high in protein and fibre, low in carbohydrates and zero saturated fats… but I can ensure that it is full of taste, stunning texture, natural energy and overloaded with nutrients.

(MWA – love u Lupin)

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 200g Lupin flour
  • 2 heaped tbsp LSA, Psyllium Husk or Ground Flaxseed
  • Optional: 1 heaped tbsp Monk Fruit/Stevia (if you want to make it taste like that sweet store bought banana bread!)
  • 2 heaped tbsp raisins or sultanas
  • 1/4 cup granola, mixed seeds & nuts or Muesli mix for the topping and base.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170C
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper (approx 26 x 11cm)
  3. Mix the smashed banana, eggs, honey, olive oil, baking soda and lemon/lime juice.
  4. Stir in the Lupin Flour and LSA/Psyllium.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Fold in the sultanas/raisins.
  7. Sprinkle half of the granola/seed mix into the base of the lined tin.
  8. Transfer the banana bread mixture on top of the granola/seeds, into the lined tin (this will ensure a crunchy base AND topping)
  9. Sprinkle the remaining granola/seed mix on top of the mixture
  10. Bake for 45-60 minutes (checking after 35mins every 5-10 mins with a skewer).
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the tin.
  12. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature, or covered in the fridge for up to 7 days!

NOTE: Covering the loaf with foil whilst baking will stop it from browning and burning too fast if you can see the bread overcooking.

NOTE 2: I love storing half of my loaf in the freezer so that I can save it for when guests come over!

NOTE 3: It can be fun to decorate the top of your loaf in various ways – granola, nuts, seeds, or even a sliced banana for a worthy Instagram pic (hash-tagging #flavourfoodflow of course!)

Home-made Hazelnut Spread

Move over Nutella, no room for you here.

Home-made Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread, using nothing but the beauty of natural ingredients.

Whenever I am walking home from the bus stop, I always detour via Scoop Wholefoods in Mosman. I browse for about 10 minutes, as I source out at least $5 worth of goodies due to the Eftpos minimum ha!

However it is worth it. Each time, I leave with different ingredients, eager to get home and whip up a storm in my kitchen!

Today was a Nut Day; hazelnut and macadamia 

Something a little diverse, and certainly something a little tasty.  

When you buy nuts, you can do one of 2 things.

  1. Store them in an air-tight jar in the fridge for snack purposes
  2. Blend up a Nut Butter Creation!

I always choose 2.  



Not-ella Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 heaped tbsp cacao powder
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • Cacao nibs

Method

  • Blend the hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped
  • Melt the honey and coconut oil, adding into the Nut mixture
  • Add 1 tbsp water, blend
  • Add the cacao powder, blend
  • Add the rest of the water & cacao nibs
  • Blend until a smooth, rich and fluffy texture forms – depending on your blender, you may need more wet ingredients for a smoother consistency. However, if you like your nut spread crunchy, then adapt to suit your preference!

Enjoy xx

Green Smoothie

This morning I woke up and realised just how much I was craving a Green Smoothie
SO i honestly insist that I share the recipe with you:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups leafy greens
  • 1-1 and 1/4 cup nut milk or coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk (fibre baby)
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice

Method

  • Blend it all together
  • ENJOY 🙂
  • Wash up all the dishes

TIP: I like to use Kale more than I do spinach, purely for the taste. If you’re using kale, not only be sure to wash the leaves, but also remove the stems (as they taste incredibly bitter!)

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Morning Rituals: Day in the Life

Do you have a morning ritual?
A particular way you like to spend those early hours of the day that help to start your day right?

A Typical Morning in the life of #flavourfoodflow

I wake up to the sound of a super obnoxious alarm, pounding from my phone that’s about two metres away from my bed.

Whilst no doubt waking me up, having the phone parked far from my bed means I have to physically get up to turn it off. And once I’m up, well, there’s no reason to get back in bed.

I then quickly get changed into my workout gear, motivating coloured tights, and head out the door for my morning walk. I listen to a lot of nostalgic music, so I pretty much reflect on incredible memories for a whole hour. It’s amazing!

As mentioned in yesterday’s post on Morning Walks, I like to always have an end goal. For me, it’s a hot morning coffee from The Boathouse in Balmoral. I give myself 30 mins to enjoy the coffee, and write my daily blog post. Talk about an incredible office space…

Once I arrive back home, feeling rejuvenated and energised from the fresh air and post-exercise endorphins, I begin my routine.

Liquid Stapels:

  • Hot water and lemon
  • Big glass of water
  • Herbal tea

Supplements:

  • Probiotic
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B
  • Magnesium Citrate (dissolved in water)

Common Breakfast Choices:

  • Green Smoothie (with protein)
  • Oatmeal
  • Chia Seed Pudding
  • Eggs & veggies

  

I then enjoy my food with no distractions, as I’m super big on digestion and ensuring that each mouthful is mindfully eaten.

  • TIP: I know it sounds silly, but aim for about 30 chews per mouthful… At least! This will help you to slow down, and also reduce that post-feed bloat.

I attend to all my social media tasks on Instagram and Facebook whilst I’m finishing off my hot beverages.

  • TIP: save all your old jars. They make smoothies, teas and even water that much more enjoyable to drink!

By now, it’s about 8/8:30am and I’m ready to get changed and get moving!

So.  What’s your new morning ritual?