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

GF Veggie (yum) Pizza

This tasty pizza recipe is GLUTEN FREE and healthy! A great alternative to your fast-food option… And perfect for an enjoyable night in. 

Its the simpizza things in life

 

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups quinoa, uncooked and soaked overnight
  • ½ cup filtered water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the roasted cherry tomatoes:

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the basil pesto:

  • 2 cups tightly packed basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Sea salt and pepper

Other pizza ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • Handful of basil leaves (to garnish)

Other toppings: sautéed mushrooms, eggplant, or peppers, sautéed spinach or other greens, garlic, mozzarella cheese.

 
Method:

For the quinoa crust: 

  1. Place uncooked quinoa in a bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak at room temperature overnight, or for at least 8 hours. Quinoa will have absorbed all water by this time and fluffed up a bit. Place soaked quinoa in a mesh strainer and give a good rinse.
  2. Preheat oven to 220C°/425°F. In a blender or food processor add in soaked and rinsed quinoa, ½ cup filtered water, salt, baking powder, oregano, and garlic powder. Blend on medium-high until quinoa begins to form a smooth batter – about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Line a large baking tray or round pizza pan with parchment paper. You can drizzle pan with a bit of oil before placing the parchment paper on top so it doesn’t move around. Drizzle parchment paper in pan with olive oil and pour in quinoa crust batter in a thin layer. Use a spatula to thin out and make sure crust is even.
  4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes, until it begins to turn golden. (During this time you can also place your tomatoes in the oven to roast!) Remove pizza from oven, gently flip over, and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden and crisp. During this time, prepare the pesto and slice your zucchini or other toppings.
  5. Remove pizza from oven, cover with pesto sauce, layers of zucchini, and roasted tomatoes. Sprinkle pizza with sea salt and pepper. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until zucchini starts to gently brown. Remove from oven, slice up, and devour! You can also sprinkle the pizza with some torn basil leaves, or a drizzle of olive oil.

#flavourfoodflow


Banana Choc Protein Loaf

And here we have it… The worlds TASTIEST Banana Loaf. 

Pass this one onto the grandchildren for sure…

 

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup oats of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp tahini or nut butter

 


Method

  1. Toss all ingredients into a food processor
  2. Blend until you reach a desired consistency
  3. Bake for 30-40 mins at 180 degrees Celsius!


(I topped mine with sliced banana, left over oats and coconut flakes – you could also add some nuts and seeds!)

ENJOY! #flavourfood

 

Abbys Balls

Bite-sized balls make the perfect snack! Super nutritious and extremely delicious
(no wonder we love them here at the Flavour Lab) 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (to roll)

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, except for the desiccated coconut
  2. Shape the mixture into balls (approx 40g is a great snack size)
  3. Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut until completely covered
  4. Best eaten after a few hours of being in the fridge… But also taste amazing post-freezing!

TIP: you can always use prunes in exchange for dates for a change in flavour (and of course, added fibre… I say no more)

#flavourfood


*thanks Abby for the recipe inspo, and Morgan for the photo!