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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Banana Bread aka PALEO – Monday Made

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“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.”~V.L. Allineare

Here’s a Paleo recipe I found last week but now I can’t find the original source. I just have some notes scribbled in my notebook about it……

One of the notes is about how to pronounce the word PALEO. Is it  PAH-LAY-OH? Or is it PAY-LEE-OH? Does it even matter?

I guess the more important question: What is Paleo?

Paleo Food Pyramid

Well, it is SO HOT RIGHT NOW. It is an eating ethos. A diet that looks to our ancestors for it’s rules. Paleo is actually short for Paleolithic and is often called the Cave Man Diet. Which sounds hilarious. You can go HERE to read more about the exact details, but I have borrowed a food pyramid that illustrates it basically. Note the complete absence of grains.

This “diet” (jeepers, I really hate that word), seems to be sort of what I eat already. I have, over time, figured out that my body is not a fan of dairy and wheat. I try not to eat them much, but I really like the taste of dairy. I’m always looking for ways to not eat dairy.

A book I have been reading for food inspiration in my quest to try and keep these foods out of my diet without then adding in crappy, man-made substitutes is Lola Berry’s 20/20 Diet. It has an atrocious name. I’m not looking to lose 20 kilos in 20 weeks like the title suggests, I am just interested in nutrition. If I dropped a couple of these extra kilos that crept on over the winter and were encouraged to stick around by Christmas, then that’s good too.

Enough about that, here is the recipe…it’s really yummy. Did I mention low-carb and sugar-free?!

What you need:

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 5 tbs honey
  • 4tbs oil (I used olive oil because I ran out of coconut oil)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I used half a vanilla pod)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups almond meal

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180degC (160 fan forced). Grease and line a load tin.
  2. Mix thoroughly the egg yolks, honey, oil, bananas in a food processor or blender.
  3. In an electric mixer, whip egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  4. Add the almond meal and baking powder to the banana mixture, then slowly incorporate it into the egg whites. Don’t get to excited with the mixing or you will undo all your good work with the egg whites.
  5. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Keep checking after about 35 minutes to make sure you don’t over cook!
  6. Enjoy with relatively little guilt.

banana bread

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse – Monday Made

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“Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets” ~Milton Zelman (Chocolate News)

I’m the first to admit that on first reading the premiss behind this recipe I was both intrigued and revolted. I love avocado, but in a dessert?! Blaaaark! But my motto is that you have to give everything a go before judging.

I love to watch this cooking show called Good Chef Bad Chef (where I found this crazy recipe). The idea is that there are two chef’s cooking very different styles.

The “Good Chef” (who I’m really only interested in) is Janella Purcell. She’ a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist amongst a whole heap of other stuff. She often talks about food as medicine and lots of other really interesting stuff that I’m into. Not to mention most of her recipes fit into the “Luci food restriction” diet.
Nothing amazing in the recipe that you couldn’t find in your own supermarket except for Agave syrup. This is use as a sugar replacement. You can buy it in dark and light forms. I’ve only ever had light, so i’m not sure about the difference in taste.
This IS the same Agave that is used to make Tequila. Apparently it has loads of health benefits, including a low glycemic index (Agave syrup, that is, NOT Tequila). It’s taste is nothing special. Just like sugar syrup, really. It looks a little bit like honey but does not have the same tang. I like to put it in smoothies.
I buy this stuff at my local Organic grocery store. I’m sure you’d find it in most health food shops and online.
You can add cinnamon, cardamom or chilli (!!) to this depending on what kind of flavours you like. This one has a lovely orange taste.
I also though this would make a lovely frosting. You would have to keep the cake in the fridge, though.

What you need:20120227-130546.jpg
2 avocados
1/3 cup pitted dates (soaked in fresh OJ for a couple of hours, over night is even better)
3/4 cup of good cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp orange rind
1/4 cup agave syrup (or less, depends on the size of your avo’s)

What to do:
Put it all in the blender and whizz until it is a lovely, smooth, mousse texture. You may need to add a little bit of OJ to get it just right.
Serve it up with a little coconut cream and some extra orange rind.
Serves 4 or more…. I find that a little bit goes a long way!!!