These Kind of Days are Like Unicorns & Healthy Banana Bread Recipe.

You know those days where you finally get to just sit down and physically breathe for a second?

Today’s that day for me. I feel like I’ve been on the go for so many weeks now, not dissimilar to a hamster on one of those wheel things (technical term, step aside!)… since I’ve got a super-rare day off both work and uni – which is basically a unicorn it’s that unheard of – I’m taking a much-needed break.

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{The ability to fall asleep anytime, anywhere: level expert.}

And it’s bliss. Granted, it’ll involve some assignment-writing, but also some good for the soul things that just make you smile, like readings books/magazines, sipping coffee and baking.

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{Someone? Will share my bacon with you. Please & thank you.}

Speaking of baking, I’ve been craving banana bread like a hangry beast lately. I’ll never understand where these random hankerings for specific foods come from, but I just roll with it. And eat copious amounts of said food until I’m sick of it and onto the next delicious thing. You could say I have a short attention span, and if that’s the case, I totally took advantage of the short window I had to whip up an amazing loaf of the good stuff! 🙂

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I’ve always been such a fan of banana bread, it’s one of those foods that you instantly associate with comfort, cuddles, warm and fuzzies… so, finding such a great, healthy version that doesn’t sacrifice any flavour is a win!

Gluten-Free, Healthy Banana Bread

{Recipe created by the talented Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef. The original can be found here. I just made a few little changes which I’ll include in the recipe! 🙂 }

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal/flour
  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (Teresa recommended olive or macadamia oil, but coconut tasted great!)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (I used the juice from an actual lemon rather than the bottled kind)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed 0r chia seed (I went for the flaxseed option)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  2. Combine banana (already mashed), honey/syrup, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, bicarb soda and lemon juice with spoon or immersion blender.
  3. Add the almond meal and whatever you picked out of chia or flax seeds.
  4. Grease a small loaf tin with oil (I just used spray canola oil – easy as!), and pour your mixture into it – spread it evenly with the spoon.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the skewer trick works! (it comes out dry) 😉
  6. When it’s ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool before serving/taking it from the tin.
  7. Get creative with how you serve this delicious bad boy up! You could have it for brekkie or a snack, with a dollop of yoghurt and some mixed berries on top. A sprinkle of coconut wouldn’t go astray either. Slather some good ol’ trusty nut butter on it, with a few extra slices of banana. Another awesome way to eat healthy baked goods is by crumbling them on top of smoothie bowls!

Oh, stahp it Kloe. Look what you’re doing to yourself. Drooling may ensue.

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Check out Teresa Cutter’s recipe page for a billion and one other incredible healthy recipes, ranging from desserts, to lunch, to breakfast, and back around full circle to more desserts! It’s one of my go-to’s and has a special place in my bookmarks folder. 😛

Hope you’re all having a relaxing and/or productive Thursday whatever you’re up to! Can’t always have both, can we? 😛

Love,

Kloe x

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One response to “These Kind of Days are Like Unicorns & Healthy Banana Bread Recipe.

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