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Recipe: Banana Bread

With a very wintery weekend down here this weekend, comes more time inside to bake. My weekend was also filled with the fire going, hot cuppa and some of this delicious Banana Bread. Its a definite favourite in my home.

Easy to make, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and a favourite for my son’s school lunchbox. The only problem with this bread is that its very more-ish, so it never lasts that long in our home and I am always being asked to bake it again.

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium to large ripe bananas

8 medjool dates, seeds removed

3 tablespoons of nut/seed butter of your choice*

juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

4 eggs

Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees Celsius

Grease and line your loaf tin.

Blend the bananas and dates together until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out cleanly.  Enjoy!

*almond butter and peanut butter both work really well, or if you want nut free you can also use hulled tahini.

 Courtesy of WholeFood Simply 
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Recipe – Healthy Gluten and Sugar Free Birthday Cake

Birthday parties are exciting celebratory events that are always welcomed by a Birthday Cake! They are almost always full of sugar, which in turn then leads to a sugar high and then a sugar low, especially for our kids.

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The below recipe, courtesy of Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking, is a easy to make, moist and delicious chocolate birthday cake FREE of not only sugar but also dairy, nuts and Gluten too! Perfect for those busy mums that need a quick fix chocolate birthday cake, last minute with no healthy nasties –  this one is perfect for birthday cakes and cupcakes!

It’s a very versatile recipe (see the variations at the end), and very quick and easy – just throw in ALL the ingredients and whiz it up. Super easy to make in a thermomix and also easy to make in either a food processor or by hand in a bowl.

Ingredients:

300g (2 1/2 cup) plain gluten free flour ( 1 prefer spelt white flour)

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp baking powder (or 2 tspns if leaving out eggs)

2 tsp bicarb soda

30g raw cacao powder

120g (6 tbsp) rapadura (I prefer maple syrup or honey, you could also use coconut syrup or agave)

140g (1/2 cup) macadamia oil (or other light oil for nut free or coconut oil)

240g (1 cup) rice-almond milk or preferred milk for nut free (I opt for coconut milk if going nut free)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 eggs (optional)

350g ripe bananas (approx. 3 -4 large bananas)

Method:

  1. Weigh into Thermomix bowl all ingredients and mix on speed 5-6 for 20 seconds, using spatula to assist if needed.
  2. Pour into two round cake tins, or 1 large springform tin, well greased or lined with baking paper. Bake at 180C for about 30 mins (or longer if in one large pan), until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Or you can bake in muffin tins for about 15 to 20 minutes.

NOTE: You can make this cake with or without eggs – the eggs make a lighter cake, but without eggs the texture is lovely and moist and fudgey.

VARIATIONS: You can also skip the Cacao Powder and bake a Banana only cake. Perfect for those who dont like chocolate. Its as easy as taking out the 30g Cacao Powder and leaving all the rest as is. For Icing or Frosting to go on top click to this great recipe from Quirky Cooking again.
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The Best Toxic-Free Cosmetics list

I am often asked what are my recommendations for the best toxic-free cosmetics. Although I did do a post a while back with my 5 favourite natural body products, the famous TV presenter, editor, journalist and author of ‘I Quit Sugar” book  Sarah Wilson recently shared with us the best toxic-free cosmetics list that is not only her favourites but also the recommendations from the many professionals she know through her media life.

The recommendations are great and I either use them myself or agree with the suggestions, in particular Sarah’s personal favourite.

I truely believe that ‘less is best’ with what we put on our bodies and especially our faces. Too often we use more cosmetics than we need.  A good first step is to look through what products you use now and check do you really need to use it.

Its always important to read the ingredients in all products before you use it. Stay away from Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and more.

My top that I love using at the moment are;

Shampoo/Conditioner – Alchemy 

Moisturiser Face and Body – I use organic cold press coconut oil ( I am yet to find one that is better)

Deodorant – Axilla Black Chicken Paste is the best Deodorant I have found, highly suggest!

Makeup – Mascara I use either Ere Perez Almond-Oil Mascara or  Zuii Mascara  I dont use much else except for the occasional event I use Inika for a bronze and eye shadow.

Sunscreen – Soleo especially if Im in the water for a long time

For more options and information check out this post from Sarah Wilson, its a great one :)

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Sarah Wilson also lists her steps on how to choose the best toxic-free cosmetics for yourself in this post, check it out. A great post with loads of info on making the first steps to making a change, improving your awareness and looking after the only body you get.