With spring comes spring-cleaning and a renewed desire to shake the cobwebs away, clean up your act, de-clutter your life!
To take it one step at a time, I have decided to dedicate the next few posts to clean living and feel-good recipes.
Here coconut cream was used in place of rapeseed oil
First, choose to do one healthy thing or genuinely “good for you” action every day: today I sorted out my linen cupboard and threw any old towel or sheet to recycling! Tomorrow, I tackle my desk and office corner… Tough, but really good for the soul!
Now, a treat with this simple banana bread recipe:
Ingredients list :
- Black, ripe bananas, 3
- Egg, 1
- vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon
- Rapeseed oil, 3 Tbsp or 50 ml
- Honey, 3 tbsp
- Date syrup, 3 Tbsp or treacle
- Baking powder, 1 tsp
- Bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp
- salt, 1 pinch
- cinnamon, 1 tbsp
- Coconut ( or almond) milk, 160 ml
- GF flour blend, 150g
- ground almond, 100g
- oats, 50g
Mix the flour, almond and oats. Add the bicarbonate and baking powder.
Beat the egg in the coconut milk, add the oil, salt.
Mix it all in a wide bowl and add the crushed bananas, cinnamon, honey and date syrup. Date syrup or grape syrup are really great products and you should be able to source them in middle eastern groceries or oriental corner shops. But if you can’t find it just replace that with another couple of spoonfuls of honey or even treacle if you want a spicy taste.
Bake for one hour at 150 degrees. This bread has a cake-like indulgence – whilst remaining more virtuous than cake- and a moist, melting texture.
Serve sliced for breakfast, with or without a spoonful of yogurt. This recipe was inspired by the Minimalist Baker .
To get some healthy snack ready for school pick up is sometimes tricky and the offer of biscuits not always what I want to give my children… These flapjacks make a delicious alternative and they are quick to rustle up – plus they keep very well in a metal box.Ingredients list
- Rapeseed oil 100ml
- 50g butter
- Treacle 1 tbsp
- Porridge oats 200g
- Agave syrup 2 tbsp
- Muscovado sugar 50g
- Mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts and sesame seeds 150g or there about
- Handful of dried raisins, apricots or cranberries
- Golden linseeds, a one tbsp
Sadly, there is still a bit of butter in this new recipe, but only little and without it it seems the flopjacks do not hold and you get crumbs instead of bars in the lunch box…
Melt the butter and oil in a medium pan.
Put all the dry ingredients together
in a big bowl, then pour in the melted butter and mix while adding the
agave syrup and the treacle. Use a warm spoon to spoon out the treacle easily: just dip the spoon in boiling water a few seconds and use immediately!
Spread into an oiled tray so that you get
a depth of about 1 cm. Put in a hot oven at 180〫for about 20min. The edges
must look brown and crispy before you take it out. Let it cool down
then cut big squares with the tip of a knife. Enjoy with a cup of tea …
Oats are very good at lowering your cholesterol and are a superfood, especially for active children. The agave syrup is a healthy option because its low glycemic load means that your glucose
levels won’t shoot up too quickly, so no hunger pangs straight after
and more long term energy. You can replace the seeds with fruit and nuts but some linseeds will be very kind to your colon and help your overall digestion. And it is a good way to get your chicks to eat their seeds! The butter is a bit of a trade-off but children need its vitamin A and fatty acics- in limited quantity…
If you want to know more about healthy eating for children and are looking for an Easter holiday activity for under 14, do contact me. I am soon launching The Healthy Cooking Club for children! Do join in for funky and healthy cooking classes.
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