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EPIC Banana Bread

Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend!

This post is going to be short, but I made an amazing recipe over the weekend that I am just too excited to share with you all!

It’s BANANA BREAD!

Being one of my favorite snacks growing up with a grandma for a baker, I was seriously upset when I realized that my allergies wouldn’t allow me to indulge in its sweet goodness anymore. It had been quite awhile since I baked anything “real” in the kitchen, and I was prepared for an epic failure.

This was quite far from a failure though, just EPIC.

Gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, nut-free, sugar-free…. This has it all none of the common allergens. Feel free to substitute anything where necessary, and let me know if you try it (and what changes you made)!

Banana Bread

Gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, oil-free, sugar-free, high fiber

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds, ground into powder (36 grams)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 bananas, mashed (350 grams)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice protein powder (30 grams)* or 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder (sodium free and corn-free)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10 packets stevia (equal to 20 tsp of sugar… or around 1/2 cup sugar)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a loaf pan with wax paper (8×5).

2. Grind the 3 tbsp of chia seeds into a powder. In a small bowl mix the chia seed powder with the 3/4 cup of water. Let set for a few minutes to turn into a gel.

3. In a medium sized bowl mash the bananas until chunky, then add the chia seed gel and stevia.

4. Add the brown rice flour, protein powder, baking powder and baking soda to the banana-chia mixture. Stir just until combined.

5. Pour mixture into loaf pan and even out with a spoon.

6. Bake for 40-60 minutes until brown.

*Time depends on your oven and desired texture. I baked mine for 40 minutes. To test for done-ness, you can pierce it with a fork/toothpick. I also tap mine with a fork, and if it sounds solid then it is done.

7. Let cool for a few minutes, remove from wax paper and enjoy!

Also, be careful when removing the bread from the pan. It stays together pretty well for having no egg, but if you are easily side-tracked (like me) then your bread may decide to break on you when you are busy taking pictures…

 

Like I said. EPIC.

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Are you ready for the start of a new week? What do you have planned?

Do you like banana bread? What additions would you make? Chocolate chips? Nuts?

What desserts/snacks doing you miss being allergy-free?

WIAW- Holy Cow (Is this a Photo Dump?) Edition

So… just so you are aware, I decided that this post would NOT be a photo dump edition. I mean, I have all of these wonderful pictures to share, but why not use them up in two posts instead of one? As my microeconomics teacher would say, that would be more efficient…

Along the production-possibility frontier… Wait? Did I just lose you?

Let’s get on back on track with a picture of my nice, long nails:

See? Nice long. Maybe too long, I don’t care.

But then this happened, and I do care:

Basically I had to rip off cut all of my long nails to make up for that stupid, short thumbnail who decided it would be a great time to break. But I digress!

After viewing photos of my nails, you may be kind of wondering if this post will feature any real food. Yes. Yes it will.

And to “organize” my thoughts, here is a WIAW to guide you along. Thanks once again Jenn! Check out the other amazing bloggers here.

Breakfast:

I have been loving a hot bowl of cream of rice every morning (and night) since I bought the small box at Kroger’s on Saturday. Sadly I ran out of quinoa flakes and walked 2 miles to the store, looking for more, and they didn’t have any! So, I settled for gluten-free cream of rice, which I’d never had before.

It tastes just like cream of wheat, which was my favorite breakfast when I was younger (see note below). Cream of rice has no fiber, less protein, and more calories than quinoa flakes though, so as soon as I get home, I’m stocking up!

In this bowl I added 1/4 cup pumpkin to a serving of cream of rice made with water. Not the best decision ever, but not the worst decision either. It was just “okay.”

Honestly, I much would have preferred this bowl of oatmeal that I made my mom before I left:

KERF’s whipped banana oats mixed with pumpkin, stevia and cottage cheese. Topped with pecans, maple granola, and a tablespoon of almond butter.

Keep DREAMING!

Favorite breakfast as a child?

So I know I said before that this post wasn’t going to be a food dump, but I have just decided that it is going to be a word dump. I saw this awesome food questionnaire on Half-Baked Bec and thought it was a great idea! You all know how much I like SURVEYS (ABC and Nostalgia… check them out!).

As I mentioned above, my favorite breakfast as a child was Cream of Wheat. Whenever it got cold outside, my brother and I would beg our dad to make us his special “homemade” cream of wheat. Basically he just made a huge pan of cream of wheat cooked in water, then added a ton of milk and sugar. My brother and I gobbled it up. My dad was the only who could make it perfectly creamy without a single lump (my mom’s on the other hand was quite lumpy and inedible). 

This one of my favorite memories as a child: Sitting on the kitchen counter near the stove, my dad making Cream of Wheat, and him singing what he dubbed “the cream of wheat song.”

Cream of wheat, cream of wheat. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Cream of wheat…. AHHH! (<<< Our favorite part was the end!)

Coffee or Juice?

Coffee. As a kid I love orange juice, but I would much prefer a cup of plain, black, decaf coffee. (As one of my friends put it, “As black as your soul.” Really? Too kind).

The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Bananas. Banana ice cream. Banana “cookie dough.” Banana protein batter. Banana protein balls.

Snack:

Speaking of bananas and cream of rice cereal, the recipe I have for you today contains both!

Breakfast Cereal Microwave “Bake”

Sugar free, gluten-free, vegan, microwave

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Cream of Rice

1/2 large banana

2 Tbsp water

1/8 tsp baking powder (corn-free)

Toppings

This is after it is cooked without any toppings.

Directions:

1. Mash the banana into junks and mix with 2 Tbsp of water.

2. Then add the cream of rice, baking powder and stir.

3. Place in the microwave and cook for 2-4 minutes (I have a weak microwave, so it may take less time for you).

4. Remove when it is somewhat cooked, but still a little soft.

5. Add toppings and enjoy!

I topped mine with fresh blueberries and the remaining banana mashed with 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds.

Look at those gorgeous blueberries! I had to dig them out of a fruit salad on the cafeteria’s fresh produce bar… Hehe. There were barely any left when I was done with them!

Lunch:

Here is another recipe, but that’s for another day!

Microwave pumpkin “bread” slices with chicken.

Pumpkin recipe to come soon.

Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Peanut butter and jelly. Grilled cheeses always contained too much cheese. Except now this would have to be almond butter and fruit-only jam on gluten/yeast-free bread. YUM.

You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

These toppings are all slightly boring, but they are what I put on my salad basically every day: Cucumber slices, shredded carrots, and sometimes grapes/steamed rice.

One food you can’t live without at lunch?

Grilled chicken. It’s what sustains me throughout the day. I need my protein!

Snack:

A 2 lb pound bag of carrots that I bought on Saturday.

It lasted me until Monday I do believe…

Ohh… and look what I found:

A carrot ball and bat, which I now appreciate thanks to Kat and Katelyn.

Dinner:

Salad and grilled chicken like always. This time my salad also included radishes. Oh, I do not like these! Way too bitter, but if it is the only vegetable other than lettuce that I can eat again, I probably will get these little suckers.

Do you see this HUGE plate of veggies and chicken, or am I just imagining things? The chef today gave me five.. FIVE pieces of chicken. WHY???? I only ate the broccoli because cauliflower hurts my stomach… and now I know so does broccoli!

It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

A bottle of water. Or apple slices. I’m boring.

TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

Most of the time my computer is on as I’m looking at blogs or doing homework. In the dining halls though I don’t watch the TV.

The one food you eat most often at dinner?

Can this be the same as lunch? It can? Okay, thanks… CHICKEN!!

“Dessert”:

Another bowl of cream of rice (3/4 serving) with stevia and sliced bananas.

Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?

Apple pie. I have never liked cheesecake; I personally think it is one of the most disgusting desserts ever created (and I’ve even tried the cookie dough kind from The Cheesecake Factory- I had to spit it out- SO GROSS!). Apple pie is awesome. Now I just need to make an allergy-free version of my Low-Cal Apple Pie recipe on my old blog.

Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Tiramisu (One of my mom’s favorite desserts). Flan contains eggs and has a weird texture. We made it in Spanish class and I wasn’t impressed.

Ice cream: cone or cup?

Cone. I think ice cream is meant to be in a cone. No debates.


Now for progress on my Fall Habits… (Going to look up what goals I made NOW).

1. Limit my intake of fruit. I just eat way too much! I think yesterday I consumed 4 or 5 bananas? Totally unnecessary. Instead, I am going to try and snack on more vegetables. I am doing better with this, but the main reason is because the dining hall is always out of bananas.

2. I am going to go on walks just “to go on walks.” Not for any classes, and not because I am going to a dining hall. I am going to walk just for fun. For me and my health. EPIC. FAIL.

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So check back in tomorrow for that Pumpkin Sandwich recipe! HAPPY WIAW.

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