Back To Basics.. Banana & Raspberry Bread

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Undeniably the best guilt free afternoon treat!

Banana Bread is a household staple in most homes. Its one thing people find easiest to make and enjoy with an afternoon cuppa. Usually containing brown sugar and white wheat flour, my version is more wholesome using natural unprocessed sweeteners and unprocessed buckwheat flour for easier digestion. This is a basic recipe you can leave out the raspberries for plain banana bread or add other things to it also, such as dark choc chips, blueberries, walnuts, dates, whatever you like really.

Good recipe to keep handy!

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Basic Banana Bread

  • Servings: 8-10
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

1/3 cup rice malt syrup, honey or coconut sugar (though coconut sugar contains fructose)

1 tsp baking powder (gf )

1/2 tsp baking soda (bi-carb)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup mashed banana (approx 3 )

1 egg

1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

1/4 cup grapeseed oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

*1 cup of frozen raspberries or other fruit or nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 160’c or 325’F
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl then add the wet ingredients
  3. Mix gently to combine
  4. If adding fruit or other nuts add now and mix through
  5. Pour mixture into a lined with baking paper loaf tin
  6. Bake for 1 hour 10mins  or until cooked through when a skewer comes out clean
  7. Cool on a wire rack
  8. Can be sliced and wrapped into individual portions and placed in the freezer for school lunches or afternoon tea.

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Pancakes are my families favourite weekend breakfast and this is my favourite recipe for them. They are super easy even the kids love to get in on the fun. The store-bought premixes contain loads of refined sugars and preservatives I promise you these pancakes are just as fluffy, just as sweet and just as delicious without the nasties.

Buckwheat flour is gluten-free so perfect for people with wheat intolerance though in this recipe I’ve used half Buckwheat and half Spelt flour as I find when mixed with a glutenous flour it gives a fluffier lighter result than dense pancake. Spelt Flour is NOT gluten-free however the gluten within spelt is a lot easier for some people to digest making it a better alternative. If you have a gluten intolerance or are celiac you can use only buckwheat flour instead.

This is a basic recipe, you can add other ingredients to this such as blueberries, strawberries, sultanas, sliced apple or choc chip if you like. Also great for school lunch boxes.  A easy recipe to keep in the recipe folder.

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

3/4 cup spelt flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup mashed bananas (approx 3)

3/4 cup milk of choice

1/4 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup

*You can substitute flours for wholemeal plain flour if you prefer

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add all ingredients then whisk together till  thick batter consistency  if mixture is too thick add a little more milk. Let is sit for 5 mins
  2. Heat a non stick fry pan on medium heat, add 1 heaped tablespoons of mixture into pan
  3. Once bubbles start to appear flip them over and cook for a further minute until just browned
  4. Repeat using all remaining batter
  5. Add your favourite toppings such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, banana and maple syrup

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Turmeric: A teaspoon a day to keep the doctor away..

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#Trending Turmeric has had a lot of publicity lately, seems to be the new health craze and with good reason…

What is it?

Turmeric is a plant derived spice from the ginger family. It is used in Indian cooking which they have been using for thousands of years. It is also what gives curries and dishes its yellow colour.

By having just a teaspoon a day can have significant effects on your health. It is a powerful antioxidant that studies have shown it to reduce the risk of developing diseases such as brain, heart and dietary derived illness and also prevents development of cancer, cancer cell growth and Alzheimer’s disease. Also has been linked with aiding weight loss, That is some powerful yellow superfood spice!!!

How we can use it? Grated Fresh or Dried Powder

+ Add it to scrambled eggs and frittatas

+ Flavour roast vegetables

+ Add to rice and pilaf

+ Add to fresh juices or smoothies

+ Soups and Dahl

+ Add to Steak and Chicken spice rubs

+ Turmeric Tea

+ And the latest Turmeric lattes

Here is an easy smoothie recipe that can be whipped up in the morning before work/school or for an after school treat my kids absolutely love this and have no idea there is all the extra healthy goodness of chia seeds and turmeric in it. Healthy and Delicious!

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Mango, Banana & Turmeric Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy & child friendly
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An easy smoothie recipe with the added goodness of turmeric and chia

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango or 1 fresh mango (if using fresh you will need to add some ice)

1 banana

1 tsp white chia seeds

1 tsp turmeric power or grated fresh

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

1 tsp coconut oil

1.5 cups almond milk or coconut water for non dairy option

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blitz till smooth
  2. Topped with extra black chia seeds and coconut chips

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Buckwheat Banana & Apple Cinnamon Pikelets

My kids LOVE pancakes/pikelets they are the first thing they ask for when I ask them what they would like me to make them for a treat. They are so easy and I’ve adapted this recipe so its refined sugar-free and uses buckwheat and spelt flours.

Why Buckwheat flour? Well it is gluten-free so perfect for people with wheat intolerance though in this recipe I’ve used half Buckwheat and half Spelt flour as I find when mixed with a glutenous flour it gives a fluffier lighter result than dense pancake. Spelt Flour is NOT gluten free however the gluten within spelt is a lot easier for some people to digest making it a better alternative. If you have a gluten intolerance or are celiac you can use only buckwheat flour instead.

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Buckwheat Banana & Apple Cinnamon Pikelets

  • Difficulty: easy
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Kids favourite, great for afternoon snacks and school lunchboxes.

Ingredients

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

3/4 cup wholemeal spelt flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

3 mashed bananas

3/4 cup milk (can use buttermilk, almond, soy or regular)

1/4 cup rice malt syrup

2 red apples cored and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add all ingredients except the apple, then whisk together till  thick batter consistency  if mixture is too thick add a little more milk
  2. Heat a non stick fry pan on medium heat, add 1 heaped tablespoons of mixture into pan
  3. Place some sliced apples on top of each pikelet and sprinkle a little extra cinnamon
  4. Once bubbles start to appear flip them over and cook for a further minute until just browned
  5. Repeat using all remaining batter

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