Simple, delicious banana bread

When you have three ripe bananas and you start to see little fruit flies congregating in the kitchen you know it is time to make a move! Whether you unpeel the bananas and place them in the freezer for a smoothie at a later time or you begin to think about what you can make with them, I would begin by pointing you in the direction of this simple, delicious recipe for banana bread that can easily be adapted into your own variation by adding chocolate, nuts, seeds, apples, etc..

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I give all kudos and credit to my friend, Sabrina, of Sabrina Patricia, because she shared this recipe with me. Thanks again!

PS - Sabrina will also be the next guest on the MNB Podcast so be sure to tune in!

RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

80 ml plant milk (1/3 cup)

80 ml oil (1/3 cup)

50 g oats (1/2 cup)

1 tsp baking powder

210 g flour (a little over 2 cups)

Optional: chipped nuts, chocolate, seeds, apple, pears

To make:

Mash the bananas and mix with all wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the bowl. Stir.

Spoon the dough into a loaf pan add toppings as you like and bake for 40-50 minutes at 180 degrees celsius (356 fahrenheit).

Enjoy!

Green Smoothie Bowl

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning and have the luxury of spending a few extra minutes preparing breakfast I almost as much get struck by a lightening bolt (fun visual!) idea instilling this picture of a beautiful green smoothie bowl in my head. Once it happens I am set on preparing it and the rest is history.

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Most of the time I stick to a more or less simple base of - a nut or oat milk, frozen bananas, and a handful or handfuls of spinach.  Of course you can add any sort of frozen berry or fruit or a different green. Once I have given it a go in the blender for some seconds it becomes a creamy, dreamy consistency and has a lovely green color. The creative and perhaps most exciting part of preparing this breakfast bowl comes now... when it is time to "decorate" the top! Decorations can include goji berries, granola, bee pollen, and cacao nibs to name a few. 

There you have it, one of the lightest and easiest ways to get your greens first thing, before you have even left your house! It's also quite fun to go loco with the toppings.


Green Smoothie Bowl
enough for one

Base

1/4 cup nut or oat milk
1/2-1 banana, frozen
handful of spinach

Toppings

Like I mentioned above you can put whatever you would like on top of your breakfast bowl. For example, slivered almonds, granola, dried cranberries, buckwheat groats, goji berries, etc., etc.!

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Put all of the ingredients - the milk, frozen banana, and spinach - into a food processor and blend until you can no longer see spinach leaves. The green of the leaves will integrate well with milk and bananas and if you let it process long enough it will begin to turn a bit creamy.  Congratulations, this is your base! 

Pour this into a bowl and now it is time to decorate with whatever toppings you have on hand. Make it your special creation! After, sit down at the table, take a deep breath in gratitude of the time you spent preparing it, and enjoy :) 

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Hummus à la Bun Shop

Hummus is a great spread to say in the least!  Typically it consists of a puree of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and a dash of citrus (think lemon juice).  The spread is versatile on rye bread sandwiches or when used as a dip for raw veggies and crackers. You can even get creative and add things like sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, chili flakes, and garlic to mix it up a bit. 


Garbanzo beans are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber. Olive oil is beneficial for your heart as it contains monounsaturated fat which help lower the levels of the "bad" cholesterol that can buildup as plaque in your arteries causing blockages. 


Living in Denmark, I often buy the Løgismose brand of hummus but when we finished off the our last little jar I was inspired to create my own at home.  Not only is it cheaper, I am preferring more  and more to make things in our kitchen. A total win-win! 

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Hummus à la Bun Shop

Makes about two cups and is enough to fill a large glass jar


1 garlic clove, peeled (you can use more it depends on your taste)

1 1/2 cup or 1 can of chickpeas

2 tbsp tahini

1/2 lemon juice 

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp cumin

1/4 cup water 


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Add the garlic to the food processor and process until nice and chopped. Next add chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, salt, cumin, and a tad of water.  Blend until nice and smooth. Feel free to add more water if the mixture seems too chick.  Taste and add salt to preference. Spoon into a bowl to be served right away or put into a glass jar to be enjoyed later. 

 

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Råkost aka D Slaw

This recipe is one of the easiest, freshest, and can be made at the drop of a hat. I named this recipe D slaw because the ingredients and combination seemed as prevalent in Denmark as coleslaw does in the south of the US. It is also a bit on the lighter side as it does not contain mayonnaise or buttermilk. 

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The first year of law school I would make a batch of it on Sunday so that I knew I had something fresh and fun to look forward to at lunch time. If you would like feel free to substitute the apples for beets - mmmm! A good friend of mine and law-brary study buddy though it was cute and always asked me if I was gonna go eat my "turtle food" as he made his way to Dunkin Donuts (Dunks) for a coffee at lunch time. If only he knew how good it is and how good you feel afterwards... So really the joke is on him! 

For some reason after travel days I tend to gravitate towards making it and enjoying it with a side - rye or seed bread topped with avocado or a smiling egg or as I had it most recently with a healthy homemade not too sweet muffin.

D Slaw

Serving size: completely depends on how many you want to feed so feel free to adjust the amount of ingredients by keeping an eye on the proportion. And of course, if you want less apple add more carrot and vice versa. 

INGREDIENTS

2 carrots

2 apples

handful of sunflower seeds

dash of sesame seeds, optional

handful of raisins

1 orange

cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Clean and rinse each of the carrots and apples. Slice the orange into two, set aside. Either with a grader or a food processor grate or shred the carrots and apples. (In Asia, I used a hand peeler and made it look more like a fusionesque D slaw.) Once you have the apples and carrots shredded place into a large bowl or container and mix together. Squeeze the orange over the ingredients and gingerly sprinkle the sunflower seeds, raisins, and optional sesame seeds and cinnamon over the combination. There you have it - your first batch of homemade D slaw. I am so proud! Share your D slaw with me at #mynaturalbeet

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Be well and within the next twenty four hours, do something for yourself that you enjoy and also encourage someone close to you to do the same.