Archive for September, 2018

Gluten-Free CHOCOLATE CHUNK BANANA BREAD

CHOCOLATE CHUNK BANANA BREAD
I had 3 well-ripened bananas getting ready to fall off the banana tree and was wanting a sweet snack. I found this recipe which was quick to make and with a few adjustments became healthier. I opted to leave in 1/4th cup vegan chocolate chunks/chips but really it would be sweet enough for me without them. Next time I will have to leave the chocolate out because over 3 days I ate most of the loaf myself, drawn in by the decadence of the chocolate. I should have frozen individual slices and spread out the joy!
https://www.hummusapien.com/vegan-banana-bread/
What I did differently:
-Used 1/2 cup homemade vanilla almond milk sweetened with dates
-Used 1/3 cup date paste instead of sugar
-Did not add oil
-Reduced the vegan chocolate chunks to 1/4th cup and chopped the chunks because I had them in my pantry. I would have preferred to use chopped pieces of dark chocolate bar but didn’t have any.
-Added 1/4th cup chopped walnuts
-Lined loaf pan with parchment paper to avoid oil spray
-Baked 1 hour

Bananas are on the list of top PREBIOTIC foods however it is the raw under-ripe banana that is optimal. Prebiotics are special fibers that we cannot digest in our small intestine but they can be used by the “friendly” bacteria in our colon as nourishment. Keeping the “friendly” bacteria healthy has many health benefits for our bodies.
Here is a 1 minute video explaining the difference between probiotics and prebiotics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj62EzAQToE
Here is a 10 minute excerpt from a lecture by a physician explaining the health benefits of probiotics and prebiotics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNoUUW6Q_hY

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS WITH POPPED QUINOA

Ingredients:
-1 packed cup of pitted dates
-3/4th cup quinoa, puffed/popped (I buy quinoa that has already been rinsed to remove the bitter saponins; I only had tri-color quinoa on hand so used that)
-1/4th cup peanut butter
-3 tablespoons cacao powder (or can use dark chocolate pieces but I didn’t have any)
-2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds (or chia seeds, or whatever seed you want, or omit)
-1/2 tsp vanilla
Instructions:
-Place dates in food processor and process until they form a large ball
-Pop the quinoa in a hot pan being very careful not to burn them. Here is a video about how to pop quinoa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpZP4jGgV7Q
-Add the popped quinoa and other ingredients into the food processor with the dates and combine well.
-Use your hands to form small balls by squeezing the mix, not rolling it (see my video)
-Can refrigerate or freeze in individual servings.

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