Gluten Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread

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I came up with this recipe years ago and I’m still just as surprised by the warm fluffy nostalgic flavors this Banana Bread has as I was the first day it came out of the oven.  It stills wows me every time. Enjoy! 

  • Makes one loaf or four mini loaves
  • 1 hour total time
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • 3 pounds of bananas mashed (about 4.5 lbs unpeeled)
  • 3 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup olive oil

Prepare pan with oil and rice flour or parchment paper.  With a mixer or masher smash bananas. Add water and oil. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.  Bake at for 45 minutes (less if mini-pans or muffins) or until a toothpick comes out clean. I tend to let it go longer than I think as I like it better darker and more bread like. As my teacher in pastry school said, “It should look like it spent too much time in the sun.”  This dough also makes the most splendid pancakes. Just add one more cup of water and cook on medium heat in skillet. Serve with vegan butter and maple syrup.  Bananas have a high fiber content. They are loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber.

GF SF (if using soy free butter) NF

 

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5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Cookies

5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Cookies

5 INGREDIENT NO BAKE SUPERFOOD COOKIES

If you’re feeling lazy in the kitchen but want a treat everyone will love this recipe is for you!  With three kids and a hectic schedule, I rarely have time to make cookies. I also want to feel good about what goes into my body. This is my favorite easy recipe and solution to needing the convenience of store bought cookies but not having to compromise on quality ingredients.  

Makes 12 cookie balls
5 minutes total time

  • ½ cup nut or seed butter (almond, walnut, sunflower, peanut)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs

In a large bowl, stir together nut butter and maple syrup. Add oats and stir until it resembles cookie dough. Next slowly fold in goji berries and cacao nibs.   Eat straight out of the bowl or divide evenly into 12 and use your hands to shape balls.

 

 

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Hawaii Smoothie

Hawaii Smoothie

This yumminess drinks more like a hybrid of a juice/smoothie. We sell this at the cafe and are proud that it is 100% local. When you make it at home, let it transport you back to a beach on Hawaii.

Makes 16 oz.
Takes 5 mins
1 cup kale
1⁄2 cup cucumber
1-1/2 cups frozen mango
1 cup coconut water

Add all ingredients in a blender and slowly bring speed from low to high. Let blend for 30 seconds until it’s a beautiful shade of green.  All of the ingredients have amazing health benefits, like…Kale contains antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, kale also provides us with at least 45 different recently discovered flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are also now known to function not only as antioxidants, but also as anti-inflammatory compounds. Cucumber is full of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium to name a few and relieves stress by supporting your adrenal glands. Mangos contain over 20 vitamins and minerals, classifying them as a superfood. Coconut is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine, which makes it excellent for energy!

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