Banana Pancakes – vegan

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What to make for breakfast with a house full of people and nothing in the cupboards? Vegan banana pancakes of course. Silly. Add this recipe to your repertoire for a delish and healthy breakfast for the masses.

 

Ingredients: 

6-8 VERY ripe bananas

1 tbsp vanilla extract – try my homemade recipe!

2.5 cups unbleached organic flour – swap for spelt flour if you’re gluten free

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2.5 cups almond/nut milk

4 tbsp unrefined organic sugar

Avocado oil/coconut oil for pan

Method: 

Mash bananas in bowl set aside 2 for garnish. Blend with milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

You can play with the consistency of your pancakes here. I like them a little more thick so if they are too thin, I just add a bit more flour. Be fearless, pancakes cannot be screwed up. Promise.

(But if you do screw them up..let me know)

Pour into a cast iron pan coated with coconut or avocado oil, heated to medium heat. Cook until bubbles appear then flip. Cook to a golden colour.

Serve with sliced banana and organic REAL maple syrup

Serves 6

Quick health facts: 

If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
  3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

    Eating Bananas Aids Digestion

  9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
  13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

    Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

  15. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
  20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
  21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.

3 ingredient granola bars

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This recipe was whipped up when my step-daughter, Anastacia, was hungry just before we needed to leave the house for her ballet rehearsal. As most people who know me know, I do not enjoy putting my money into packaged and industrialized foods. SO, of course, we had no ready made granola bars in the house. With just a few ingredients and 10 minutes, healthy bars were in the oven and in 10 more, ready to eat.

You now have no excuses for feeding your kids crappy “over the counter” granola bars – feel the shame!! 🙂

Ingredients: 

3 cups of oats

1 cup peanut or almond butter

1/2 cup agave nectar or honey

Options: 

2 tbsp warm water for chewy-er bars

Vanilla extract

Peanut chips

Chocolate or carob chips

Coconut

Raisins

Craisins

 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350.

Heat up nut butter and honey on stove top – low. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well. Press in pan, cut into shapes…whatever you like.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Tip: add water or more honey/agave if the mixture is too dry!

Healthy Facts: 

Oats – lower cholesterol, enhances immunity, blood sugar stabilizer.

Peanut butter: protein rich, healthy unsaturated fats that lower risk of heart disease – WE NEED FATS IN OUR BODIES FOLKS, DON’T BE FOOLED BY RECKLESS DIETS!!!!!!

Almond butter: alternative to peanut butter for allergies, fiber, calcium, zinc, iron, folates – WOW almonds are amaze-balls.

Agave nectar: anti-microbial,  still high in concentrated fructose, but an option for Vegans.

Honey: 2% mineral rich, protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, antioxidant, B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin.

Vanilla Bean Sugar

With a moment to spare in between travels I had the strangest desire to make Vanilla Bean sugar. I think my anticipation of the SWEETNESS of summer brought this craving to me…and now to you, today.
This recipe is uber simple and requires very little time. With the finished product you can: add it to baking, coffee, as a topping for freshly cut fruit or home baked desserts. You can also use this as a rimmer for sweet cocktails or as an ingredient for rubs.
Ingredients: 
2 medium vanilla beans
1 cup raw, organic sugar
Method: 
Slice open bean pods with knife and cut in 1/2.
Add sugar and beans to food processor and pulse until mixed as well as you can. Note: the sugar will “smoke” up in your processor if you leave it on low/high…less likely when you use the pulse option.
Once mixed use a sieve or pastry sifter to sift out any large pieces of vanilla bean.
Voila! Instant vanilla bean sugar. Be sure to keep the remainder of the vanilla bean chunks to add to your very own homemade vanilla extract.  
Decorate your mason/glass jars with fancy material lid covers and bows, give these away as gifts!

Homemade – Vanilla Extract

Many of you may know that I am a Master Herbalist as well as a Vegan Chef and overall foodie. One thing I adore is homesteading. Why? Well, it allows me to be super creative and in control of my food as well as reduce the amount of waste that comes from my kitchen.
Food waste has to be one of my biggest pet peeves. After mega shopping malls and GMO’s that is.
Today I made Vanilla Bean Sugar which is SO delicious. You should try the recipe HERE. After that process I had some extra vanilla beans left over. I simply cannot throw these things out!! They’re extremely costly and still completely useful in their ratty pieces.
So, I checked my pantry for any spare bottles and happened to find an nearly empty Vanilla Extract bottle…Bob’s your Uncle – I decided on Vanilla Extract.
Extracts are easy to make – you could call this recipe your first adventure in Herbalism if you like – because it is.
Once you’ve made this simple extraction, you will be itching to start on making your own oils, salves, lotions and medicine!
But, lets start with the cooking component first.
Ingredients: 
2 oz pure, Russian Vodka
1.5  tbsp chopped/leftover vanilla bean pods
Method: 
Add pods to glass container, pour vodka over top seal with lid and label with date.
Shake mixture at least 1once daily for 30 days. Once 30 days are up, you will have your vanilla extract.
This bottle was 2oz. I used just under that much Vodka.
Add the Vodka & the lid here.

BOOM! You’re done! Apart from shaking and waiting, this is your extract. Some side notes and benefits of this tincture are:  *Reduces Nausea *Weightloss Aid – metabolism regulator *Anxiety depressor *Wound healer – topically *Soothing during menstruation *Aids in enzyme synthesis *Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, B-complex