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Bonkers Banana-cado Bread

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Bread, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder, Healthy Meals, Kids, Kids' Recipes, lunch box ideas, Organic, Snacks, Sugar Free, supercharged food, Vegetarian

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Bananas and avocadoes are two foods always stocked in my fruit bowl. I honestly don’t know how I could live without these perfectly packaged portions of nourishment, in fact I'm bonkers about them.

While the spotlight is often on ambiguous superfoods found in the depths of Amazonian rainforests, I like to think that some of the simple seasonal foods we have grown up with are also brimming with supercharged goodness.  This is something that I've discovered in my own kitchen at home; everyday foods often hold some of the greatest nutritional superpowers. My mission in life is to find ways to harness the nutrient density of these ingredients; maximising their benefits through the pleasure of everyday simple and delicious recipes.

Smashed avo on toast certainly is a national favourite in Australia and also was peaking in cafes on my recent trip to New York City, and why wouldn’t it be? Creamy, green, versatile and full of nourishment ranging from an abundance of heart healthy monounsaturated fats, a big hit of fibre, vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin C; these perfect portions of goodness can turn a piece of toast or a standard salad into a thing of gastronomical wonder.

I love a bit of smashed avo, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg in a hipster café to enjoy its goodness, and can quite frugally enjoy this wholesome café favourite at home. My ultimate go-to breakfast recipe is my smashed sardines with avocado on chia and flaxseed loaf which is full of anti-inflammatory fats, and wonderful for anti-ageing by supplying the skin with moisture from the inside out.

My chilled avocado soup is also an ideal way to enjoy the delight of Mexican flavours and is a brilliant recipe to share as a light meal or starter in the warmth of summer.

No salad really feels complete to me without the presence of luscious chunks of ripe green avo, and another way to celebrate this dreamy fruit is within my kale, strawberry and avocado salad; a beautiful lunch or side to grace your family table.  It's one I'll be serving at my annual orphans Christmas event at my house this year. For more Christmas recipes go here.

Now bananas are another one of those everyday foods that just don’t get old. It’s likely these yellow friends were a presence in your daily school lunchbox, and are the perfect on-the-go snack to bring energy and nourishment in an instant. But don’t let this commoner fool you. They are absolutely loaded with nutrition.

We all know they’re high in potassium which is important for relieving anxiety and stress, enhancing muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and balancing the nervous system; but did you know that bananas are also loaded with vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and fibre?  They also contain several types of potent antioxidants, including dopamine and catechins, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases.

I love to enjoy bananas as a quick morning snack before exercise. I never let an over-ripe banana go to waste; storing them up in my freezer as a quick way to add creaminess to breakfast smoothies. A stash of frozen bananas always means I can have a sustaining smoothie bowl on offer;  whizzing up a deliciously customised blend bejewelled with different crunchy sprinkles like cacao nibs, nuts, seeds or coconut on top.

Pull-Apart Green Bread

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Bread, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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Knead a good bread recipe?

It’s the perfect bread pull-apart bread to tear and share and fantastic for mopping up soup or enjoying with an endless variety of toppings or leftover fixes.

This outrageous green beauty has recently become a brand new staple in my Supercharged kitchen.

Healthy pull-apart green bread is packed with greens and fresh herbs and the perfect sandwich option, that you’ll find simple and easy to make.

Experiment with your favourite herbs and seasonings and pass it around at the table for people to grab as much or as little as they like.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams gluten free self-raising flour (or use mix almond, brown rice flour, tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 bunch English spinach
  • 3 leaves kale
  • handful of chives chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 organic eggs, beaten

  • 1 x 270 ml can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 175°c (345°F/gas 3–4) and line a square baking tin with baking paper
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Whizz the spinach and kale in a processor (or chop it finely) and add to the bowl, along with the chives, sunflower seeds, herbs, eggs, coconut milk, lemon juice, butter and apple cider vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface with the back of a spoon dipped in cold water.

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  • Bake the loaf in the middle rack of the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Don't forget too add some extra sunflower seeds on top half way through cooking, they go all nice and crunchy.image5
  • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool, then enjoy.
  • I served mine with oven-roasted tomatoes with garlic, thyme and oregano on top of a generous serving of hummus. This is my daughter Tamsin, the hand model!

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  • The bread will keep for up to 1 week in a sealed container in the fridge, or can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think in the comments section below 🙂

Lee x

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