Butternut, Banana Bread, Bars and Cars

I bought a new car this weekend! I pick mine up tomorrow night. I got a great deal and I’m really excited! Its super economical and environmentally friendly and drives very well too :-)

Saturday morning I got up and decided that I wanted to get my run out of the way and done for the weekend instead of waiting until Sunday as I usually do. I fuelled up with an orange and 2 amazing medjool dates. I did 3 ‘laps’ of my hilly route for a total 7.02 miles in 1hr 9 minutes so a much slower pace than last week, but to be honest with those hills I was happy to have kept it under 10 min miles.

Post run breakfast was a good one – my tutti fruity smoothie with added romaine lettuce, spirulina, matcha green tea, maca and xanthan gum plus a tbsp of PB2 then topped with another tbsp of PB2 made into a sauce, goji berries and viva pure raw granola:

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I had this bowl plus another half a bowl (the lettuce gives so much volume) and it was amazing. The PB2 is just divine, I’m thinking of ordering another couple of jars as I know the one I have will not last long! I’m also in love with the raw granola.

After car shopping I came home and had some miso and ginger soup, two rice cakes with tahini, a large chopped carrot, several chopped apples and a bowl of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. A little later I made a wonderful green juice:

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This contained pear, broccoli, cucumber, celery, Japanese spinach and lemon, I really can’t get enough green juice at the moment!

Dinner was the other half of my spelt and veggie pizza with some raw radicchio and romaine. Then we decided to open a lovely bottle of red. I had a large glass of this wine and my final two booja booja truffles:

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This morning I decided to make use of two of the three near empty nut butter jars I’ve been saving with berry oats in a jar. I made some porridge on the stove top with 1/2 cup of rude health fruity date mix and 1 1/2 cups of water. I added some mixed frozen berries and brown rice syrup and poured into my nut butter jars then topped with a fresh strawberry:

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Check out the peanut butter on the side of that jar – nom! I also opened some raspberry coffee I got at Christmas and oh my god it was just amazing!

Lunch was some raw cabbage wraps with pink lady apple, carrot, fresh basil and sunflower seed butter plus some mixed fresh berries:

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These were delicious! I’m enjoying eating more raw foods after reading about the benefits in Crazy Sexy Diet – raw wraps are such an easy way to do that. I also think I finally got the hang of wrapping them up so they don’t fall apart! During the afternoon I snacked on a few more pink lady apples and made myself another tasty green juice with apple, romaine, Japanese spinach, celery, ginger and lemon.

Dinner was a blogger inspired creation – I had seen this recipe for butternut squash cheesy sauce on Oh She Glows and knew I needed to try and make my own version:

Cheesy Butternut Sauce (makes two to four servings) Inspired by Oh She Glows

  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and roasted until tender
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet white miso
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast powder (or if using flakes increase to 2)
  • Milk – enough to reach desired consistency – I used 1 1/4 cups of plain rice milk, soy milk would also be lovely
  • pinch of salt

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend into a sauce. Add more milk for a thinner consistency (this thickens up in the fridge so bear that in mind) or more nutritional yeast for a more cheesy taste. This sauce could easily be used as either a pasta sauce, salad dressing or if left thicker, then a tasty dip.

I served mine with some brown rice and vegetable penne, courgette, steamed tender stem broccoli and radicchio plus nutritional yeast flakes and fresh basil on top:

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This is sweet, cheesy and garlicky and oh so good for you! I think I might try it on some raw veggie noodles too. Utterly delicious!

That’s not all I’ve been busy making in the kitchen! Friday I used some of the delicious medjool dates I picked up from my favourite green grocer to make two great recipes. No 1. was Choosing Raw Lemon Kissed Cashew Hemp Bars:

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I used half the quantities in the recipe to give me 4 large bars. Can’t wait to eat these as pre gym snacks! I also made some Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bars:

P1030014 P1030015 To make these I blended 1/2 heaping cup of dates with 1/2 cup of mixed walnuts and brazil nuts, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder in my food processor then pressed the mixture into the bottom of a lunch box and froze until firm then sliced into squares. Holy yum!

I also had several ripe bananas to use up. I couldn’t decide if I should make some banana black bean brownies, muffins, cookies or banana bread. In the end, with help from twitter pals, I decided to go with the banana bread, and I’m sure glad I did! I made quite a few adaptations to a Veganomicon recipe and luckily they all worked very well:

Coconut Banana Bread (adapted from Veganomicon Lower Fat Banana Bread)

  • Three small or two large very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of apple sauce or baby food fruit puree
  • 1/4 cup of rapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup of xylitol (or natural caster sugar)
  • 2 tbsp of barley malt syrup (or agave / maple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 cups of wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour (or could just use more spelt flour)
  • 1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180c and grease a standard size loaf tin. Mash the bananas well, then add the apple sauce, oil, xylitol and barley malt syrup and combine well. Add the spelt flour, coconut flour, desiccated coconut, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon and mix until just combined. Transfer to prepared tin and top with a good sprinkle of desiccated coconut. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until golden brown (I checked mine at 45 minutes and it was over browning on the top but not cooked in the middle so I would advise covering the top with foil after 30 minutes). A knife should come out clean. Leave to cool and devour!

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My parents and James had a few slices of this and it went down extremely well! I had a slice of for dessert and it was absolutely heavenly. Moist, bananary coconuty yumminess!

So I’ve had a pretty awesome weekend with getting sorted with my new car and all this cooking! Although I’ve had a good one I’ve been so saddened with what has happened in Japan, it reminds you of what’s important in life at the end of the day doesn’t it? My heart goes out to everyone that’s been affected.

What’s your favourite flavour loaf or bread? My coconut banana bread tasted amazing but I also love gingerbread and my Carrot, Date and Walnut Loaf.

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a good week ahead!

Comments

  1. says

    The banana bread looks really tasty – another recipe for me to try! (eventually…once I make my way through my recipe mountain, lol!)

  2. says

    Oh my goodness, total food porn in your post today! I’ve been eyeing up that cheesy sauce recipe and think I’ll definitely give your version a go.. Reckon it would go fantastically with quinoa and veggies. Love all the baking you’ve been doing, I’m inspired to get in the kitchen and try those raw brownie treats! I made your carrot, date and walnut loaf recipe a few weeks ago and think it’s fab, had to stash it in the freezer to resist demolishing it all in a few days. Seriously, when is the KHGS recipe book coming out?! Haha :)

  3. says

    Oh darling, what a gorgeous car. I’m a little bit jealous! We don’t really need a car where we are, but if we move out to the burbs we’ll probably get one…I will be interested to hear how you go with it! (does it have a name? I always named my cars, ha ha)

    My banana blueberry bread has always been a favourite – haven’t made it for yonks though. After my muffin success this weekend I might get the baking gear out a bit more often! xx

  4. says

    Oooh the butternut cheesy sauce sounds good! Haven’t you been a busy baking bee hey?! Your banana bread looks as good as you made it sound! I ended up making banana muffins :)
    I loves loaves so much…my favourites would be banana loaf, gingerbread and I’ve also made pear and ginger loaf which was absolutely scrummy!

  5. says

    Yummy I want to try it all! I may have sorted myself some PB2 too! So weird you having it and I’ve been trying to get it for ages! Congrats on your new car x x

  6. says

    Yum that cake looks good, and congrats on the new car :)
    I love that banana bread recipe, but I also love cinnamon and raisin bread.

  7. says

    Aside from a Mini that would be my ideal choice of car, particularly if it was a black one. So happy you got it sorted out and will now be whizzing around in such a cool and nippy vehicle.

    Glad the run went well too: weather was a bit grotty on Saturday and that didn’t help my pace either. Still sounds like you got a good one in though.

    LOVE the brownie bars and pasta sauce. Definitely on my list of new things to try now. Hopefully I’ll get some time this week to make the brownies…darn University work. I’d rather be baking…or ‘un-baking’ as the case may be.

    I’ve never been much of a ‘loaf’ person, either savoury or sweet…my Mum did used to make a nice tea-loaf whereby she soaked dried fruits in tea so they became all plump and juicy, but I tended to eat the fruit and pick out/apart the loafy-bits ;)

    xxx

  8. says

    Becky – ha, my recipes to try list is pretty long too!

    Sarah – I know! I can’t wait to get it!

    Emma – thanks – gingerbread is delish too!

    Bronagh – I would so love to do a cookery book, perhaps I should try and make an ebook? So glad that you enjoyed todays post – you’ll love that cheesy sauce its lush!

    Phil – I’m going to call it ET – just because thats part of its reg no but I like it! Actually adding blueberries to this bread would take it to a further level of awesomeness!

    Flo – thanks!

    Nicky – pear and ginger loaf sounds amazing!

    Helen – oh yes of course – you would probably want to add more of the cocoa powder but it would work fine

    Tam – yey! Glad your getting sorted for the PB2, since I love pnut butter so much its a bit of a life changing ingredient!

    Maria – cinnamon and raisin bread sounds lovely!

    Jemma – thanks!

    Lily – thanks! The banana bread was so good!

    Jessica – thanks it was a bit yak on saturday! Hope you enjoy the brownie bites and cheesy sauce. I love tea bread – must find a good vegan recipe for that!

    Lisa – thanks!

    Eleanor – haha, great minds indeed! There was no way one jar was going to hold my porridge!

    Ffion – thanks, so glad you like the look of everything!

    Cait – thanks!

    Kate – so glad you enjoyed the post!

  9. says

    Congrats on the car! And I really must get some of these Booja Booja truffles to try — everyone keeps raving about them!

    I think my favourite cake/bread has to be carrot and walnut. But banana comes a close second. Good work cooking this weekend — that’s an impressive array of stuff!

  10. says

    Love the look of everything you made there, you make such a great use of different ingredients.

    Car is cute as well! It’s good that you got something economical as well because fuel is just going to keep going up and up and up. Our car guzzles petrol right now but trying to avoid replacing the car until we have to as a loan might cripple us right now. I’m not going to buy my own little car until I realllllllly need it!

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