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Banana Walnut Bread

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This bread came to be yesterday because I had a bunch of bananas that needed to be used, and the grocery store was out of hazelnut and almond meal, which are my favorite baking “flours” for muffins and shortbreads.

Using walnuts as “flour” showed me a couple things: (1) if you have a blender or a coffee grinder, you have your own “mill” and you can make nut flours or meals, and (2) cooking and baking is not always about precision, rather it is about having fun and experimenting!

This result of this preparation is a very moist bread that is almost like a bread pudding, so I ate my slice(s) with a fork! Here you go:

Ingredients

  • 4-5 ripe bananas mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of real salt or sea salt

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas
  • Add eggs and vanilla and stir gently
  • In your blender, coffee grinder or a food processor, pulse to grind walnuts into a meal
  • Combine all dry ingredients into a separate bowl with the walnut meal and then add to wet ingredients
  • Stir all ingredients until batter is smooth
  • Pour batter into a very well greased loaf pan
  • Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Allow bread to sit for at least 30 minutes before slicing
  • Slice and serve, warm or refrigerate over night if you want to serve it the next morning
  • Enjoy!

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Mango Kale Smoothie

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This smoothie makes two servings and has some great nutrition, including 7g of fiber per serving and is rich in vitamins B2, B12, and E and the mineral calcium.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cashew milk, although you could use another nut milk like almond milk (I used Forager Project brand, and cashew milk is very easy to make at home too).
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and cubed (you could also use frozen mango for this recipe)
  • 1 cup organic kale (about 4 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • *optional* 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder (I use Dr. Ben Kim’s Vitamin C powder)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to your high-speed blender.
  2. Blend thoroughly.
  3. Makes two 16-ounce smoothies.
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Easy Avocado Toast

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Eating avocado toast is always a good idea.

This recipe is easy, flexible and vegan, and it gives me the opportunity to talk about bread…. There is no other food that outplays toast in the comfort department, and while many people are abstaining from glutenous foods and gluten-free grains as well, there are many who like toast and want to know: Is bread bad?

The answer is: Some bread is bad, and some is not. To the extent you can make your own bread, do it. Bread is a living food when made by human hands. If you can’t make your own, source from a baker who is doing it the right way using quality ingredients and techniques, even so far as grinding their own whole-grain flours onsite like Josey Baker is doing at The Mill in San Francisco.

When choosing high-quality bread, a great option is sourdough (either gluten-free or the original variety … you choose based on your dietary needs). It’s all in the name: SOUR. Sourdough bread is fermented and bacteria that proliferate in the bread’s starter pre-digest the proteins in whatever grain flour is being used, so sourdough can prove easier on the tummy when made the right way.

I am using SRSLY bread today, but with whatever bread you choose, this easy avocado toast is guaranteed to satisfy. And like I have said before: Avocado toast wins in all categories: for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and appetizers. Let me know how you like it!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and masked with a fork
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt or real salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • dried crushed red chili peppers
  • 2 slices bread of choice

Directions

  1. Toast your bread to desired goldenness.
  2. While bread is toasting, mash your avocado with a fork and add lemon juice and salt.
  3. Drizzle toast with olive oil immediately after it comes out of the toaster.
  4. Top your toast with your avocado mixture.
  5. Top the avocado toast with dried crushed red chili peppers.
  6. Enjoy!