If Barbara Walters sat me down and asked me what fuels my inspiration most I would, after a long dramatic pause, look straight into camera and answer, Diversity. There’s something about that word that opens up a vault of uncapped emotions. It invokes freedom and being daring when every thing around you seems a little too safe. It can be adventurous, whimsical and above all else, never boring and without rules. That is exactly where I like my mindset to be when I stumble into my kitchen!
When it comes to diversifying our pallets the important thing to remember is it doesn’t have to be difficult. You don’t need to take on a new 3 course dinner party menu every evening because you’re afraid to have a boring plate. Also, who has the time? Many of us fall into routine meal planning because it’s easy. We learn how to do something well and we do it over and over and over again. We can work with routine. You can still have your chicken breast and broccoli but let’s dedazzle it a little. What about trying them roasted with herbs & garlic or steaming with sesame oil and fresh chilis? By simply altering the cooking style and rotating through your herb cupboard you suddenly have created a completely different and unique flavour. And you got to use the word bedazzle!
My go to breakfast if I need something fast is banana bread. I love everything about it, the texture, flavour and the fact that I can close my eyes and be in any little coffee shop around the world. However, warning lights, banana bread is typically known for it’s health components. It’s generally made with white flours, a heap of butter and just nothing that is conducive to looking good in a speedo. But I was determined to have my cake and eat it too so I got a little creative and came up with this gem below. It’s low carb, paleo, high in protein, super light on your digestion and you can easily adapt the flavour to eliminate any chance of boredom! The cross fitters down the street will definitely be jealous.
So put on those slouch socks, back comb your hair and rock out with this ab popping recipe! It will absolutely change your life. As for me, I better freshen up for my close up, Barbara Walters is bound to call any second.
PALEO BANANA BREAD
- 4 bananas
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp agave
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Combine your bananas, eggs, nut butter, agave and coconut oil in a blender or food processor and mix well
- Once all of your ingredients are blended, add in your coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and blend again
- Pour your batter in a greased loaf pan (I use coconut oil) and place in your preheated oven to bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Remove from oven and flip your bread out onto a cooling rack
- Slice and serve (or slice and then grill with vegan butter in a frying pan for a crunchier texture)
- Cranberry Orange – Only use 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add zest of one whole orange diced, juice of one whole orange, and1 cup dried or fresh cranberries
- Chocolate Blueberry – Add 1 cup of fresh blueberries and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- Pumpkin Pecan – Reduce the almond butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 cup of roughly chopped pecan pieces