(Left = Banana, Right = First zucchini attempt #Failed)
I choose to have an active say in my health because no one knows my body better than me! As such, over the last few months I have read quite a few books, researched various theories, done several experiments (with the supervision of my Naturopath) and took it upon myself to start cooking/ baking using organic, vegan recipes.
I have a sweet spot for banana bread. Literally, I could bake a loaf and eat all of it by myself in one sitting! As such, one of the first recipes I wanted to conquer was vegan banana bread. I am going to share my recipe, which I have modified over time through trial and error, and coming from a non-baker I can’t express enough how EASY it is! For the longest time, I told myself I couldn’t bake, and bake using “weird” raw, organic vegan ingredients. Yet back in September (2013) when I moved to Toronto, I decided that I wanted to commit to a whole new way of living. I knew in order to actively achieve my goal it would involve commitment, dedication and research. Extraordinary health doesn’t come from someone telling you how to get it ‒ you need to do the work and put the pieces together so that it fits the schedule, routine or lifestyle YOU want. We’ve become such a passive culture; simply accepting the information that we’re given instead of doing the research and finding out if it’s the best option for us. Answers to your questions are literally clicks away thanks to the Internet. I’m not trying to say that any Joe can learn open heart surgery from a 10 minute YouTube video, I’m just asking you to think critically about the decisions you make and the one’s your told to make according to the “experts”.
As humans, we’ve lost the ability to be critical thinkers which is why I believe we develop health issues. You have a say in your health because it’s your life! If you’re not happy with the way you are, how you feel or what you look like then change it‒that is within your power! If you don’t agree with your doctor than switch. Just like you, doctors are people who have opinions and just because you respect them and their profession that doesn’t mean they know what’s best specifically for you. I often hear people say “I don’t have time”. Really? You don’t have time for your health? If this is the case then you need to reassess your priorities. You only get ONE body. Do you really want to blame your state of being on a lack of time? Talk about giving a lot of power to this intangible thing called TIME!
As mentioned, I do research and bring my questions to my Naturopath (who I’ve been seeing once a month since October) and together we discuss best practices. Yet in the end, I have the decision about what I choose to do and what I choose not to do. I don’t consider myself to be an average person; therefore, I’m not going to take a pill or do a test just because science says based on the “average results” people have lived an “okay” life. I’m not content with an “okay” life, so I take matters into my own hands in order to achieve the extraordinary level that I want!
Where was I? Right, bread. A few weeks ago, I went to Starbucks and purchased a coffee and a slice of banana bread. Note: I used to eat Starbucks banana bread religiously. Well this time around, I was one bite in and about ready to vomit! Since I’ve made the conscious effort to eliminate empty calories, sugars and fats from my diet, my body definitely let’s me know when it’s not happy.
So here it is . . . Laska’s super fantastic vegan banana bread recipe. I am currently experimenting with zucchini bread, but as you can see from the photo, it didn’t turn out well.
- 4 small ripe bananas
- 1/2 pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups of spelt flower (sometimes I do the 1/2 cup with coconut flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 chopped pecans/ walnuts (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- 3/4 carob chips (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees celsius
- Oil a loaf pan with coconut oil
- In a bowl, mash bananas and mix in maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla (I usually blend them in a blender)
- In a separate bowl, blend the dry ingredients, adding chopped walnuts or carob chips last.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients, stir together, pour into prepared loaf pan
- Bake for 40 minutes, check with toothpick to see if it comes out clean (This will be a trial and error process since it won’t look they way you’re used too. As long as no wet chunks come out of the loaf, its done. Its during the cooling process that it begins to solidify)
- Let cool for about 5-10 minutes and then turn onto cooling rack
- Can be frozen
- Use an average to smaller size loaf pan, the best size I found is 8.5 X 4.5 X 2.5 inches