Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Garbage Vegan Banana Bread

Umm garbage? By garbage I mean the leftover pulp from juicing.  You know, the fibrous and nutrient dense stuff that gets kicked out the other end and normally thrown in the garbage after you've just juiced all your fruits and veggies. Well that garbage was a pot of gold in this banana bread recipe.  I am not a practicing vegan and I don't pretend to be one, however, this bread is pretty damn good.  The original recipe was adapted from an awesome book that I came across while studying to become a yoga instructor.  Enlightened Eating by Caroline Dupont is a wonderfully written book that shares how to nourish the mind and body with the food we eat.  I have made quite a few of her recipes and they have always turned out beautifully. I definitely recommend this book even if you are not following any specific diet or yoga practice.  Realistically, wherever you are in your life, there is always room for nourishing, feel-good food no matter how you classify it. 
I've done quite a few juice cleanses in my time, and I always aim incorporate at least one juice or smoothie on a daily basis while I'm not cleansing.  This juice I made on sunday is one of my absolute favorites and usually takes me right to the end of the week on one batch.  
First things first, you need the pulp before you can bake.  

Juice recipe 
- 1 large bundle of kale
- 1 box of spinach
- 3 oranges (peeled)
- 1 whole pineapple (sliced and peeled)   

Juice all the ingredients up and keep the left over pulp. Refrigerate the juice and stir before serving 

Banana Bread recipe 
-1/2 cup milk (almond, soy, or whatever you have)
-6 tbsp coconut oil
-6 tbsp maple syrup
-about 5 brown bananas
-2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat if you don't have/want spelt flour)
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 tbsp flax or chia seeds
-1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 
-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
-3/4 cup dark chocolate bits (so totally NOT optional)
-1 1/2- 2 cups of pulp

Preheat oven to 350F
Oil your baking dish
Put the milk, oil, maple syrup, bananas, and pulp in a blender and blend until smooth.  You will have a lot of kale and spinach in the pulp mix, so dig around for some orange and pineapple pulp as well.  
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add blended mixture to dry ingredients without over mixing.
Add nuts, seeds and chocolate. 
Pour into baking dish and bake for roughly 30-35 min or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Yes, you're bread will be green but get over it, the taste is masked by the bananas. And frankly, the fibre and nutrients that are baked into it are completely worth the Shrek-like appearance.  
If you're like my husband and completely tuned off by the green-ness of this bread, either add cocoa powder to mask it, or make your juice without kale and spinach.  Instead try carrots, cucumber, or celery. 

Serve warm with natural peanut butter or just devour it on it's own.  


Em xox 

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