Treat recipes – but still really good nutrition!
Yes, the ice-cream is a treat food but you can enjoy it with a clear conscience – your heart is being looked after and you are getting lots of wonderful (almost magical) fat-soluble vitamins. Even the maple syrup is good for you in small doses!
The banana cake is a recipe I have messed about with for some time and now it is perfect! It would be fine as banana bread too – just omit the honey. It would be a really good “quick meal” and it’s very portable. For me it is a change to eggs or a big breakfast but there are lots of other times to enjoy this. It’s great for taking with you as a late breakfast whenever you don’t want to eat or don’t have time first thing in the morning. Children’s and spouse’s lunch boxes can be made more interesting and nutritious with its addition (but include the recipe for children’s lunch boxes or you’ll be accused of providing poor nutrition for your child!).
Lastly, try changing the honey to molasses and the cinnamon to a tablespoon of powdered ginger..
Maple Syrup Ice-Cream (Makes 1 litre)
300ml whole organic milk
200ml organic maple syrup
500ml organic double or sour cream (preferably raw)
6 organic egg yolks (whisked)
Bring the milk and maple syrup to almost boiling point. Add a couple of ladles to the egg yolks and mix well. Add this slowly to the hot milk and over a medium heat, stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens slightly taking care that the yolks don’t scramble!). Strain into a bowl, cover, cool then chill until you are ready to complete the ice-cream.
Thoroughly mix the cream into the custard. Pour into an ice-cream maker and churn until partially frozen. Pour into a freezer container and continue freezing. If you do not have an ice-cream maker, pour the mixture into a freezer container, freeze until the edges of the ice-cream have frozen then turn out into a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Repeat this once more.
To serve, remove the container from the freezer about 15 minutes to thaw slightly before scooping. If this is not the best ice-cream you have ever tasted, I’ll eat my hat! Remember though, the best results come from the best ingredients.
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ – cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil/butter, melted
¾ cup coconut flour (This is the one I use.)
½ cup almond flour/ground almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 very large bananas or five medium ones frozen without their skins, defrosted and mashed (don’t drain them).
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a loaf pan.
Beat the wet ingredients together thoroughly then sieve in the dry ingredients. Beat until blended. Or, put the whole lot in a blender and blend until smooth.
Bake for 40-55 minutes until the loaf has darkened to very deep gold and the loaf is fairly firm. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a rack and cool completely.
Can be frozen – in slices if you prefer.
These look expensive but remember, they are food – real nourishment and not just a snack.