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New Year Resolutions + No Fuss Banana Bread Recipe

First of all.. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family. I wish you a healthy, happy and wonderful 2014, filled with love and joy. Follow your heart and take action to achieve your goals and dreams.

My goals for this year? It’s not a really big list but it is a realistic list that can be achieved. At the end of this year I want to look back with a giant smile on my face and be proud of myself.

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I’m starting this year with two weeks of detoxing from animal products. So that means no cheese (you know that I have a major crush on cheese), no yoghurt, no meat, no fish, no milk etc. Only cuddles with the cats are allowed. I maybe should try to lay off the wine as well.. mmmmaybe.

What about eating healthier? Well, there is no doubt that I already eat healthy, clean and yummy for the tummy food. Although I notice that my body thrives better on, what I call, my summer food. A lot of raw or roasted greens with legumes, nuts, seeds, and all that sort of things.

Practice yoga more often. I love doing a morning routine to wake up my body. Not only that, it also gives me an energy boost to start the day. I’m already doing it two to three times a week but I want to make it a daily morning routine. And on top of that, one (or two) Asthanga practices a week. Well, lets start with one. Keep you updated on the process.

Job wise? My dream job would be working in the cultural industries as producer or project manager/leader. I love creating structures in chaos, making lists, being anal about shit that has to get done, I love to organize and being bossy (ok that last one was a joke). You might think that I could be a cook with all the cooking but it is a thing that I love to do. And I do it for fun and the joy to share it with friends. My eyes are on a few jobs were I already sent in my application. Wish me luck.

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What about this blog? I never said I am a perfect blogger nor writer (I know I need to improve on that), but I love to share my thoughts on food and recipes with everybody. This year I’m going to add a new category; The no waste policy. No more wasting any good leftovers. By leftovers I mean: almond pulp, beet and fruit pulp from the juicer or some left over pumpkin, etc. In time of economical crisis we have to be creative right? To stay on top of my game, I will post 2 recipes each month!

Well, now that is all done. Let’s start this year by baking some bread. Sort of bread.
Everybody needs a no fuss banana bread in their life. I recommend you eat this on the couch, curled up underneath the blankets in your coziest, softest lounge outfit. With a giant mug of chai tea in one hand and in the other a piece of this bread. This just describes the whole experience.

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To make it a little bit healthier, I’ve used one part spelt and a part buckwheat to give the bread a nuttier flavor. I love buckwheat, really hands down my favorite seed to put in almost everything. I make granola, toast it to sprinkle on my fruits, or make gluten-free banana pancakes. If you don’t have it in the pantry, don’t worry, you can also use plain or whole wheat flour. After all it’s a no fuss banana bread..

No fuss banana bread
Makes 1 small loaf

1 1/2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs water
3 tbs agave or maple syrup
3 tbs coconut oil (or sun flower if you don’t have coconut)
3 bananas, mashed

1/ 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup spelt flour
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
pinch of salt
Handful raw nuts (optional)

Pre heat the oven on 175C. Line your 25 x 12 cm loaf pan with baking paper.

Put the chia seeds, water, agave syrup and coconut oil in a medium sized bowl. Set a side for approximately 10 min. The chia seeds will soak up the liquids and forms a gel. Add the mashed bananas and give it a good mix.

Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl. When the chia mixture is ready, fold in to the mixture. If it’s too much of a dough, you can a little bit of water (or milk). You want it be a thick, smooth batter. At this point you can add some chopped nuts if you want.

Pour the batter in the pan, sprinkle some rolled oats on top and put it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The baking time varies greatly according to oven. So just check when it hits the 30 min mark. Let it cool down a bit before you dig in.

Enjoy! And have a wonderful year!

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