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When life gives you overripe bananas…

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… make banana and walnut bread! Don’t be sad when your lovely bananas go brown, this is probably one of my happiest moments (not that it happens very often, I eat a lot of bananas…) because it’s when they’re perfect for making some delish banana bread! I’ve been craving it so badly lately and have been waiting for my bananas to slowly fade into a brown (doesn’t sound too appetising but it’s true).

Today it was like our neighbour could feel my desperate wait for my bananas. When Jamie and I opened the front foor to our flat there was a bag of food waiting for us. When our neighbour goes away on holiday he so thoughtfully gives us food that he hasn’t had a chance to finish. So much better than throwing it out and us students love free food 😉 It’s everything from organic eggs to unopened packages of tomatoes and yoghurts. Today he had left us a lovely note saying he had some overripe bananas amongst the wonderful things he left for us, that he thought we maybe wanted to make banana bread with. What are the odds of that happening? Really strange! So now I had no choice but to try out the vegan banana bread recipe I’ve been so excited to try!

The recipe is from a fellow Swede, Rachel Brathen (a.k.a. Yoga Girl). I really love following her on Snapchat, Instagram and occasionally pay a visit to her blog. Her lifestyle on Aruba seems like a dream. A while ago she uploaded a recipe of a vegan chocolate chip banana bread and I was in love. The original recipe calls for chocolate chips. Since I didn’t have any chocolate chips I swapped it for walnuts (because I love walnuts in banana bread). I also swapped the vanilla for cinnamon (just put as much as I felt like, depends on how cinnamony you want it to be) and the brown sugar for coconut sugar (a natural sugar).

Ingredients:

  • 4 large overripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himayala Salt (or regular sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  • chopped walnuts (about just less than a handful)

Put the oven on 180 degrees (Gas mark 4 or 350 F). Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients apart from the cinnamon (spelt flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt).  

Mash the bananas (I use a plate to mash my bananas on but it’s up to you whether you prefer a bowl or a plate). Add the melted coconut oil and cinnamon to the bananas.

Mix the two separate mixtures together and then fold in the chopped walnuts. Grease your bread tin with coconut oil and put the batter in it. Sprinkle the top with the chopped almonds (or any nut you like).

Leave the banana bread in the oven for about an hour but check up on it from time to time so the top doesn’t get burnt! I have a gas oven and I had mine in for just over an hour to be on the safe side.

I was worried mine wouldn’t be nice and fluffy but it turned out incredible. Beautifully fluffy on the inside with that slight moistness that banana bread gets. I loved that it’s not overly sweet. If you want a more sweet bread I would suggest you to put in slightly more coconut sugar. I probably should’ve had a little more sugar in the batter as I skipped the chocolate chips.. Oh well you learn 🙂

This was incredibly easy and quick to make! So treat yourself with something super tasty, you won’t regret it!


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My Saturday

   
 
Hello my dears!

Yesterday was such an amazing day! I finally managed to drag my sister Ellie to Saturday morning yoga at Lululemon. It was so nice to see her and the class was amazing . The teacher we got to practice with was Holly from the Kali Collective and I loved every minute of it. She was funny and made you feel incredibly relaxed. At the end of the class I felt really relaxed and enegergised. I also love noticing the improvements I’ve made the last two months, nothing too drastic but I feel more flexible and more confident in all the poses, which definitely a small victory for me.

I also bumped into my friend Faye who was there for the class with a friend and it was lovely catching up with her and hearing about all her amazing plans!

When I got back Jamie and I had a delicious brunch for lunch . He had found some smoked trout that we were really excited to try. We’ve had it once before and loved it. This was one was beautiful as well! I will definitely swap out my smoked salmon for some smoked trout more in the future when I do eat a bit of fish. Trout is a lovely fatty fish full with Omega 3, B vitamin and lean protein. So even more of a reason to give it a go if you haven’t!

The evening was spent with Kajsa, I cooked Madeleine Shaw’s Celeriac and Parsnip soup for us for dinner (second time I’ve had it this week because it’s that good hehe). Then we headed to the cinema to watch The Dressmaker. It was not at all as we expected it to be. It was quite good, it made me laugh a couple of times and it was sad in parts as well. I’m glad we went to watch it but I probably wouldn’t watch it again :p

Time for me to study. The sun is shining so I think I’ll force Jamie out for a walk with me when he’s up (he was working late yesterday).

Love,

Madeleine xxx


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Mini anniversary celebration

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Hello lovelies!

Hope you’ve all had an amazing week so far! I’ve had a busy day of lectures all day so I’m a bit tired now. Jamie and I felt slightly under the weather this morning so as a 3 year and 1 month anniversary celebration I got us both a large green juice each and some tasty raw desserts from Juice Garden on my way home. I went big and had a flu shot as well (ginger, lemon and seaweed). I’ll never stop being amazed at how amazing ginger is when you’re feeling unwell. Who needs all these unnatural weird supplements when you can eat fruit and veg?

The raw desserts I got were a raw Mars and Bounty bar. They were both incredible! I could not pick a favourite. They tasted so fresh but decadent at the same time. I could live off those things. Perhaps not the healthiest thing to live off 😛 Because they’re so packed with nuts and dates and other ingredients they make you ridiculously full unlike the sweets you get in shops that are full of junk.

It was nice having a little cake and juice date with Jamie before he headed to work. Now I’m sitting a contemplating whether I should go to the gym or not. I’m feeling good but it’s just deciding whether I think my workout would help me get better or trigger my cold. It’s borderline now and I don’t want to risk getting ill… However, exercise can sometimes help me feel better so I don’t know… I can be so indecisive sometimes!

Speak to you soon!

Madeleine xxx


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Monday

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My amazing hake with kimchi pepparonata (I think it was called) and sweet potato in some form (it was tasty!) at Bo Kantina. An example of their amazing Korean and Mexican fusion dishes. We ordered in Kimchi on the side because it’s delicious (I am part Korean after all 😉 ). Kimchi has numerous amazing health benefits for your body,such as your digestive system as it’s full of healthy bacteria, which your stomach loves. Just another reason to enjoy it a bit extra!photo 4
The look of success after a sweaty leg session! Sweat everywhere and it feels great!photo 5
I made Madeleine Shaw’s celeriac and parsnip soup yesterday evening. It was one of the tastiest things from her book I’ve made so far! So incredible and smooth. The seeds on top added great texture. I made it with vegetable broth to make it vegan. 

 

Hello lovelies!

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend despite the tragedies all across the globe. I’ve been quite down about it all as I can’t believe how humans can be so inhumane to one another. It breaks my heart.

My weekend has been quite relaxed with a lot of me time (friends have been busy with deadlines and Jamie’s been working). I’ve managed to get a bit of studying done, two visits to the gym (one killer ab and one killer leg session, I can feel it today!) and went to an amazing yoga class at Lululemon with Nicky Rolland. She’s a business consultant who runs her own company along with her business partner and also teaches yoga on the side. What a power woman! It was incredible to have a chance to speak to her afterwards and hear more about her work and how she balances it with health and wellbeing through practicing yoga.

On Friday Jamie and I met up for a dinner and cinema date after we’d both finished work. We had dinner at Bo Kantina again. We’ve both really fallen for this place as the food is incredible, the staff is so friendly and the ambience of the place is very nice and relaxed. We tried their salmon tostada to start and it was probably  one of the best salmon dishes I’ve ever had. Oh my goodness! The rest of the food was great as well.  A great place for a small treat.

We watched the new Bradley Cooper film, Burnt and it was really good. Jamie and I are a bit food obsessed and this film was just up our street. It was quite intense and shows the pressure and competitive side to the restaurant industry. Really worth a watch. The food looked incredible!

Today I’ve had a lecture and went straight to the gym afterwards. I wasn’t sure how busy it was going to be just before noon but it was great. There wasn’t a lot of people in quite yet, so you had lots of space to do whatever you please. Just how I like it!

Now I’m just sorting out some emails, doing a bit of studying and then I’m meeting up with my fellow Student Marketing Society board members. We have an event on tonight and my boss from the digital marketing agency I work at is coming in to speak. I’m really excited and hope we have a good turn out!

Oh dear, sorry for the essay! I guess that’s the problem when you haven’t had time to update during the weekend… I’ve missed writing in case you couldn’t tell!

Hope the rest of your day is good!

Madeleine xx