Gluten free banana bread

I don’t know about you guys, but banana bread has been popping up all over my socials since the world went into isolation. It appears to be a lock down baking trend. And, well then I couldn’t stop dreaming about it … mmm

When I shared this, a few of you asked for a recipe, so here you have it! I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

This bread is sweet, light + moist. It’s all about the bananas.

Banana bread tastes best with the ripest of bananas, so be patient. Throw them in the fruit bowl + wait until they brown up. Loads of brown spots all over them! The flavour will be intensified, trust me.

This bread is simple to make … the hardest thing is waiting for it to cook!

I find the bread best served warm straight out of the oven, with a good spreading of natural butter. Almond, cashew + peanut butter also work well!

 

ingredients

1 + 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup raw honey
2 free range eggs *lightly beaten
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
1 + 3/4 cups gluten free self raising flour
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (you can purchase here)

 

Preheat the oven to 160c. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.

Combine banana, olive oil, honey, eggs + vanilla in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

Sift flour + baking powder together into a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture + add the cinnamon oil. Stir until just combined. Don’t overwork.

Pour the batter into the pan + smooth the top.

Bake for 55 minutes, or until cooked through. Test with a skewer.

Stand for 10 minutes + then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before devouring.

 


 

I hope that everyone is keeping healthy + safe … and that you are looking after yourselves. Self-care + health is of the upmost importance, now more than ever.

Take care + loads of love,

Kristy x

Raw chocolate fudge with green mandarin ganache

Gooey, rich + moorish. I CAN stop at one piece, as it is so satisfying!

This is definitely going to be served over the christmas festivites this year. A decadent, sweet treat that has some highly nutritional ingredients (cacao, coconut oil, cashews, walnuts) + is healthy-ish! 100% gluten free, dairy free + whole food based.

Can you believe that December is here on the weekend?! The actual official start of the festive season! I’ve  already started planning the christmas lunch menu, something that gives me so much pleasure! It is also my husband’s birthday on Christmas Day, so it’s always double the celebrations. I love, love this time of year!

ingredients

base:
2 cups raw cashews
2 cups organic shredded coconut *unsweetened
16 pitted dates
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts

ganache:
1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
8 drops doTERRA green mandarin essential oil *food grade (You can purchase here)

fudge:

Blitz the cashews + shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles sand. Add the dates, cacao powder, sweetener, vanilla bean paste + salt. Process until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved.

Press the fudge into a lined loaf tin (I like nice, thick pieces) + press the walnuts pieces into the fudge all over. Place in the fridge.

ganache:

Wash out the food processor, then add the coconut oil, sweetener + cacao powder. Blitz until combined + silky. Add the green mandarin oil + pulse a couple of times.

Gently pour the ganache over the fudge, dust with a little cacao powder + place back in the fridge to set (a couple of hours). Cut into bite sized squares + store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long!)

As always, enjoy my loves.

In good health + pure happiness,

 

Kristy xx

 


 

 

Essential oils for inspiring change + transformation

Essential oils are high frequency plant elixir’s, synergistically intertwining with our physical, emotional + spiritual energy bodies … helping to transmute, transform + heal the physical body, the heart, release limiting beliefs, increase spiritual awareness, connection + fulfilment of our life’s purpose.

Emotional aromatherapy.

With unique chemical structures, each oil’s properties hold a variety of benefits for the individual. And, as we go through an array of emotions + physical states in a day, essential oils can help to manage + maintain our level of wellbeing.

When you inhale an oil’s scent, it is processed through the olfactory system (a nerve in the brain that is in charge of controlling your sense of smell). The olfactory system connects to the limbic system of the brain where your emotions + memories reside. As you breathe in the oil’s aroma, the limbic system creates a response in your brain based on your memories associated with that particular scent. So, when I go to bed at night, I apply the same roller blend of relaxing/calming oils – which my brain associates the scent with sleeping. 

 

Look closely at the present you are constructing. 
It should look likethe future you are dreaming ~ Alice Walker

 

The emotional benefits of essential oils

The oil properties wheel identifies how specific essential oils can elicit a desired benefit, based on their chemical structure.

doTERRA Oil Chemistry Wheel
doTERRA Oil Chemistry Wheel – Emotional Aromatherapy

Tailoring your experience to your specific wants + needs. Our sense of smell can produce powerful emotional responses.


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Essential oil blends allow the oils to work synergistically together, creating a powerhouse for healing + transformation.

Citrus bliss – Invigorating blend
the oil of creativity
Ingredients: Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute.

Reigniting the spark + inspiring creative expression. Re-sparking the connection to the magic of life. Encouraging you to put yourself out there. Filling the heart with joy.


Motivate – Encouraging blend
the oil of motivation
Ingredients: Peppermint Plant, Clementine Peel, Coriander Seed, Basil Herb, Yuzu Peel, Melissa Leaf, Rosemary Leaf, Vanilla Bean Absolute

Firing you into action again when you have become stagnated or blocked. Fostering confidence to follow through with creative inspirations + intentions. Rediscovering your desire to serve + launching you onto a positive path.

Warrior spirit.


Passion – Inspiring blend
the oil for finding your passion
Ingredients: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla Bean Absolute + Damiana Leaf.

Encouraging playfulness + spontaneity. Inviting you to take risks, face your fears + break through any limitations you have set upon yourself.

There is more to living than feeling routinely obligated by others.


In tune – Focus blend
the oil of presence
Ingredients: Amyris, Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile.

Quietens + grounds mental forces into the here + now. Encouraging full awareness into the physical body + your surroundings. Empowering you to live fully in the present moment.

When you are present in the moment, you are at peace. If you live in the past, you dwell there + if you live in the future, it can create anxious feelings.


Elevation – Joyful blend
the oil of joy
Ingredients: Lavandin, Tangerine, Lavender, Amyris, Clary Sage, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Ho Wood, Osmanthus, Lemon Myrtle, Melissa.

Evoking happiness + mood stabilisation. Helping to let go of lower energy vibrations + shift into a higher state of consciousness.

Determination, joy + abundance.


Forgive – Renewing blend
the oil of forgiving
Ingredients: Spruce, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Arborvitae, Nootka, Thyme, Citronella.

Forgiving + letting go will set you free. Looking for the good in others, instead of in a negative light. Understanding, acceptance, empathetic + tolerance.

Moving forward, feeling light.


 

Emotional work is taking an honest look within. Essential oils can foster an environment for healing, but they do not do the work on our behalf. Beliefs + negative emotions can be deeply rooted within our consciousness. Essential oils can illuminate our emotional patterns, encouraging us to honour them, release what no longer serves us + to replace with positive beliefs that serve our highest good.

Always with love,

Kristy xx

 


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