A healthier, grain free, sugar free but not taste free carrot cake banana bread!
Because this uses non grain based ingredients it’s also gluten free and can be made vegan too, see notes below.
Gut friendly carrot cake loaf
I used a single ripe banana in this recipe for natural sweetness and moisture plus it also means you don’t need any sugar but as usual you can adapt this to suit your own tastes. I’ve also included some optional additions that are great ingredients to add if you would like to increase gut health. For example, collagen is high in amino acids which are heavily involved in gut cell lining replication and baobab/tigernut flour are prebiotic foods, plus the more you diversify your diet the more diverse your gut will also be.
I don’t often make my own veggie meatballs because most recipes i see tend to use loads of ingredients or require things like cooked quinoa or breadcrumbs so I wanted to make a fairly simple recipe. These are even better than I originally thought they would be because of the sweet sun dried tomatoes adding major flavour which go really well with any herbed gravy you have. They add a kind of meaty texture too plus lots of nutrition, not to mention the fiber that’s also in this recipe.
Nut free, grain free, suitable for allergies, naturally sweetened (no dates) and full of healthy fats. These bliss balls are different from the usual ones with lots of dates and nuts to suit allergies but it’s also good to mix it up sometimes. I like to use raw manuka honey here for antimicrobial goodness too.
Berry ball benefits
The hemp seeds here are really undervalued in my opinion, they’re a good source of plant based fats and fiber and the sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E which is beneficial for the skin, so not only will they nourish your cravings they’ll nourish your body too.
You can adapt these with any other powders or blends you have in your kitchen to add extra goodness for example if you want to use these as a mid morning or afternoon energy boost then add a small 1/2 tsp of matcha powder or some collagen etc.
This breakfast bread may not sound suitable for brekkie but it is, it even has some sneaky grated veg in there, shhh!
Wholemeal flour, secret veg, healthy fats, no refined sugar, antioxidants and so much more.
You can also adapt this with whatever flavours you like such as your favourite spices or a mix of wholegrain flours to vary up the diet which your gut likes. This can also easily be made vegan so is suitable for most diets and I like to use some pea protein in place of some flour just to mix up the macros in the recipe i.e. more protein to balance out the carbs and keeps your energy stable but if you don’t have this then just use more flour.
When major chocolate cravings hit you should make these healthy, double chocolate brownies were even the frosting is healthy too!
This is also a good way to use up ripe avocado and bananas before they go bad. The cacao powder in these gives a lovely rich chocolate flavour and they’re naturally sweetened, not too much, but just enough to make them tasty without massive energy spikes.
You’ll also get “brownie” points from your significant other if you make these for Valentine’s, plus they’re suitable for a lot of free from diets.
By using nourishing wholefood ingredients, there’s lots of goodness in this treat which makes it almost guilt free!
✔There’s fibre from the wholemeal flour and almonds
✔Vitamin E from the almonds and avocado (great for skin)
✔Packed full of antioxidants from the cacao and vitamin E
✔Plus there’s potassium from the banana, avocado and cacao which is great for the heart!
What more could you want?!
For best results regarding the frosting make sure you use a ripe avocado as it will blend better and wont leave you with massive chunks of avo throughout your frosting. Also using a ripe banana will give more sweetness than an unripe one.
Dairy free avocado frosted brownies
A healthy, creamy, dairy free chocolate cream “cheeze” spread, very similar in taste to the choc version Philadelphia came out with a few years ago.
So creamy and feels like a treat on your bread especially when paired with fresh berries.
I also made this healthier by using a choc superfood blend which adds flavour, goodness and sweetness without any nasties or sugar. I highly recommend checking them out (see link below) and getting the pack of 10 sachets if you want to try it out a few times before getting a bigger bag.