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Superpower {Quinoa & Oat} Banana Bread [Vegan]

Hellloooo darlings,

I hope this beautiful Spring weather is treating you well, and you’re recognizing more and more beautiful things about yourself and this world as major shifts continue to happen for all of us.

If you ask me, we are all being mega-pushed by Spirit right now to ‘awaken’ and really begin living lives we love. Makes my mission easier, I guess, as issues of conflict arising and demanding resolution exist for a reason, and are only meant to serve as contrast so you more consciously create and ask for what you want.

Isn’t that fabulous?

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If you have no idea what I’m talking about and want more clarification, contact me here. I’ll be happy to send a few words of wisdom via email.

Anyhoo, on to another glorious recipe I am so excited to share with you! Superpower {Quinoa & Oat} Banana Bread.

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I love bananas. They’re an incredibly economical, nutritious, and a delicious staple that I believe everyone should keep in their house. (I mean, they’re practically the mojo for green smoothies) …and they also are super fun to bake with.

And quinoa, well that’s also another incredible food. Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein? That means it has all essential amino acids necessary for repairing skin, building bones, muscles, cartilage, and keeping us fit and trim. Plus it’s a healthy whole grain rich in complex carbohydrates, so it’s a fuel that will keep you running for a long time.

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Caring for an individual in Boulder as a personal chef, I’ve been very inspired to create wholesome, healthy baked goods he can keep on his counter to avoid snacking on less-than-optimal sugar-filled treats.

And voila! After finding inspiration from Erica at Coffee & Quinoa(what a great blog title!) who made a quinoa and coconut-banana bread loaf, I did similar – though left out the shredded coconut because I just forgot to pick up any at the store.

And so this wondrous creation was born. I think it’s a recipe you’re going to want to pin to the fridge, as not only is it easy to make, it’s loaded with beneficial nutrients, healthy fats, and tons of fiber – oh, and it tastes superb.

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Mmm….Enjoy!

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Superpower {Quinoa & Oat} Vegan Banana Bread

Preparation Time: 15-20 Minutes

Serving Size: 1 Loaf (6-8)

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Uncooked Quinoa (about 1 1/2 Cups Cooked)

3 Very Ripe Bananas

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (or Brown Rice Syrup, or Raw Honey)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour*

1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats (Gluten-Free)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed

1/4 Cup Milk (Coconut, Almond, or Hemp work great!)**

*You can find gluten-free all-purpose flour in stores now, as well as sprouted varieties at stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods. How cool! Sprouted will always digest best and be better for the gut lining, as permeability and leaky gut is a big deal in determining if someone has health issues later on or not.

**Ideally, you should use a plant-based milk, as homogenized and pasteurized cow’s milk is very mucus-forming, very allergenic to most peoples’ bodies, and doesn’t digest as optimally.

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(Wet batter about to go in the oven…)

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. (I bring it to a boil with 1 cup of water, then simmer for 15 minutes and fluff with a fork, but do what works for you). Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a loaf pan (coconut oil is ideal).
  3. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Stir in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, flaxseed, and cooked quinoa. Dump into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the coconut milk.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until top of loaf is golden brown and sides are pulled away from the pan, 45-50 minutes.
  6. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before serving. Keeps wrapped in tin foil in the fridge for several days.

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I love sharing the truth that FOOD IS MEDICINE, because truly, what one puts in their body becomes their physical vessel! And when dealing with debiliating health concerns caused by low-quality dietary and lifestyle choices, changing something as simple as what we eat can profoundly impact one’s journey back into wellness.

Simply, we are what we eat, so why not be vibrant, wholesome, healthy, and simple!?

By opting for more plant-based, wholesome, and vibrant-tasting food, you can heal your body, begin to feel amazing again, and find the clarity and inspiration to envision a life filled with hope, laughter, and happiness.

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That’s pretty amazing, right?

If you think so, please share this recipe (below!) so others may benefit from this awesome and free information.

Have a beautiful day, and Namaste! xo

Amanda Froelich