Vegan + GF Date and Banana Mini Loaf

A delicious recipe for my Walnut and Banana loaf! This recipe is gluten free, vegan and healthy! Enjoy

Who doesn’t love a warm piece of banana loaf?
Well I know that I do!

A few months ago I was playing around in the kitchen and I decided to create a gluten free and vegan banana loaf! The result? Something seriously delicious.

The only problem with this recipe?
You’re going to have to try and stop yourself from eating it all at once!

In this recipe I soak dates in water to create a sweet flavour in the recipe instead of using granulated sugar. You use both the dates and the water that you soak them in, which is then enhanced by a little pure maple syrup.

You can easily make this recipe completely sugar free by replacing the maple syrup with the alternative of rice malt syrup. This is would be a more PCOS friendly way to make this recipe, another alternative is to use date syrup that you can buy from the supermarket in the health food section.

This recipe creates a dense and firm textured loaf, but should still be moist.

This loaf is a great little snack idea and can be served just as is, or with a little bit of coconut yoghurt on top!

I hope you enjoy!

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Choc Mint Christmas Bliss Balls

Choc mint healthy goodness…

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With Christmas being such a busy time of year and a time for eating lots of food and drinking a little too much…

I decided to give some Christmas inspired bliss balls a go this year so that I had something healthy to snack on at Christmas lunch and there after.

Ive jazzed up the recipe a bit by using coconut coloured by some green food dye but you don’t have to do the same if you wish to keep these a little ‘cleaner’!

These are perfect for giving away as little Chrissy gifts for people too…

Enjoy!


So here it is, my recipe for Choc Mint Christmas Bliss balls:

INGREDIENTS:

250g Dates Pitted (and checked)
1 cup shredded coconut (1/2 for rolling)
1 1/2 – 2 tsp of peppermint extract
1/2 cup of Raw Almonds
1/2 cup of Walnuts
2 tbs of Buckwheat
1 tbs of Rice Malt Syrup
1 tbs Boiling Water
2 1/2 tbs of Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 Block of Vegan Dark Melting Chocolate
18 Dried Cranberries
Green Food Dye

METHOD:

  1. Place 1/2 cup of coconut in a bowl and add green food dye until you are satisfied that it is green enough.
  2. Check the dates for pits.
  3. Place the dates, rice malt syrup, water, cacao, peppermint extract and coconut in a food processor and mix until combined.
  4. Add the almonds, walnuts and buckwheat and process until well combined.
  5. Once the mix forms a big sticky ball in the food processor it is done.
  6. Roll the mix out into 30g balls and roll in green coconut mixture.
  7. You may choose to use gloves as your hands might get a little green.
  8. Use slightly damp hands to get a better shaped bliss balls.
  9. Melt chocolate in a glass or metal bowl over some boiling hot water on the stove. Ensure that the boiling water cannot touch the bottom of the bowl or else it will burn.
  10. Once you have melted the chocolate, drizzle it over the bliss balls.
  11. Using two cranberries place them on the ball together to create a V shape, then sprinkle a little extra coconut in the middle.

Refrigerate until cold and solid.

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Makes 18 balls.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, and I hope that you all had a very wonderful Christmas with your families ❤

Love Steph x