Dairy Free Banana Bread

Banana bread is my most favourite way of using up bananas that have gone a bit mushy – rather than throw them away,  I always try to make something. I also had some coconut oil to use up, so I made some super moist and super easy banana bread which is also dairy free! The kids loved it too – it was amazing warm from the oven, but equally delicious eaten for breakfast the next morning with a topping of your choice.

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Ingredients

  • 100g coconut oil
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 4 small, very ripe bananas; mashed.
  • 210g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, gently whisked
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4
  • Grease a 2lb loaf tin (also works in a small roasting tin, if you’ve not got one – just check on the bread after 30 minutes)
  • If your coconut oil is still solid, heat it up gently in a microwave/pan or bain-marie as it’s easier to combine. It literally only needs 20 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add the oil to the sugar and mix well.
  • Add the salt, vanilla, eggs and banana. Beat until everything is combined.
  • Sift in the flour and bicarb and fold in gently.
  • spoon into the loaf tin and bake for around 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the bread.
  • Serve warm or leave to cool.

 

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Serving suggestions:

  1. Warm with ice cream/dairy-free alterative
  2. Toasted with honey or butter/dairy-free alternative (It is particularly delicious with a nut butter)

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Enjoy!

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Easy cream cheese filled baby peppers

Today’s prompt for #BEDM is ‘Food, glorious, food!’ so it would be a crime for me not to write a recipe today. Admittedly, it’s a really easy recipe but it’s one that I really enjoy. I just love these gorgeous cream cheese filled baby peppers; they are great as a side dish, snack or even as finger food at a Summer BBQ! For stress-free entertaining,  make them in advance to be eaten cold.

Before I begin, just look at these beautiful baby peppers! How can anyone resist these beauties?

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Ingredients

  • Baby peppers (2 per person) – I buy Asda Snacking Peppers (£1.38)
  • Cream Cheese (Full fat or Light – which ever you prefer)
  • A little olive oil for roasting
  • Your choice of toppings: Black Pepper, salt, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, chopped chives, chopped red chilli…. whatever takes your fancy.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (Gas mark 4)
  2. Slice the peppers in half (as shown above) and remove all seeds and any white flesh.
  3. Place on a baking tray and lightly drizzle with olive oil
  4. Roast for 15-20 minutes until the peppers are soft and as well done as you like (I like them ‘just cooked’, hubby likes them almost incinerated 😆 )
  5. Leave to cool completely if you are eating them cold, or just cool enough to handle if you want to eat them hot.
  6. Fill with the cream cheese and them top with herbs or spices of your choice. I like freshly ground black pepper and a tiny pinch of salt. Hubby likes them fiery and enjoys chopped chilli or cayenne pepper. He also really likes smoked paprika (a wonderfully smokey heat rather than a fiery kick)

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Enjoy!

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My favourite toasted sandwich recipe

Today marks to start of British Sandwich Week and that’s also day 8’s prompt on #BEDM, so I thought I’d share my favourite toastie recipe of all time. I often make variations of this recipe and it’s totally delicious!

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Serves: 1

Ingredients

  1. 2 slices of your favourite bread – I like homemade white bread or multigrain seeded.
  2. Butter/spread – I butter the bread lightly and this makes the toastie crispy , golden and delicious.
  3. Your favourite cheese – I use a mix of sliced mozzarella and a mature cheddar for a full flavour that melts into  gooey stringy loveliness.
  4. Caramelised onion – You can cook your own or use from a jar.
  5. Lashings of your favourite tomato chutney – Asda make a lovely chutneys in their Extra Special range – these make incredible variations. Likewise, The English Provender Co. make exceedingly good chutneys.
  6. Finally scatter with basil leaves – I’ve also used watercress and baby spinach.

Pop on its bread lid and toast in a Panini press, or cook each side in a pan until golden and the cheese has melted.

Enjoy!

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Family favourites – April

This months favourites are mostly mine really, as April seemed to whizz by in a flash and I’d not really gathered much to include.

The weather

We are all thoroughly enjoying the sunshine that has made a welcomed appearance this week; that means more outdoor activities, no coats, ice cream and hopefully more happy faces and family picnics. Welcome Spring… please do stay a a while and feel free to bring your friend, Summer soon too.

Spring Flowers

We just love the outdoors during this time of year – the flowers, the wildlife…..everything seems so new and beautiful. It gives me a new-found positivity about life. I know that sounds ridiculously deep, but it does and as someone who struggles with anxiety and sometimes depression too, I think that’s really important for me. I love Spring photography too – birds, flowers, bumble bees. They are all on this years ‘shot list’.

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On to beauty products, I have been loving a few things this month and first up is my new cleanser. I bought it ages ago in Asda, but I’ve only really started to properly use it as my second cleanse at night. It feels amazing!  It’s called nspa Beauty Rituals Melting Cleansing Gel and I think it was around £6-£8. It is a gel formulation that melts into a milk cleanser as it contacts with wet skin. It feels so lovely and it removes any make up that my Micellar water might leave behind. My skin feels lovely and soft, hydrated and not at all irritated. As someone with dry and sensitive prone skin, I’m very impressed with this product. The grapeseed oil takes off make up without the need to scrub at the skin, and it also contains ginseng, vitamin E, avocado, apricot and neroli oils – it smells lovely too!

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I occasionally treat myself to a Pink Parcel (the most amazing surprise box for that time of the month) I love the concept so much and a few months ago I received this mini bottle of Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body & Massage Oil in my box. The full size bottle is £36 from Notonthehighstreet. I instantly fell in love because I absolutely adore lavender and it looks and smells divine. It claims to ‘promote deep healing and tranquility’ and you know what? I’d agree with that. It’s soothing, relaxing and was incredible as a massage oil after a shoulder injury. Both myself and my other half love it – it’s quite sensual too. It’s quite an all rounder, as it can be used on problem skin, hair, nails and even as a cleansing oil/moisturiser. I’ll definitely be repurchasing!

Lola says: “Sweet Lullaby is a comforting scent with Lavender and Ylang Ylang at its soothing heart, grounded by Patchouli and Vanilla at its spicy base, and uplifted by Sweet Orange in the top note to sing a sweet lullaby” – a truly beautiful scent.

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And finally on to food. Just one favourite this month as I don’t feel like I’ve been eating very well at all. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a random allergy to chillies but peppers don’t seem to have any effect on me at all. *yay* My hubby picked these Sweet Peppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese on a recent trip to Aldi and I’m addicted! They do have white pepper in them, so they have a bit of a kick, but it doesn’t affect my allergies so I am over the moon! YUM!!!

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What have you been enjoying this month?

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