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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Banana babycakes -- gluten free, grain free, wholesome, delicious

Banana cake doesn't have to be a dirty word.  These little cuties are among my husband's addictions. I usually make 'em without chocolate, but this time I added the naughty little whisper of very dark chocolate for an extra kick of dissipation. I went with crude and roughly chopped up a bar of very very dark european chocolate, so the pieces of chocolate are kind of in your face. Aside from that they are gluten free, grain free, sugar free, wholesome, and made with kind thoughts and turbulent dreams.

The truth is that these little cakes are not evil, they're just drawn that way. The coconut nectar is a graceful and eloquent sweetener that refuses to spike your blood-sugar, and marries beautifully with anything fruity. Ta da, banana bliss.

1 1/2 cups very ripe banana pureed with a hand blender

1/2 cup coconut nectar
1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

2 tbsp ground chia seeds

1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground vanilla bean
1/2 tbsp ceylon cinnamon

1/2 cup ground cashews
2 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup good quality european chocolate (callebaut chips or a dark bar chopped coarsely) (optional)

preheat the oven to 345

1. combine the banana, coconut nectar, and coconut oil using a hand blender (or by hand)
2. add the eggs and mix well
3. add the chia seed, sea salt, vanilla bean, and cinnamon
4. stir in the cashews and almond flour, followed by the baking soda
5. scoop the batter into prepared muffin cups, and bake at 345 for 45 minutes

makes 24 baby cakes

I made a double batch -- 24 with chocolate and 24 without

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