Monday, 28 December 2009

Banana Loaf!

Being on this semi-restrictive diet means I can't eat any of what I love: sweets! Cakes, cookies, anything with chocolate, etc. etc.

But I've really been craving something sweet the past couple of weeks; something to snack on between meals and I don't mean veggies (I can't even have fruit on this diet). Baked goods of some sort, that feel like a cheat, but aren't. So I perused the web. Why I continue to be surprised by what you can find on the web (I guess I should start asking 'what CAN'T you find?'), I don't know, but I found this recipe for banana loaf.

Recipe for dairy/sugar/yeast-free Banana Bread

2 eggs
2 bananas
1/3 c milk (I used soy)
2/3 c applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/4 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp stevia (plant-derived, natural sweetener: 4x's stronger than reg sugar, so need WAY less)
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350C.

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Combine the two.

Pour into 9x5 loaf pan and bake for 1 hour (I found that 50 mins was quite sufficient).

That's it. Super easy and boy, does it taste good! My breaks at work will be much nicer now. It's not that I really dislike rice cakes, you understand, but banana bread is banana bread and, well, made of slightly sterner stuff.

I also had a cup of 'regular' tea the other day, with Stevia and soy milk to replace the regular stuff. Not bad, but still not the relaxing, calming cup that I've been craving so bad. Soon, I hope, I can once again indulge my Tim addiction for my morning tea. Another week until I see the naturopath for another assessment. I'm hoping I can drop some of the supplements I'm taking, as they're damned expensive, but can't until I've seen her. But I just keep reminding myself that this isn't a bad thing to do, and I have been enjoying my meals more, too.


Canadian Saver said...

Don't you find stevia a bit weird when you first try it? I had it in my coffee once and just couldn't get used to it... I should try again as it's much better for us than Splenda....

Thanks for the recipe, it looks really good! I'm glad you found something you can have too :-)

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi CS - Stevia has the same aftertaste that aspertame has, to me at least, but as you say it's much better for us. It's a bit of a challenge to get used to, though, for sure. I really hope I can go back to milk, if for nothing else but my tea! :(

I made a second banana loaf today and have already almost finished the first one! Ha!

T'Pol said...

If you do not mind my asking: why do you need to be on such a restrictive diet? Is this for de-toxing? For a short period of time?