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Vegan mini Banana Bread + it’s not about self improvement

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Happy Weekending Friends!

I love bananas, i think sometimes I go bananas over them 😉 I don’t like the green ones though, they taste rather tart. I love super spotted bananas though. They’re sweet, delectable, and very versatile- you can freeze them to make creamy smoothies, eat them as a snack, slather some almond butter chocolate chips on them, and bake banana bread with them. After the success of my Super Energising Banana Bread, I wanted to experiment and create a vegan one. So today, I have these Vegan mini Banana Breads for you guys!

 

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But first, I’ve also been reflecting lately. on life. and how we go about it.

For much of my life I’ve let my insecurities get the better of me. Perhaps I’m not alone in this, because I think we all have our moments of self doubts. After going through my recovery from anorexia and depression, then uprooting and going behind why I’ve always felt ‘not good enough’, I’ve realised that I can get caught up in searching for continual self improvement. The irony behind this is that we may still be dissatisfied with ourselves. We might get entangled in believing that we are not ‘complete’ or ‘not enough’ and will feel that we are continually chasing after something but never reaching that moment when we are happy and content with ourselves.

It’s draining to live in this perspective; to be always running after something that’s outside of us. We end up attaching our identity with it and can end up being too hard on ourselves at the end of the day.  Especially when we are starting something new, or trying to build something, because we sometimes end up asking ourselves, ‘okay what other things can I improve? What can I do better with?’

But what if we can change this perspective, from the continual chase in improving ourselves to embracing that we are complete in every moment of our lives, but also understanding that we embarking on a journey of learning. As we continue to learn, we will change and apply what we learn into our lives. But we are not ‘better’ from the day before, we are just continuing to move where life takes us and learning as our life progresses.

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I think from this, we are able to see and live in the moments, rather than continually at odds with grasping and yearning for the days when we become better. When we see it from this perspective, we are able to be become aware when we feel that we are ‘not good enough’ and switch our insecurities to embracing where we are in life and be content with our journey.

I’ve been snacking from these mini banana breads for the past few days. They are delectably moist, and really good with a thick spread of almond butter. Here is the recipe!

Ingredients

Dry

2.5 cups of wholemeal flour

2.5 Tbsp of baking powder

1/4 cup of unrefined muscovado sugar

1 Tsp of salt

 

Wet

6 Tbsp of maple syrup

1/4 cup of melted coconut oil

1 chia egg (combine 1 Tbsp of chia seeds with 3 Tbsp of water)

1.5 caps of vanilla essence

3/4  – 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 large super ripe spotted bananas + 1 mini super ripe banana

1  mini banana (to slice and decorate on top)

 

Special equipment

3 mini loaf tins (I used a 13 x 6.5cm tin)

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Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 175 Celsius.

2. Make the chia egg (combine the 1 Tbsp of chia seeds with 3 Tbsp of water, stir and let it sit for 10 minutes until it resembles a gel like consistency).

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. Mash the bananas in a bowl and mix through the flour mixture.

4. Melt the coconut oil in a bowl in a microwave (takes approximately 30 seconds). Combine with maple syrup, and almond milk. Combine with the banana + dry ingredients mixture. If the mixture seems dry, splash a little more almond milk in. The mixture should be thickly fluid in consistency.

5. Put in the mixture into the 3 mini well oiled loaf tins. Alternatively you can use a big sized loaf tin. Slice a banana to decorate on top (see photo).

6. Bake for 35 – 40 mins until the top is well risen, brown, and crackly on top. The bananas (if you choose to decorate should caramelize too).

7. Let it rest on a wire rack until the banana breads fully cool. Take it out, slice and eat. It’s also nice with almond butter spread and sliced strawberries on top.

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I hope you guys like this Vegan mini Banana Bread recipe! If you do bake it, be sure to tag me @wellnesstogo #wellnesstogo. It always warms my heart to see your baked goods!

I also hope that the thoughts on it’s more about embracing where we are in life, and less about chasing after better self improvement is helpful. I  hope that it also brings greater peace in your life, because I understand how tiring it is operating on the belief that we are not enough, and having to chase after something that we can ‘improve ourselves with.’ When we are in fact complete, whole and not better than who we are the day before. I like to think of it as each day is as different as the day before,  we too as we continue learn, we will change as our life move forwards. Perhaps at some points in life, the change will be radical, like releasing a thinking pattern that we know that it is not serving us any longer and embracing a new one, and on some days the change will be more subtle. and that’s okay 🙂 Each change is needed for us to step into a next phase in our lives, but at each phase we embrace where we are at that moment and allow ourselves to be in that moment fully.

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Much love,

Gaby

Vegan mini Banana Bread + it's not about self improvement
 
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Simple, easy to bake, VEGAN mini banana bread!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 3 mini loafs
Ingredients
  • Dry
  • 2.5 cups of wholemeal flour
  • 2.5 Tbsp of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of unrefined muscovado sugar
  • 1 Tsp of salt
  • Wet
  • 6 Tbsp of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1 chia egg (combine 1 Tbsp of chia seeds with 3 Tbsp of water)
  • 1.5 caps of vanilla essence
  • ¾ - 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large super ripe spotted bananas + 1 mini super ripe banana
  • 1 mini banana (to slice and decorate on top)
  • Special equipment
  • 3 mini loaf tins (I used a 13 x 6.5cm tin)
  • vegan-mini-banana-bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 175 Celsius.
  2. Make the chia egg (combine the 1 Tbsp of chia seeds with 3 Tbsp of water, stir and let it sit for 10 minutes until it resembles a gel like consistency).
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Mash the bananas in a bowl and mix through the flour mixture.
  5. Melt the coconut oil in a bowl in a microwave (takes approximately 30 seconds). Combine with maple syrup, and almond milk. Combine with the banana + dry ingredients mixture. If the mixture seems dry, splash a little more almond milk in. The mixture should be thickly fluid in consistency.
  6. Put in the mixture into the 3 mini well oiled loaf tins. Alternatively you can use a big sized loaf tin. Slice a banana to decorate on top (see photo).
  7. Bake for 35 - 40 mins until the top is well risen, brown, and crackly on top. The bananas (if you choose to decorate should caramelize too).
  8. Let it rest on a wire rack until the banana breads fully cool. Take it out, slice and eat. It's also nice with almond butter spread and sliced strawberries on top.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Berta.karaim@gmail.com'
    Berta says

    Unfortunately, when you are in a destructive mindset of self hatred, it is incredibly easy to take a good idea, such as self improvement or healthy eating, and take it to extremes. Self-improvement is definetely all about balancing that need for change and the need to enjoy the present moment. It’s difficult to achieve this, but there have been times when I think I had this right and those have been some of the I happiest moments for me.

    P.S. I’m jealous of whoever got to eat those banana loafs!! 😉

    • Yes, it’s always seems to be a dance between acknowledging the parts of us that may not be ‘working out’ anymore and releasing those and adopting new lessons to integrate as a part of who we are. I think we are always evolving in life, and that is inevitable, but like you said, when we are able to be aware of our ‘need to adapt and change’ whilst also being able to be present of where we are currently in life brings us peace and happiness 🙂

      I think making the banana loafs ‘mini’ sized this time made it go away faster than making the normal sized one, I’m not sure why that is! 😉

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