February 14, 2019
Banana bread was always something that my mom made when I was a child. I loved helping her with all the ingredients and watching those loaves bake in the oven.
But, each slice was filled with processed sugar, eggs and milk. Definitely not something I would consume anymore. This recipe is 100% (processed) sugar free and vegan!
Sugar VS. Processed Sugar
Carbs are made up of two things, fiber and sugar. When a food contains carbs, you will always have fiber, sugar, or a balance of both. Sugar is able to metabolize quickly to give you a burst of energy. Fiber metabolizes slower and helps to keep you full longer.
Naturally occuring sugar in foods (fruits are a great example) is actually quite healthy for your body. This recipe includes natural sugars that come from dates, bananas, and maple syrup. There is no processed sugar at all!
Processed sugar, even something like organic cane sugar, isn’t healthy. Yes, there are better options like organic cane sugar or coconut sugar, but it still goes through an extensive process to become just sugar.
Processed Sugar Alternatives
Some alternatives to processed sugar is using other sweeteners when cooking. Here are some sweet ingredients that are healthy to use!
- Medjool Dates (make sure to take the pits out!)
- Stevia or Stevia extract (extract is great for drinks like coffee or tea)
- Ripe bananas (other ripe fruits will work too)
- Maple Syrup (this is a staple in my kitchen!)
When you can, eat foods without added sugar! It’s really nice to taste all the flavors the whole foods have to offer.
Your kitchen is about to smell SOOOOO good!
My mom’s banana bread traditionally didn’t have any extras in it. I’m talking about chocolate chips, walnuts, or other fruit chunks. It was just straight up sugary banana bread – which was amazing.
This recipe, however, I wanted to change things up a bit and add a little more texture in my life 😉
The chocolate chips used contain a small about of added sugar, so if you’re trying to stay processed sugar free, just leave them out. Here are the ones I used in this recipe. They are vegan and don’t give you a weird aftertaste like some other brands.
Also try adding walnuts! They are a healthy fat addition and also pack some great flavor and texture to the bread. If you’re not a nutty bread person, I feel you. Try using almond butter or peanut butter spread on a slice when it’s all finished!
Enjoy the recipe! & tag me on Instagram with your creations @educating.earthlings
Sugar Free Vegan Banana Bread
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Rich and delicious banana bread without any processed sugar!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup plant based milk, unsweetened)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and use a little coconut oil on a 9x5 in bread pan
- Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, bananas, dates, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract into a blender of food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well combined. Add in the chocolate chip and walnuts if desired.
- Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Test to see if the bread is cooked through by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean it's done! Otherwise add 5 more minutes at a time.
- Enjoy with some nut butter spread or with a cup of hot chocolate!
If your dates are dry then soak them in warm water for a few minutes.
February 7, 2019
I get this question ALL the time from clients and friends, “Does my chart tell me what I should eat?” and it’s hard to give a strict yes or no answer!
Your unique Human Design chart gives us a ton of information about your authentic self – or your soul’s genetics. It shows us who your soul came to be and how your soul flows best with the rest of these earthly souls around us.
What you chart does tell us about eating is how you should eat. This can be found out based on your Energy Type (which I talked about in this post) and your variable (the arrows in your chart).
Eat from the Earth
Human Design does give us some guidelines on what to eat. The theory is that everything we were meant to eat is all around us and can be found in nature.
The most abundant foods found in nature is fruits and vegetables. This includes everything under the sun! Berries, melons, root veggies, leafy greens, squash, citrus fruits, ect.
The least abundant foods found in nature is nuts, seeds, grains, some animal meat. This includes things like almonds, cashews, rice, oats, beans, lentils, poultry, fish, etc.
Avoid foods that are not present in nature or foods that are not meant for consumption. These include processed foods, animal products, etc.
I’m such a planner and organizer that I love when things are in categories. So I’ve created a freebie download for you to see everything simply all on one page! You can find the freebie here! If you don’t have the password yet, be sure to subscribe and you’ll receive it in your welcome email. Simple!
Let’s talk about animal products…
When I say “found in nature” I mean found in nature without the farming of humans taken into account. I understand that grains have been grown and harvested a lot more than other foods, but this is due to the demand for it.
Which leads to to animal agriculture… We grow grain for animals like it’s going out of style, just for the privileged to consume more steak and burgers than their bodies can handle. If all the grain fed to animals was given to people instead, we could LITERALLY solve world hunger.
So, why does Human Design include some animal meat? The reason is traditionally based on survival and geographical location (i.e. some communities live where they cannot grow sufficient foods and survive off fishing and / or hunting).
Please note that mammals are not included (such as cows, pigs, dog, cat, lamb, etc). We, as humans, are mammals. Other mammals are not here for our consumption but they are here to teach us compassion and unconditional love. Start thinking about all animals as you do your beloved pets.
Why just survive when you can thrive? We as a species have evolved in such a way that we do not need to rely on our geographical location to determine out diet anymore. There is an abundance of vegan food offered all over the world now that give us sufficient nutrients, fights cancer, inproved lobido, clears skin, and so much more! A new age is approaching, go vegan!
Know & Honor Yourself
With all of this said, make sure to know and honor yourself. Know that there is no single “perfect diet” out there. Each and every one of us has unique genetics based on our genes, AND energetics based on Human Design.
Know your body. Learn how certain foods make you feel. What do you know is healthy and unhealthy? Listen to what you are craving and allow you body to tell you what it needs. Sometimes those cravings are your body telling you it’s deficient in a certain micronutrient or what you need more water or sleep.
Honor your soul. Always honor your soul by doing whatever lights you up and brings you into alignment. Maybe a rigid vegan diet isn’t right for you and maybe it’s the best thing ever! You’ll never know until you try it out for a ride.
Eat what’s best for you body AND makes you soul sing!
love & light