VEGAN BANANA BREAD

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I searched high and low for the perfect banana bread recipe and then even when I found one and tried it, it would flop without eggs. I’m not actually a vegan but eggs have never settled well with my stomach so when I bake, I tend to look for vegan recipes.

I tried 5 recipes and they all were sub par so I started tweaking ones that I found until I came up with this one and it’s perfect!

Well not as perfect as it would be with gluten and sugar in it but you get the idea. :)

I avoid gluten because I have an allergy. I avoid sugar because it causes inflammation in the body, messes with blood sugar balance and can off set a hormonal imbalance. It also disrupts the gut microbiome and can make you constipated or bloated.

But… who doesn’t love a good treat!!

So anytime I make a recipe up or use one from another blog, I make sure that it’s made without refined sugar and uses banana, honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

I’m excited to finally post this banana bread since I failed at it so many times. Small wins, ammi right?

So here you go! All my FAILS can be your WIN!


INGREDIENTS:

3 ripe organic bananas
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (MALK recommended)
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 3560 degrees and line loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mash 2 bananas. Stir in olive oil, maple syrup, and almond milk. Mix well , then whisk in the flax and let stand for 2 minutes.

  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together the gluten-free flour, baking soda and sea salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well combined. If your batter seems a little runny, you can add a little more flour until it thickens.

  4. Pour the batter into a loaf pan. Slice the remaining banana in half lengthwise or into small circles like above photo and place on top.

  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.

  6. Let cool completely before slicing.

  7. Enjoy!

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Feel free to jazz it up (yes, I said jazz) with some blueberries or walnuts if you like. Whatever floats your boat.

I love to heat it up in a pan with a little ghee on it!

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram with #gfwithjrw

Happy healing,

XO Jaclyn Renee



Should you be gluten-free?

With all the fuss about gluten-free it can be quite overwhelming to understand right from wrong.  First, it is important to know what gluten actually is! Gluten is a yellowish-gray, powdery mixture of plant proteins occurring in cereal grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. It’s sticky-like texture acts as a glue, holding foods together.  It is used in flours as an adhesive to make baking or cooking easier. Barley and wheat gluten are also used as the base of beer to provide it with the flavor and depth. 

Although these grains, or gluten, have been around for years, people weren’t always “allergic” to them. It is important to understand that these crops used to be abundant and very healthy for us to consume. In fact, in some countries, it was there only source of food and provided many families with inexpensive nourishment. Over time as wheat began to be mass produced, as everything else has become in America, the farmers had to spray and inject crops with chemicals to keep up. Along with the crops being sprayed, changes to the way that bread and baked goods are made has changed. Water, flour, and salt were the only ingredients in bread back in the day. Investigate for yourself and turn over your bread at home and read the label. Chances are you won't even know what half of the ingredients are. Mixing all of these preservatives together with the wheat, whether it has been farmed properly or not, is almost impossible to digest. This would put it under the category of genetically modified foods, and even people without an actual gluten allergy, or Celiac, can have a reaction.  

Typically, becoming bloated or having a stomach ache is the most common symptom of a gluten allergy. However, sensitivities can show up many other ways. Below is a list of symptoms that have been tested as the highest forms that a gluten allergy comes through the body. If you are experiencing one or more of these issues, I would highly consider reading on to see how to proceed with elimination.

  • Anemia

  • Psoriasis, or eczema

  • Mouth sores

  • Dental disorders

  • Tingling or numbness in hands/feet

  • Mucus in stool

  • Diarrhea

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Nauseous after eating

  • Muscle cramps

  • Arthritis

  • Brain fog

  • Always tired or hungover feeling

  • Joint pain

  • ADD or ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Weight loss or gain

  • Acne (face or body)

  • Allergies

If you are reading on, then I'm guessing you had one or more of these symptoms. From here, there are a few steps you can take moving forward.

You can get a food sensitivity blood test.

I perform one for my clients through the company KBMO Diagnostics. It's a simple finger prick test and the results are back in 2 weeks. You can book your Initial Session plus FIT Test here. The KBMO test checks 22 foods for sensitivities. You do not need to be in the State of Michigan to be my client. I can drop ship the test and Skype for your appt.

You can also try an elimination diet.

There are a ton of different ways to try that, but I have a few simple steps listed below that you can follow to see how you feel. 

Step 1

Eliminate all wheat, flour, and gluten containing products for 4 weeks. This includes other items besides flour and cereals. Check the label or ask questions. 

Step 2

Journal how you feel on a daily basis. Note, you may start to feel a little worse for the first few days. This is just the wheat addiction leaving your body. It may be best to start over a weekend so you can get plenty of rest for your body to eliminate properly. 

Step 3

Stick with whole foods, fruits, and veggies. If you reach for the same old snacks but just gluten-free it is not helping the cause. Many of those products sneak in corn or potato starch which can wreak havoc the same way on the body, not to mention they have the same caloric value.

Step 4

On the last day of the 30 days, choose one meal to have some wheat. Don’t overindulge, but maybe have some whole grain pasta for dinner or bread on a sandwich for lunch.

Step 5

Continue to journal through throughout the day and the next couple days. How are you feeling? Did your symptoms come back? Did you feel fine? Did new symptoms come about?

It is also important to know what happens to your body when you eat gluten?

Upon consumption, those with a sensitivity experience a deterioration, or flattening, of the villi in your small intestine. Villi are hair-like projections that help to absorb vitamins and nutrients to nourish our bodies and sustain energy for our everyday activities. Malabsorption can occur when these villi start to flatten from the reoccurring consumption and as a result your body will experience one or more of the symptoms listed above. The more you experience these symptoms the more your body will start to attack itself, as it cannot keep up with the deterioration. This can lead to more serious issues like some of these auto-immune diseases and preventative diseases listed below.

  • Chrohns

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Sebo (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)

  • Candida (yeast overgrowth)

  • Infertility

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you. If you do in fact have a sensitivity, not only does it make you feel bad in the moment, but overtime can really break down your body. Take care and nourish your body. Heal the damage that has resulted over the years.

It is also important that when embarking on a new lifestyle that you do have some professional help. You want to make sure that you are making the right choices and feeding your body enough vitamins and nutrients. 

When I went gluten-free it changed my life. It wasn't just the obvious breads and pastas that were causing the upset. Gluten sneaks its way into many common household foods and products. However, I also know how overwhelming it can be to embark on such a new lifestyle. 

That is why I created the STRESS-FREE GLUTEN-FREE GUIDE. 

A 74 page ebook that will help you master the art of gluten-free and feel good about it. 

This guide includes: 

  • my 5 best tips to success

  • the most important pillars of food quality

  • a guide to understanding cross-contamination

  • my favorite JRW-Approved GF products and brands

  • 30 days of meal plans, grocery lists, and recipes!!

WARNING: Following this guide will lead to the following positive changes:

  • more energy

  • less bloat and digestive distress

  • reduced chronic inflammation

  • clear skin and clarity

  • no more brain fog

Who is this guide for?

Anyone experiencing the following: 

  • digestive issues

  • constant bloating

  • joint pain and inflammation

  • chronic fatigue and low energy

  • acne, psoriasis, or ezcema

  • mood swings and depression

  • anxiety or feeling overwhelmed

Get your copy of the STRESS-FREE GLUTEN-FREE GUIDE today for only $35.

Get the stress-free gluten-free guide here. $35

Get the stress-free gluten-free guide here. $35

 

If you need support or have questions, you can email me at jaclyn@jaclynreneewellness.com. For additional support on what to eat and how to cook gluten-free you can visit my favorite recipe blogs:

Gluten Free Goddess

Elana's Pantry

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.


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