Super healthy BANANA BREAD 🍌 without sugar | Healthy cakes #3

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Today I am bringing here one of my favourite recipes: Banana Bread without sugar and wheat flour.

The secret to get this banana bread done right is to use overripe bananas, yep those ones you are about to throw away.

They are important because they are super sweet and will give to this cake perfect sweetness, with no need to add any extra sugar.

And if you were not convinced just yet how amazing this bread is let me tell you that it is also gluten, dairy, and nut free!

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of psyllium
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix coconut flour, psyllium, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  2. Meanwhile in another bowl, mix eggs, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Then add the mashed bananas and mix them well.
  3. As I mentioned above, make sure to use super ripe bananas for this recipe, this is what will make the result nicely sweet.
  4. Now, stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  5. Grease a loaf pan, or use a silicone one if you prefer. Mine here is a 20cm one.
  6. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake it for 30 minutes at 160C (320F). ⏰
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Let it cool down before serving.

Yeah, I know this is technically a bread – after all, the name is banana bread – but I consider it an excellent healthy cake option for those with some sort of food intolerance.

Burger Project | Sydney CBD

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On a lazy and chilly Friday night, hubby and I decided we should have a burger. We were around the CBD area in Sydney that evening and the Burger Project seemed a good option. I had been there before and liked, so why not confirming the expectations?

There are many different burgers, and guess what, any of them you can have without the bun! Yep, they wrap it on a lettuce leaf for you. Perfect for those avoiding wheat/gluten or following a low carb diet.

I might say that eating a burger like this is not an easy task. I’ve tried, trust me. So I suggest you use the fork and knife kindly provided by the restaurant. A mess-free experience guaranteed. 🙂

My order

When the subject is a burger, I like to play safe, which means I normally go for the classic options. That night our order was:

  • Mine: double burger – 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
  • Hubby: the same, but with the bun (no photos because he ate too fast 😜).
Double burger, close up.
Double burger, close up.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.

The burger is super tasty and price-wise very appealing. As I said before, eating with the lettuce wrap is not an easy task, unless you are a ninja. 🙂

About the secret sauce, it is indeed very secret. Couldn’t find any information on their website, and their employees had no idea what was in it. So if you are very strict with your diet (especially with sugar) I would recommend skipping it, just to err on the side of the caution a bit, you know.

Burger Project
MLC Centre – Lower Ground Floor, Shop 6.22
19 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000 (multiple addresses available)
More information: www.burgerproject.com

Coconut slices (Brazilian Cocada) | Healthy treats #2

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I’ve made these coconut slices thinking about a popular treat found in Brazil called Cocada (more info and pronunciation here).

The original version is basically fresh coconut flakes cooked with sugar (a truckload), but here I am bringing to you a low carb version!

Yep, you read it right, sugar-free and super delicious! One of my favourite healthy treat options, hands down.

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like – optional, depending on your taste)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, coconut flakes and honey (remember, honey is optional).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread the resulting mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape that should be roughly 1cm tall.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes ⏰ and then slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s DONE! 🎉

Did you know? The word cocada is basically derived from the word coconut (in Portuguese just “coco”, the fruit), but added a suffix to indicate something made from coconut.
This treat is popular in many other Latin American countries, not only Brazil, such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile.

Some traditional recipes might include eggs or even other fruits, to change the final colour of the sweet.
For example, guava can be added to the ingredients to create beautiful red coconut slices.

Robertson Pie Shop | Robertson – Kangaroo Valley

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Robertson Pie - entrance.
Robertson Pie – entrance.

On our way back from the Kangaroo Valley we made sure to pass by another famous pie shop included in that pie trail I mentioned before: this time was Robertson Pie Shop.
This shop ranks high in all restaurants reviews in that area, and after seeing the insane number of cars parked in front of the shop, we were sure it was worth a try (and our time).

It was almost 3pm when we arrived and the shop was packed!
There was a huge line but the service was very efficient and quick. Despite the length, I can say we spent a maximum of 15 minutes in the line.

My order

As we had a kinda long way home we decided to get a takeaway, so we could have a snack in the car and something else for dinner at home. Our choices were:

  • Regular chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
  • Family size of classic beef and mushrooms pie.
Chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
Chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.

Both pies were truly delicious and had a very generous amount of filling, super creamy and tasty.
I also enjoyed their pastry, it is a different kind – when compared to Southern Pies we’ve also visited – buttery and flaky, but also incredibly tasty.

I must say that this kind of pastry is not ideal to eat in the car 🚙 (yeah, a bit messy 😜), but once we had the family one for dinner at home, oh boy, it was sooooo good that I didn’t care for any mess around earlier in the car.

There you will find many other flavours, including sweet and gluten free! I didn’t try any sweet pie, but while there I saw that the apple and cream pie was a very popular, pretty much every single table had one. So I would bet this is a good choice. 🙂

Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.

Robertson Pie Shop
4400 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson NSW 2577
More information: www.robertsonpieshop.com.au

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Vanilla muffins | Healthy cakes #2

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I have a special space in my stomach for these Vanilla Muffins, no matter how much I ate before there will be always some space for them! ❤️

They are super fluffy and moist, also dairy and nut free, packed with fibre and good stuff.

My number one option when I want to surprise guests with a healthy cake. Typical comments are “no way, this cannot be healthy, that’s impossible!” or “are you sure this is gluten free?!”. 😝

Well, they are indeed perfect and delicious, and If I were you I would run to the kitchen right now to make your own batch!

Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup of sesame seeds
  • 6 medium eggs
  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup of honey (or any sweetener you like)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup of coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
Directions
  1. In a food processor add the sesame seeds and mix for 4 minutes.
  2. Then, add eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and mix them for more 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add the coconut flour, baking powder, psyllium husks, and salt. Mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased muffin tin, leaving some space as these muffins raise well.
  5. Preheat oven at 180C (350F) and bake it for 30 minutes. ⏰
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉

Tip: For a lower carb version, replace honey with an artificial sweetener of your choice.

Did you know? Muffins are a typical American tea snack and share a lot of similarities with cupcakes, especially on how they are prepared and the basic ingredients.
A key difference, however, is that whilst cupcakes are widely accepted to be exclusively sweet, muffins can also be prepared in different savory varieties. Maybe I will bring you a savory muffin in the future? Who knows!?