Best banana bread recipe
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Banana bread to go bananas for!

You know what everyone loves? Banana bread!

This banana bread recipe is one of the best I’ve tried. So moist, so delicious and it’s loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 like pecan nuts for a midday pick-me-up.
Believe me when I say that this is one of the best banana bread recipes out there. The flavors blend perfectly together, and the ingredients are carefully combine to create the softest, moistest banana bread ever. I often find loaves have a tendency to turn out too dry, but not this recipe. Nope.
And since  it is loaded with good things like omega-3s and fibre, I encourage you to get baking and go bananas :)


  • 75g pecan nuts, chopped
  • 4 bananas, mashed – 400g – I use a blender
  • Few drops of vanilla essence
  • 240g plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml olive oil

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In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Then set aside.
Now beat the egg, olive oil and vanilla essence together. Add this to the flour mixture using a spoon. Now mix in mashed bananas and pecan nuts. If using whole pecan nuts, put them in a food bag and crush with a rolling pin. Stir until just incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin. Now pour the batter into greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. The loaf should spring back when prodded gently with your finger. Cool on a rack before slicing.

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gluten free fashionable diet trend
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Gluten-free, is it just another buzzword?

A couple of days ago my brother bought me a package of gluten-free muesli…

gluten free musli avoca dublinGluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It is the ingredient that gives dough its elasticity.

Since I got it, I started wondering: what exactly gluten-free diet means. I see it everywhere: gluten-free muffins, bread, pizza, breakfast cereal, crackers, buns. It seems gluten is to 2014 what carbs were to the diet conscious ten years ago. You can also easily say that gluten-free sales are a rapidly growing segment of the food market in Ireland. So is it just another marketing ploy or perhaps I can really improve my intestinal health?

gluten free what it means

I know people who tout not only the digestive benefits of living without gluten but the weight loss advantage it offers too. Others credit a gluten-free diet with improving all sorts of conditions including autism?!
There is no doubt about it that gluten is a major concern for many. For people who has Coeliac Disease (In Ireland 1 in 100 people may have coeliac disease. Source: Coeliac Society of Ireland, 2012), a condition whereby gluten causes serious damage to the intestines, a gluten-free diet can be life saving. For majority though it seems to be a choice, a fashionable trend.

gluten free
Let’s say that I decide to go gluten-free. Does it mean that I can eliminate gluten simply by removing breads from my diet? Well…the answer is no. The fact is that gluten is in many processed food products, so going to a gluten-free lifestyle often means eating much less processed food and cooking from scratch more often. I read that it can be a real shock to go to a gluten-free diet overnight, and many people are struggling with this transition.
Ok, but what about those processed, so self-called gluten-free products? I read a few “gluten-free”labels and trust me, it is definitely not the ticket to good health. It looks that many producers add in gluten-like additives like soy lecithin which can cause as much harm as gluten itself. And it’s not only strange-sounding ingredients that are common in gluten-free products. It blows my mind that there can be so much sugar and fat!
So, to be truly gluten free, is it enough just to avoid foods that contain gluten? Unfortunately not. Some over the counter medication may have gluten in them. There are even certain types of lipsticks that use a high concentration of gluten.

What I’ve learnt in recent days is that gluten comes in various forms, manifestations and combinations. And perhaps if we are not coeliacs, we might simply begin drinking more water to naturally detox our bodies, eat salads with lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies…that’s my plan anyway :)

If you’ve gone gluten-free, please share your story with me. How long have you been gluten-free? I really would like to hear from you.