Heart your Body, Heart your Country! A July 4th Retrospective.

Now that the fireworks, barbeques, and boozin are over–its time to look back on Independence Day–the actual day, not the movie–though if you were “fortunate” enough to catch a replay for the 5000 time in your life–we’re in the same boat! Though through this latest viewing, I did realize one thing new about aliens: even they are respectful enough to acknowledge, American holidays…& i’m still left asking the question why Bill Pullman never ran for president…

When I wasn’t watching Independence Day, I spent my day in the kitchen making boozy (non)milkshakes and vegan/gluten free flag cake or blowing sh*t up!

 

So, while I scarf down the rest of the flag cake for lunch, I figured I’d  follow the old kindergarten adage of sharing is caring & share the recipe for the Boozy (non)Milkshake:

  • 3/4 a cup Vanilla unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 pint So-Delicious Cherry Amaretto Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  • 4 tablespoons (1 shot & a quarter) of Patron XO

Blend, baby, Blend!

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Ba-na-na Bread.

I’ve craved a lot of things in my life. Bread was never one of them. But, when you are no longer able to eat anything that contains gluten, it becomes something you “can’t have” & we all can attest to the power that something holds when you “can’t have” it…you just want it more & more & more. It becomes an obsession. My obsession came to a low point.  A point which hit rock bottom when I was found “just hanging out” in the bread section at our local Whole Foods–it was bad. (& yes, I know there are gluten free breads I can buy at Whole Foods, but that’s like offering me a bottle of Martini & Rossi Prosecco when there’s a Veuve Clicquot available.) So, instead, I took to the kitchen. Lesson 18786 learned of being gluten free: when you start craving bread like you would sex–its time to get your booty in the kitchen.

Now, this bread was something I would always make before I went g-free (luckily, the recipe came with g-free & vegan suggestions!)

Strawberry Banana Bread: (with gluten-free & vegan suggestions)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 bananas (mash one, slice the other into thin slices)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg white beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries (diced)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan by lining it with foil and coating with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon & stir to combine. Mash 1 banana with a fork and slice the other banana into thin discs. Add the mashed banana to the dry ingredients and stir. Add the oil, beaten egg white, vanilla and stir until just combined.  Fold in 3/4 cup of strawberries into the batter & pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top the batter with the rest of the strawberries and the other banana slices by pressing them into the surface of the batter. Bake for 4 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool before removing it from the pan. Slice and serve as is or add butter, cream cheese, jelly, or whatever you want!

To keep gluten free, use gluten free flour. (Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour is a good alternative)
To keep vegan, replace the egg white with a chia/flax, egg replacer, or add extra banana or applesauce.