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Homemade Banana Bread | Gluten-free + Vegan

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Bananas For Bananas

We love bananas! In fact, the hubs and I buy them by the case—40lbs and about 100 bananas total! We like to let them get all ripe, sweet, speckled, and freckled, peel them, and freeze them by the dozens to throw into plant-powered smoothies year-round! That being said, sometimes they do sit out on the countertop a little too long—it’s rare, but it does happen!

When your bananas surpass the leopard-spotted phase to the all-black stage, there’s only one option left…and it’s a tasty one: BANANA BREAD!

I don’t bake often, but whenever I do, I wonder why not! It’s so rewarding, especially when you can find a way to use whole, fresh, and clean ingredients, and even manage to steer clear of gluten! This recipe is hubby-approved, and I know you’re gonna love it, especially as the temperature drops, and indoor activities like getting messy in the kitchen become more appealing!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Only 9 Ingredients!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Homemade Upgrades

  • Whole Grain Flour: Blending your own whole oat flour is an upgrade from refined, white flour. On top of that, oats are gluten-free—yet another upgrade from conventional flour.

  • Flax “Egg”: Ground flax seed makes for a heart-healthy upgrade from eggs. Flax contains more omega-3 fatty acids, and zero cholesterol!

  • Almond Butter: Almond butter is a creamy, delicious, and nutritious upgrade that takes the place of using butter or oils.

  • Coconut Sugar: This sweetener is far less processed and refined than regular, white granulated sugar, and has an amazing scent!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: A touted “cure-all” that takes the place of baking soda and interacts with baking powder to give baked goods that “lift” as they bake! How many times did I just say bake?!

  • Vanilla Flavoring: Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and this upgraded ingredient does not!

  • Pink Himalayan Salt: This pretty, pink, ancient salt contains a plethora of trace minerals that refined table salt does not!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

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Homemade Banana Bread

Banana bread is a childhood favorite that everybody knows and loves, and this version is sure to love you back! This delicious and nutritious baked goodness is not only gluten-free, it’s also oil-free, and vegan! A piece of this perfectly moist loaf topped with a dash of cinnamon is sure to please anyone as a mid-day snack or a little slice of Heaven after dinnertime!

gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, banana-riffic!

prep: 15min // bake time: 45-60min

ingredients:

method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

  2. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and water, stir, and set aside.

  3. In a blender or food processor, blend rolled oats into a fine flour.

  4. Add oat flour to medium bowl, along with other dry ingredients: coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

  5. In a separate bowl, peel and mash ripe bananas until an even, runny texture is achieved. Add other wet ingredients: almond butter, apple cider vinegar, vanilla flavoring, and flax “egg” to bowl. Mix well.

  6. Slowly mix dry ingredients in with wet ingredients. Stir well until all clumps are dissolved, and an even consistency is achieved.

  7. Pour batter into a parchment paper-lined or greased bread loaf pan, and smooth top. (Note: I used two mini loaf pans, about 6x3in each).

  8. Bake at 350ºF for about 45 minutes (or closer to 60 min if using one regular-size loaf pan). Check often. When top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out cleanly with minimal crumbs, your loaf is ready!

  9. Allow to cool on the stovetop for about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove from pan, slice, and enjoy! Feel free to top with vegan butter, nut butter, sliced bananas, cinnamon, etc!

notes:

  • Stores best wrapped in saran or a container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Feel free to experiment with using another nut or seed butter in place of almond butter.

  • You may also use brown sugar or cane sugar in place of coconut sugar, but coconut is your best bet, as it is the least refined.

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Any Way You Slice It

Lately I’ve really been feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. If you’re feeling the same, remember to live in the present, rather than future-tripping, and to give yourself time to decompress each and every day.

A few things that have helped me to slice up my day and keep things well-balanced, as of late:

  1. Establish a self-care morning routine: read, write, pray, meditate, and listen to something encouraging and inspiring!

  2. Get your sweat on and get outside, even if it means bundling up and braving the elements.

  3. Put your feet up and do something mindless—peruse Pinterest or watch a good movie.

  4. Spend time with loved ones—laugh, cry, and give lots of hugs!

  5. Create a weekly mantra for yourself—write it down, read it aloud, and believe it!

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
— Henry Ford

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Erin

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Liquid Gold: Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipe For Healthy Digestion & Glowing Skin

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Sunshine In A Glass

I don't know about you, but as soon as August hits, I begin to feel a little blue about summer coming to an end. Eating a plant-based diet can greatly improve our health and elevate our mood, especially when we eat (and drink) the rainbow!

This juice recipe is literally sunshine in a glass that you can enjoy anytime you need some extra light in your life! And on that note, it will make you feel lighter!

The Juice Is Ideal For:

  • Fighting inflammation
  • Improved digestion
  • Beating belly bloat
  • Detoxing heavy metals
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Giving your skin a healthy glow
  • Energizing + invigorating
LIQUID GOLD: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICE RECIPE TO BEAT BELLY BLOAT & AID IN DIGESTION | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest
LIQUID GOLD: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICE RECIPE TO BEAT BELLY BLOAT & AID IN DIGESTION | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest
LIQUID GOLD: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICE RECIPE TO BEAT BELLY BLOAT & AID IN DIGESTION | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest
LIQUID GOLD: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICE RECIPE TO BEAT BELLY BLOAT & AID IN DIGESTION | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest

Lighten Up & Loosen Up

Digestion

Thanks to a healthy dose of ginger root and a touch of celery, this juice is fantastic for digestion, which equates to reduced belly bloating and regular elimination.

Inflammation

This juice also boasts a bounty of anti-inflammatory benefits, due to the powerful effects of turmeric root, and the curcumin it contains. Pineapple is another commonly overlooked anti-inflammatory that contains a potent enzyme called bromelain, that's great for muscle recovery and repair

Detoxification

Another overlooked fruit with powerful benefits when juiced in the Granny Smith apple. This variety is desirable for juicing, because the more tart the apple, the more malic acid it contains. Malic acid stimulates the metabolism and also helps to detox heavy metals from the body.

Immunity

On top of the anti-bloating and anti-inflammatory benefits, this Liquid Gold juice also contains a whopping dose of Vitamin C to keep your skin and immune system in check. Thank you, citrus!

LIQUID GOLD: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICE RECIPE TO BEAT BELLY BLOAT & AID IN DIGESTION | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest

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Liquid Gold Juice Recipe

Need a little light in your life? This sunshine in a glass will brighten your day and lighten your load. Liquid Gold is fantastic for optimal digestion, glowing skin, boosting the immune system, and it also boasts a bounty of anti-inflammatory benefits. Drink up first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for the most bang for your buck! 

raw vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, low-fat, energizing + rainbow-licious

time: 10 min // serves: 1-2

ingredients:

  • 8-12oz fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 5 oranges)
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2-3 cups pineapple
  • 1 large knob of ginger
  • 1 chunk of turmeric

method:

  1. Juice oranges using a citrus juicer and set aside.
  2. Cut other ingredients into chunks and place into juicer. Start with ginger and turmeric root so the juicier ingredients will flush them through completely.
  3. Pour juice from juicer plus orange juice into fine mesh strainer to eliminate any extra pulp, for an extra smooth and sweet finished product.

notes:

  • If you do not own a juicer, you can also blend all ingredients and strain with a fine mesh strainer.
  • Will last in refrigerator for 24-48 hours in an airtight container, but tastiest and most nutritious when fresh.
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Juicing 101

    The Juice Is Worth The Squeeze

    If you're looking to amp up your health, juicing is a great way to go! There are tons of juicers of varying price ranges on the market, but the quality of your juicer directly impacts the quality and nutritional value of your juice!

    An investment in quality is an investment in your health and happiness!

    My new Omega NC900 has definitely made the juice worth the squeeze! This super quiet motor, slow masticating, dual-stage extraction juicer comes with adjustable settings depending on what type of recipe you're making. Due to these features, you'll get maximum extraction, it will not damage your produce via grinding and gnashing, and it reduces oxidation, significantly! All of this jargon essentially means you'll get more juice for your squeeze, and it'll be less bubbly, more nutrient dense, and more flavorful!

    You can use this juicer for:

    • Fruits & veggies
    • Citrus
    • Greens
    • Wheatgrass
    • Nut milks
    • Nut butters
    • Pastas
    • and even Baby food! (good news for me)! ;)

    More Juicy Resources

    Be sure to look into my 3-Day Juice Feast Detox Guide--it's the perfect way to cleanse, reset, and re-energize your body!

    Check out these helpful blog posts for more on juicing, and a delicious green juice that's perfect for detoxifying and alkalizing your bod!


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    Stay Golden

    As summer begins to wind down, don't forget to soak up the sun, have a splash in the pool, and keep your body in peak shape, inside and out, with plenty of colorful, whole foods!

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    Designed For Your Lifestyle,

    Erin

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