Raw food is amazing. I have found myself watching youtube videos of raw recipes. From raw cookies to "nut meat" in tacos. Everything looks so interesting and cleansing and also very tasty. There seems to be a lot of vita-mix/blender/food processor utilization It leaves me thinking maybe I could start eating raw.
But then I remember how much I love pork, steak and roasted vegetables. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I can't make raw food items and incorporate them into my diet, right?
So, yesterday I skipped along (actually walked slowly after my 10 mile run earlier in the morning) to Whole Foods headed for the bulk items. I bagged myself nuts, seeds, wheats, medjool dates and some old bananas. I wanted to make a raw inspired item by using some of the same methods as raw cooks...and then bake it. HAHA!
So I bring to you my raw inspired banana bread. EXTREMELY healthy, low fat, low sugar etc. etc.
What you will need:
- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- handful toasted walnuts
- handful raisins
- ¾ cup cooked oats (I used a combo of cooked groats, rolled oats and cracked buckwheat)
- 1 tbsp ground golden flax
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg white (for vegan purposes use a little more flax + water)
- ¼ cup apple sauce
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- dash of nutmeg
- 2 dashes of cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
Ingredients that will go into the food processor:
Oat mixture, raisins, banana, walnuts(i saved some to throw in just before baking)
To toss into the bowl later:
Process bananas, raisins and oats until it looks like this! Yuuuuum
Place into a bowl
Add the rest of the ingredients....
Pour into a greased vessel. I chose a loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until done.
Note: this makes a relatively tiny loaf.
I was surprised with the great flavor and natural sweetness this had. It worked out quite well!
I portioned my little slices in plastic:
I think I might refrigerate these little babies.