The plan was to make some healthy Moringa muffins this weekend (actually last weekend). Instead, I decided to treat myself to a day without my kids being angry at me. So, I made Bananas Foster Bread, also known as the downfall for all healthy cells in my body.
Like, die, die. Also, I’m really sorry for anyone who may be reading this and has had a loved one venture to heaven recently. Seriously though, if they would have eaten this bread, they’d die too. Again.
Everyone and their grammy believes they own the best banana bread recipe and they are right. Everyone owns it, folks. It’s always the same thing! Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon or nutmeg, milk, bananas, nuts and maybe some chocolate chips. Nothing new, except the people who drop in a cup of oil. So nastylicious. The secret to banana bread is….the topping!
Make a crumble, make a drizzle, make something to jazz up your banana bread. On that note, if anyone, anyone at all, is able to create a photo of banana bread with jazz hands, email me right away.
No segue at all here, just gonna move on. This is probably old news to most of you, but I still can’t get enough of this particular meme…
You know what else I want to talk about? Gut microbiomes!
I know, it sounds so boring. If you don’t already know however, gut microbiomes are like the Keymaster from Ghostbusters. Your whole world is locked into your gut, seriously. Skin conditions, depression, anxiety, thyroid connections, fatigue, brain fog and cancer…it’s all in your gut. Well, cancer isn’t really in IN your gut, but your gut has the key to preventing the disease.
Research on the gut microbiome has exploded over the past few years. This bold new frontier may just provide the string theory of all human disease. “Name just about any ailment plaguing us and you’ll find some researchers discovering the microbial angle for a connection,” says Leach, whose latest book, Bloom: Reconnecting with Your Primal Gut in a Modern World, is due out this fall. – Eating Well
One more quote. If I broke it up into two, I figured I could trick you into reading two short things instead of one super long. Sorry, I should have had more faith in your reading stamina
From birth to age 5, children receive more antibiotics than during any other five-year period in their lives. One of Leach’s colleagues, New York University microbiologist Martin Blaser, M.D., believes antibiotics have “deranged” the microbiome—even causing some species to go extinct—and that their overuse is why many health problems, including type 1 diabetes, obesity and allergies, are on the rise.
Why am I talking about this? It’s an ulcer update!
Our lives are in the balance of our guts. All the symptoms that we keep masking with mega-drugs are often tied to the good vs. bad ratio of gut bacteria. We got it wrong. I say we like I’ve had any actual part in the world of medical research.
We (using it loosely now) may have even got the appendix wrong. Turns out, it might not be a left over piece of intestine we once used to process tree bark. The appendix might just be an extra pool of good bacteria, which can be sent into our gut. – Science Focus
You know what else is up and up and coming in the gut world? Fecal transplants. They super heal and yes, I totally understand how freaking nasty that is.
To really talk about all things microbiome, I’d need to start another blog. My poor sister site, SheEmbarks.com is already there, sad over not getting enough attention. So, I’ll point you in a starter direction if you are interested.
Here are nine ways to start taking betta’ care of your belly (by Dr. Mark Hyman)
- Eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods. One of the best ways to maintain gut health involves cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and jacking up gut-supporting fiber.
- Make 75 percent of your plate be vegetables and plant-based foods. Your gut bugs really love these high-fiber plant foods.
- Eat good fats and get an oil change. The good fats we mentioned earlier (like omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil) will help with decreasing inflammation, giving healthy gut bugs a chance to flourish.
- Supplement smartly. Beyond the numerous benefits (including reducing inflammation), studies find omega 3 fatty acids can support healthy gut flora. You should definitely supplement with an essential fatty acids formula, if you’re not regularly eating wild-caught fatty fish. You can find professional-quality formulas in my store. Take a good probiotic supplement.This helps reduce gut inflammation while cultivating health and the growth of good bacteria.
- Add more coconut. Studies demonstrate anti-inflammatory and weight loss benefits from adding Medium Chain Triglyceride or MCT oils. One of my favorite fats, coconut oil and coconut butter, contains these fabulous fat-burning MCTs.
- Remove inflammatory fats. Cut out bad, inflammatory omega 6 rich fats like vegetable oils. Replace these with healthier oils like extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
- Add fiber-rich foods. Nuts, seeds, and a special fiber called glucomannan provide prebiotics and feed our healthy bacteria.
- Add fermented foods. Sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and miso contain good amounts of probiotics so your healthy gut bugs can be fruitful and multiply.
The above recommendations are not miracle cures. They are the actions that lead to normalized gut function and flora through improved diet, increased fiber intake, daily probiotic supplementation, the use of nutrients that repair the gut lining, and the reduction of bad bugs in the gut with herbs or medication.
So, that’s what I’ve been working on. Which is why I can tell you that one slice of this banana bread wrecked me for 36 hours. Totally bloated, 2 pounds of water retention, SO much indigestion and total belly aching. Gluten wasn’t a factor this time, leaving my other arch nemesis, SUGAR. While I can attest to the total deliciousness of this recipe, I can affirm my statement from earlier, you will die. This bread is the downfall of both my healthy cells and society altogether. But…oh lawdy, lawdy it tastes so good.
- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour
- 4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ c butter
- ½ c pure maple syrup
- 1 c powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan, set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes,
- While bread is cooling, melt together butter, syrup and vanilla over low heat. Take mixture off burner and whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over bread and enjoy heaven.