Go BANANAS over these sweet palm oil free recipes. Here are some favourite recipes for any occasion, breakfast to dessert!
Those who know me, know I love my porridge. My morning ritual involves whipping up some porridge and serving it with yogurt (thanks mum for the hot tip) and a variety of toppings (thanks housemates). I started eating porridge through winter to keep nice and warm on those icy cold mornings and bircher muesli just wasn’t doing the trick (i’ll be back into it over summer though).
Porridge is very simple to make but here’s my method for anyone who has never experienced the wonders of cooking porridge.
What you need:
- Small saucepan
- ½ cup traditional porridge oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Ideas for toppings:
- Creamy, berry yogurt
- Organic chocolate, such as from the Loving Earth range (I like to think it’s healthy)
- Chia seeds (if you want a bit of crunch)
- Anything else you think would go well, the possibilities are endless with porridge!
To make: Heat small saucepan over medium heat and add oats and water. Cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until oats become thick and creamy. Meanwhile, cut up fruit toppings and place a generous spoonful of yogurt in a bowl. Stir vanilla extract through porridge and pour porridge into yogurt bowl. Sprinkle with toppings (or mix topping with porridge in saucepan) and now you have delicious bowl of porridge that is guaranteed to give you enough energy to power through the day!
Banana NICE cream
This is a perfect recipe for hot, summer days and when you’ve got some bananas going brown. I’m disappointed that ice cream is one of those foods that is near impossible to find without palm oil or with clear labelling of certified sustainable palm oil (except for you Ben & Jerry’s – you go Ben and Jerry). Luckily, you can make creamy, healthy, one ingredient ice-cream. COOL BANANAS!
What you need:
- High powered food processor blender
- Overripe bananas
- Ziplock bag/ container
Topping suggestions include (but are not limited to):
- Chai spice (or cinnamon/ nutmeg)
- Peanut butter
- Choc chips
To make: Freeze your ‘nanas overnight in a ziplock bag or container. Break frozen bananas apart and ruffle up a bit to soften. Place in food processor and blend until creamy. Stir through toppings and eat straight away or place in freezer to firm if the texture has gone a bit too soft.
Tip: You do need a high powered food processor though, I used a nutri ninja slim (mostly suited to blending softer fruits), which worked but was a bit harder to blend than a more high powered version.
Enjoy your nana nice cream!
Banana Cake (adapted from Taste)
Perfect with a morning or evening cuppa, this ‘nana cake might give your Nana a run for her money!
What you need:
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 50g butter, melted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- ¼ cup (60ml) milk
- ½ cup mashed banana
Preheat oven to 180 degrees (or 160 fan forced. Grease approx. 7cm-deep, 10 x 20cm loaf pan and line with baking paper. Sift flour into large bowl and stir through sugar. Make a well in the centre and add butter, egg, vanilla, milk and mashed banana. Stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and cook for 40 mins, or until golden and firm. Transfer to wire pan to cool.
So GO BANANAS with these awesome recipes that are free from palm oil and will please even the toughest of critics! Let us know if you have any amazing palm oil free recipes that must be shared!
The Australian Government needs to turn over a new leaf and introduce the mandatory ingredient labelling of palm oil so that we as consumers can make informed choices in our every day purchase decisions. Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/1VryJAs to help amplify the message!
By Chelsea W | A New Leaf Project