This makes me sound like I can bake, I really am (was) the worst cook on the planet. More on that later, but for now, a bit on how I have been drastically altered to LOVE cooking programmes, cooking, kitchen appliances - I bought a flipping pestle and mortar the other day - ingredients and lots of trial and error. More error really...
Jamie Oliver is my hero. I could watch 30 Minute Meals on repeat for days, in fact I do. He's just a genius at teaching through the telly. I've learnt so many tricks by osmosis, that my healthy living ineptitude and resultant depression has not only lifted, but become a fully fledged hobby. I even 'adapt' some of his recipes - how accomplished is that? I do draw the line at 'pukka', and he does have questionable measuring skills (a tiny bit of olive oil my ar*e), but at this point, it is true love.
This recipe, that I adapted this evening (get me) has nothing to do with Jamie Oliver, but after three adaptation attempts over a four week period, I felt the final success story was worth celebrating. Oh and I promised the buckwheat banana pancake one too...
When you read the food post (imminent) you'll get my need for adapting, but basically, I love food, I love sweet things, I love biscuits, but I want to be healthy, so:
'Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Oat, Maple, Pecan, Banana Cookie Cakes'. I told you I was new to this.
1/2 cup organic oats
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinamon
1 organic egg
2 mashed bananas
1/4 cup maple syrup or agave - but if agave use less. Don't ask me how much less, just use Maple.
1 small handful crushed whatever you like organic nuts - In this case, pecan
Mix in a bowl, add some more oats (are you sensing my cooking style?) spoon onto baking parchment, stick in oven for 20 minutes.
I say cookie cakes because they always stay a bit spongy, but hey, it worked for Jaffa Cakes.
Dadjokes' verdict (he doesn't particularly like healthy): "I had three, can I have more?"
Buckwheat Banana Pancakes
1 mashed banana plus one for serving
1 organic egg
250 ml rice or oat milk
100g buckwheat flour
125 ml water
Whisk, cook, eat with maple syrup.
(A very happy NB on Maple Syrup: It's natural, sweeter than sugar, but with less calories, has more minerals than honey, is a good source of zinc, and manganese, which are good for your immune system - very important for chemo patients. This is the best food news I have heard so far. And Beyonce got skinny on it, although I'm not recommending that...)