The "Cauliflower" Lollipop's Celiac Vegans' Dream Banana Bread
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://www.thecauliflowerlollipop.com/2010/01/have-your-banana-bread-gluten-free.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Joy Jenkins
love cruciferous vegetables. Any way I can get them.
I also love Banana Bread. Any way I can make it.
Which is what drove me to write this entry. But how on earth do these two things correlate? Bear with me.
Cruciferous is the botanical description of a large family of plants. They dominate as a crop, not only that they dominate in health benefits too!
When I think of cruciferous I think heart healthy, high in vitamins, low in calories and loaded with other cancer fighting benefits Nutritionist's, like my self, fawn over. If I could invent a pill that did everything a cup of steamed broccoli could do, I would be a millionaire. Nonetheless, its actually better to eat the greens, than to take the supplement for them. The body is made to break down actual food, not concentrated pills, so remember that when you're taking a handful of vitamins and instead of getting 4 -6 servings of veggies a day, it's just not the same.
You can get them in all shapes, flavors, sizes and colors too.Kale is a favorite of mine. I like to steam it then add a mix of balsamic vinegar, chili flakes and soy sauce. It is super high in Vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting.
Cauliflower, obviously a personal favorite, is way high in Vitamin C and also slows and prevents the growth tumors of breast and prostate. It also comes in all kinds of fun colors now : purple, orange, light green....
Brussels Sprout's which look like little mini cabbages, cultivated in ancient Rome, always remain on my grocery list this time of year. Don't fear them for their flatulence causing effects! They are so great when roasted in the oven with some sea salt and pepper. Simple, fast, and fat free!
There are so many more too : bok choy, rutabaga, kohlrabi, mustard greens, turnip greens, arugula, daikon, collards and even wasabi. With such a plethora of choices, there is no excuse not to try them.
So today, I salute you Cruciferous Vegetables! Not only do you come in all flavors, grow in hash conditions, have cancer fighting properties up the whaa-zoo, but you are one of my go to vegetable nearly everyday of the week.
So how does Banana Bread come in line with this?
A current Favorite twist with Cruciferous Vegetable mixed into a recipe comes from the aptly titled best seller Deceptively Delicious. Not only has the lovely and talented Mrs. Seinfeld (yes, like the show) found a way to sneak more veggies into her kids mouths, she also has adults swooning over the health benefits of her switch outs.
Try it! You won't believe how easy it is or how amazing some of these sneaky treats and meals taste, in addition to cutting down the total calories. There is also healthful information in the book from a REAL Dietitian! High Five! Check her out here if this kind of cooking tickles your fancy, or just go buy it.
I like her Banana Bread recipe, but I sub out the egg whites, as well as use different sugars. In fact, I find I like to combine ideas from different recipes together. My newest concoction combines the banana bread from Jessica's book and the other from Babycakes NYC's Erin McKenna's new book which I am just obsessed with. Not only was this girl the winner of Martha Stewart's Cupcake contest, but her recipes are mostly gluten free, refined sugar free and all vegan. Plus, she's super cute. Triple threat, really.
Could it get better, or for that matter, better for you than that?! It can, she just opened up another locale in Downtown LA, score! The great thing about new places like this is it not only is a door to what is possible in the world of healthful baking, it is a window to a population of people with Celiac Disease, or those who cannot digest gluten and therefore must avoid so many tasty treats like Banana Bread. Now there are ALL KINDS of alternatives!
"When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present." - www.celiac.org
I think, maybe if these two girls brilliant ideas came together, you could get something like a combination of cataclysmic healthful deliciousness.
Like this! From me, to you!