Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Even without words or tact, kids can send you some strong messages.
Like last year, when I found my phone in the toilet. I had a job/role that was making me sick and I spent a lot of time on the phone; often yelling and usually ending in tears. Obviously 2 year old S didn’t like how it made me feel so he opted to put an end to it… toddler style!
Like during dinner when the boys have decided that they don’t like what I’ve cooked for them and the dogs end up with sneaky treats from under the table. This commonly occurs with crusts, sprouts, and cauliflower
Or like last week when the boys were staying with their Nana and were heading out to the shops. 4 year old H said that Nana had to get changed as she was still in her Pajamas… turns out she wasn’t. She was just wearing stripped pants like the Bananas in Pajamas. Very tactful!
Kids say it as it is. If we were to do the same we’d probably have no friends left. Lucky they’re so cute it’s easy to forgive and forget. Do you sometimes wish you could engage your inner child and tell it as it is? Yes, your butt does look big in those inappropriately low jeans. No, I don’t like your boyfriend who thinks it’s hilarious to tell blonde jokes in my company. Yes, that dress does look like a 1982 style bridesmaid dress and no, puffy sleeves do not make your waist look smaller.
I recently sent my husband to Costco with a long list normal baking staples; giant bottles of Coconut Oil, Cocoa, Almonds and Coconut Flour. This time I put Walnuts on the list too. Apparently I said I wanted 2 bags; what I wasn’t expecting was 2 giant bags! I had to find inventive ways to use Walnuts, or at least start to make a small dent in the supply.
This is my take on the classic Date and Walnut Loaf. I was not content with just having walnuts in the loaf; I was never going to get through my giant stash at that slow pace. To give this Date and Walnut Loaf a super walnut flavour I used Walnut Meal in place of my regular Almond Meal. Making Walnut Meal is a super easy. Take a cup of walnut pieces and blitz them in your blender until a fine crumb forms. Walnuts are quite an oily nut so keep a close eye on the blender as they will start to turn into a nut butter if left too long.
- 3 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 270 grams Banana (approximately 2 1/-2 to 3 Bananas)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
- 3/4 cup Walnut Meal (take 1 cup of walnut pieces and process until fine crumbs form. Be careful not to over process as the walnuts will turn into an oily paste very quickly. Measure 3/4 of meal after processing the nuts as it will usually yield a little more than required).
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Flour
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
- dash of Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Milk (Coconut, Almond etc)
- 1/3 Cup Walnuts, cut into small pieces
- 1/3 Cup Dates, cut into small pieces
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F
- Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) x 10cm (4 inch) loaf tin.
- Place the eggs into the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer and beat on medium until fluffy.
- Add the maple syrup and continue to beat on medium. Add the vanilla extract.
- Add the bananas to the blender and pulse (alternatively do this with a masher or fork). I like to have mine mainly gooey with a few chunks left in.
- Add the bananas to the mixing bowl and beat on medium until well combined.
- In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl, being careful not to over mix.
- Add the milk and stir through gently.
- Add the date and walnut pieces and gently fold thru the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
- Bake for 55 minutes, or until cooked through. Check the loaf at 40 minutes. If it is starting to brown too much in top cover the loaf with foil and continue and bake.
- Allow to cool in the tin before slicing.
- Tastes great when served with Jam or Whipped Coconut Cream.