At December's Wellness Wednesday, we invited Brooke Wilson, Natural Chef & Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Summer Thyme Kitchen to talk about the affects of sugar on the body and how to make delicious desserts without the junk -- you know, the refined carbs and sugars.
Brooke reminded me about how awful I feel after I eat refined sugar (headaches, stomaches, sometimes dizziness, not to mention weight gain) and the stress that my liver goes through to break it down. She also brought in some amazing treats made from whole foods, which contain all the right stuff like protein, fiber, and carbohydrates which help prevent some of the heavy effects of sugar on the body.
What's great about this recipe is that it is so simple to make and if you have a well-stocked pantry, you probably already have these ingredients waiting to be used.
- 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until frothy and fully combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all the flour mixture has been incorporated.
Spoon the batter into the 2 mini loaf pans. You can also use this batter to make muffins.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
The Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are a great source of protein and fiber. They lower LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and help fight against heart disease. Almonds are great for your skin, relieve constipation, and prevent diabetes, just to name a few.
Helpful tip: Store almonds in your fridge up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to a year to keep them healthy.
Image & recipe from Summer Thyme Kitchen