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I have spent so much of my life looking forward to tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year.  In the early stages of growing I remember feeling like time was going by so slowly.  I was always just anxiously waiting for the week or month to go by because there was something to really look forward to at the end of it all.  But once I got to it, it never really felt like it was worth it.  It really didn’t feel like it was worth losing sleep over or spending the days prior to it NOT to their fullest.  Yet, I would do it again and again; I found it so hard to just live in the moment.  I wanted to be stronger, bolder, smarter, older and happier.  Why did I think that I would have everything figured out and perfect if I was just older?

Yesterday I spent the day writing “May 18” on everything and it wasn’t until I verbally said to a classmate of mine “I can’t believe that it’s already May” and she responded “umm, it’s actually March” that I realized what I was doing.  While I have noticed that time is FLYING by lately (my mom said it does as you get older) I didn’t realize that I was actually a strong acting force in pushing it forward.  I was living in a snow covered May while everyone else was still in March.

That’s when I stopped and tried to take ahold of me and my subconscious thoughts.  There is barely enough time in the day to do everything I want to get done so rather than dwelling on the fact that I may not be able to I just have to DO.  I just have to LIVE IN THE MOMENT and DO WHAT I CAN to be HAPPY right NOW.  I am strong, bold, smart, happy, but I am not old.  We are all strong, bold, smart, happy and we’ll never be old.  We’ll just have more experience.

So when I saw my bananas getting darker and more experienced in that fruit bowl I thought that NOW was the perfect time to make banana bread.  I had been thinking about it for so long; so instead of dwelling more on what ingredients I would use and the fact that I didn’t actually own a loaf pan I decided to just DO it.  After braving the sleet/snowstorm in order to purchase a loaf pan form the corner store I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.

bananabread3Gluten Free Banana Bread

* Makes one 8 X 2 loaf
* note: I made all of my flours from scratch but they can be bought already made — but measurements may be slightly less than noted if using pre-made flours

1 cup gf rolled oats, ground into flour
3/4 cup raw buckwheat groats, ground into flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. raw cashews, ground into flour
2 packets stevia
3 tbsp. chia seed, milled
6 tbsp. water
3 overripe bananas, mashed
3 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. coconut sugar (double if you like a sweeter bread)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine all of the flours, 1 tablespoon milled chia seeds, stevia, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.

2. Add the 6 tablespoons of water to the remaining milled chia seeds and stir. Set aside to allow to gel up to make an “egg-like” texture.

2. In a small sauce pan on medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Stir in the coconut sugar to coat, and then add the apple sauce to make a syrup. Mash in the banana and then whisk in the “chia egg” and the almond milk. Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine. Be sure not to over stir to ensure that the loaf will rise properly. It will be sticky; gluten free flours are. Pour into prepared loaf pan and roughly spread the top even.

3. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and an inserted toothpick (or incense stick) comes out clean. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Then allow to sit for 10 more minutes after removing to guarantee a clean cutting job.

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Smear on a bit of coconut butter, butter, nut butter, or leave plain and enjoy!  This bread is super moist and has a very subtle sweetness so it can be enjoyed for breakfast, a snack or a dessert depending on how you feel!

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