Banana & Maple French Toast
Vegetarian. Dairy Free.
2x slices of Wholemeal or gluten free bread
2x tbsp of Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
Drizzle of Vanilla Essence/extract
Coconut Oil or Olive Oil – for frying
1x sliced banana
Dollop of coconut cream
Handful of Caramelized Buckinis
Drizzle of Maple Syrup
Sprinkle of Coconut Chips
Whisk eggs, vanilla essence, maple syrup and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Coat both pieces of the bread in the mixture, let it soak in a little and flip the bread over so each side is evenly coated. Pop a small dollop of coconut oil or olive oil in a fry pan and put on the stove top on medium heat. Place the bread in the fry pan and fry both sides until golden brown. I like to press down on the bread a little bit with a flipper to ensure the middle of the bread isn’t too mushy. Finally remove from the heat and top with coconut cream, chopped banana, buckinis, coconut chips & a drizzle of maple syrup.
TIP: If you place the tin of coconut cream in the fridge the night before it will thicken up nicely.
WHY AM I USING THESE INGREDIENTS?Why use Wholemeal bread instead of white?
Wholemeal bread is full of fibre and retains the nutrients naturally found in the grain such as folate, thiamine, magnesium and vitamin E. This is because the wheat germ, which contains most of these nutrients, remains intact. White bread isn’t as nutritious because the process of making white flour removes the wheat germ. When buying wholemeal make sure you check the ingredients to ensure it contains wholemeal flour as cheekily some just contain colouring to give the impression of it being brown bread.
What are buckinis? Where do I get them?
“Our Buckinis are made of activated buckwheat, which is actually a seed! Available in four distinct varieties, Buckinis have an alkalising effect on your body unlike most other cereals, which create an acidic environment. Buckwheat does not contain any gluten thus making it a great alternative for those who have a gluten intolerance. It has a high protein content, has all essential amino acids and is especially high in Lysine, Tryptophan and Arginine. This is particularly important since the body cannot produce essential amino acids on its own and depends entirely on food sources to get them.
A rich source of minerals like Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese and B Vitamins, buckwheat is also low in fat. The little fat that it does contain is mostly monounsaturated which is the kind that makes olive oil good for the heart. The Magnesium also helps improve blood circulation and decreases blood pressure. Buckwheat has a lot of heart-healthy soluble fibre which helps reduce cholesterol, and also contains resistant starch, which boosts colon health and controls blood sugar levels. The flavonoids in buckwheat, Quercitin and Rutin, have healing and antioxidant properties.”
Information from the Loving Earth Website, this is also where I buy my Caramelized Buckinis from https://lovingearth.net/product-groups/20/buckinis
Whilst coconut milk and cream should still be used in moderation there are health benefits to including it in your diet.
“Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms. It is therefore now thought that consumption of coconut milk may help protect the body from infections and viruses. MCFAs are rapidly metabolized into energy in the liver. It is thought that unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat.”
Information from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-coconut-milk
What are the benefits of maple syrup?
“Health benefits of real maple syrup are far more comprehensive than you might expect. The only product in our diet coming directly from a plant’s sap, this natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system.”
Information from www.purecanadamaple.com/benefits-of-maple-syrup/
There are many all round health benefits associated with bee pollen, from enhancing your immune system to treating skin irritations. You can find a great list of the benefits here http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen