Vegan and Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread

 

Yesterday, my 3 year old was watching Daniel Tiger and they made banana bread together. As they finished singing a song about baking a “Love Cake”, Gregory turned to me and said, “I wanna bake Dadda a Love Cake.”

How can you say no to that, right? So I pulled up Anna’s recipe and made a few tweaks. I switched out brown rice flour, because I was out of almond flour. I used almond milk instead of coconut, and honey instead of maple syrup. I’m into coconut sugar lately, mainly because it’s not as sweet but still gets the job done without spiking my blood sugar levels! Win!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a separate bowl. I put the bowl on a low stool so that my 3 year old could stir 🙂

2. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl.

3. Combine the last 4 ingredients in a mixer. Slowly stir in the banana chunks, stir until smooth.

4. Heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan until melted, then add it in.

5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, stir until smooth.

6. Spread mixture into a pan greased with coconut oil.

Let me say, this banana bread tastes like dessert with hardly ANY of the glycemic side effects. (especially if you use almond flour instead!). But when my 3 year old presented this to his Dad, singing “I baked you a LO-VE cake!”, it tasted pretty darn sweet.

A perfect dessert, if you ask me.

What Are Your Kids Afraid Of?

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As a little child, I remember being afraid all the time. I was afraid of the dark. I was afraid of swimming. I was afraid of God (sigh, long story). As young as 5, I was acutely aware of death and was always afraid of people dying. I never wanted to jump off things. I had major social anxiety (especially after I was home schooled for a few years). I was deathly afraid of dogs. But the things I was afraid of, first and foremost, were bugs, especially mosquito eaters and spiders.

There was a time once when, in the middle of my bedtime routine, I ran screaming into our bedroom to get Jesse, face wash covering my eyes. Why? Because a giant “bird” (aka, large moth) was “attacking” me.

And apparently I’ve passed this fear onto Gregory.

Remember a few weeks ago, when I posted on Facebook about a large potato bug that Jesse and Gregory “caught” together (as it scurried across my living room floor???). Gregory was definitely apprehensive about looking at the bug once he saw my reaction, but I didn’t think much of it. Once Jesse caught the bug in a jar, it started flailing around, making this horrid scratchy noise. Who would want to be near that, right? He definitely ended up cowering with me on the couch.

Tonight, I noticed Gregory avoiding a large alphabet puzzle that a woman at church gave to us. He kept inching his way along the sofa to get around it, making sure his body was as far away as possible. It definitely struck me as odd.

Later on, he came to me crying, asking me to “cover up the alligator” and save him.

I looked. There was an alligator drawn on the side, so I covered it up with my hand.

“No, no!” he wailed. “THE BUG!”

And then I saw it. The “I for Insect” slot. There, with big buggy eyes, was a big green illustration of a bug.

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I tried showing him the puzzle board again, touching it to show him it wasn’t real, but he started shaking and sobbing. He wouldn’t calm down long enough to even give me a chance to explain.

Does this seem bass-ackwards to anyone else? My rough and tumble 3 year old boy who eats mud is afraid of a PICTURE?

I know it was our potato bug incident that caused this, and while I feel bad about my reaction, I also know that there wasn’t a lot I could do. It happens before I realize it. A true involuntary reaction if I ever had one.

It got me thinking– since I gave him this fear, how do I help him out of it? Or will he get over it on his own? Every kid has fears, true, but isn’t it our job as parents to help them face things? Confront and overcome?

I know Gregory’s personality because he’s so much like me, and there’s no way I would’ve reacted well to someone pushing me to face my fears. I work slowly and methodically when I’m overcoming things and I shut down if I face any conflict or fear head on.

Does anyone have any suggestions? How do you deal with your child’s fears?

Family Pictures 2013- Preview

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Every year, we choose Melissa Jean as our photographer. She gives us her old rate since we’ve been her clients for so long (I love it when people do this! Repeat customer all the way!), and she’s completely chill with our crazy our family trying to sit still! She’s never too busy to work around us, and always takes her time to do a good job 🙂 We cannot recommend her highly enough!!

(Other Melissa photo shoots: Anthony’s Newborn, Maternity 2012, Gregory’s 1st Birthday, Gregory’s 3 month)

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