O to the M to the G
That can't be good for you AT ALL! Hello, chemicals?? Ack!
So I started doing some reading and talking to my husband's cousin S who is very much into organic eating and cutting out GMO food (genetically modified). She recommended something called Xylitol. I learned from my reading that it's a plant based sugar substitute but you need to be careful as to which kind you buy. The kind I got from my favorite online shopping site with "the smile on the box" is made from birch trees in Utah. There is another kind I found that's made from GMO corn from China. Oh, no thank you. It's less expensive than the one made in the USA but I'd rather pay the extra because frankly genetically modified foods scare me a tad.
I then stumbled upon something called... Coconut Oil.
....and the heavens open up and the angel's began to sing....
Why have I not heard of this before? So when I was on my favorite online shopping site getting the Xylitol I also ordered Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
It came in a jar and looks just like what it is- solidified oil (but pure white). But then you unscrew the cap and... ahhh the smell is out of this world! Go to your favorite search engine and look up the health benefits for coconut oil. Some say that it's beneficial to eat a tablespoon a day. I will admit that I did taste a little right out of the jar. It melted in my mouth and had a very pleasant coconut taste (duh).
I looked online and found a recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Bread With Coconut Oil.
Let's do this.
The rundown on the ingredients is very simple:
The recipe said that it made one loaf. That didn't seem right because I had a lot in my mixing bowl. So I put it in 2 loaf pans and came out to be 1/2 way full for each pan. It said to cook for 1 hour at 350 but I started checking it after 35 minutes and I think it only took about 45 minutes.
It. Is. Awesome.
I don't feel super guilty having two slices for breakfast because it doesn't have any white flour or sugar in it and is filled with some healthy stuff. I'm so proud of my win over "white foods."
I am currently waiting for a delivery of Chia Seeds... another very healthy food that I am going to experiment with. More to come in my kitchen adventures!
See- this blog isn't all whiny and "woe is me." LOL