Banana Cake for those Bike rides!

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A banana bread recipe passed onto me from a co-worker and modified a few times for that special treat on a bike trip that required some energy and nutrients.  I “veganized” the egg portion and there are links that will replace the egg in the recipe.  Go to http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/egg-replacers#.UbtI1mQ9z40 for ideas.  I used the 1 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp vinegar in one of the recipes.  Other ideas included applesauce and/or soaked flaxseed in water.  Use Organic as much as possible.

DRY Ingredients:

1.5 cups of org buckwheat flour (other mix in other gluten-free flours such as chestnut or brown rice)

1/4 cup of ground chia seeds

1/8 to 1/4 c. of dried shredded coconut flakes

1/2 – 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp gnd ginger powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 Tbsp of Organic Cane Sugar (or brown sugar) or 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup (wet)

1/4 – 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips

1/4 c. chopped nuts and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)

3 Tbsp soaked golgi berries

2-3 Tbsp of org. raisins

Mix thoroughly in a bowl.

WET Ingredients

2 mashed ripe org bananas

1/4 cup of oil (coconut, grapeseed or olive or mix)

1 tsp vanilla extract (or leftover steeped chai tea blend in with bananas)

1 egg (or 1.5 tsp flaxseed soaked in 1 Tbsp water or just 1 Tbsp Vinegar to react with the baking soda above)

Optional: 1/4 c. of frozen org berries

Pour mixed wet ingredients into the bowl of dried ingredients. Mix until wet and transfer into a greased square pan.  Bake at 325F for half an hour and use the toothpick test to check when baked.

Freeze squares for those rides after snarfing fresh pieces!

Other options:  org applesauce (use pieces of org apples and blend in minimum liquid in Vitamixer or blender) or pumpkin puree.  Serve with nice cup of chai almond milk tea or chamomile mint tea or eat when hungry on the road.

Oh, if you want to make your own bottle of electrolytes for the road, try 1/4 tsp Himalaya pink sea salt, 1/2 to 1 tsp of maple syrup, lime juice, frozen org berries, ice cubes and filtered water in your water bottle.  Also, bring another bottle of filtered water to mix depending on how much you are sweating.

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