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Banana Oatmeal Bread! Easy!

18 Jan

img_2367I shop weekly for fresh fruit for making smoothies and green juices.  My plan to include bananas daily did not pan out and they also ripened very quickly!

The bananas are the sweetest at this stage and I was left with the decision; what should I do?

This year I’ve said I was going to embrace trying new things; one being cooking more! Then it dawned on me that I can make a banana bread; but use ingredients that were towards the healthy side!

The recipe is real easy and less than an hour to prepare.   And on this cold winter morning, the baking made the home smell wonderful!  The banana bread came out perfect!  So here are the steps and the recipe!

You will need 3 bowls, spatula, large spoon, mixer (if you don’t want to mix by hand), measuring cup, measuring spoons, whisk and a smile!img_2368

Get all the ingredients; to double-check you have everything! It’s nothing worse than starting and you find out that you thought you had everything and you don’t!

My substitutions were the walnuts, I like the walnut taste…..not necessarily the walnuts in the bread.  So I used walnut oil (1/2 teaspoon)!  If you don’t like walnuts; you can try raisins, pumpkin seeds,  anything you like.  Instead of white sugar, I’d used trubindao sugar.  I also used coconut oil; instead of shortening.img_2357

Oh! I’d also increased the measurements, because I had a lot of bananas – as you can see!  So my banana bread is larger than the proportions in the recipe.

 

img_23651/2 cup coconut oil

  • 3/4 cup Sugar in the Raw (turbinado sugar cane)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

 

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

 

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the banana and vanilla.

 

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In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and nuts.

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Pour into prepared pan.

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Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Let the bread rest for about 30 minutes and then go for the slices!

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Be Inspired! Essential Oil Benefits!

25 Jan

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As you know at the beginning of a new year, you set goals and thinking about making some changes here and there!  One of my changes was to up the ante on taking the time to relax!  Recently; I ‘ve been taking the time to enjoy massage oils, which is helping my aching muscles and giving me the best sleep EVER!!!  Often you would pick up a massage oil or lotion; smell and think of relaxation!  However, there are so many different oils; which can be beneficial!

There is some importance of having pure oils in your bathroom or kitchen cabinet.

There’s a reason these thicker liquids have been used since ancient times from head to toe.  If you wanted to know some more about many different oils, listed below is a guide!  You will be surprised of the benefits of each oil; as well as how to mix them properly for your next “I did it myself” beauty recipes.

First, base or carrier oils should make up the majority of your recipe because they have intensive hydrating properties. Then top that off with a treatment oil that targets specific ailments (like dry skin and swelling).  My treatment oil was Arnica for swelling; while another was Lavender for relaxation.

Finally add the kicker — a few drops of an essential oil that’s high in fragrance and potent in beauty benefits. If you’re mixing these recipes at home, always make sure to discuss with your doctor and do a test patch first to avoid any adverse reactions.  In one quick trip to the health-food store, you could be well on your way to smoother skin and shinier hair.  At the very least, you’ll know which claims to believe when walking down the beauty aisle.

By all means, also do not forget to plan to treat yourself to a massage by a professional if you can!  When going you will be so proud of yourself on how knowledgeable you are and can request the type of oils you prefer!

BASE OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any “I did it myself”  hair recipe.

Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.

Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your “I did it myself”  lotion recipes.

Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.

Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.

Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal “I did it myself” -recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.

Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.

Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.

TREATMENT OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.

Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.

Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.

Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.

Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.

Rose Hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.

Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.

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ESSENTIAL OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with Calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.

Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.

Geranium Geranium is a powerful anti-aging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.

Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.

Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.

Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.

Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.

Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.

Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any “I did it myself” massage oil recipe.

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