Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding | Life Healthfully LivedOk, so I learned some new things while making this recipe.  First, I have to tell you about my inspiration for this one because it’s weird and who doesn’t like weird stuff? No one.  That’s who.

I was making a loaf of my gluten-free banana bread (which you should make immediately because it’s the bomb.  Side note: I’m bringing back “the bomb”) and as I was blending the banana and avocado together I thought to myself, “Antoinette, (I call myself Antoinette NBD) that kind of looks like pudding.  I wonder if it would be any good as pudding?  I wonder if there is banana pudding?” So I set about to research banana pudding.

This is my life people.Homemade Banana Pudding | Life Healthfully Lived

I remember pudding snack packs used to have a banana flavor but I doubt that there was any actual banana in that pudding.  My google searches told me that banana pudding was indeed a thing.  A southern thing.  Which means it’s delicious because it has all the fat and sugar.  All delicious things have fat and sugar.  Most recipes called for making a vanilla custard type deal and adding sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and in one case merengue.  While it wasn’t a difficult process, it was more steps than I wanted for my pudding. And by more, I mean this is pretty much just one step.

There are no eggs in this so you don’t have to cook anything but because of the addition of avocado, stick with me, it is creamy and delicious without the eggs.  And depending on how ripe your bananas are, it’s pretty sweet too.  You can add maple syrup if it isn’t sweet enough but mine was totally delicious without it.  See?  Fat and sugar.  Just a better version of fat and sugar.

I know you’re probably getting tired of me putting avocado in things but I’m not, so get over it 🙂  It’s delicious and I can’t stop, won’t stop.  You can get creative with toppings like coconut whip cream, pecans or walnuts, crumbled up graham crackers, or in my case cacao nibs because, chocolate.

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As I was making this I started singing the part about figgy pudding from We Wish You A Merry Christmas.  Adam asked me if I was singing a Christmas song and I said no, I was singing a pudding song because how do you make pudding without singing about it?  So feel free to sing about pudding while making this because I think it enhances the flavor.  

  • 2 very ripe bananas, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (you can buy coconut cream from Trader Joes or just put a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and scoop off the solid cream)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, optional if your bananas aren’t super ripe.  I didn’t need any extra sweetener for mine
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp maca powder, optional but adds a nice caramel-y flavor

Toppings (optional)

  • chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • pecans or walnuts or almonds
  • sliced banana
  • coconut whip cream
  • graham crackers
  • nilla wafers if you’re rebellious or Southern 😉
  1. Ready for this?  Put all the pudding ingredients into a blender and blend until super smooth.  Dish it out and put on all the toppings.

Told you it was one step 😀 Happy Friday friends! Have a great weekend!Homemade Banana Pudding | Life Healthfully Lived

Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Avocado

Don’t turn away in disgust.  You can, and totally should, bake with avocado.  They are good for you and replace a lot of the less than healthy fats you normally find in baked goods. Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Avocado | Life Healthfully Lived

A few weeks back Liz from I Heart Vegetables posted this recipe for chocolate muffins made with avocado and that got my wheel turning.  I started thinking of other things I could make with avocado and then I saw a recipe for banana bread and the baking heavens opened. Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Avocado | Life Healthfully Lived

Banana bread is awesome, but regular banana bread is usually a little too sweet for me so I toned it down in this recipe.  Feel free to add maple syrup if you want, but try it without first.  The avocado keeps this bread moist and full of healthy fats and DOESN’T taste like banana guacamole.  That wouldn’t be so good. Interesting…. but not tasty.

So if you have some super ripe bananas, an avocado, and a hankering for something delicious try this quick gluten-free bread!

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  • 1 medium avocado, about 1 cup diced up
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large egg or 1 flax egg (3 tbsp ground flaxseed and 6 tbsp water combined)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-5 tbsp maple syrup, optional
  • 1/4 cup pecans, optional
  • 1/2 cup dried bananas, optional (but really delicious even if it sounds odd)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and oil a bread pan with a little coconut oil and line with parchment paper.
  2. Put the avocado, bananas, and coconut oil into a blender and blend until it’s smooth.  Add the egg or flax egg, maple syrup if you’re using, and blend again.
  3.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then pour in the wet.  Use a spatula and stir to combine.  If you’re adding nuts or dried bananas stir those in now.
  4. Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 45 minutes.  Pull out the bread and check to see if the middle is still wobbly.  If it is, cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. When the bread is done, pull it out and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes then take it out and let it cool on a rack completely.   Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Avocado | Life Healthfully Lived

Attitude of Gratitude

 

Anyone else feel like there is A LOT of negativity floating around lately?  No matter where you look, something is making someone upset or someone is doing something horrible or the world is just falling apart.

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How I feel if I pay attention too much to what’s going on in the world.

Yeah, me too.

So while the internet can be a dark whole of anger, madness, and craziness, I’m turning my tiny corner into one of happiness, rainbows, and sunshine.  There might even be a unicorn or two and there will definitely be cats.

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Cats riding unicorns? Definitely part of my happy world

Without further ado, here are things that made me happy this weekend:

Spending some much needed time with this guy.  I was in Sycamore for the past week or so and finally got home Tuesday afternoon so this weekend was all about being together.

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Back off ladies… This one is mine! 

We got him new glasses, which won’t be in for two weeks but I can tell you they’re pretty spiffy. Then on our way to get him some donuts because he did such a good job at the eye place (yes, he is like a small child in that sense) I found $20 on the street.  Like no joke, 20 bucks on the street.  We asked the people standing near us if it was their’s and they said no, which side note gives me hope for the human race because they could have easily lied and said yes and gotten a free $20, so there we were with an extra $20.  I don’t know what to do with it because I feel like it’s not mine but how do you return it when you have no clue how long it was on the street or where it came from?  Maybe I’ll donate it or give it to a charity or something.

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Banana bread and hamburger buns thanks to avocados. Recipes soon!

Anyway’s, I also had some nice successes in the kitchen this weekend and it was all thanks to avocados.  I k know you can bake with avocados, and I’ve tried it a few times but I decided to go all out and try hamburger buns.  While they still need some tweaking they came out really well and they’re gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free so be looking for those in the near future.  I also tried out some banana bread with avocado and while I haven’t eaten it yet, it smells amazing.

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Adam’s pretty sourdough loaf

Adam even got in on the kitchen action and turned out some awesome loaves of sourdough.  He has been telling me for years that he wanted to start making his own sourdough bread with his own starter and everything.  Well after we watched the Cooked documentary on Netflix (HIGHLY recommend) he made his starter and gave it a go. The first two had some…. troubles, but this batch is pretty good and I’m excited he is making his own stuff!

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Meet Inara, our newest kitty addition!

And of course, my cats always make me happy.  Inara, our newest addition, is starting to feel more at home and actually plays with Olaf our still very kittenish cat.  This is a good thing because Dot our oldest wants nothing to do with play time and Olaf has a lot of energy to burn.  So thanks Inara for playing with your new brother!

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Olaf and Inara… slowly becoming best friends. 

That was my weekend in a nutshell.  Full of good things, even if they are just simple things.  What about you?  What made you happy this weekend?

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These two definitely make me happy! 

Happy Monday and happy Cubs home opener! Go Cubs Go!