This winter I’ve been inspired to create, Winter Breakfast Bread. It's a great gluten free, vegan bread. The nuts, which provide healthy fats and protein and warming spices of the bread, create the feeling of nourishment and satisfaction. Additionally, it has a blood sugar and mood stabilizing effect. Sounds like a great way to start off the day!
As I talked in the previous post “Hey Winter, Lets Be Friends” it explains how winter exposes the qualities of light (air/wind), dry, and cold. When we put on our Ayurvedic glasses we remember to counter act these qualities to the qualities heavy, moist, and warmth through our food and lifestyle choices.
This bread embodies the balancing qualities, which makes it perfect choice for breakfast or snack. It’s meant to be heavy, dense, and moist. In the morning you can cut a slice and place it in the toaster over to make it warm.
Ayurvedic knowledge teaches us to eat what’s most beneficial for the body, in terms of the season and current state of imbalance. If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing dry skin, cold hands and feet, feeling stressed, emotions of worry, overwhelm, fear, or constipation, this bread will gear you towards getting closer to counter acting the imbalances you are experiencing.
Omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds) benefit brain function. Our brains and nerves need fats to cope with stress. Decreasing stress makes us happier!
Cinnamon promotes warmth in the body by strengthening and increasing blood flow circulation. Also, the constituent, courmarin within cinnamon, controls blood sugar levels as the body breaks down the sugars in the stomach from the bananas and orange juice from the bread.
Clove creates warmth in the body and disinfects the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels embedded in tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells to fight infections.
Raw coconut butter has an antimicrobial action, which boosts the immune system.
The only sweeteners in this bread are bananas and orange juice. Studies have shown that a diet higher in fruit and veggies improve mental and emotional health. Check out the study here.
The nuts and seeds in this bread contain fiber. Fiber is our friend because it increases bulk of our stool and fiber normalizes bowl movements.
Although this bread is very healing, as Ayurvedic wisdom teaches, what’s one person’s medicine could be someone else’s poison. Please keep in mind that other lifestyle or food habits could be a probable cause to what you are experiencing. Listen to your body; you will know if this bread is right for you.
4 sticks of clove ground up or ¼ teaspoon ground clove
½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut shreds
½ cup plus ¼ cup of warm water
3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
Mix and set aside to thicken.
3 bananas – mashed
1 cup of cranberries
4 tablespoons of melted Raw Coconut Butter
The zest and juice of ½ an orange
Preheat oven to 350.
In a food processor grind all the nuts until they become fine.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl except the coconut shreds. Set aside, mash the banana, then mix in the orange juice and zest, and coconut butter. Transfer the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then fold in the cranberries.
In a 5 x 9 bread pan, line it with unbleached natural wax paper then place the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the coconut shreds on top. Bake for 47 minutes. Allow it to cool for about 20-30 minutes. Once you’ve enjoyed it, wrap in natural wax paper and store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
It tastes delicious when toasted and spreading nut butter on top!
Conner, Tamlin S., et al. “Let Them Eat Fruit! The Effect of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption on Psychological Well-Being in Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0171206.
“6 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Real Cinnamon (Not Its Cousin).” 6 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Real Cinnamon Not Its Cousin, 2 July 2015, www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/6-healthy-reasons-eat-more-real-cinnamon-not-its-cousin.