Holiday Cran-Pecan Banana Bread

Holiday Cran-Pecan Banana Bread

I started with a recipe posted in a closed IBS FaceBook Group.  The first time I made it, I liked it, but thought it was too sweet.  I stocked up on bananas when I had a couple days of IBS symptoms.  Once my symptoms cleared eating the bananas straight just was not appealing. So time to tweak that recipe.  As I am well supplied with beautiful local fresh cranberries I decided to add them to banana bread even though I have never seen that done.  I liked the idea of pairing pecans with cranberries.  To me that combo just screams Thanksgiving, Christmas.  I am so happy with my results, and changing to two semi small loaves rather than one big one.

I love blitzing (as the Brits say) my bananas inbanana-blitz a food processor.

I also love using sugar that has been blitzed with orange zest in my baked goods.  orange-sugarI omit salt in many baked good.  Feel free to add a 1/2 tsp of salt if you like.

 

Holiday Cran-Pecan Bread

 Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup sugar (orange sugar)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups GF flour (Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 blend)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground Chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in halves
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

Method:

Grease two 7 3/8” x 3 5/8” x 2 ¼” metal pans. Preheat oven to 350F.

Peel bananas and break pieces into the bowl of a food processor.  Blitz until smooth.  Add sugar and blend, followed by cooled melted butter and eggs

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, & Chia seeds until combined.  Remove half a cup of dry ingredients and mix with cranberries and pecans.

Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.  Stir by hand.  Add the cran-pecan mixture to batter and fold until well mixed.

Divide the batter between the two loaf pans.  Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pans.  Finish cooling loaves on a rack.  GF baked foods can become soggy from steam if not carefully cooled.

* Whenever I eat an orange I zest it and blitz the zest with 2 cups of sugar in a food processor and keep the resulting orange sugar  in my refrigerator to use in baked goods.

 

 

 

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Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

Kate Scarlata posted some beautiful Low FODMAP Antipasto Skewers back on JUNE 9, 2016  (click  on date for the recipe.)  I made my own version, omitting the peperoncini that Kate used.  Mine looked pretty good as part of an afternoon buffet.  I used a tiny melon baller to make the little mozzarella balls from a large fresh mozzarella ball.

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Missing in Action/Fruit Kabobs

Missing in Action/Fruit Kabobs

I have been absent from my blog for a while.  Blame Facebook and the low FODMAP groups I have found there.  Also blame that I’ve had some really great days when I have tackled yard work or felt well enough for short road trips & shopping.  There was also a bit of downtime when I had a bad flare up after testing wheat and a lunch event where there might have been something else that messed up my system for a 5 to 10 day stretch.

Had a visit with my GP yesterday and because of what I told her about that flare up I am going back to wheat/gluten for a few weeks to prepare for celiac testing.

But I do have some things I want to share.  In this post I have a really simple, low FODMAP treat that you can make and serve to friends sm fruit kabobswithout them ever guessing you made it to fit a restricted diet, fruit kabobs.

Because it is the brief magical time for fresh native strawberries they are the center of my fruit kabobs.  The other fruit includes green & red grapes, green & orange melon cubes, plus fresh pineapple chunks.  That is it.  I even purchased those other fruits all cut for me in a fruit mix at my local natural foods co-op.  I took long cooking skewers and cut/broke them in half, about 5.5 to 6 inches long when divided.

I have an oval glass plate that depicts the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens that is sentimental to me and I used it to plate my kabobs.

 

Lunch for a Friend

Lunch for a Friend

A Friend came over for lunch today.  It was a chance to spread out a bunch of low FODMAP foods without feeling like things were for a restricted diet.

I cooked a couple nice turkey patties for our protein and the rest was a cold buffet.  I knew my friend tends to have a green salad at lunchtime so I bought a fancy mix from my local natural foods co-op store. IMG_8860
I had cucumber slices in a separate dish.  Tomatoes are still not in season so I sliced a tomato a couple of hours ahead of time so it could marinate with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, and finely chopped fresh basil.  I made a vinaigrette dressing with a touch of maple syrup, nice olive oil, red wine vinegar, crumbled dried chives, and salt & pepper.  I put out little dishes of pumpkin and sunflower seeds in case we wanted some crunch.  Last minute, after I had taken these photos, I also decided to put out some shredded cheese.

IMG_8863Yesterday afternoon I made a potato salad: I boiled chopped red skin potatoes into bite size pieces and boiled them in chicken stock.  The dressing for the potato salad was heavy on the mustard, both quality yellow and whole grain, with some light mayo and lactose free sour cream, chopped fresh dill, celery seed, and some of my ‘pesto.’  I put out little dishes of green and black olives too.

The dessert course was slices of Luscious  Lemon Bread and a fresh fruit salad.IMG_8858 I added a little dish of dark chocolate disks because…just because a little chocolate is usually warmly welcomed.

We enjoyed our lunch and chatted a good while.  Now I have leftovers to enjoy for a couple of days.