The BEST Banana Cake

I’m not kidding, this dairy and gluten free cake disappeared so fast off the rack I couldn’t even get a photo of the whole thing.

I added choc chips to the mix and scattered some on top, but if you don’t have them or want to make it 100% refined sugar free leave them out.  This is another super simple throw it all together and bake recipe.  LOVE that! 

gluten free banana cake

The BEST Banana Cake 

Ingredients:

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup choc chips 

1 cup water

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cups rice flour

4 extra ripe mashed bananas

1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil

2 tbsp honey (heaped)

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 C.  

Mix eggs, sugar, oil and cinnamon together well.  Add the water, mix again and then add the flours, along with the salt and baking powder.  Mix well until light and creamy.  Lastly add the choc chips and stir through.

Pour the mix into a lined cake tip and add some extra choc chips to the top. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on how hot your oven gets.  The cake will be springy when ready and lightly golden on top. Enjoy.  

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If you signed up to my REAL food challenge, you will know that I  was able to make 68 dinner meals for just $100.  

With my freezer stocked up with healthy Real food dinner meals, I decided it was time to tackle a major challenge in our house… 

Snacks!

This time I needed plenty of healthy nutritious snacks to feed to my growing kids. 

I took $100 dollars from our grocery budget to how much I could buy from the supermarket, bulk whole food stores and my online health food suppliers. 

For my family, all the ingredients had to be:

  • Wheat free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Dairy free
  • Contain no chemicals, artificial additives or processed food
  • SUPER quick and easy to throw together

I spent the $100 dollars and measured out the ingredients.  Then I got to work on creating all the healthy snacks I could with what I had. 

I created a whopping 101 healthy and delicious snacks for my family!

This worked out to be only .99¢ a serving, which is about the price of a (not so healthy) stick of gum. 

You will LOVE having 15+ quick and easy snack recipes. From the divine ‘Lemon Sunbeam Bars’, to the ‘Honey Oat Cookies’, they are all so easy.  I have even included my favourite sushi recipe, and my “Almond Protein Balls’.  

There is something to please everyone in the family and fill up those lunch-boxes.

I have also attached my shopping list so you can go ahead and recreate all the 17 recipes and make the whole 101 snacks, or just create one recipe at a time. I’m so excited to hear how you go with the recipes, you will LOVE how quickly you can create healthy REAL food snacks.

Enjoy the recipes, 

Happy cooking, 

Jamie x 

Banana Choc Chip Cookies

Gluten free, dairy free and sweetened with natural honey and ripe bananas.

My son thought these should be called cake cookies, and he’s right because they are half cake and half cookie.  The best of both worlds. 

Sweetened with a little honey and a few chocolate chips, these are divinely good!

Banana Choc Chip Cake-Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas – mashed

2 cups gluten free flour (I used 1 cup rice flour and 1 cup buckwheat flour)

1/2 cup coconut or olive oil

1 egg – beaten

2 tbsp honey

1/2 cup choc chips plus extra for the tops

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Beat the egg and mix with the oil and honey.  Add the mashed banana and the flour.  Mix well and then add the flours.  Mix again and pop spoonfuls onto a lined oven tray.  The mixture will be too wet to use your hands, so just use the spoon and press down slightly with a little flour on your fingers.  

They don’t have to be flat because the are going to be a yummy cakey texture.

Top with a few extra choco chips before baking.

Bake for 14-16 minutes until just beginning to turn golden on the tops. 

Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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If you have a child who suffers from a health issue that reduces their quality of life this book is for you. Whether it’s a physical issue such as asthma, eczema, or a mental, emotional issue such as anxiety, ADD, anger or depression, this book explores how reducing chemicals can allow the body to heal. 

In 2011 my son Ethan was diagnosed with Aspergers, and severe anxiety – at just 5 years old.  He should have been carefree during his early years, but instead he suffered with hyperactivity, rage, irritability and sensory issues.  Towards the end of his illness he couldn’t leave the house, because his anxiety controlled him completely.  By removing hidden food additives from our diet, and replacing them with nourishing whole foods my son recovered from severe anxiety and now lives a happy and healthy life.  

I’m sharing our personal story, our recovery diet and why I think we have to clean up our planet…starting with what we are feeding our children.

The Chemical Generation eBook

Here is an exert from my new book – The Chemical Generation.

This excerpt is of the letter I wrote to Ethan just before he was diagnosed with Aspergers and severe anxiety in June 2011.

“Dear Ethan,

I stood at your door and watched you tonight while you slept; I was so quiet so as not to wake you.  Sleeping is the only time when you are at peace. You have suffered more anger and cried more tears than someone who has lived 100 years.  You should be carefree like any other 5 year old little boy.  I pray to the universe to help me to heal you.  I know the world needs you, I need you.  I promise to you with all my heart that I will rescue you.  That one day you will have a healthy mind and body.  One day we will laugh together and these times will be a distant memory.  I pray to the universe to give me the strength I need to save you.  I know there is an answer, and I’m searching so desperately for it.  You have been lost for too long, and I am going to keep fighting until I have you back.

Love Mum”

Never underestimate the power of a truly healthy lifestyle.  Everything we are feeding our children, everything we are putting on their skin, everything we are injecting into them…it’s impacting on the quality of their young lives.

Jamie Geurtjens is the founder of the organic skincare company “Clean Green Skincare”, and the holistic health blog “Jamie Geurtjens”. She is also a qualified teacher and a freelance writer.  She resides in New Zealand with her husband and two children. She firmly believes that by removing toxins from our food and skincare products we can recover from illness and live a healthy life.

Apple Crumble Cookies

With food prices soaring higher and higher all the time, fresh real food snacks sometimes feel out of reach, and too time consuming.  

I have given myself a challenge to find out exactly what REAL food snacks I can make for .99 cents, which is about the price of a stick of chewing gum. 

Here’s is the rules of my challenge:

Each snack must:

> Cost 99 cents of less per serving.

> Must be made from 100% REAL food, no cheap processed food like refined white flour.

> Be 100% wheat free

< Contain no refined sugar

You will love my first tasty 99 cent creations – 

Here is my first REAL food snack using fresh crisp apples.  Apples are in season right now for New Zealanders so they are easy to source and if brought from the local fruit shop they make some super cheap snacks too.  

wheat free cookies

Apple crumble cookies   

(0.86 cents a servings  – 2 cookies).

1/2 large rose apple  0.20

4 tsp cinnamon – 0.30

65g Coconut sugar – 1.00

100g rolled oats – 0.30

100g melted butter – 1.00

150g gluten free flour ( I used buckwheat) 1.00

1 egg – 0.50

1 tsp baking powder (a couple of cents and too hard to work out cost)

Optional: Add a pinch of sea salt to bring out the flavour of the apple. 

Total: $4.30 

Makes 10 cookies (5 servings of 2 cookies each) 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 180C. Melt the butter until soft but not a liquid, add the coconut sugar and mix well.  Make sure the 1/2 apple is chopped into very small pieces, around the size of raisins. Add in apple along with all the other ingredients and mix well.  

Shape large tablespoon amounts into cookies and flatten with fingers.  Bake on a lined oven tray for around 12 -14 minutes until golden.  Remove from oven and leave to cool on the oven tray.

For more great recipes to help save money try my $100 REAL food challenge – its free to download.  

Note:  You can peel the apple or not, I didn’t so it left little bit of lovely red flecks through the cookies. Best eaten the same day, or stored in a paper bag in the pantry.  Enjoy.

 

 

The Easiest Intestinal Cleanse Ever

Everyone can do with an intestinal cleanse, and it is important to treat the whole family at least every 6 months to keep on top of any intestinal parasites such as worms.  

natural intestinal cleanse

This easy pumpkin seed remedy is a really good prevention for parasites that can upset tummies and cause a multitude of other health issues, and it tastes great too. 

There are some good natural treatment on the market, but we use this cheap, easy and tasty cleanse remedy to keep our family healthy throughout the year.  Even the pets all get a dose every few months, including our chickens, dogs, cats and guinea pigs.  

Pumpkin seeds have been used traditionally for many years to treat parasites, and remove toxins.  They contain a substance called cucurbitin which paralyses parasites and removes them from the body.  

They are also a REALLY good source of vitamins A, B and K, and also contain a good amount of the mineral zinc.  

 

Easy Intestinal Cleanse 

Take 300g – 500gs of pumpkin seeds (or more if you have a bigger family, or want to dose your pets).

Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or whizz until almost a powder but not quite.

Dosage:

Take 1 tbsp a day for 3-4 days on either porridge, or cereal. It is really tasty on muesli. For kids you can add it to a smoothie and blend well or even mix it into their mince for tea.  For animals I just mix it with their wet food and they haven’t noticed yet.  The chickens will just eat it as it!  

NOTE: If you are sure you have a parasite infestation seek medial advice, and double the dose of pumpkin seeds.  Also add in a high quality garlic supplement to ensure all the parasites are taken care of.