No Food Waste Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve shared a recipe for vegan banana bread previously using the leftover almond meal from making almond milk.

My recipes for things tend to vary constantly – making use of what ingredients I have at the time. So decided to share this winner which has been a favourite these last few weeks.

My other half sometimes laughs that I never make the same dinner twice as I struggle so bad to follow recipes. We now have a “list” of meals he favourites to remind us of what was really good!

I must admit I sometimes make too much food, so constantly getting creative with how to use leftovers. One dish I sometimes make too much of is porridge in the mornings. There might be a little scoop leftover or a whole bowl, depending on how hungry we are. I know I could avoid this by simply measuring stuff but I am the worst for this. I usually go by what I see and what the texture looks like.

So what better way to use up that extra porridge than making banana bread? Simply keep it in the fridge for up to a couple of days until your ready to whip up the loaf.

This vegan banana bread checks two no food waste boxes by using up those spotty bananas that give it an amazing taste. Also using up the porridge that may otherwise have gone in the compost gives it a lovely moist texture. However – I’m sure there are other uses for leftover porridge – like pancakes, cookies etc which I’m yet to trial.

  • Gooey
  • Tasty
  • “Really nice” – Brad LOL
  • ” It’s just like cake!” – Brad’s friend LOL
  • Reducing food waste

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup cooked porridge
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped figs

Method

1) preheat oven to 190c. Add 1 tbsp of chia seeds to half a cup of oat milk and leave to absorb in the fridge for 10 minutes.

2) sort out your wet stuff – mash 2 bananas and mix with 1 cup porridge or whatever your working with. Melt 3 tbsp coconut oil and stir in. Add a drop of vanilla essence. Add your chia mix. Stir well.

3) for the dry stuff- In a large bowl, sift 1 cup self raising and half a cup of spelt flour with 1 heaped tsp baking powder. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add some brown sugar, amount depending on your preferred sweetness. If you’re adding chocolate at the end you can always cut back on sugar completely.

4) add wet stuff to dry stuff and give it a good stir. Add what further additions you would like – be it chocolate chunks, chopped figs or dates, walnuts, raisins.

5) add mixture to a loaf tin. If your feeling fancy, thinly slice some more bananas and top the loaf. This is my favourite new addition to our banana bread recently as it goes really gooey.

6) bake for 45 minutes or so – checking with a clean knife through the middle to check if it’s cooked through. Cooking times will vary depending on your oven.

7) enjoy with a hot cup of tea and try not to eat all of it!

One other thing I’ve added before is the chunky lumps of almond butter that are difficult to spread!

Wearth London

A very wonderful new eco-conscious store is in town which allows you to shop by values. Showcasing sustainable, homegrown UK brands, it’s all your green soul could desire.

Wearth London have recently launched their online store. The eco department store ranges from beauty, homeware, jewellery, lifestyle, furniture, gifts and childrens wear.

http://ashleyannlaz.com/?p=1516 Shop By Values

Wearth London have intertwined shopping consciously while upholding quality and style. It’s so nice to have such a dedicated store available that won’t have you second guessing the source of the product.

Being vegan and recently striving towards zero waste, having this criteria is not only helpful but actually makes my heart burst. And to include companies with social contributions also is amazing. Sometimes in the run up to Christmas, not consuming is impossible – but conscious consuming is totally possible with the following shop by values section on Wearth London’s new site:

  • Vegan friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Handcrafted
  • Made in the UK
  • Natural ingredients
  • Plastic free
  • Recycleable packaging
  • Recycled materials
  • Sustainable materials
  • Social contribution

As always my attention is usually brought to the baby selection of products, because you know, it’s all about bubba now. But equally I’m not wanting to accumulate stuff we do not need or will carry an eco guilty conscience.

http://camanual.com/download/statutory-compliance-chart-month-november-2017/index.php?_nonce=4a72422e94 Biodegradable Swaddle Blanket

The Little Art Collection have designed a beautiful baby swaddle blanket – which always serve as a multipurpose. It’s made of bamboo and cotton, making it really soft. Be it covering little man up in between changing and feeds (he always falls asleep half dressed or naked mid feed!) or having a gorgeous blanket for on the go. Its definitely getting good use. Arthur sometimes snuggles up to it for his morning nap. It’s also nice it is all natural so is gentle on his sensitive, excema prone skin.

Wearth London

” Hey Mum, you’re pants at swaddling “

I’m in love with the emperor butterfly design on this. I also love that it was designed by Ele Grafton, an independent artist and mum of two from Somerset. Much like me – I find the geometric patterns of nature absolutely stunning and quite magical.

Tadalafil Oral Strips Australia Recycling – Reusing

Wearth London are taking packaging and plastic seriously. The blanket came in a recyclable box, wrapped in brown paper. The box coincidently, says “Little Art” – short for Arthur – on it so we can even keep it to reuse another time.

When Arthur was a newborn we were going through so many muslins for the unexpected poo explosions. I’ve now manage to upcycle some of the older, very grubby muslin cloths which were a little stained, clean, but stained. They’re now used as cleaning cloths and I have one for the windows in the car now it is mistier. This beautiful butterfly swaddle however will be cared for and definitely not used for bums! Even though I’m rubbish at swaddling, it really is a gorgeous blanket.

Overall, I am in love with the ethos and values of Wearth London and already have some of their other zero waste and social contribution gifts on my wish list. Things I would really value and hopefully make a difference environmentally and socially

Wearth London are also offering 10% off your first order if you subscribe to their newsletter.

Note: Wearth London gifted us this blanket. We were not obliged to do a review, however I feel very passionately about such a forward thinking, eco-conscious store, so I will continue to shout from the roof about it!

Christmas With a Green Heart

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s easy to get swiped up in the consumer madness. I have done in the past, spending heaps of my hard earned money on new outfits, new products, presents for everyone and presents for myself because I couldn’t resist while I was in the shops. And that’s just before the sales!

Note: Not A Grinch

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly no grinch. I love Christmas and for me, I always can’t wait to get home to Dublin to spend it with friends and family. I look forward to cosy nights in, mad nights out (not anymore though) and of course all the scrummy food. My mad nights out have been forever and gratefully replaced with my baby boy. It goes without saying that making memories and really experiencing a special day with your loved ones is what stands out the most over material objects.

Gifts of course can be special, but careful consideration is always helpful to really buy what is valuable to that person.

Minimising wastefulness

I’m sure we’ve all experienced receiving a gift that we never get any use from. And without wanting to be ungrateful, you feel bad at the shameful waste of resources and the givers money. With my zero waste hat on, I can’t get the ringing of “500 years” plastic remains in landfill, letting off toxins while taking its bad time to break down.

Making a wish list for Christmas is not cheeky, but a clever way to prevent waste – by letting those know what is important to you and what you will really value as a gift. This saves them trapsing through shops and spending their hard earned cash on crap you won’t use. And the big cooperation shops are all geared up for you to buy their stuff, roping you in with adverts convincing you of the need to buy more stuff.

Alternatives to stuff

Experiences and consumables are great gifts not only for the eco conscious – but for the whole family. For my parents, meals, gigs, spa days and trips away have been a staple for many years as they feel they don’t need for anything. My Dad often says he just wants “peace” amongst the chaos of Christmas in our house (LOL).

Meal vouchers and experiences are always a win as it’s good way to spend quality time together to make memories. As we’ve an ever expanding family, we do a secret santa now. This means we all get one very decent present. We’ve set up a wattsapp group where we post some ideas of gifts we would really like. This eliminates needless spending and shopping stress for everyone involved.

Stuff with a heart

Here are some gift ideas, consisting of small, independent companies and some have a social and environmental conscience, with them giving a portion of their profits to great causes. This really resonates with me on my eco journey, maybe they will inspire you too. It’s always a winner to scout out local, independent companies with heart over heartless big cooperations.

The Self Care Company

Handmade soya wax candles, eco-friendly made with essential oils. This independent company donates 10% profit to mental health charity. They have a number of unique scents and encourage a regular self care routine. They even encourage recycling with an option to send the container back.

Wearth

I’ve just discovered Wearth London and I’m already obsessed with its shop by values system – vegan, zero waste and ethical. This Cork Yogi matt is eco friendly and we are considering buying it as our current matt has been going for five strong years. Most importantly Cork Yogi assist women in getting out of sex slavey in India. A gift with a heart.

Lines & Current

An awesome small company creating minimal jewellery, eyewear and headwear with 10% of profits going to charity – helping to send children to school in Zimbabwe. This platinum “Delta” pendant is fab and I may put it on my wish list.

Made in Hackney

Give someone the gift of a new skill while also benefiting this wonderful community kitchen. Think raw desserts, fermenting and plant based cheeses. Read my blog post here on the great work Made in Hackney does for the local community.

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen are hands down a winning bottle, insulated to keep your water cool in the summer or tea warm in winter. They are sturdy, made from stainless steel, non-toxic and come in different colours. They will last a long time and help cut out buying single use plastic water bottles.

The Green Tulip

Bamboo utensils for on the go – any zero wasters must haves if your on the road for work or the likes. Organic, fair trade and sustainable.

Macrame

Supporting a small business, you can get a bespoke made macrame wall hanging or a set to learn the skill of making a plant hanger. Perfect for those succulent greens and lovely decor for home. Made from wood and rope so kind to the earth.

Besos

Besos offer a vegan creme liquor to rival Baileys any day. I used to love Irish Creme, so discovering Besos has been a real treat. Made from the tiger nut – it’s actually considered a super food!

 

And just a side note – this is not a sponsored post. These are companies I have found on social media and taken a real liking to. All pictures belong to their rightful owners.