In the UK we are just getting over a bank holiday and getting back into work and unfortunately I have to say it is probably the worst bank holiday I have had in ages. Just about every plan I had did not come off and it just left me feeling stressed out and generally fed up. Plans to go out did not happen, unwanted guests came round and I made a lame attempt at internet dating.
Ok so maybe I am exaggerating and a lot of feeling are coming from the stress I am feeling about all the things I need to sort out in my personal life, like getting a job and sorting out my finances. It feels like a never ending list of problems as well as a significant change to my life. The reality is that I just need to start dealing with things and stop burying my head and then the way I am feeling will lift.
I mentioned earlier about internet dating but what I actually meant was I have starting using Tinder, the thing I was wondering is whether anyone has actually met anyone using it. At the moment it just feels like a game that is fun to play but that the chance of actually going on a date with anyone is slim, let alone anything more serious. It might just be that I am completely rubbish at all of the online thing, and put people off before it gets to the dating stages or maybe it is that I am not that interested, who knows!
I will keep you updated as to whether there is any luck or whether I have deleted the app this time next week, which is most likely and get on with the recipe now. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and I get a lot of banana bread recipes in my inbox but the problem with that is I hate bananas, the smell, the taste everything and so I never make it. I spent a bit of time thinking about what would make a good alternative and came up with avocado for a number of reasons.
The first thing to say about avocado is it is a lovely consistency and will have similar binding abilities to banana so would be perfect in that way. However it has a massive advantage over banana in that it contains much less sugar and so is so much better for you plus it has less of a taste making it easier to flavour the bread. I have actually made this quite savoury and is delicious with some peanut butter or a little bit of coconut oil spread on it.
Avocado Rye Bread with Pecans & Dark Chocolate
- 1. Pre heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease a 1lb loaf tin
- 2. Mix the ground flaxseed with 2 tbs water and set aside for 10 minutes to thicken
- 3. In a food processor blend together the avocado flesh, cashew nut butter, almond milk and agave.
- 4. Mix together both flours, baking powder and soda, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
- 5. Whisk in the avocado mixture and then soaked flaxseed until it is all well combined, it will be quite a thick mixture.
- 6. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the pecans and dark chocolate and then transfer to loaf tin. and smooth on top.
- 7. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until it is browned on top and a cocktail stick comes out clean.
- 8. Leave to cool in tin for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Estimated GI of 48 and eGL of 5 per slice
- Very low in cholesterol
- Low in sodium
- High in dietary fiber
- High in manganese
- High in selenium