Cake For Dinner

It’s Wednesday, I’m more than halfway through my working week (Did I tell you that I am working full time for the rest of this term? Well, I am. And it’s fine!) and I thought it might be a good time to give you an update on my progress with the Perfect Health Diet, amongst other things.

What’s working?

– The eight hour window for eating. Most days it’s down to the wire, and tonight was a tiny bit over, but DUDE. I had a banana loaf baking in the oven. As if I’m not going to wait until it’s ready to be eaten.

– The carbs. Tonight I ate a bowl of chicken broth with rice noodles before CrossFit, plus a couple of rice cakes with a bit of butter (a lot of butter) and I felt great while I was working out. My energy seems to be staying steady (I was a bit worried that the carbs would cause spikes in my blood sugar and leave me feeling flat and craving more carbs) and I’m generally feeling good.

What’s not working?

– The +25%/-25% rule for workout and non workout days. I just haven’t really figured out my baseline, so I eat when I’m hungry until I don’t feel hungry anymore. The first two days I ate about the same amount, but today I was ravenous and ate a lot more than usual. I guess this is one of those things that will take time to work out.

– No screen time within two hours of bed. It’s kind of working, I suppose, and I am getting a lot done in those two hours. I have cheated a little bit and made my laptop an exception – I have f.lux installed so that I don’t get too much blue light, and I don’t watch movies or anything. I just read a bit and do some writing or some work, like tonight.

I’m generally feeling good. The last 24 hours have been great, with lots of fun and exciting things happening. There was a package for Tyson at the front door when I came home from work, so I brought it in and forgot about it. Turns out it was a late birthday present for me, and now I am the proud owner of a ‘Best Wife Ever’ mug. Sweet AND accurate.

My Innov8 shoes arrived this afternoon – I was in need of some new shoes for CrossFit but I don’t like the Reebok Nanos – I tried them on and as soon as I looked down I saw Donald Duck feet and couldn’t get that image out of my mind. So I researched and researched and tried wearing my Converse sneakers instead (they gave me blisters) and eventually decided on the Innov8 f-lite 195s.

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They are light and lovely and feel great when I wear them, and they survived their first WOD (including Turkish get-ups, double unders and burpees) just fine. I think I love them.

When I got home from CrossFit, instead of eating the rice and vegetable mess that was waiting for me, I decided that it was definitely a ‘cake for dinner’ kind of night. So I made a banana and walnut loaf, based on this killer recipe from the Urban Poser. I’ve tweaked this recipe many, many times, but I think this might just be my favourite adaptation so far.

Banana and Walnut Loaf (adapted from The Urban Poser)

WARNING: I am not a baker or recipe tester. You might make this and have it turn out crap. It worked for me when I made it tonight and I liked it. Do with the recipe as you will and remember that cooking isn’t to be taken too seriously.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon bi-carb soda
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil or a mixture of the two
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 large banana, all mashed up
1/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
Directions:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Combine coconut flour (scoop & sweep method, not packed), bi-carb soda and salt.Melt butter, oil or both.Add the oil to the coconut flour mixture and beat till smooth.
In a separate bowl combine the egg, apple cider vinegar and pumpkin. Beat till smooth

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until the batter becomes thick and well combined. Stir in the walnuts. The longer it sits the thicker it will become.

Put the batter into the loaf tin.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until it is ready. You might need to poke the top – if it still feels wet and squishy it needs a bit longer. Mine was set and a bit crispy on top and I thought I might have overcooked it, but it was moist and yummy on the inside.

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Some tips – don’t leave out the apple cider vinegar. It reacts with the bicarb soda to make the loaf fluffier. Add whatever nuts you like. If you want to add berries, go crazy. The moisture may affect the mix though – you might just have to experiment with it. Chopped dates would be another good addition, and maybe some cinnamon. Eat it hot with loads of butter, and if the butter all melts and you can’t see it, you need more.

Fin.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! What do you make on a ‘cake for dinner’ kind of night?

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