Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Banana and pecan loaf

For the last six weeks, I have been adapting my diet to align with George Jelinek's Overcoming MS approach. This basically means a whole foods plant and fish based diet extremely low in saturated and altered fats. The science is explained in his book and summarized here. So far, I'm doing pretty well. It's only the baking that I'm having trouble getting my head around. So, I was very happy last night to produce this tasty and easy banana and pecan loaf.

1cup self raising flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 shot espresso
2 ripe medium bananas
1 egg white
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (supermarket brand is best as this is the least flavoured and aromatic)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Pinch of salt

Line a loaf tin and preheat oven to 180 degrees c.
Mash bananas and steep in espresso for about 10 minutes. Add golden syrup and sugar and mix well.
Add oil, egg white, flour and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in nuts.
Pour into tin and cook for 35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
Turn out and don't burn your fingers rushing for the first piece.


  1. Just had a read of George Jelinek's website - very impressed. My background is in neuro and I have worked with quite a few clients with MS (I used to be a speech pathologist but am now doing a PhD in evidence-based medicine). The evidence surrounding MS and exercise (esp improving fatigue) is quite strong and his site has a great, proactive approach. Must admit that I haven't been able to stop thinking about you since I read your post 'well it's been a long time between posts..
    Lots of good vibes from me to you for an MS-free existence.

  2. Oh yeah - and the banana and pecan loaf looks good. That's what I was meaning to write before the previous blurt. :)

  3. Hey Lanie. Thanks for the lovely comments. I feel very moved to think you've been thinking of me :) I hope all is going well with that PhD. I did one a long time ago. One of the students I supervise had hers accepted this week, so I was reminded of what a wonderful feeling that is. Be well and enjoy that wonderful garden of yours. :)