I love me a good Banana Bread with Walnuts. In fact, I could eat it for breakfast every single day. I left out the chocolate chunks to trick my mind into believing this super healthy and well-balanced breakfast idea…pssst….the mind is our most powerful muscle. But seriously, I firmly believe in a thing called self-fulfilling prophecies. Sociologist Robert K. Merton (see Mum, studying Sociology can make you – sort of – famous) gets credit for coining the term self-fulfilling prophecy. In 1968, he wrote:
“The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true” (Merton, 1968, p. 477).
Sounds fancy schmancy? Am I right? But basically, if phrased in a positive tone: you can fake it until you become it. Telling yourself that your worthy, powerful and smart will have a positive impact on your behaviour. But hey, why take my word for it? This month’s book tip is Presence by Amy Cuddy, an Ivy League social psychologist. Watch her brilliant TED Talk or get a copy of her book, where she talks about how you behave impacts your true self. I especially love this read bite: “That’s how it works. In each challenging situation, we nudge ourselves: we encourage ourselves to feel a little more courageous, to act a bit more boldly — to step outside the walls of our own fear, anxiety, and powerlessness. To be a bit more present. And incrementally, over time, we end up where we want to be . . . even if we couldn’t have said where that was when we started” (A. Cuddy, Presence, p. 252).
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This recipe for a vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts is:
- Vegan (no dairy, no eggs)
- No added white sugars
I love me a good Banana Bread with Walnuts. In fact, I could eat it for breakfast every single day. I left out the chocolate chunks to trick my mind into believing this super healthy and well balanced breakfast idea.
- 80 g gluten-free oats
- 85 g almond flour (finely ground almonds)
- 100 g buckwheat
- 1 pinch of salt and cardamom
- 2 pinches of nutmeg
- 0.5 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 65 g roughly chopped walnuts
- 450 g very ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp walnut oil, some extra for greasing
- 75 g maple syrup
- 200 ml oat milk
- 1 additional banana
- handful of sesame seeds
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Take a rectangular cake form (approx. 28cm in length) and grease it well. Sprinkle the form evenly with sesame seeds. Add the oats to your food processor and grind them until you get oat flour. In a bowl, add the oat flour, buckwheat, almond flour, spices and baking powder, and combine well. Again use your food processor to smush the bananas. Now add the almond butter, walnut oil, maple syrup and oat milk to your banana mush and mix it thoroughly. Combine with your flour mix. Pour the dough into your prepared tin and place the halved banana (peeled, d'uh) on top. Bake for about 55-60 minutes until golden. Let it rest in the form for a bit before letting it cool of completely on a wire rack.
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