Sunday afternoon coffee and cake.  One of my favorite German lifestyles that I wrapped my arms around instantly when I moved there from Australia!!  It was the date with friends that you never missed.  It became part of your staple diet.  It was what I myself was always looking forward to every week – the girls, a hilarious chit chat and “Kuchen” (apple, plumb, chocolate, crumble – you name it!  The Germans had it!).

Although I thought I had a pretty good diet, I was actually far from being a picture of health.  I actually had severe digestive issues and severe bloating and despite my love for Sunday afternoon coffee and cake, it was far from helping my situation! Fortunately for myself I had the most incredible practitioner Tanya Lee, who works with the team at Heal’r and she was able to get me right back on track and to teach me about what being healthy truly meant.  And what she taught me was that my gut health was directly linked to the stress that I had put myself and my body under.  My nervous system was in tatters and this was one of the major causes of all of my health issues (low gut health, bloating, lethargy, depression, sleep deprivation – the list can go on).  Tanya put me on a plan of supplements and herbs, plus exercise and meditation advice and I could instantly see results!  Tanya was able to really turn my life around!  She was a Godsend!

One of the minerals that I was lacking in my diet was magnesium.  Magnesium is fabulous as it allowed for my muscles and nervous system to relax, helping me sleep more rested and therefore having more energy when I woke up.  And the much needed support it gave to my nervous system also then improved my digestion. So when I found a recipe from the fabulous Rens Kroes called “Chill Out Bread” that was full of magnesium as it included bananas, sunflower seeds, nuts and coconut – I was simply in heaven!  And due to the Sunday coffee and cake German lifestyle that has now been etched into my heart, I decided to take this recipe and put a bit of a personal spin on it myself and make Banana and Raspberry Chill Out Muffins – Yuuuummm!  I could seriously munch on these ALL day!  So make sure to whip up some of these delish muffins that are full of this anti – stress mineral, grab your girls, laugh, chat and then simply chill 🙂

INGREDIENTS (all organic):

  • 1 TSP Coconut oil
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup frozen Raspberries
  • 50g Medjool Dates
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150g Almond Meal
  • 2 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 2 TBSP Shredded Coconut
  • 2 TBSP Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 TBSP Sunflower Seeds
  • Handful finely chopped walnuts
  • Pink Himalayan Salt

METHOD:

Warm up the oven to 180 deg Celsius.  Grease the muffin tin with coconut oil.  Put 2 bananas in the blender with the dates, eggs, almond meal, salt and baking powder and blend until all ingredients are mixed together. Pour the mixture into a bowl.  Add in the shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and raspberries and mix through.  With a spoon, put an even amount into each of the muffin cups.  Then slice the final banana and put one slice on the top of each muffin and bake for 45min checking with a skewer that they have cooked through.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

If possible, buy fresh raspberries and freeze them yourself as store bought raspberries tend to have too much water in them.

You can find the original recipe of the “Chill Bread” that these muffins come from in the new Powerfood book “From Friesland to New York” From Rens Kroes (must have purchase for your kitchen!).  I replaced the Spelt Flour with Almond Meal for the muffins.

Enjoy fabulous Powerfoodies!

Liz xx

*This blog is not intended to provide you health advice.  If you do have any health concerns, please contact your local practitioner for professional advice