Clean Baking: Banana Avocado Loaf

Hey! I’ve finally finished writing my dissertation for my Events Management degree, so I’ve got much more time to do nice things like bake, work out and blog! 

I decided to do a spot of baking before my pilates class today, and wanted to try something simple with ingredients I already have lying around the house. I’m currently training for Miss Scuba UK – a beauty pageant with a difference! The top 5 from the UK competition head to Cyprus to scuba dive and take part in some marine conservation. The winner is then chosen based on the scuba diving, the willingness to try and how well you work as a team….. The winner then travels to MALAYSIA for the Miss Scuba international finals where again, she will dive and participate in marine conservation. So of course, I’m wanting to eat right and train hard to make the most of this oppurtunity! 

The ingredients of this loaf make it super moist and filling – it’s great as a quick snack or with a cup of tea! 



What you’ll need:

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 ripe avocado mashed
  • 1 egg 
  • 250g Wholewheat flour 
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence 
  • 1 tbsp natural honey or agave nectar 
  • 4 tsp natural unrefined sugar 
  • Almond milk 
  • Cocoa Nibs optional 
  • A loaf tin (preferably silicone) 

Method:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200•
  • Mix together your avocado and 2 1/2 bananas (set aside the other half). 
  • Add the egg, honey, sugar and vanilla essence and mix well. 
  • Sift the baking powder and half of the flour to add air into the mixture and avoid any lumps. The consistency should be thick but sticky. Continue to add flour until you get to this firm consistency. 
  • Add a dash of almond milk to create a thick but smooth consistency. 
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and top with the remaining half banana and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs. (One of mine slipped!) 
  • Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. 
  • Pop out of the tin onto a cooling rack and leave to cool before slicing. 



…Enjoy!

I’d love to hear if anyone tries this recipe or if you have any of your own clean baking recipes in the comments! 

Hels x

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My top tips for curing and relieving eczema 

So many people suffer from the common skin condition eczema – millions nationwide. Eczema is a red, itchy rash that appears on the face and body (often on the joints) and can leave sufferers with unsightly, sore and itchy skin. 

My family and I have all suffered from eczema ever since I can remember. It may sound like a small issue but when it’s you who has sore, broken skin on your eye lids, forehead, neck, shoulders, arms, legs etc it really is something that affects you on a daily basis. I only tend to get flare ups in the winter and I’ve tried everything possible. The last 2 winters I’ve been delighted to see that the time and money spent trying to fix my skin has finally paid off! I’ve tried changes of diet, creams, pills, steroids etc and finally I’ve found a mixture that works well for me. I don’t know if they will work for everyone but if you’re like me, you’ll try anything! 
Green tea/detox courses. 
Nudey Tea comes up in so many of my posts but that just highlights my passion for it’s magical powers! I once visited a Chinese doctors and I was told that I was getting eczema in winter due to my weakened immune system. He told me that detoxing would help no-end. I immediately started a detox course and then continued to drink mug after mug of green tea. I absolutely swear by this as a top tip. It’s by no means instant results but if you continue with the green tea through the year you will notice the difference eventually. If you don’t like the taste of green, try twinings fruit flavoured versions. You can purchase a detox course Here to kick-start it. And use code HELEN for 5% off. 
A good emollient I found was called Double Base. I was given this by my doctor on prescription, it’s a strange consistency, almost a plastic like cream! It’s super thick and jelly like and hydrates the skin for hours. I used it all over to avoid any extra bits popping up. Ask your doctor for it. 
A steroid cream is an obvious option, by I found that hydrocortisone just didn’t do anything for me. The best steroid ointment I had from the doctors was called Betamethasone. This cleared me up straight away but isn’t a long term option as you can only use for small periods of time. However if you follow the other options then it should hopefully stay away even after finishing the steroid ointment. 
I was recommended Cod Liver Oil supplement capsules to hydrate the skin. I have no idea if this contributed but they do have other proved health benefits so I do still take them daily. You can pick these up from Holland and Barrat HERE. 
I use this recommendation loosely as it comes with it’s own health risks and doesn’t work for everyone but sunbeds can help. Since I only suffer in the winter, it does help me to get a little light therapy (it does help that my sister has sunbeds in her salon!). Many articles do confirm this but there’s the obvious health risks also. It’s nice to get a boost of vitamin D in the gloomy winter months! If you do try sunbeds, ensure you cover yourself in emollient after so you don’t dry your skin out. 
Hot showers can dry your skin out, as can towel drying yourself too hard, bare these in mind. 
I hope these tips have helped as I wish I had an article like this with tried and tested methods! Let me know how you get on.