Almond and banana bread with a turmeric crumb

Almond and banana bread with a turmeric crumbI bought 15 kg of bananas on sale the other day and now my freezer is full of frozen bananas ready for my smoothies but I had some remaining and I thought I would make something for the family to enjoy. I added the turmeric crumb because I am obsessed with this spice but also because I really like to have the nutty top… it would be good without but worth the extra effort.

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe bananas (I mean super ripe is best), mashed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 2 tbsp water left to soak for 5min (it will turn into a gel) or use 1 egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, honey or sweetener
  • 1 tsp or more of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup plant based milk (I used homemade almond milk)
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • Handful of chopped almonds

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a bread tin with baking paper or check out (www.agreena.world for a reusable alternative)
  • Add the mashed banana into a bowl with your chia egg, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, plant based milk until well combined
  • Add in oats, flour and mix evenly
  • Fold through chopped almonds and pour into baking tray. ** top with below turmeric crumble if using
  • Bake in the oven for 45 min-1 hour, allow to cool completely before removing from the tin and enjoy

Tumeric crumb

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans… any!)
  • Some tbsp seeds (chia, flax, pepita, sunflower… any!)
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Method

Combine everything in the bowl and either:

Place in a 180 degree oven for 15 min to cook, but be careful nothing burns—shake regulaly, allow to cool and place in a jar to top your smoothies, on top of your oats or just a handful because its so dang tasty.

or

Place your required amount onto of the above banana bread and the rest onto another tray to go into the oven with the bread but removing after 15 min, cooling completely and storing for later goodness.

I make this in big batches to always have. I love it and change it up with whatever I have around, sometimes adding dates and dried fruit or different grains…. The muesli is your playground—have some fun here;)

Gingerbread bliss balls

Gingerbread bliss ballsMerry Christmas friends!

Here is a recipe that I made to take to a Christmas Day lunch. They are zingy with the ginger so maybe you want to adjust to your own tastings. I used Noya Hazelnut spread in these but I think they would work wonderfully with Tahini- a but more earthy.

Post feasting these will be great with a tea at Christmas lunch and then if there are any remaining during and after some running sessions!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 8-10 dates (soaked in hot water for 5 min) (keep 2 tbsp of this water)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut spread (or tahini)
  • Shredded coconut for rolling in

Method

  • In a blender add the almonds and blitz until a crumb
  • Add in ginger, all spice, cinnamon and blitz again
  • Remove dates from water and add into the blender along with 2 tbsp of the soaking liquid, hazelnut spread and maple syrup
  • Blend again so that it forms an amazing smelling dough
  • Attempt not to just put it straight into your mouth
  • Roll into balls
  • On a plate put some shredded coconut and roll the bliss balls around to coat
  • Place on a plate and then into the fridge to firm up

Enjoy

I took 3 days away from social media and here is what happened…

Cooking with BethI took 3 days away from social media last week I went offline.
Crazy, I know. I am known as the classic teenage girl always with a phone in my hand, even whilst running… it does my Dad’s head in that I can text and run at the same time without falling and he trips over the only stick on a trail. It’s an ongoing joke that never fails to make me laugh.

After a crazy, unimaginable year and a beautiful experience in Cape Town where I actually ran out of space on my phone with selfies I decided I needed 3 days to ‘Zen-out’. I turned off my phone, flew one of my best friends down from Sydney, packed a pack and lived at the Beet Retreat.

For 3 days we ate rainbows of salads, slept in, breathed fresh air, moved slowly in yoga routines, used running as a means for an adventure, invited others to share our time, laughed, smiled… and I got totally stuck into the colouring book meditation!I won’t lie, I found it really hard to not have my social media with me. But not for the reason I thought.I wanted to share so much over these days; because I learnt so much; about me, about why I share how I do on social media, about meditation, about importance and priorities and nutrition and I wanted to share this with you all because these are the type of inspiration I hope to bring. For everyone to think a little deeper about why we do things and to educate, learn and expand myself on so many levels.

My social media is not to show off my life, it’s not to gain advantages in sponsorship. I’d still be sharing with 0 followers. I enjoy that I can interact with people all over the world, my heart is full when I get messages from other women, men, children that say I inspired them to do something and that’s the good power of social media.

RelaxThese 3 days taught me a lot. I think you learn a lot about what you miss out on when you try to capture everything, but also you realise how much time there is in a day when you don’t have those mindless scrolling moments.

I turned my phone back on and watched my phone fill with red circles and big numbers as the messages and notifications came through. I opened my emails and only saw one big email – “confirmation UTWT support for WSER”

I’m going to end this blog here. This email deserves a whole new blog where I will now confirm my 2018 calendar, my approach towards this new, huge opportunity.

All those big red circles of notifications are still there and slowly I will respond to everyone, as I always try to. But for now, I want to enjoy this moment, this energy I received from the 3 days relax, the energy from this email, and this energy that I receive from sharing these days with you.
I would recommend, especially in this holiday period to take some time to enjoy this moment, the family, the smiles, the food… live your Christmas, live your day entirely. Trust me, the world keeps revolving.
Big hug to everyone for these festive days. Merry Christmas, happy new year. Shine.

Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km

Ultra Trail Cape TownI don’t really know where to start with this event/whole trip. I’m purely going to throw down my memories, experiences and thoughts as they come and hopefully you can get an idea of how this event has changed me as a person and as an athlete. Ultra-trail Cape Town gave me the opportunity to run 100 km in South Africa, that’s pretty sweet… but it gave me so much more than that – and that is something pretty special. This race wasn’t very planned. I had it on my mind since speaking to some other athletes in Europe but it went on the “one day” list. Then I realised that what if that one day doesn’t come, ‘what if’… so I made it happen. Best. Decision Ever. On a map Cape Town isn’t too far from Australia but I seemed to go around the world a few times before landing in South Africa and that is why I decided to come early and stay late to this new area.

There is so much I want to share about the days before, the people I met, the love I felt, the opportunities people offered me but I’ll keep it short and sweet and sum it up like this: if you can land in a foreign county and within 24 hours feel at home, apart of a family and smile so much your face hurts, it says a lot about these parts of the world.

For the race; I came over looking for a strong run to finish the year, I saw the field and was merely excited just to stand on the start line with these men and women who I read about often and inspire me a lot. I won’t lie, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. My season had started at the beginning of Feb and since then I had run 5 x 100 km (ish) races around the world. I thought I was getting greedy, I worried I had done too much.

Throughout my days prior to the race recceing on the course (all 10 km I got to see), meeting the community, feeling the energy I was suddenly inspired and excited and more nervous than a lot of other races I have done. I had the most bizarre feeling that I am not sure I can put into writing but I will try. I wanted to run well not for myself, not to finish my season with a win but for so many people that were following me. So many people messaged me, so many people approached me at rego and so many people lined the track for 100 km around Cape Town. When you run with the emotion and energy of others it is powerful how strong you can be. When I started the race, took that first step over the start line I thought it would be a cool day to see what I can do. Find a line of discomfort and ride the wave as far as I could. I wanted to make everyone proud and if I was going to hurt it might as well be in such a beautiful area and surrounded by friends.

The race route is awesome. The most diverse and scenic route I have run. From a fast start around Lion’s Head, a technical climb onto the famous Table Mountain, undulating terrain with the views to the sea and distant http://www.buyantibioticshere.com/buybactrim.html South Africa, sand running and jeep track running. Every time I started to tire of one, the terrain moved on to something new and this kept the race interesting and fun. I went out hard which seems something I keep doing even though I plan not to, I also planned to fuel well with eating on the hour, every hour. I neglected that from hour number 1.

With a start at 4 A.M. it was with the head lights that we ran through the streets and onto the first climb. This is where my head torch died. This is the 3rd time I have not checked and had to run blind in the night. Silly I know, I will learn. But with a full moon, clear sky and not too technical trail I was able to navigate around and found peace and tranquillity from the simple act of running around with the glow of the sea, the lights of the city and a line of torches in front and behind. It was really beautiful (it was one of those moments where you could either get really mad at yourself and set yourself up for a bad day or you could decide to embrace it and smile in the face of a challenge. I started with the former, took a breath and moved onto the latter 😉)

My crew and I traversed the course and had a day of dreams. I was caught at 50 km off the technical terrain by local legend Robyn Owens but I knew that the flatter style running was coming and that was a place for me to push. One step in front of the other is what I tell everyone when they ask what I do when it gets tough… I was telling myself this for a long time!

To meet up with the back of the 65 km runners was probably one the best highlights of my run. Each stopped, pulled over, took a selfie, encouraged me or smiled. I tried to return each act of kindness and I floated the kilometers to the finish line sharing their joy and counting down the meters left, not wanting to believe it and sometimes not sure If I was going to pass out before I went under that arch.
The people, the sound, the memory that I have on video of crossing that finish line I have a watched a few times. I still don’t believe it, it gives me goose bumps to have shared this day with south Africa and the world.

I don’t think it needs to be said, or written. But I will be back…. Or I’ll never leave. Either way thank you to everyone who made it what it was. It was LEKKERRRR (Afrikaans for awesome).
So, what is next? Where now? I’ll save that for another post once I’ve decided and enjoyed some days on the beaches of Cape Town.

WHAT I WORE
Salomon Slab sense 6
Le Bent micro running socks
Salomon Slab Skort
Salomon Slab tank
Salomon Slab 8L running vest
Salomon ‘Speedbob’ bucket hat
Suunto Spartan Ultra
Dirt From all my falling

WHAT I ATE/ DRANK
This is what I managed to get in – this was not the plan. This is a focus for improvement. I don’t recommend this.
3 x CLIF gels (1 x chocolate, 2 x citrus)
1 x CLIF shot bloks (margarita)
Watermelon, oranges, bananas, dirt from all the falling
Precision hydration 1500 x 4
Unived energy mix drink x2
Coke