• Apple & Cinnamon Pastry #appelflap

    AN “APPELFLAP” IS A TRADITIONAL DUTCH DESSERT PASTRY stuffed with apple, raisins, cinnamon and sugar, and covered with sugar granules. Lots of people have it for breakfast. In this recipe, I ditch the sugar and raisins and realise that homemade apple flaps are easy and delicious – while obviously being healthier than the supermarket version. Print Recipe Homemade Dutch 'Appelflap' Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients 2 apples, diced use Elstar or other sweet-sour type4 squares of about 15x15cm pastry dough store-bought, I find it in the freezer section, or homemade2 teaspoons cinnamon powder Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients…

  • Shrimp and veggie stir-fry Ana's Bananas blog recipe

    Easy Veggie & Shrimp Stir-fry with Brown Rice Noodles

    AS PROMISED, HERE’S A DELICIOUS STIR-FRY RECIPE that I had for dinner last night. 🙂 Green beans and zucchini were on offer at the supermarket – you can also choose other green veggies which you find on sale, to make this meal not only delicious but also affordable! BROWN RICE NOODLES ARE TASTY. They have a lower glycemic index than wheat noodles, meaning they are better at keeping blood sugar stable. BENEFITS OF THIS MEAL ARE MANY, aside from the brown rice noodles, the stir-fry is low in carbs, has a short cooking time leading to vitamin preservation, provides nutrients from many vegetables and garlic, and gives you a daily…

  • Small Loaf of Spiced Carrot Cake with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Guys, it’s my first time baking carrot cake – can you believe it? It turned out amazing, I love using moist vegetables in cakes. Up until now, I always grabbed the opportunity to indulge in my mom’s amazing carrot cake, or lazily order carrot cake whenever I’m at a cafe. In the latter case I always look like one of those “my body is a temple” people, since I don’t like frosting (it’s non-organic dairy + sugar = boo!) and scrape it off with my fork to the side of my plate. So, there’s no frosting in this recipe. There is a bit of sugar – I did not succeed…

  • Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon

    Vegetables meet bacon. Bacon meet vegetables. Let’s also add Parmezan. These are ingredients that you can always find in the supermarket. They make a delightful, rich dish. Print Recipe Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Instructions HEAT UP THE OIL OR GHEE in a pan…

  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

    FIRST OF ALL, I feel like my picture does not give these tasty pancakes enough credit – they are tastier than they look! THE BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKE RECIPE is my first ‘non-traditional’ pancake recipe (I found it here and altered it a little bit), making these pancakes gluten free and dairy free. No sugar is added in the recipe, meaning that all the sugars in the pancakes are natural sugars. For baking the pancakes, I used coconut oil. The ‘healthy’ Banana Oatmeal pancakes were Practically unrecognisable from ‘regular’ pancakes that we’ve all grown to love Great in texture Extremely easy to make Delicious! Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Makes 10 medium-sized pancakes.…

  • Fruity Crumble with Bastogne Cookies

    CRUMBLE TIME! This was the first time I baked with my father. We chose a crumble because it is simple to make and comforting to eat. This post is 100% affiliate free, I just really love the taste of Bastogne cookies (you can buy them in The Netherlands). A fruit-laden crumble is a great healthier dessert. This one is loaded with berries, topped off with apple and rough oats (a good source of B vitamins and fiber), and does not contain dairy. To make the crumble gluten-free, simply use gluten-free cookies. If you’re considering serving it with ice cream: check out Jaime’s 45 second ice cream. Print Recipe Fruity Crumble…

  • The healthier pizza: ‘Flammkuchen’

    Pizza, make room. German Flammkuchen coming through. Well, German-French, from the region of Alsace. Flammkuchen is a dish that resembles a pizza, tastes amazing but packs way fewer calories, and much less dairy. It is dough topped with sour cream or yoghurt, onion and bacon, and sometimes a variety of other toppings, such as corn, spinach or peppers. Still, even in its simplest form it tastes equally good. The name comes from the way it’s made: in a fireplace. Flammkuchen literally means ‘flame cake’. Luckily, it can also be made in an oven! Here’s how to make your own: Flammkuchen Recipe Ingredients for 2. Prep time: 30 minutes. Pastry: store bought puff pastry, or make your own…

  • Crustless quiche with zucchini and mushrooms recipe Ana's Bananas Blog

    Herby Crustless Quiche with Feta & Zucchini

    Whenever you think that you have so many left over veggies in the fridge that you’ll have to throw away something, don’t do it – and make this quiche instead! This crustless quiche is awesome, healthy, tasty – and gluten, dairy, and guilt free! No matter which veggies you add, the key is to use good organic goat or sheep cheese to let it all come together nicely. Mushrooms help with getting that soft smooth texture. The herbs you choose determine the feeling the quiche will give to those indulging in it: basil and oregano are zesty and refreshing, thyme and sage give a summery Tuscan feeling,  paprika and turmeric give the…

  • 7 Ways to Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast

    If you’ve been on my Instagram, you know I often eat oatmeal as a weekday breakfast. I’ve tried many variations, and discovered that some are way better than others. Hence this post! I wanted to tell you a bit more about oatmeal, how to prepare it easily, and what to top if off with – all while eating on a budget! Gluten free, healthy and cheap: oatmeal is one of the cheapest cereals there is. It scores well on the glycemix index (unlike all sort of sugar coated rice puffs etc in the regular cereals), making it suitable for those struggling with metabolic syndrome or diabetes type 2. It is…

  • Vegetarian Quiche with Broccoli & Goat Cheese

    Vegetarian quiche are underrated. They are a healthy option compared to your regular quiche for several reasons. Plant-based, relatively low on fat, and filled with nutrients. It’s no wonder we love them! Make your own to assure you’re not getting in the high sugar and high salt content often found in pre-made quiches in supermarkets. I use goat and sheep cheese instead of cow cheese, which according to some sources are more easily digested. Serve as dinner alongside a green salad, or use it as your go-to snack by cutting it into small square pieces and storing in the fridge. Print Recipe Vegetarian Quiche with Broccoli & Goat Cheese Course…