April 07, 2020
GF Banana Bread Recipe with Sophie Haber
Next in our DIY series celebrating craft, innovation & artistic expression we're introducing you to Sophie Haber.
Our love runs deep for this artistic, wise and generous soul.
Journey around the beautiful hinterland surrounding Sophie's Byron Bay home, as she visits honesty boxes, shopping locally to create GF Banana Sourdough.
But before we share her deliciously healthy banana bread recipe with you, we had a little heart to heart with Sophie...
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND TRULY TURNS YOU ON?
I love this question! Everything from long walks by the wild sea, to bathing outside, licking spoonfuls of chocolate from the bowl, and dancing to music while I'm cooking with my love. I also find that when I take the time to tune into myself I turn on and can access what lights me up more easily. For example by taking the time to breathe, meditate, do my exercises, talk with some of my close friends, let my feelings flow I access my turn on! So in order to turn on I begin by simply tuning inward. I go through phases of feeling more light up about one thing and then the following week I am excited about another, so its never stagnant, its always changing.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR CALLING?
I would say my calling found me! I don't believe there is a single calling that we are all destined to discover and follow, what I have experienced is that there are many. Some speak louder and others slip through the cracks, awaiting a gentle pause in your day to be answered. A few of my callings are writing, photography, cooking, and teaching woman to connect to their inner and outer resources. Some of these came to me like gentle nudges and others through life changing events. It was on the other side of answering these callings that I discovered what I truly loved and how they enriched not only my life but of the community around me as well.
WHAT DOES A DAY IN SELF-ISOLATION LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I wake up with the sun and sit/breathe for about 10 minutes or go for a walk around the property. I love to get my blood moving and my breath going first thing in the morning so I have been enjoying Lexi's online Hustl Pilates classes. I feel ready to move and groove after a nourishing practice! Next comes the most important process to my day especially in isolation and that is dressing for my day. I love to dress up in the clothes I love, the scents I love, and nourish my skin with lots of yummy oils (Chrystalla & Clementine) This sets the tone for my day of work at home and then I go to our library that we have here and get to work on emails and course work. I also really enjoy doing one creative thing throughout my day, wether thats cooking something new, playing with my hands, or cleaning my space!
WHAT NEW SEEDS ARE YOU METAPHORICALLY PLANTING DURING THIS TIME OF ISOLATION?
I am planting physically and metaphorically during these times. Ive pulled out my stash of seeds to plant flowers in the garden which has been just awaiting this time of more stillness to get my hands in the soil. Metaphorically I am planting seeds of creativity, radiance, connection, more time with my puppy and my love, more time to read and digest. To find the balance between moments of rest and then moments of creating.
WHATS THE GREATEST PIECE OF WISDOM THATS BEEN BESTOWED ON YOU THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE?
That your feelings are not facts! They are cyclical and it is so important to feel them so you have room to feel what's next. Also that we are cyclical creatures and by that I mean we are always changing and never stagnant, our inner bodies mirror what the outer season are going through and there is an infinite lifeline of connection when we come to see our inner bodies no different then our outer ones.
NOW FOR THE HEALTHY BANANA BREAD RECIPE
This delicious Gluten Free Buckwheat Banana Sourdough is gut friendly, refined sugar free, and so delicious.
You need only very few ingredients to make and is fun to make.
You are creating your own sourdough by soaking your grains, seeds, and fruits and letting them sit for 48 hours.
It is well worth the wait and is amazing for your hormones.
- 2 cups raw buckwheat groats
- 3 very ripe bananas
- ¼ cup each raw sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and pepitos
- 3/4 cup water plus more water for initial soaking
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 C of sultanas, dark chocolate chips, or cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, pepitas and/or sunflower seeds for sprinkling on top before baking, optional
Begin by rinsing and soaking your buckwheat groats with water in a large bowl or jar and lightly cover with a cloth or a lid.
Let this sit for 24 hours out of the sun.
Once soaked, gently strain the water out but do not rinse your groats. They will be slimy and that is the consistency you want.
Next, place the buckwheat, bananas, seeds, spices, salt, and 3/4 cup of water in a blender or food processor and blend until combined.
Do not over blend, just enough to have everything well incorporated.
You have now created your own gluten free buckwheat starter and this is what you will leave sit in a large clean jar.
I like to use a large quart jar and lightly seal the lid. You will let this sit at room temperature for another 24 hours.
The batter will rise about 1/2 to a full inch and get bubbly.
Its normal for the top layer to look a little darker as that is what bananas normally do when exposed to air.
Once its ready, heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and gently grease a loaf pan.
I like to also line my tin with parchment paper and fill the bottom with sesame seeds as it does tend to stick.
As you pour your batter in you can throw in your sultanas or chocolate chips now and gently mix in.
Top with seeds of choice and sprinkle some tahini! Place it in the oven, middle rack, and allow it to bake for 45-60 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. This loaf will keep for 3-5 days at room temp or 5-7 day in fridge.
My favourite way to enjoy this bread is toasting it and layering some yummy nut butter and honey. Enjoy!