February 24, 2017

Banana bread muffins + cordyceps

Banana bread muffins + cordyceps

When I think of comfort food, I think of my mom’s banana bread. More specifically, the top of the bread. I used to sneak down into the kitchen to find the bread happily in its oven home, resting peacefully in the warm, dark chamber. Like a monster, I would disrupt its sleep cycle and quietly tear off the top of the loaf – the part with the mo(i)st dense and flavorful starch (acceptable to use that word with parentheses? Probably not).

Now, with the realization that “comfort foods” usually mean high sugar and refined carbs, I decided to revamp the recipe a bit. I even tricked it out with some added vegetables and adaptogens. These are super m word, super low in sugar (only about 1/4 of a banana in each muffin), have a vegetable in them, and energizing thanks to maca and cordyceps.

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup steamed cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps (I used Root and Bones)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, room temperature

Here how:

  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. Heat coconut oil so it is in liquid form and set aside. Let rest until room temperature.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl: almond flour, flax seed, maca powder, cordyceps, collagen peptides, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder
  4. Combine banana, egg, steamed cauliflower, vanilla extract and coconut oil in food processor.
  5. Combine two bowls and mix well.
  6. Put into muffin tins with liners (I used If You Care baking cups)
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until tops are brown and toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.
  8. Optional toppings: bee pollen and banana

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I made these in preparation for a dance audition, and so purposely added a few energizers. I’ve talked about the energy enhancing effects of maca before here and cordyceps work through similar action. Through its different constituents, cordyceps exhibit antioxidant activity, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect, immunomodulatory activity, anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory activity, and cytotoxic activity. Basically great for inflammation, energy, and immunity. Sprinkle that sh!t everywhere.

Furthermore, cordyceps are known to enhance endurance and stamina, boost energy and fight fatigue, promote sexual vitality, support the lungs, heart, kidney and immune system, nourish the vital essence, and promote longevity.

3g cordyceps daily for three months alleviated fatigue in 92% of elderly patients. Improvement were also seen in frequent nocturia (59%), amnesia (26%), hyposexuality (14%), dizziness (83%), tinnitus (79%), and intolerance to cold (89%).

Taking cordyceps orally following cancer chemotherapy improves quality of life and cellular immunity. Furthermore, continuous administration of cordyceps along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy improved tolerance to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.


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