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Raspberry & Coconut Loaf

May 14, 2017

Raspberries & Coconut = delicious!

Another take on my favourite banana bread recipe, this time combining the sweetness of coconut with the sharpness of raspberries, it’s definitely one for the fast approaching Summer!
I like to use very ripe bananas as they naturally begin to become more sweet over time, meaning you don’t need any extra sugar in this recipe (aside from dates, but you can even leave these out if your prefer). I’ve been tagged in lots of photos of you trying out my blueberry banana bread recipe, which you can get {here} and the feedback has been great so I know that you all love it as much as me! Don’t forget to tag me in your pictures via Instagram using @jennifermakes as I absolutely LOVE seeing what you think of my recipes.

Back to this yummy loaf, it would be perfect lightly toasted and smothered in almond butter – yes, I have tried several slices like this already, it would be rude not to… all in the name of taste testing obviously!

You will need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 50g of dates (soaked in hot water)
  • 2 eggs (I used medium)
  • 200g of plain flour (rice flour would also work great)
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g of raspberries
  • 75g of desiccated coconut

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 160°c (fan) and line a loaf tin with parchment paper or grease with a little coconut oil. After pitting the dates, cover in hot boiled water and leave to soften for a few minutes.

Using a food processor, add the bananas, eggs, flour and soaked dates (drain the liquid away) and blend until a thick batter like consistency. You may need to add a tbsp of milk to make the mixture smooth. Spoon into a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Before adding the raspberries, coat them in a little bit of flour to prevent them from sinking in the loaf.

When all combined, spoon into a loaf tin and smooth the top. Pop into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for half an hour or so before slicing. Enjoy!

raspberry banana bread


So, I quit the gym.

April 27, 2017

Quitting the gym was not an easy decision… it took me a few months to finally put my signature on the dotted line and cancel the direct debit. It almost felt like I was going back on the reasons as to why I first joined, the realisation that I wanted to become motivated and to start taking better care of a) my health and b) my body. So naturally, I started to wonder am I doing the right thing? Will I gradually lose all of my fitness I’ve gained over the past year or so because I’m no longer a member? Does quitting mean I’m a quitter?

The answer turned out to be pretty simple. Just go for it.

It was 100% the right decision, and it gave me the motivation to go ahead and start a new routine (and one I’m happy with right now, and also with how strong I’m starting to feel). Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy sweaty step classes, the ‘delayed’ sore legs from a hard spin session and smashing through a boxing routine with a new partner every week. However, although I enjoyed the classes I had started to lose interest which inevitably leads to losing motivation too. I wanted, and needed, a new challenge.

I always thought I was never going to be a ‘morning’ person and that the idea of trying to train and then get showered, dry my hair, put on my make up and eat my breakfast all before setting off to work seemed pretty ridiculous (and impossible!) but I vividly remember one morning waking up at 6.30am and pushing myself out of bed and sleepily getting into my gym clothes, trainers and all. Stepping downstairs and turning on the TV, switching to YouTube and searching for The Body Coach TV and pressing play on this beginner HIIT workout.

I sweated my way through the video and by the time I had finished it wasn’t even 7am… and my workout for the day was done! I remember feeling this overwhelming sense of satisfaction for getting myself out of bed and pushing through the intense barrier that was simply my mind forcing me to not take action. I did it. And this was the turning point for me, realising I had to push through and just go for it, no longer hitting snooze and getting my butt downstairs before I even had chance to rethink it.

I’ve heard it takes 21 days to form a habit, and with this in mind I decided to look into fitness programmes that would last for 4 weeks or so, at least I knew this meant I didn’t have to think about what type of workout to do each day and lessening my chances of not sticking to it. So after a little bit of research I discovered – a husband and wife team committed to providing affordable and accessible workouts for every level of fitness. I decided to try out the FB30 programme, an 8 week timetable that combined strength training and cardio all for under 30 minutes a day (with an option for extra credit if time allowed). The programme cost under £12 – my gym membership per month had been £32…

I’ve finally found my routine and 5 days a week I’m up at 6.30am, gym clothes on (ready to pull on by the side of my bed – no excuses!) and smash my way through the programme, and for the first time in months I have actually started to notice results. This is both physical and mental, I discovered on days that I don’t wake up and train I’m generally more sleepy! Many of the workouts are equipment free, however I’d recommend investing in a set of dumbbells for the strength training – trust me you won’t bulk up but instead you’ll feel strong and your muscles start to become more toned – hello slender arms! I have a set of adjustable dumbbells which I can switch between depending on the type of exercise I’m focusing on, and I also have a couple of kettle bells too.

Quitting the gym turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in a long time, if you’re thinking about working out at home just go for it. Take an evening to search through youtube etc and find a workout that interests you then give it a go – you’ll never regret investing time in yourself, I promise!

Here are some links to videos and websites that I use:

The Body Coach TV

AE Fitness

Fitness Blender