Chocolate Coconut (cricket) Banana Bread
Did anyone tell you healthy had to be boring and bland? Well they were wrong.
Gone are the days of bland salads and cardboard baked goods! Who has time for that sh*t?
Healthy in my books, means feeling good in your body emotionally, spiritually, and physically. So yes this also includes your tastebuds! Because we are meant to enjoy food… it’s part of the human experience.
Don’t make PCOS, or even weight-loss, your excuse to miss out.
And that includes banana bread! Who doesn’t like a good ol’ banana bread? What about with crickets? Before you panic and close this page, hear me out!
Crickets have been a source of nutrition for humans for a long time now. It’s nothing new. We’ve been eating bugs since the beginning of human existence. And actually 80% of the world population is said to eat insects….
Insects are packed full of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and they represent a source of prebiotic fiber to feed our good gut bacteria.
This is especially important as PCOS women are more prone to a lack of diversity of beneficial microbes in the gut. Having a healthy microbiome benefits overall health and more specifically blood sugar and insulin regulation, balanced hormones, toxin removal, regular elimination, and cognitive function.
Let’s talk nutrients! Crickets are a good source of calcium (better than milk), iron (more than spinach) , B12 (more than salmon) , magnesium, selenium, omega 3 fatty acids, and it’s high in protein.
Not to mention their very low environmental footprint which makes it an awesome alternative to animal protein (agriculture is the leading cause of global warming). For instance, research shows that cricket farming uses 75 per cent less CO2 and 50 per cent less water than chicken farming. This is the future people. We just can’t feed the world if we continue like we are doing, and we won’t have much of a world if we keep up our habits anyways…
What about the taste you may ask? I can’t testify to what it’s like to eat an actual cricket in its whole form but the cricket protein I use (mentioned in the recipe below) tastes pretty phenomenal, and I could never guess that I am actually eating an insect… sceptical? Give it a try I dare ya.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 ripe bananas
1 tbsp cacao powder or 1 scoop chocolate cricket protein powder
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips 1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp almond butter
Chia egg (2 tbsps chia seeds with water) or 2 free-range eggs
Preheat oven to 300F. Grease a baking pan with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Blend all dry ingredients in a food processor (except chocolate chips). Add the egg(s) and liquid ingredients. Blend well until you reach a thick consistency. Add more liquid if needed. Transfer mixture into a bowl and mix with the chocolate chips. Then add to a baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.