Banana Flour – what’s all the fuss about
Banana Flour is relatively new to the health food scene in Australia and is in super high demand due to its versatility and nutritional benefits. Quite simply, it is flour made from pulverised green bananas. The fruit must be unripe and only certain varieties are suitable. Australia’s first commercial producer of Green Banana Flour – Natural Evolution, is located in North Queensland and uses Cavendish Bananas for best results.
The product is completely gluten free, making it suitable for coeliacs, those who are gluten intolerant and has also been shown to help with weight loss. In addition, and unlike regular wheat flours, it is also packed with nutrients, containing vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health.
One of the concerns people have about banana flour is its taste. If you have been wary, don’t be. It surprisingly doesn’t taste like bananas. It has an earthy, wholemeal-y taste so it doesn’t overpower or interfere with other flavours in baking or cooking.
You may need to experiment with your favourite recipes and quantities used. Green banana flour is high in starch so the general rule of thumb is to use 30% less of this product. If you have recipes you have loved and perfected in the past it may take a while to get the combination just right. It’s lighter and fluffier than coconut or almond flour so will result in a less dense finished product than these flours.
To get you started on your quest for success we contacted the folk at Natural Evolution and asked for their favourite, no fail recipe using this new wonder product. Try this Orange Cake recipe pronto. It is awesome!
Natural Evolution Orange Cake
1 cup of Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour
½ cup of water
½ cup of milk (can be rice, almond, coconut)
¼ cup orange juice
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of orange rind
125g of softened butter (or replace with something else you like to use)
¼ cup of honey or ¾ cup of sugar
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly for three minutes.
Pour mixture into a prepared tin. A 20cm x 20cm loaf pan works well
Bake in a preheated 180 degree oven for 30-40 minutes
Allow to cool in the tin before turning onto a wire rack.
Serve as desired.
It’s your first trip to Brisbane and you only have one weekend to see as much of this incredible city as possible. Here’s our West End and Toowong team’s tips for an unforgettable weekend (we popped in a sneaky Friday night to make sure you cram more in!).
Spend Friday night sipping cocktails at Fortitude Valley’s Eleven Rooftop Bar or check out Mrs Brown’s Bar and Kitchen in Newstead for a fab mix of bar food and top notch wines. For a relaxed night with market vibes, cool music and more food than you can imagine, Eat Street might be the go.
Visit Brisbane’s inner city suburb of West End. Start early with a visit to the iconic Farmer’s Market with a huge array of local produce, fresh flowers and breakfast options you can enjoy while sitting by the river. Feel healthy as you watch the cyclists, runners and dog walkers go by. Then wander the cafes and boutique shops along Montague Road and Boundary Street (WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods is located at 359 Mongtague Road!!). West End is a vibrant and eclectic suburb and we guarantee there will be plenty to keep you entertained as you walk the streets.
As lunchtime approaches, stroll over to Southbank and enjoy a meal and glass of wine in the sunshine at one of the many restaurants located along the river. Feeling intrepid? Get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a spin on the Brisbane Eye. If you still have energy to burn, GOMA and the Queensland Museum are close by and always have something interesting on display.
This is a huge day but there’s no time to waste. There’s always a good show on at Queensland Performing Arts Centre or if you feel like something a little more low key there are plenty of suburban cinemas that offer the latest blockbusters or art house films.
Head to Mt Coot-tha nice and early for a pre-dawn hike up the mountain. You’ll work off yesterday’s eat fest and seeing the view of Brisbane from the top as the sun rises will be worth the early start.
It’s mid-morning but there’s no time to stop as there is SO much shopping to do in Brisbane. The inner-west suburbs of Paddington and Toowong offer a mix of boutique and brand name shops that rival any major city (did we mention there is a WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods at Toowong?!) and there’s plenty of riverside pubs and restaurants to stop at for lunch. We particularly love a Sunday session at Toowong’s Regatta Hotel.
Sunday night – you’re home to recover and plan your next weekend getaway to this bustling city.