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.
If you’re like a lot of Australians you’ve wondered from time to time about the effectiveness of natural cleaners. Will they live up to their promise? Will they get in and remove dirt, grime and germs the way ‘regular’ cleaning products do? Will they leave your house or your clothes smelling fresh, clean and fragrant?
Made from non-toxic, plant based ingredients, natural household cleaning ranges have been carefully manufactured to ensure they are powerful enough to perform they function they’re made for but gentle enough to have around your home, your children and pets.
You can’t beat good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar for some household tasks. It’s especially good for removing tea stains from pots and cups and for helping clear blocked drains.
But for convenience we all find ourselves turning to commercial products. They’re easy to grab out of the cupboard and are generally fit for purpose. Here’s a few of our current favourites. Tried and tested by members of the team – both at work and home.
Kin Kin Naturals Laundry Liquid
First up, we love the smell, with eucalypt, tangerine and lemon myrtle essential oils. Talk about a fresh fragrance! This product contains no LAS or SLS – but includes eco-friendly potassium coconut soap and potassium citrate to get the job done. It’s also made on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland so gets extra points for being locally made.
Eco Logic Tile and Floor Cleaner
None of us like cleaning floors (do we?) but this Rose and Geranium floor cleaner makes the job a little easier. It contains NO ammonia which makes for a good start. Instead it’s made up of beautiful, natural ingredients like Lavender, Soapwort, Horsetail herb, Coconut extracts, Citrus seed extract and Rose Geranium essential oil. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will kill germs in their tracks and is safe to use on timber and tiled floors. It is also biodegradable and septic safe.
Ecostore Wool Wash
This eco-friendly product is great for delicates such as lace, wool and silk. It can be used for hand washes or machine wash in top or front loaders. The pH balanced formula ensures an effective clean and is kind to sensitive skin. The Eucalyptus fragrance is pretty nice too.
Organic Clean Oven, BBQ and Grill Clean
This is a powerful but non-caustic, non-toxic cleaner that cuts through grease and baked on gunk from oven, grills and your BBQ. It is made from environmentally friendly ingredients and Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Rosalina essential oils.
For people who suffer from sensitive skin or allergies, natural products are a lifesaver but we recommend always reading the labels carefully and speaking to a Wholehealth Pharmacy and Healthfoods team member for advice.