Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kumara and Banana Slice - Gluten-Free, Vegan, AIP, Sugar-free

Not much blogging going on around here, you say? That's because I'm currently on an autoimmune diet that occupies all my free time with food preparation.

I'm on day 15 now (half way!) and am getting the hang of it, but at first it felt a bit overwhelming. I'd say, when being as strict as this, you'd might as well forget about eating out. Finding a suitable lunch at the mall is impossible.

However, necessity often drives creativity, and sometimes, that even results in something edible. By that, I mean edible by other people, not just me. I can eat anything. Those long-ago days of bodybuilding diets rendered my tastebuds permanently tamed (or permanently confused, I'm not sure which).

Kumara (sweet potato) and Banana Slice
  • The flesh of two large kumara, boiled to tenderness (this came to 400g boiled kumara.
  • One medium sized banana
  • 5 tbsp (~110g) coconut flour (or you can use dessicated coconut)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (~70g)
  • 1.5 cups water (use less if you are including dessicated coconut instead of coconut flour)
  • 1 heaped tsp (~5g) of agar agar (or use gelatin if you're not worried about vegan-ness)
  • Cinnamon and Ginger to taste (I used 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon - that's a lot of spice)
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Blend everything to a thick paste in a food processor.

Bake at 180C for about 20 minutes or until it is slightly firm. It will firm up a lot as it cools and the oil and gelatin set.

Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. Cut into slices or squares.

I have found this a useful breakfast with some coconut yogurt (exhibit 'A', to the left), and it's easy to wrap a bar or two in foil and cart around for hunger attacks.

The flavour is sweet enough for me, and I wanted to avoid any added sugar, even natural ones.  You could add honey or maple, or even drizzle some over it before eating, if your sweet tooth requires it.

The bars freeze nicely.  My freezer is packed with things labelled 'AIP' right now, which helps instil a feeling of 'relaxed and organised'.  Now, how to obtain that same feeling toward my filing my tax return. .... ?


  1. Does it taste like kumera? I can't see me ever making it... I dislike kumera! Then again, it could be nice?

    1. not really, the main flavours are banana and coconut.

  2. Anonymous3:32 am

    I love kumara, banana & coconut. yum it sounds divine, I'm going to make it & Iv been wanting to try agar agar. There's a cake shop near me that sells layered sponge with kumara cream. It works well too.

  3. Anonymous2:42 pm

    Thank you! This will be a nice treat for my daughter.

  4. Anonymous8:24 pm

    Just wanted to check the a amount of coconut flour. I weighed 5tbsp and it was only about 65g? Breakfast on AIP is killing me! This looks like it could be my saviour.

    1. I've noticed a lot of variation in the density of coconut flour, or perhaps it's the size of your spoon? The main thing is, it works. How did it go?

  5. thanks for reposting this, Sara. I'd like to give it a go too.


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