Now is the perfect time to start cooking if you haven’t already. Learning some easy but delicious recipes is one of the wisest time-killing activities you can do now, while we spend almost the entire time at home.
Of course, if you don’t eat it all by yourself! Cooking will also bring some order at your home, and a sense of pleasure, of course!
If you are a parent, baking is one of the most amusing activities you can do together with your children.
Moreover, Donna Pincus, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University, explains that baking helps people express themselves creatively, and lowers stress.
“Baking actually requires a lot of full attention,” says Pincus. “You have to measure, focus physically on rolling out dough. If you’re focusing on smell and taste, on being present with what you’re creating, that act of mindfulness in that present moment can also have a result in stress reduction.”
Overall, any activity that captivates your whole attention, especially if it’s simple and repetitive, has calming, and meditative effects.
Just because cooking stimulates the senses, and increases feel-good endorphins, studies have shown that it can be a potent therapeutic activity that stimulates our mindset.
Also, baking can emphasize your altruistic nature:
“Baking for others can increase a feeling of well-being, contribute to stress relief and make you feel like you’ve done something good for the world, which perhaps increases your meaning in life and connection with other people.”
Julie Ohana, a licensed clinical social worker and culinary art therapist, adds:
“In many cultures, in many countries, food really is an expression of love, and it’s actually beautiful because it’s something we really all relate to. I think it could border on an unhealthy issue when it replaces communication in the traditional sense, but if it’s done along with communication, it is absolutely a positive and really wonderful thing.”
This is why we share this mouthwatering recipe with you -- coconut lime bread!
A slice of the tropical-flavored, sweet and soft treat will please all the senses!
So, let’s start baking together, and enjoy the time with our loved ones!
Coconut Lime Bread -- Gluten & Dairy Free
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
- zest from 3 limes
- 1 ¼ cup finely ground almond flour plus two tablespoons
- ¾ cup tapioca starch
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- zest from 1/3 of a lime
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with coconut oil.
Mix the coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and lime zest in a medium bowl, and set aside.
Using a mixer on low speed, mix the almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut sugar, flaked coconut, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Then, pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, and mix well. Add coconut oil, and mix again.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and bake for 60–75 minutes.
When done, leave it to cool, and make the lime glaze.
Lime Glaze Instructions:
Mix the lime juice and powdered sugar in a smaller bowl, and drizzle it over the bread.
Sprinkle with lime zest, and get ready for a fascinating dessert!
goodlivingguide.com -- Checked on 9/20/2020