Many people have not yet heard of the valuable benefit of using dandelion in our regular diet or as plant medicine.
Or, if they HAVE, they don't know how to USE that dandelion. They may question how to harvest it, what parts to use, how to use it, cook it, preserve it. This is a favorite recipe among my whole family because who doesn't love banana bread! Adding the additional benefit of dandelion nutrition and you've got a quality snack or breakfast.
Dandelion has been used for centuries and is known to have a positive impact on symptoms of high blood pressure, cholesterol imbalances, diabetes, and liver or gallbladder disturbances. Rich sun foods, dandelions are rich in beta carotene and grown from the ground, they make a good source of minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
All parts of the dandelion can be used and they grow "like weeds" (pun intended). They grow everywhere without any work from you. You do, however, want to make sure they are free of fertilizer or weed killers, so make sure not to use chemicals in your yard if you don't want to miss this amazing nutrient and medicine. The flowers can be dried and added to tea or salad, they can also be used fresh in salad!. The leaves are great in salad or juicing and the roots can be dried, ground, and used in place of coffee. They also make an important liver support.
To use the dandelion in banana bread, simply pick dandelions, rinse with water and shake dry. Chop off the heads so you are using the yellow heads. Chop into small pieces.
Banana Dandelion Bread
2 cups gluten free flour
1/2 c xylitol or honey
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup dandelion tops, chopped
1/4 c oil like sunflower oil
Blend the wet ingredients in one bowl. Blend the dry ingredients in a second bowl. Fold the two together and mix until well combined. Pour into a greased bread pan. Bake at 350 approximately 40 minutes until toothpick comes out dry.
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