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Banana Bread

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Shen Calming

Banana Bread

by Alex Herman

Ingredients: (makes 1 loaf)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 ¾ C Flour
1 ½ C Sugar
1 C Chopped Walnuts
½ C Vegetable Oil
¼ C + 1 Tbs buttermilk
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Tsp salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Grease and Flour a 9×5 inch pan
Combine all ingredients and mix
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes
Do not double recipe


Banana: Cold and sweet, Clears heat, lubricates lungs and intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.

Eggs: Cool and sweet, Nourishes yin, tonifies blood, lubricates dryness and stablizes hyperactive fetus.

Whole Wheat Flour: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating

Sugar: cold and sweet

Walnuts (Hu Tao Ren): Slightly warm and sweet, tonifies the kidney, strengthens back, astringes lung, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines, aids erratic or rebellious qi, and reduces cholesterol.

Buttermilk: Neutral and sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness

Salt: Cold, salty, slightly sweet, Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies and acts as a natural preservative.

Overall: This recipe is sweet and moist, lubricating, good for cooling and clearing heat in Lung, calms shen/spirit and good for dry or hot type constipation

CI: Spleen Damp

Almond Banana Pancakes

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Almond Banana Pancakes
2 ripe bananas
1 egg
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

Mash the bananas, add the egg and mix well.
Stir in the almond butter, adding more than a tablespoon if you want a more pancake-like texture. Warm butter in a pan and pour batter into small cakes. Brown on each side and serve warm.
Bananas — sweet, cold, clears heat, cools blood, lubricates LI, moistens Lungs, detoxifies
Eggs-sweet, neutral, nourishes yin and blood, supplements SP/ST, calms the shen
Almonds- sweet, neutral, moistens LU and LI, supplements SP and LU

Raw Persimmon Pie

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Raw Persimmon Pie

9 very ripe persimmons
24 dates (wet)
6 very ripe bananas with outsides brown
24 blueberries

Cut dates in half, remove pits, spread on pie plate
Peel bananas, set on top of dates
Mash bananas with fork until custard consistency
Remove skins of persimmons and spread over the bananas
Place blueberries on top.

Analysis of recipe 2B:

Persimmons: cold, sweet, obstructive/astringent. Softens masses. Quenches thirst, empiric for lowering blood pressure.
Banana: cold, sweet. Clears heat, lubricates, lowers blood pressure.
Dates: sweet, warm. Tonifies spleen and stomach.
Blueberries: sweet, sour, tonify blood.

This is a cold, sweet concoction. It will generally slow down the body’s energy systems, anchor yang, and build blood and yin. It contains fruits that are known to lower blood pressure, namely persimmons and bananas.

CI: cold damp conditions, yang deficient conditions