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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

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake
(Makes 6-8 pancakes)

2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Mix together, set aside.

1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
2 eggs
1/2-cup white rice flour
2 TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. salt
1-cup fresh or frozen blueberries
*Optional: top with 1 TB of honey

Add the rest of the above ingredients to the buttermilk mixture. Drop by 1/4 cupful onto hot, oiled pan. Cook until firm enough to flip. Recipe makes about a dozen pancakes.

TCM Analysis:
Buttermilk: neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood and lubricates dryness (buttermilk, also known as soured/fermented milk, is easier on digestion)
Oats: warm, sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies qi, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi and is a carminative (prevents formation of gas in intestinal tract)
Almond: neutral, sweet, lubricates intestines, relieves cough and asthma and transforms phlegm
Egg: cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood, stabilizes hyperactive fetus and lubricates dryness
White rice (flour): slightly cool, sweet, moistens yin, clears heat, diuretic and reduces swelling
Flaxseed: neutral, sweet, laxative, mucilaginous, relieves pain and inflammation, influences the spleen-pancreas and colon (richest source of omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen immunity and clean the heart and arteries)
Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens the kidney (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes and detoxifies
Blueberry: nourishes kidney yin