Before I head off to celebrate my Grandparent’s birthdays (Gran has a significant one this year, but I’m not allowed to say exactly what it is lol), I wanted to share my dangerous muffin recipe with you. Why is it dangerous? Well, firstly, since it’s Hexennacht I filled it with aphrodisiacs! But it’s also dangerous for your waistline…I find it hard to stop at just one.
- 2 bananas, preferably over-ripe
- 75ml olive oil
- 100g coconut sugar
- 100g plain wholewheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seeds)
- 50g flaked/chopped almonds
- 50g vegan chocolate, either chopped, buttons or chocolate drops – I think dark is good for this recipe, but you could use mylk or even white if you prefer
- Cinnamon, ginger and chilli to taste.
Mash the bananas, then stir in the olive oil and coconut sugar. Now add everything bar the almonds and chocolate and mix into a batter. Finally, stir through the almonds and chocolate, scoop into muffin cases and bake at Gas Mark 5/190C/375F for about 25 minutes, until cooked.
Almonds are symbols of fertility, and apparently the scent of almonds gets women in the mood (can any women out there verify this?!). Scientifically, they do have a decent amount of vitamin E and magnesium.
Bananas are also good for magnesium, along with potassium and B vitamins to give you energy. They also contain chelating minerals (no, I’ve never heard of that either) and bromelian, the bromeliad enzyme (there’s a specific enzyme only found in bromeliads!), which are said to enhance men’s libido. Maybe that’s why they’re shaped like a …?
Anyway, on to that famous aphrodisiac, chocolate. Chocolate gets it’s reputation because of phenylethylamine, ‘the love chemical’. It also contains feel-good chemicals called anandamide and tryptophan (wow, I hope I’m spelling these right). In short – if your other half gives you a box of chocolates, be suspicious. Their motives may well be selfish.
Even the olive oil is in these for a reason! The Ancient Greeks thought that olive oil increased men’s virility, and they weren’t wrong – it’s a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are needed for a healthy heart, good blood flow and hormone production. You ain’t going anywhere in the bedroom without those.
Finally, chilli, ginger and cinnamon stimulate your endorphins and speed up your heart rate.
Let me know if you try these and what you thought to them 🙂 And happy Hexennacht!