Rich & creamy Melt Organic spreads (+ a vegan banana bread recipe)
When it comes to butter and margarine, Melt Organic Rich & Creamy Spreads stand out for their healthy, carefully selected ingredients.
In addition to being organic, vegan and kosher, Melt Organic Rich & Creamy Spreads are GMO, dairy, soy, and cholesterol free. Made with only natural oils from plant sources, they contain 5g of saturated fat, 4g of unsaturated fat and 15% of vitamin E per tablespoon. Unsaturated fats include canola oil, sunflower oil and flaxseed oil (rich in omega 3). Saturated fats1 include virgin coconut2 oil and virgin palm3 oil, both of which are fair trade products. It should be noted that coconut oil is at the top of the list of ingredients, compared to many other spreads that contain more palm oil. Available in three flavours (original, honey and chocolate), they can be used on toast as well as to replace butter in the kitchen.
Vegan banana bread recipe
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup Melt Organic Rich & Creamy Spread
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 ripe bananas
- 4 tbsp. apple juice with no added sugar
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 4 tbsp. water
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter a bread pan.
- In a bowl, combine flour, hemp seeds, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
- In another bowl, combine applesauce, Melt spread, coconut sugar and vanilla with the electric mixer until the mixture is smooth.
- At low speed, incorporate bananas, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, water and dry ingredients.
- Pour mixture into the bread pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Let cool before unmoulding and slicing.
- To make a firm spread, the addition of saturated fats (which remain solid at room temperature, unlike unsaturated fat) is essential. This is much healthier than the hydrogenation process often used by the food industry and which causes the formation of trans fat.
- Virgin coconut oil is certified by Fair for Life. This program ensures that human rights are guaranteed at every stage of production, that workers are paid for and that they work in healthy conditions.
- Palm oil is certified by Rainforest Alliance. This international NGO fights against many causes such as the destruction of tropical forests, the increase of greenhouse gases, the displacement of the first nations, the eradication of orang-utans and the consequences linked to the massive production of Palm oil.
* Thank you to nutritional counsellor Amélie Gaboriault for collaborating to this article.
* This content has been developed in partnership with Melt Organic.