Simon’s Buns

This recipe had a major impact on my well being during treatment for Follicular Lymphoma. I will be forever grateful to my cousin and her hubby Simon for baking and bringing a batch when they came to visit. The taste and texture were amazing – and all the more satisfying because there was no flour or sugar involved!

I’m sure Simon will humbly say he didn’t come up with the recipe. But as he never gave us a pithy name for them, the Callagy’s of Sligo now affectionately call them “Simon’s Buns” (if he does provide an official name I’ll update this post; but don’t worry, you’ll always be able to find this post again by searching here in “Recipes”).

Like Simon himself this recipe is friendly and flexible. So using different sized bananas or eggs from one batch to the next isn’t going to cause problems (although will affect how many buns a batch will produce). Likewise, if you haven’t got very ripe ones, using fresh bananas is okay. You can also add in some flaked almonds if you like. I’m sure other seasonings could be added with impunity. And don’t worry about leaving some honey behind on the spoon either. The recipe can absorb the loss!

Oh, and am very grateful for the good people at Sligo Wellness Centre for typing this up first (because I hadn’t the energy at the time!).


  • 300gm ground almonds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of bread soda
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs – beaten
  • 120gms (4oz) melted butter
  • 3 medium-large bananas (best if very ripe with spots on skin)
  • 4 level tablespoons honey


Turn on oven to pre-heat to 170 -180 degrees (and place butter in a dish in there to melt).

Sieve bread soda and cinnamon into the ground almonds. Mix well.

Beat the eggs.

Mash bananas – or blitz in a processor.

Mix eggs, bananas and honey together. Then mix into dry, almond mix.

Finally, mix in the melted butter.

You should end up with a soft, sloppy mix (might seem very runny but the buns will firm up when the butter sets again).

Pour or spoon out into muffin cases in muffin trays (perhaps one tablespoon per case). Makes between 16 and 20 muffins depending on size of bananas used.

Bake at 170 – 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the centre of them springs back up when you press lightly on them.

Enjoy! 😀

Busy times…

… but then again it is Spring and Life is hopping!

This weekend hope to improve my music-facilitation skills by attending Rachel Dempsey’s Around The World in Just 8 Songs.voice workshop on Saturday. May also get to the second of Guillermo Rozenthuler’s weekend workshops on Sunday. After a hectic week, being surrounded by singing voices for two days is going to be bliss!

Decided this week that I’m happy to put my name to ASEA . Because 6 weeks of self and friends testing have yielded some great experiences for people – and a dog! So am promoting ASEA pre-EU-lauch presentations in Dublin, Rome, Belfast and Sligo.*

However, I think it will be athletes, with their ultra-responsive systems, who will be the first to see and make the most of what this product can do. Because they know their bodies abilities and limits so will more readily sense when something improves. Plus, of course, they know HOW to measure progress.

Others might be slower on the uptake. Including (unfortunately) natural therapists and wellness professionals. Can’t say I blame them given the amount of ‘miracles’ they’ve been promised (and not received) down the years. However, I do hope that sufficient numbers will overcome their scepticism and take a good look.

Because it seems as if redox signaling molecules are even more important to cells than things like anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, omegas etc.

Interested in ASEA? Drop me a line.

 * Contact me if interested in attending (or simply learning more about ASEA).


Lots going on these days.

Starting to use a lovely new Monolina monochord in my sound therapy work. Very pleased to hear yesterday about a deep, soothing and centering experience. Looking forward to doing more with it 🙂

Learning how to record and edit sound on the mac so myself and some friends can put out a nice trad album. Will also allow me put out my own music for healing / therapy work too.

Trialling a new supplement supposedly more significant than anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals etc. Didn’t quite believe it at first. But the Irish stories are starting to come in and I feel now that in a few years people will be talking about this just as much as they are talking about anti-oxidants now. Product launches in Europe in just two weeks so am paddling faster now on my surfboard trying to catch the wave. More info here.

Along with the above I will also be tipping away at…

  • getting my turbike up and running in a stationary-kind-of-way;
  • planning the development of a very exciting idea I’ve had about improving swim teaching using holistic approaches and a deeper understanding of how we humans tick;
  • developing to promote my therapy work
  • developing and as outlets for my skin creams
  • posting here when I have ideas, insights and news that might be of interest to people who think ‘naturally’
  • occasionally eating, drinking, sleeping – and having fun! 8)