Sup blog fam! Long time no see! Today I’ve teamed up with the European Palm Oil Alliance to talk about sustainable palm oil and the RSPO certification. Also: a quick and easy banana bread recipe.
Why sustainable palm oil?
Lots of products you use on the daily include one or another type of oil. The thing with many things where oil are derived from, is that they take up a a lot of space, which in many instances leads to deforestation. Not the thing we want with where planet earth is heading currently. Roughly 50% of product we use daily contain palm oil. Luckily, palm oil is farmed super efficiently looking at land use. It has the highest yield per hectare of any of the common used oils. Unluckily, worldwide 80% of palm oil is not produced in a sustainable way. And that’s what I want to talk to you guys about!
So what’s the deal with sustainability?
In the 80s and 90s the world high key loved deforestation. Not fun. Palm oil production played a big role in that, that’s why the ingedrient leaves a bad taste for many people (figuratively). Point is, palm oil –when produced sustainably– takes up less space, thus being better than alternatives. A boycot of palm oil is not the answer. When it’s produced sustainably, it helps protect biodiversity and gives farmers a fair living wage. The RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) formulates seven principles on which they assess the production of palm oil and determine if it is RSPO certified.
Where to buy products with sustainable palm oil?
Luckily, 86% of the palm oil in products sold in Europe is sustainable. That’s not yet 100% though, and outside of the EU this percentage is lower. You can look at products with a RSPO certification, or look at the European Palm Oil Alliance to find out about products that use sustainable palm oil. We as consumers need more transparency on this though, and we should know if a producer uses the bad kind of palm oil.
Let’s make this bread
I use this really easy banana bread that’s super tasty. I replaced my normal butter with a margarine with sustainable palm oil, I used Flora plant based. It’s super easy, mash 4 bananas, whisk together 100gr of sugar with 100ml of the butter, add vanilla extract to taste. Add together to a mostly smooth mixture and let sit. Mix 225gr of flour with 3tsp of baking powder and 3tsp of cinnamon. Blend together thoroughly and then add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Once evenly mixed, add some chopped nuts and if you want some Nutella, since they also use sustainable palm oil!
Bake for about an hour on 200°C, check with a toothpick and if it comes out dry — you got yourself the perfect banana bread!
Thanks for reading!
Hope you learned something from this little blog post! Let me know on Instagram if you know more products that use RSPO-certified palm oil or if you got tasty recipes I can try. Check out the European Palm Oil Alliance and thanks to them for sponsoring this blog post. Happy Holidays!