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Banana Oats Breakfast

I’ve struggled with stomach issues for years. I’ve tried countless things such as swapping my diet. I tried being a vegan, eating gluten free & dairy free, taking supplements, and trying different probiotics (kombucha/water kefir). You name it, I tried it.

Not a lot of huge changes were made until last September when I learned about a program called Whole30. It is 30 days of stripping away processed junk and eating real food. Things that don’t have a long exhausted ingredient list you can’t pronounce half the words on. The thing I love about Whole30 is there aren’t any gimmicky products you have to buy or hoaky supplements you have to take along the way. Only real food!

A month later, a book later, and a slight commitment to a group of friends who were also embarking on Whole30, my husband, Alex,  and I began. Unashamed, I admit that we failed miserably. We made it a week. We had a wedding to go to in Chattanooga where we were going to see lots of our close college friends (not a great time to be on a super strict eating regimen). On the way, we got in a miniscule fight, almost ran out of gas, and blew a head gasket on our car (of course).

At 2 in the morning, when we finally reached our friend’s house, Alex and I were rolling around on our air mattress laughing at all the unfortunate events of the night and discussing what we were going to do about Whole30. My husband knew he was doomed to crack. I had planned ahead and made us meals we could eat. Worked hard for hours in the kitchen before hand. But then it happened. I pleaded. We had already spent money and precious time. We had come too far. But at 2 in the morning and with too many good friends to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with for two days, we made the decision to stop. Our friends were more important at the time.

It wasn’t far into completely alleviating food groups from our diet, that I started to feel different. I began to see the food I viewed as “healthy” wasn’t really all that healthy after all. Eating the “healthy” stuff was having more of a negative impact than I could have anticipated too. That week is when I began to make a shift in my lifestyle of food choices. I was beginning to understand what foods help me function at my best. This summer, I will be doing Whole30 again with my best friend and blogging partner. Stay tuned. Maybe you’ll want to do it with us. The whole thing too. 😉 Whew! Now that I’ve got that off my chest we can talk about more important things: BOATS. During our short time doing Whole30, I discovered something I’ll never be able to give up.

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I prefer to called them B“oats” a.k.a. Banana Oats OR Banana Oats And Tasty Stuff. Because who is going to want to call them Paleo oats? Or Whole30 oats? Or better yet, fake oats?

I can’t get enough of these! They’re quick and a great excuse to use up all those ripe bananas you’ve got sitting around.

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B"oats"
Banana Oats (Whole 30, Paleo)
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mash the bananas.
  2. Scramble the eggs in with the bananas.
  3. On medium to high heat, add 1tsp coconut oil to a nonstick pan
  4. Pour the banana mixture into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes
  5. Add toppings: almond butter, nuts, strawberries (or fresh fruit of choice), chocolate chips, maple syrup, or any thing else that's tasty!
Recipe Notes

*For  Chocolate B"oats" add 2 tsp of cocoa powder and mix with the eggs and bananas.

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Lightly Lemoned Icebox Bites

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Usually when I ask people if they have ever had a raw dessert, they look at me with the one cocked eyebrow look. You know the look I’m talking about?  If you are among those eyebrow scrunchers, don’t worry, I was too. The first time I ever had a raw dessert was a year ago and it changed my life. I will always think they are the best things ever!

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If hearing the word raw is scary, let me explain a bit. Raw only means that the food is not heated above 105-115 degrees. This process helps keep all the great enzymes in your food. Enzymes are what assist in breaking down your food during digestion. Once food is cooked above 115 degrees, the molecular structure of your food changes and a lot of those helpful enzymes go away.

This raw dessert is one of my favorites. Lightly Lemoned Icebox Bites! Yum! They have a rich pecan crust and a slightly lemoned cashew filling.

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The filing is made from soaked cashews, lemon juice, zest, vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil.

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The crust is even easier. Put the dates in a food processor and mix a few times. Then add the pecan and process until a crumbly mixture has formed. The crust practically makes itself….almost.

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon full into each muffin paper and press down firmly with your fingers. Sometimes the dates can be sticky. If you wet your fingers with a little water, it helps with the stickiness.

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Add spoonfuls of the lightly lemoned cashew filling until the muffin papers are almost filled to the top.

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Freeze for two-three hours. And Tah-dah! Lightly Lemoned Icebox Bites are on their way to being devoured! But don’t forget to toss on heaps and heaps of strawberries!

Have you ever had a raw dessert? What’s your favorite? What else do you like to do with strawberries? Tell us what you think if this is your first raw dessert.

 

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Lightly Lemon Icebox Bites
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Crust
Lightly Lemoned Cashew Filling
Instructions
Crust
  1. Prepare a muffin tin with 12 papers and set aside
  2. Add dates into food processor and pulse 3-4 times or until crumbly (not in a ball)
  3. Add pecans to dates and pulse until crumbly mixture is formed
  4. Add a heaping tablespoon of filling into a lined muffin paper & press down firmly with fingers. (wet fingers slightly if sticky)
  5. Repeat until all 12 muffin papers are full
  6. Set aside or in freezer until filling is ready
Lightly Lemoned Cashew Filling
  1. Add soaked & drained cashews, coconut milk, lemon juice, zest, maple syrup, and coconut oil into food processor
  2. Pulse until creamy (1-2 minutes)
Assembling Icebox Bites
  1. Add 2-3 spoon fulls of filling into pecan crust or until muffin paper is full
  2. Place in the freezer 2-3 hours
Recipe Notes

*Pull the Icebox Bites out of the freeze 10-15 minutes prior to serving and place heaps of strawberries on top. Enjoy!

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