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*Slice The Oatmeal*- My Magic Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Posted Aug 17 2010 12:00am
Hi Everyone! 

I’m so glad you all love yesterday’s raw dessert yesterday! It’s so important to include treats like this that are healthy when you’re eating raw . It doesn’t make it feel weird or depriving. Plus, when you eat foods raw, you’re simply eating them in their natural, preferred state. Centuries before ovens were invented, people ate much more natural I’m sure. They may have used hot fires to warm their food, but the most natural way to eat is to eat things the way they’re made in nature! 
So, when you’re eating lots of nuts and dried fruits, you do have to watch the total intake and don’t want to eat the entire dessert in one sitting, unless you make the individual portion, but you can eat it without feeling guilty that the nuts have fat and that many diets will tell you not to eat dried fruit.


These foods are natural, unprocessed therefore they are FULL of nutrients. When you cook food, it often loses its nutritional value because the heat simply ruins it.
I don’t eat all raw, and don’t want people to think that I do to be misleading, so I thought I’d give you a few examples of ways I don’t eat raw:
  • For one, my most favorite food ever is 100% DARK CHOCOLATE ( just the cacao). I love raw cacao, but my most favorite cocoa powder ever is  Hershey’s Dutch 100% dark cacao powder ( it only costs about $2.50 in stores). This is heated in processing, but nothing I’ve come across so far compares to the dark decadent taste of this stuff and I’ve bought ALOT of chocolate!:) 
  • Another food I eat daily that isn’t raw is baked squash. Starches that are raw are VERY hard to digest, and raw foods are in general, that’s one reason you should start out eating cooked foods  in your diet when eating more raw. Your digestive system will be VERY  confused if you go 100% at first. 
Plus this baked squash is so sweet and divine that I can’t imagine doing without it, ever!


  • Two beverages I drink daily are not raw, they are :
 *     1/2 cup of So Delicious Coconut Kefir, which is completely allergen free(the original flavor)mixed with  1/2 cup organic, allergen free almond milk by Pacific brand. 




*       Acai Juice ( Genesis today brand). I mix 1/2 cup with 1/4 cup Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Ginger flavor) each evening with a small raw snack before dinner. The ACV helps digestion immensely and is Acai  is a great mood booster!
Genesis Today Acai Berry JuiceBragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drink Ginger Spice


Now, I know that isn’t alot of non-raw food, and I do eat about 95% raw, however that has taken about 8 months to achieve, and hasn’t been easy. I’ve listened to my body instead of tell it what to do, and if I feel it is not at its best, I listen to it by eating what makes it feel well. Eating raw overall gives me more energy, mental clarity and better joint comfort, mood control and blood sugar control. It's also wonderful for the body's natural digestive properties, not to mention heart health.


Some foods that I like to eat when not eating raw are treats like:

 * *or simply some grilled zucchini or asparagus sprinkled with lemon juice and cracked black pepper, which is AWESOME on the George Foreman grill!:)


However, if you’re looking for a delicious new breakfast recipe, here’s one for all you :
~This satisfies ALL of your preferences and is so quick to grab!:)


*:Baked Banana Oatmeal:*
Serves : 12( 2"x2")  squares

                       *I used the bananas I found on our counters I mentioned yesterday!:)
  • 1 large banana ( fresh is best, but I used ripe)
  • 1 cup organic applesauce 
  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance Light ( aka vegan butter with natural plant oils )- or you can use 1/4 cup additional applesauce instead for a lighter version
  • 4 cups whole grain, gluten free oatmeal ( like Bob’s Red Mill) soaked overnight and drained - see below for preparation on this- EASY-
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 5 packs of Lakanto (brown sugar all natural sweetener) or you can use 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
EASY Prep work:
  • In a large mason jar, or a large glass bowl, place the oats inside, and fill covering with filtered water, plus an additional 1 cup of filtered water to cover ( about 5 cups total of filtered water). Soaking the oats overnight removes acidic enzymes and also makes this recipe creamier! 
  • Let the Smart Balance sit out about 30 minutes on the counter before you start this recipe
  • Meanwhile, drain the oats that soaked overnight in colander and rinse, making sure the excess water is gone.
  • Preheat the oven to 375.
Directions:


Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, peel and chop the banana, mash well with a fork. 
  2. Add the banana, Smart Balance,applesauce, Stevia and Lakanto ( or agave nectar) in a food processor and process on medium speed for 1 minute to blend until creamy. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, place the drained oats and mix with the cinnamon, walnuts and nutmeg.
  4. Add the creamed banana mixture to the oat mixture and stir well.
  5. Using a large 13x9 glass baking dish, spread in 3 tbsp. coconut oil around the dish. Sprinkle with Stevia or Lakanto, and spread across the whole dish and the sides. 
*This gives it an incredible taste around the crust and forget any problems with it sticking! You also don’t need ANY nonstick sprays which are full of chemicals, no matter how healthy they may appear. This is my favorite way to bake!


    6. Pour the oatmeal/banana batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  
   
*You will want to check this at 50  minutes. Depending on your oven, it may be done or may need more time. Mine is done right at 50 minutes. You want a brown top as shown in the picture and test with your finger or a fork. The top needs to be firm and barely crisp, but not rock hard. The center should still feel moist when you bite into it. 


    7. Remove, let it cool and cut into squares or bars for a delicious easy go-to breakfast that keeps 5 days on the countertop or 2 weeks in the fridge!  


*Additionally, you could freeze each square individually in foil, and place all of them in a freezer safe storage bag or container, thaw in the microwave and eat in 30 seconds each morning!


Just grab and go!





Alright, that wraps up today’s DELICIOUSNESS. I’ve got some exciting new products I’m going to feature tomorrow, and do some reviews of but for today, I wanted to share with you a wonderful site that I had to take a picture of you at Whole Foods today!:)


A HUGE DISPLAY OF.............


That’s right- my favorite thing ever- CHOCOLATE!:) I didn’t buy any because it was all made with sugar, but it was fun to look at :) 



.:*Heart and Soul:.*
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