Hi friends! I hope you’re all having an amazing week. I’m currently on day 3 of a super intense level 1 yoga teacher training from Ryan Leier of One Yoga and it is incredible! So far we’ve been doing tons of amazing practices, meditation, daily early morning walks, pranayama, posture clinics, sequencing lectures, and hands-on adjustments. And we haven’t even gotten to anatomy lectures yet. The nerd in me is just squeeing with delight, despite the cramps in my hand from all the note-taking. Plus the people are amazing. However, the by product of all this awesomeness is that I’m pretty physically and emotionally drained by the time I get home, so this post is going to be short and sweet. (Psst, you can check out some of my pics from the week here on Instagram).
Sometimes when it gets cold and icky outside we just want something warm and cozy for our tummies that’s going to fill us up and make us feel grounded. For a lot of people their go-to is oatmeal, but this is not a great option for some people because it is often contaminated with gluten. For people with celiac disease or other auto-immune conditions oatmeal can often cause a cross-reaction due to specific protein chains that look quite similar to the protein sequence in gluten that causes the immune response. Like I said, I’m rather brain-dead right meow (and getting ready to go for a free float in a sensory deprivation tank at the Float House), so if you want more info you can get it here.
Anyhoo, since I have a pretty strong family incidence of celiac and other autoimmune conditions I try to avoid certain trigger foods as much as possible, plus I don’t really have an emotional attachment to oatmeal like some people (cough, like my sister. Our dad used to bring her oatmeal in bed every morning before school. Can you say princess? :P). She and I were chatting one day about her love of oatmeal and how it was making her tummy hurt, which is unsurprising considering she has celiac disease, and I went looking for some yummy alternatives for her. I stumbled across one recipe but it was a little too rich for me and so I went to my kitchen to see what I had and thus this recipe was born.
Instead of oats we’ll be using a high fibre coconut flour and either quinoa flakes or almond flour to give our n’oatmeal it’s delicious creamy texture. We’ll also be adding some banana for potassium and yumminess, cinnamon for blood sugar balance, coconut milk and oil for energizing medium chain fats, egg for protein and choline (don’t worry, it’s a totally optional addition!), and finally walnuts for omega-3s and antioxidants. Alrighty, my brain is officially done for the day. One of my roomies for the week just tried to talk to me and words would not come out of my mouth… so enjoy!!
Banana Walnut N’Oatmeal
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 banana*
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup quinoa flakes (for Paleo version replace with shredded coconut or almond flour)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg (optional)
- 2 tsp. coconut palm sugar, honey, or maple syrup
- 1 heaping tbsp. crushed walnuts
- Place a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add coconut oil, cinnamon, and banana to pot and stir.
- After 2 minutes add coconut flour, quinoa flakes, coconut milk, vanilla, and stir to combine.
- If adding egg, add now.
- Stir continuously for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
- Top with walnuts and coconut palm sugar.
Makes 2 servings.
* Replace the banana with a diced apple and top with hemp hearts, cranberries, and almonds for a delicious alternative.
That’s our recipe for the week friends! I hope you enjoy it Let me know in the comments what other fun combinations you come up.