In times like these, there aren’t always words.
I struggle to find a way to express the feelings of grief, frustration, anger, sadness, and helplessness from this week — from Boston to Texas, offering up prayers everyday.
But sometimes, when the world doesn’t make sense, baking does.
BANANA NUT OATMEAL BITES
2 very ripe bananas (like the stash I keep in the freezer)
⅓ cup nut butter of your choice: almond, peanut, sunflower seed for the nut-free crowd
⅔ cup applesauce
1 ½ cups certified gluten-free oats
2 tablespoons coconut flour
⅓ cup walnuts or other nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Pre-heat oven to 350° and either use a Silpat to line baking sheets or parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine. Let the dough sit for a few minutes (the coconut flour really soaks up moisture) then stir again before dropping by spoonful onto prepared baking sheets. A 1 ½ tablespoon baking scoop works well and gives you a rounded little bite, but they don’t have to be perfect, a regular spoon works too.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until set and golden brown on the bottoms. (this may vary depending on what size you make yours) Remove from oven and allow to cool for several minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.
Have these “cookies” for breakfast — and feel good about it! (they taste just like mini banana breads!)
- This recipe doubles easily — if you have extras, toss them in the freezer and take out for an on-the-go breakfast.
- You can also use oat flour. The first time I made them, I used oats only and liked the texture, but then doubled the recipe this time, using oats and oat flour and am still loving them. My celiac sista was thinking these would be great finger foods for her twins (about to turn ONE, whaaaaaat?!?!) but wanting a version sans whole oats. You could use just oat flour instead of the oats as well.
- Ground flax is an optional add-in. For a double batch, I added 1 tablespoon.
- Chocolate chips will be going into the next batch.
- These aren’t super sweet, which I prefer for my breakfast, but if you’d like, you could add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to sweeten things up.
- If you are grain-free and not doing oats, you could use almond flour and additional coconut flour — play with the recipe and make it what works for YOU.
Sending light and love out into the Universe — there’s enough to go around for everyone.