We have this friend, The Happy Medic. He has the uncanny ability to make the Hubby do things he wouldn’t normally do (like meet someone he’s never met in person at a bar… alone. Or wear a kilt for 30 days straight). He’s also put a little bug in the Hubby’s ear about plant-based eating.
The Hubby was directed to a documentary on Netflix called “Forks over Knives”, and for the first time in a decade, he said to me “I can’t believe I’m thinking about cutting meat and dairy”. This, from a guy who won’t touch a melon (of any kind), a squash (of any kind), nor a piece of whole wheat bread (affectionately called a “bread racist”. Only the white stuff for him).
I do what I can to put good foods in all of our bellies while staying in budget and not STARVING mid-day. But it’s really hard, when I come across resistance to anything other than instant oatmeal! But that’s not to say I haven’t tried! It just hasn’t been successful, I think, mainly because The Hubby wasn’t ready for the change.
The Hubby is a creature of habit. He knows what he likes and, since it’s kept him alive for the past 40 years, he’s been happy with the status quo. However, when anyone asks either of us “how are you today?”, the answer is usually “TIRED”.
And I’m tired of being tired.
So, we’re going to start by finding something besides Cheerios, milk, and sugar for breakfast. Tonight, I’m making Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. We’ll experiment with quinoa as cereal and smoothies (once I buy some sort of blending device) as well, but we’re taking baby steps here. (And yes, I realize these bars have milk in them, but if the fam likes them enough, I’ll buy coconut milk to use instead.)
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS
Recipe adapted from Chefmom.sheknows.com and Amy Vowels
Makes 16 bars
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, milk, peanut butter, maple syrup and egg.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to a greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the dish begins to brown.
These bars came out moist and delish! They had a nice banana flavor, though Big isn’t a banana fan, so she just picked at hers. I might try making them with applesauce next time, but I’m pretty sure they’d be bland. Besides, if we are going to change how we are eating, Big is going to have to learn to like some things that she didn’t before.
The Hubby, my harshest critic (in a good way), said “They were ok, but I’ll get used to them. I was definitely satisfied!”
I’m going to cut a chunk off and freeze it to see how they defrost, because, though I’m trying to make more whole foods, I don’t have a whole lots of extra time, so I’ll be looking for freezable solutions, as always!