Faileo Oats

I love creating healthy versions of classic faves. Not necessarily because everything has to be healthy -there’s a time and place for everything, and when it’s time for real chocolate chip cookies the place is in my face- but because it’s fun to experiment in the kitchen. One of my all-time faves is sweet potato pasta; so much lighter and more flavorful (to me) than the original thing.

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Certain healthified versions of classic faves sound absolutely violating -the beans in desserts thing will never cease to freak me out- and sometimes already-healthy things are tampered with and end tragically.

Example A:

Paleo oatmeal.

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While I’m not Paleo -love goat cheese and grains too much!- there are a few Paleo recipes I’ve tried and loved. I love the fact that they don’t contain refined sugar, are usually high in protein, and inherently gluten-free. This Paleo bread is staple in our house — we all love it. When I first saw Paleo oatless oats, I couldn’t help but think, “What’s wrong with regular oats?” but at the same time was intrigued by using a combo of egg whites and nuts to yield an oat-y texture.

I decided to give it a whirl with yesterday’s breakfast, and had two whole eggs (with TJs sriracha), Paleo oats with berries.

After checking out a few recipes online, here’s what I did:

-In a small saucepan, I added 3/4 C liquid egg whites, 1/2 C almond milk, 2 T almond meal, 1/2 mashed banana and a little vanilla extract

-Cooked the mixture on medium and stirred occasionally until it was fluffy

I mixed in a handful of berries with a little cinnamon and honey, and while it tasted ok, I felt like I was eating a bowl of sweet egg whites… not oats.

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Even though I couldn’t help but think I’d rather have regular oats, I do love the fact that the meal was extremely high in protein and healthy fats. It kept me full all morning, no problemo.

Liv and I went to visit madre in the morning, and spent the afternoon at the pool. Before I knew it, we had been swimming for an hour, were total prunes, and a few of the ladies working the desk at the club had gathered to watch Liv belly-laughing in the water. It was a good day.

An easy dinner:

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Grilled corn on the cob (can’t get enough!), artichokes,

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chicken and wine. (<–the 49 cent variety)

This morning, Liv and I are off to story time and then coming back to swim and hang out.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day <3

xoxo

Gina

What’s your favorite “healthy version” recipe? Mine is probably this chocolate fudge sauce. Any kitchen fails lately? It’s weird, but I always love hearing them. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one ;)

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  1. I tried to make a mango-coconut chia pudding last week. Sounds delicious, tasted like feet.

  2. Lyndsay says:

    I just tried paleo oats for the first time this morning and was starving an hour later! I should have paired it with two eggs- great idea! If that fails, then it’s back to oats for me!
    Is that some kind of groovy artichoke cooker!? Please share! I never know what to do with artichokes even though I love them… when someone else makes them! :)

  3. Fell off the bandwagon there a couple days (both workouts and check-ins) but yesterday got back on with the speed surge on a treadmill. Will make up what I can throughout the week and/or tack it onto the end if it’s too much on my body for now. :p

  4. I totally agree with you on the “what’s wrong with real oats?” thing. Good to try it out, though! My favourite ‘healthy trick’ food is probably using a combination of apple sauce, bananas + oats in cookies instead of regular flour :)

  5. Try using ground flax instead of almond meal ( or a mixture of flax and chia seeds). Also, I only ever add a splash of milk, and sometimes not any at all. Plus a dash of cinnamon and blueberries to cook in and it’s a staple in our house! I’ve also found it reheats pretty well in case you need to make it the night before. :)

  6. Faileo! That is funny and true. I keep trying to make “paleo pancakes” the ones with coconut flour, and every.single.time they fail. I’ve also tried to use the coconut flour in other bakings and such and maybe it’s the humidity or lack there of where I live, but it just will not work!

  7. I love making banana pancakes (mix one ripe banana with 2-3 eggs and make a stack of small pancakes, top with cinnamon).
    So last time I had some left-over pumpkin, and I tried to make pumpkin pancakes in the same way… It was a huuuuge fail, because the batter was too “watery”.
    I ended up making some kind of scrambled eggs out of it, which tasted okay, but looked like…. baby food… Fail!!

  8. I think you have mentioned it before in the blog, but how do you make your artichokes?? They look delish!

  9. have you tried black bean brownies before? i love them actually!!!

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