I think I’m changing. Like in a good way. Like attending a Twilight party dressed as a Cullen and not caring what anyone says kind of way.
Yep. I did it and it was awesome. And also sad as a few people didn’t even notice I was wearing white eye shadow on my face since I’m so fair to begin with, and it’s not like these lethargic winter rays are fulfilling any of their intimidating sunshine potential. Apparently they’re only big bad SPF rays in the summer when it’s easy pickins and great deluges of bronzed college kids proliferate, but they seem to have no oomph left in them on my short drives to work in the winter. Weak. Yeah, that part aside, it was awesome.
I may have hopped on the Twilight bandwagon a few years behind the rest of the fans, but I’m all about that now. I don’t care when or why something is popular or unpopular because if I like it, I’m doing it.
I think if you’re lucky enough and observant enough, growing up can be the coolest process ever. You get to learn to be you. Minus the self-doubt, minus the negative people in your life and minus the Jacob fans. C’mon. A real man sparkles. Just a smidge.
And lately I’ve been feeling like treating myself right. Right along side a container of gooey banana bread oat balls. Hey, this is all about listening to yourself and I hear mine loud and clear: send in the banana goo!
Well then, let’s not keep anyone waiting.
Feel good treat team is assembled.
This is not an activity to do with your kids. Hand-mashing is very serious(ly fun) adult business.
Create a painter’s palette of the healthy color wheel.
Make an oat waterfall.
Stir with a smile.
Scoop big banana beauties.
Cool (or don’t) and then sink your teeth in…
Gooey Banana Bread Oat Balls
I got this recipe about a month ago from the group fitness manager at the gym that I attend and I have made it every week since, trying to perfect that gooey, fall apart oat-y goodness. Lock ‘em up over night in an airtight container and let the goodness work its magic. And without any ingredients that require high heat to be safe to consume raw, under-baking is indeed recommended.
- 3 large overripe bananas
- 1/4 C coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 T grapeseed oil
- 1 T raw honey
- 2 C old fashioned oats
- 2/3 C almond meal
- 1 T coconut flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Squish bananas with hands until mashed in a large bowl.
- Add vanilla, grapeseed oil, honey and lightly warmed coconut oil and mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones.
- Scoop 1/4 C size mounds onto baking sheets.
- Bake 10 minutes until balls look lighter on the outside but are still very moist on the inside.
- Cool and enjoy! Store in an air tight container.
- Make sure those bananas are mushy. The more unattractively brown on the outside, the more perfect they are for this recipe.
- Do not indulge your urge to bake these through like a bread or cake. The insides are meant to be moist and slightly wet. Let them sit on the pan for a few minutes after they come out of the oven and know when they cool, they will be perfect. Here, gooey is great.
- Adapt this to what you want! Don’t like cinnamon? Remove it. Add coconut, carob chips, nuts-whatever makes you feel good.