Happy Hump Day! I think I'm ready to share the banana energy bar recipe, as promised. I'm just kind of wrongfooted by this new blogger layout--they've changed everything, it seems: including listing all your 'blogger stats' in prominent places.
Confession: I've never looked at my stats before at all (I think I was afraid that it would confirm the 'voice crying in the wilderness' fear). But perhaps the weirdness of speaking out on a public platform but knowing that no one's paying any attention is liberating. Of course I do want people to read this! So, changes a-coming...
But change seems to be a constant in my current dietary life and I'm so tired of it. I wish that I could just figure out what works and stick with it, even allowing for some broad variation within that. One thing that I tried during the Residency--starting before that, actually, back with my "A" is for "Amaranth" post--was eating some grains (amaranth, quinoa, millet a little rice occasionally; you can see the gluten free oats in the energy bars above). I hadn't eaten grains for years and years--so many people make them out to be the devil's work and since gluten is such a no-no for me, for years I'd assumed "better without." Perhaps eating root veggie starch and feeling so much better was a gateway drug...
I love the convenience of the grains--soak overnight, cook, then dress up however you want. Porridge with a banana, a handful of dried fruit (gojis, raisins, mulberries), some frozen berries and some flax meal was a great breakfast during the residency and I've been continuing it since.
Continuing the convenience theme, I discovered these energy bars...
glutino bars that I also tried but failed to photograph. The glutino bars didn't sit as well for me. Then, the university grocery store had 'Columbia Gorge' gluten free bars that I can't find a link for. Some of the flavors worked for me, others didn't (careful label reading is a must--the 'berry' flavor had buckwheat in it, which I didn't catch).
So, what's not to like? Well, it's not clear to me that the grains are responsible: it might just be withdrawal from being at residency, residual tiredness catching up, or my latest experiment with trying to eliminate snacking and only eat three times a day...but I haven't been feeling just right.
I'm dropping things (like I used to in the bad old days), having short term memory lapses (unheard of for me and very scary), the skin stuff is almost as bad as it was during that 'poisoning' episode, headaches, emotional rollercoaster... So--are the amaranth, quinoa, millet, oats turning me into this weird whackjob? Or is it something else? (We're suspecting that I might be allergic to another of my meds)
Let's just assume, for the sake of this post, that it's not the grains, that they're OK, as they are for so many other people, and share the recipe already!
It's sort of a riff on that banana bread. Various kinds of floury/powdery stuff, some dried fruit....
Banana Energy Bars (raw, vegan, gluten free--dehydrated)
2 cups flour of choice (or flour and protein powder) (I did 1/2 cup protein powder, 1/4 cup mesquite, 1/4 cup lucuma, 3/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 cup gluten free oats (the last of mine and I don't know that they can be found in Homer...)
1/4 cup shredded coconut (more might have been better)
Mix together those dry ingredients. At this point, I also added a handful of gojis/raisins/mulberries, but you could do this at the end too.
Mash 3 bananas.
Melt 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine with 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix all together.
Form into a square on a teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and cut into bar sizes.
our blueberry harvesting trip (actually, I should have brought more.)