Banana Vanilla Bean N’ Oatmeal

A versatile dish that can be eaten for breakfast or served as a dessert.

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I wanted to make a dessert for mom’s birthday.  I wanted to make something that was at least slightly healthy.  I didn’t want to make a cake, or cupcakes, but I also wanted to make something that she would like.

I asked a friend for ideas for desserts that do not contain sugar.  She had lent me The 21 Day Sugar Detox a while ago, but I didn’t find many recipes that I wanted to make.  I didn’t have the ingredients called for by most of the recipes in the book.

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However, when I heard that there was a dessert that is sweetened using bananas, I knew that I had to try it.  I don’t like using artificial sweeteners.  I also don’t think that the new “natural sweeteners” such as agave, stevia etc have been around long enough for us to really know their side effects.

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This dish was actually quite tasty for a healthy dessert.  This dish can be eaten for breakfast, instead of oatmeal.  On the other hand, it also tastes a little like pudding, so it could also be considered a dessert.

It contains a bit of coconut milk, which is quite fatty.  However, pudding or any other dessert has quite a few calories anyway.  This dessert is actually quite healthy in comparison.

 

Banana Vanilla Bean N' Oatmeal
 
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A healthy treat that is sweetened with bananas instead of sugar.
Recipe type: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 banana, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • Chopped nuts, strawberries or other fruit (Optional) for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and place the bowl next to the stove.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the vanilla extra, coconut milk and water over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Slowly pour a ladleful of the hot coconut milk mixture into the eggs and whisk rapidly to combine. Pour the coconut milk-egg mixture back into the saucepan and whisk to combine. Continue to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the back of a spoon remains coated when dipped into the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into a blender, add the banana, cinnamon, and salt and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the chia seeds and stir into the mixture with a rubber spatula.
  5. Pour the mixture into 4 small bowls and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Garnish with nuts, strawberries or other fruit, if desired and serve.

Adapted from Balanced Bites 

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