Raw Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Breakfast Bliss Pudding - Four Hours of Fullness
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On Friday morninng I felt like having something different for breakfast. Not oatmeal, not pancakes, not soy yogurt. Hmm. Raw Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Breakfast pudding, it was going to be.
I had forgotten how delicious & filling this alternative breakfast can be! Don't miss it. Just be sure you use well-soaked buckwheat groats, & take care with your VitaMix--it's quite a heavy mixing load.
But, first things first. When I looked up my recipe, lo & behold, I serendipitously rediscovered this pretty interesting post from last August, that I had forgotten about.
Interesting because it's got some cautionary news for men wearing big belts (big belt sizes, to be precise).
Interesting because it shares an inspiring story of a fit-but-not-quite-heart-healthy thirty-something friend of my kids who went on a plant-based experiment--and improved his lipids so much that he was able to ditch the statins he'd been on since his twenties.
Interesting because it shares information from Dr. Gabe Mirkin about the sub-group of type-2 diabetics who aren't overweight--a not too common scenario--that is more difficult to treat than the garden-variety of Type-2 diabetes caused by excess body weight & lack of exercise.
Interesting because of a recent email I received from a reader who is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has been following a high-carb, low-fat, plant-based diet & was completely taken by surprise by her own pre-diabetes symptoms. I'm certain, she's not alone.
She got tested & she suggested I alert readers to the importance of having an annual HbA1c Test, (commonly known as the A1C Test) because when it comes to Type-2 diabetes, "there are no symptoms early in the disease." Sure, we are all different. Different metabolisms, different bodies, different medical histories, different genes, different ethnic susceptibilities to diabetes, different exercise routines, different "lean to fat" body mass. Just passing on her story.
I know I plan to discuss this with my doctor next month when I see her, especially since my electronic "My Chart" says I'm way overdue for my fasting blood glucose tolerance test. It was last taken three years ago.
You can read all about the HbA1c Test for diagnosing prediabetes & type-2 diabetes, here. Information is from the NIH National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. As always, discuss this with your physician & find out what the best screening tool is for you.
Here's what "C, APRN" recently wrote:
"Yes, I was following the No Fat, ALL whole grain, abundant vegetables diet--just as you do.My one tell-tale sign, that all was not well, were tiny love handles at my waist that I could not get rid of--no matter how careful with the diet and exercise I was--especially after stopping my tiny dose of bio-identical HRT.Please let your readers know that if someone continues to have these mild symptoms:
PLEASE encourage them to consider having their HgA1c or 1-2 hour post-prandial blood glucose checked. I'm so grateful that I did--and that I followed up on my own result (as it was 5.6--still in the 'normal' column and the doctor didn't notice) before being diagnosed.
- abdominal fat
- intense hunger before meals
- visual changes, feeling slightly 'high' or sleepy after eating a high carb meal
- frequent or nocturnal urination (all symptoms I had that resolved when I changed my diet)
To be diagnosed 'prediabetic' by a clinician, you must have an A1c of 5.7-6.4 which means your blood glucoses have been running in the 140-199 range after meals for quite a long time. Micro vascular 'consequences' of DM (diabetes) begin with a PP (post-meal) glucose of 140.
And speaking of type-2 diabetes, some "hot-off-the-press" research drives home the importance of avoiding the unhealthy combo of fat & sugar (desserts!! cookies! brownies!!)--and the importance of exercise & increasing that lean body mass to prevent this highly preventable disease. Articles here and here.
From Dr. Gabe Mirkin's latest newsletter, "Best to Eat Just Before or After Exercise" May 26, 2013:
Best to Eat Just Before or After Exercise
Two recent major articles show that the most healthful time to eat is just before or after you exercise. When you eat sugar, it is used for energy and a small amount is stored in your muscles and liver. All the rest is turned into a fat called triglycerides that make you fat, form plaques in your arteries, and block insulin receptors which can cause diabetes. One study shows that exercise prevents the rise in triglycerides that follows eating sugar (Diabetes, May 14, 2013). The second study shows that exercising after eating sugar prevents the expected sharp rise in blood sugar levels, and the high rise in insulin that constricts arteries to cause heart attacks (J Atheroscler Thromb, April 19, 2013).
How Exercise Protects You
Every cell in your body is like a balloon full of fluid. A high rise in blood sugar after eating causes sugar to stick to the outer surface membranes of cells. Once there, sugar cannot get off the cell. It is eventually converted to sorbitol that destroys the cell to cause every known side effect of diabetes: heart attacks, strokes, blindness, deafness, dementia, impotence, loss of feeling and so forth. Many North Americans suffer very high rises in blood sugar even though they have never been diagnosed as being diabetic.
Resting muscles draw almost no sugar from the bloodstream and require insulin to draw any sugar from the bloodstream. Contracting muscles draw sugar from the bloodstream without even needing insulin. The harder you exercise, the more sugar muscles pull out of the bloodstream. This effect is maximal during intense exercise, diminishes rapidly one hour after you finish exercising and disappears completely around 17 hours after you finish exercising. If you eat before you exercise or within an hour after you finish exercising, your muscles are far more sensitive to insulin and can draw sugar far more rapidly from the bloodstream.
Guess what? In case you didn't know: You don't have to be overweight to be at risk for type-2 diabetes. You can be "skinny-fat" from a diet of too much fat & sugar, and if your muscles are puny or non-existent.
Here's what Dr. Robert H. Lustig had to say on the subject on NPR's Science Friday blog, 1/10/13, "The Fallacy of Biblical Proportion":
Here’s the kicker. "Being thin is not a safeguard against metabolic disease or early death. a full 40% of normal-weight individuals harbor insulin resistance—a sign of chronic metabolic disease—which will likely shorten their life expectancy.
Of those, 20% demonstrate liver fat on MRI of the abdomen. Liver fat, irrespective of the rest of body fat, has been shown to be a major risk factor for the development of diabetes. You think you’re safe? You are SO screwed. And you don’t even know it."
Time to Revisit the Chock Full of Info Post I Rediscovered While Searching for Pumpkin Buckwheat Pudding 8/14/12
Before the Recipes - Three Links I Don't Want You to Miss
The Unmentionable Link Between Belt Size, Belly Fat, and Sexual & Urinary Problems in Men Over 40
Hey, guys, this one's for you.
Take a careful look at the table--the one above, I mean--and what happens as belt size increases.
As a Man's Belt Size Increases, So Does His Risk of Sexual and Urinary Dysfunction.
After age 40, if your waist size is over 39.37 inches, bad things can start to happen.
Read the Press Release Here
The article was just published in BJU International 110(4):540-545, August 2012, Lee, RJ et al "Central Obesiity as measured by waist circumference is predictive of severity of lower urinary tract symptoms" Article abstract here
"As a man's waistline grows, so can his experience with sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, say researchers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
'We have to think of the body in a much more holistic way. What we eat can have devastating consequences on more than just our hearts,' Dr. Kaplan says. 'Quality of life issues, such as sexual and voiding health, can be affected as well in drastic ways.'
The study, published in the August issue of the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI), is the first to comprehensively show that obesity in men affects not just their hearts and metabolism, but also their sexual and urinary health."
The GOOD NEWS: Additional findings conducted since this study was completed show that eliminating just 2.5 inches from the belly's circumference may lead to measurable improvement in sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, says Dr. Stephen Kaplan.
One Skeptical Thirty-Something's Plant-Based Experiment
I posted this link on Facebook last week & it received an enthusiastic response.
Just in case you missed it....
My kids know JJ & his wife, so this success story has even more significance for me.
Here's a fit young man (around the age of my kids) who had been on statins (for very good reasons) since his twenties.
Now he's not.
JJ's wife wrote last week:
"My husband has been plant-based (dietary vegan) for a year.
It started as an experiment to see whether eating this way would have a positive impact on his cholesterol. He thought he could improve his lipids by increasing his running. That strategy didn't work.
He blogged about his experience today and I thought you might be interested in reading his story.
As a side-note, it has been eye opening for us to see how becoming plant-based has changed our view of the world in a positive way. We think more about our animals, our environment and our future. All great side effects that pharmaceuticals could never offer."
Dr. Gabe Mirkin Talks Type-2 DIabetesSo, What About about Type-2 Diabetics Who are Thin?I'm a big fan of Dr. Gabe Mirkin's. His weekly newletter is a must-read. Mirkin has a wonderful way of making medical research & concepts easy to understand.This week he did an excellent job of explaining a very curious study published last week in JAMA that counter-intuitively found patients who were of normal weight at the time of their type-2 diabetes diagnosis (about 12% of those diagnosed) were at a greater risk of mortality, than those who were overweight or obese at time of diagnosis. Hmm. Curious, right?Obesity Does Not Protect Diabetics(From Dr. Gabe Mirkin's August 12, 2012 Newsletter)
"This week, a study showed that people who have normal weight at the time of their diagnosis of diabetes are twice as likely to die over the next 10 to 30 years as those who are overweight at the time of diagnosis (Journal of the American Medical Association. August 8, 2012).THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT OBESITY PROTECTS DIABETICS FROM DEATH. It means that if you are thin when you develop diabetes, you have a type of diabetes that is more likely to kill you.
THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DIABETES:
- Type II diabetes is most commonly caused by inability of your cells to respond to insulin. When blood sugar levels rise too high, your pancreas releases large amounts of insulin. Insulin then attaches on insulin receptors, special hooks on the outer membranes of cells. Then it drives sugar into cells.
- ANYTHING THAT PREVENTS INSULIN FROM ATTACHING TO ITS RECEPTORS CAN CAUSE DIABETES.
- If insulin cannot attach to its receptors, it cannot drive sugar into cells. This causes blood sugar levels to rise too high, and sugar attaches to the outer membranes of cells. Sugar attached to cell membranes is eventually converted to sorbitol which destroys the cells. This cell destruction is what causes all of the known side effects of diabetes.
- FULL FAT CELLS BLOCK INSULIN RECEPTORS. Fat inside cells prevents insulin from attaching to its receptors, so having extra fat in your body causes diabetes.
STORING FAT PRIMARILY IN YOUR BELLY IS A SIGN OF DIABETES
- Insulin causes fat to be stored in the belly, so almost all people with big bellies and small buttocks have high insulin levels because their cells cannot respond to insulin, and the pancreas responds by producing excessive amounts of insulin.
- Most people who store a lot of fat in their bellies and have small buttocks already have diabetes or are pre-diabetic.
LACK OF MUSCLES CAN CAUSE DIABETES
- Muscles help to prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high and damaging the cells in your body. Resting muscles are inactive and draw no sugar from the bloodstream. On the other hand, contracting muscles actively remove sugar from the bloodstream and don't even need insulin to do this.
WHY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE FAT WHEN THEY ARE DIAGNOSED EASY TO CURE?
- Virtually all people who are fat when they develop diabetes can cure their diabetes by losing weight.
- When they empty their muscle, liver and fat cells of fat, these cells can once again respond to insulin. Blood sugar levels drop and the person is no longer diabetic.
WHY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FAT WHEN THEY ARE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES MORE DIFFICULT TO CURE?
- More than 90 percent of diabetics are overweight. Thin people who develop diabetes do not have full fat cells.
- They are diabetic because their pancreas does not make enough insulin. We have drugs to make the pancreas put out more insulin, but we do not have drugs to permanently make the pancreas produce normal amounts of insulin.
- Their muscles are so small that they do not remove sugar from the bloodstream adequately.
- Lifting weights would help, but growing large muscles is beyond the motivation of most people with small muscles. It takes a lot of consistent painful resistance exercise to grow larger muscles.
- They may have other hormone abnormalities that are far more difficult to treat.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES, STORE FAT PRIMARILY IN YOUR BELLY, HAVE A VERY SMALL BUTTOCKS, HAVE A FASTING BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL ABOVE 100, OR HAVE AN HBA1C ABOVE 5.7?
- Immediately try to lose fat by eating less and exercising more
- Start a supervised exercise program and try to exercise every day
- Start a supervised weight lifting program to grow larger muscles
- Avoid all sugared drinks except when you exercise
- Avoid all sugar-added foods
- Avoid red meat (saturated fat from animals blocks insulin receptors)
- Eat large amounts of vegetables and fruits
- Get your blood levels of hydroxy-vitamin D above 75 nmol/L"
Let the Recipes Begin
I promised to share these three recent recipes that I love, today, while I have a little free time!
So, dear readers, here you go.
I may not have much time to post anything until after Labor Day, so it's now or never.
- Raw Power-Packed Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding. This one is a no-maple-syrup riff off of "Oh She Glows" Carrot Cake Buckwheat Porridge, which is fabulous, BTW! Angela is an amazing recipe developer, & I never would have considering eating raw buckwheat for breakfast if not for her. Oh She Glows, Rocks!!
- Creamy Chipotle Sauce/Dressing - Two versions. A cashew more caloric/fat version & a creamy chia low-fat version. The credit for this one goes to Son #1. It's his creation.
- No-Sugar No-Fat Blueberry Peach Oat Cobbler. Just my tiny tweaks to Cathy Fisher's AMAZING Straight Up Food Recipe. Thank you, Cathy!
Power-Packed Raw Pumpkin Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding
Buckwheat Breakfast Bliss Made in a Blender - Enough for Five Days
What Raw Buckwheat Groats Look Like After an Overnight Soaking
Looking for a change to your breakfast routine?
Want to expand beyond everyday oatmeal?
Not that there's anything wrong with oatmeal.
Give raw buckwheat groats a try.
This is so easy to make, loaded with nutrition & taste, and this recipe makes enough to last for five days.
Buckwheat is the highest source of protein in the plant kingdom, with 50% more B-vitamins than wheat. And it's gluten-free.
Did I mention that it's high in lysine--an important "not-so-easy-to-get" amino acid---and it's high in that "hard-to-find" soluble fiber that slows down digestion, which is helpful for keeping blood sugar levels stable. A plus for diabetics.
It's so satisfying, & I'll vouch for the claim that buckwheat is a slow-release carb. This breakfast keeps me full for four hours. Really.
Gas-free (unlike steel-cut oats), too! A definite plus. Maybe it's because of the soaking.
What's the big deal about buckwheat? For starters, it's not really a cereal grain, but a seed, related to rhubarb & sorrel. It's rich in flavanoids, like the antioxidant, rutin, loads of B Vitamins, sky-high in magnesium, potassium, & phosphorus, & it helps to lower glucose levels.
As if that's not enough--the pumpkin in this pudding gives you a mega-high dose of beta-carotene, along with chia for an antioxidant & omega-3 booster shot.
Definitely, one delicious, power-packed breakfast.
Just one serving of my pumpkin buckwheat pudding will give you over 180% of your daily requirement for vitamin A, in the form of alpha and beta carotene. Pumpkin, and other deep orange winter squashes are about as good as it gets in the carotene department.
Need a powerful incentive to load up daily on alpha-carotene? Check out this article in the November 22, 2010 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, "Serum Alpha-Carotene Concentrations and Risk of Death Among US Adults"
"[O]ur findings, based on data from a large representative sample of US adults, showed that serum alpha-carotene concentrations were inversely associated with the risk of death from all causes, and death from cardiovascular diseases and cancer. These findings support increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as a means of preventing premature death."
For a copy of the recipe on one page, click here.
For a copy of the recipe on RECIPAGE, click here.
Servings: 5 one cup servings.
- 2 cups of raw buckwheat groats (available from Nuts.com or Bob's Red Mill or your health food store) Not the same as toasted buckwheat or Kasha Note: soak overnight in 4 to 5 cups of water, or for 1 hour, minimum.
- 1-1/4 cup of non-dairy milk. I prefer Eden Extra Plain Soymilk because of its protein, vitamin, & mineral content
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 ripe (speckled) banana
- 2-3 pitted dates (can add 1-2 packets of stevia if you want a sweeter pudding)
- 1-15 ounce can of 100% Pumpkin (like Libby's)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- raisins & toasted walnuts to sprinkle on top of individual servings.
1. Add the raw groats to large bowl, & soak in 4-5 cups of water. I let them soak overnight, but they need to soak for 1 hour, minimum. Overnight soaking is easy.
2. After soaking, rinse well a couple of times to remove the gelatinous coating.
3. The original 2 cups of soaked groats expand to 4 cups. Reserve 1 cup to add back to the final pudding at the end.
4. Add the rinsed groats, minus the reserved cup, the "milk", the chia, the pumpkin, the banana, the dates, the vanilla, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg to a blender or processor. I use a VitaMix. Blend well.
5. Taste, add a little stevia is you want a sweeter taste.
6. Pour everything into a large bowl, then mix in the reserved cup of whole groats. This gives it a nice nutty crunchy taste & texture without the calories of nuts.
7. Garnish 1 cup servings with a few raisins & toasted walnuts.
8. Refrigerate the leftovers & enjoy 5 days of buckwheat breakfast pudding.
The nutriton info is based on a one-cup serving
Check out the protein, fiber, iron, & vitamin A content. Oh, baby!
Nutrition FactsThe Healthy Librarian's
Pumpkin Pie Raw Buckwheat Pudding
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 366
Total Fat 5.1g Saturated Fat 0.3g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 29mg Carbohydrate 73.9g Dietary Fiber 13.6g Sugars 14.8g Protein 14.7g
Vitamin A 188% Vitamin C 5% Calcium 7% Iron 15%
"Knock Your Socks Off" Creamy Chipotle Topping - Two Ways - Creamy Cashew or Creamy "Nut-Free" Chia
Creamy Chipotle Topping Made with 1/2 Cup of Cashews
Chipotle Topping Face-Off: Creamy Chia Chipotle Topping on the Bottom, Creamy Cashew Chipotle on the Top
Creamy Chia Chipotle on the Left - Creamy Cashew Chipotle on the Right
The Secret Ingredients to Creamy Chipotle Chia Topping - Blends in a Flash
To get the chipotle topping recipes on one page, click here.
We set up a fabulous taco bar one night during our family beach vacation in July.
Son #1 put me in charge of whipping up a creamy chipotle dressing. I followed his directions & used his made-up-in-his-head-off-the-cuff recipe. He makes this a lot in his own home.
Trust me, this topping can make a mediocre dish into a spectacular one.
Use it as a topping for tacos, enchiladas, burgers, or salads.
I brought it into work for a taste test, & everyone went wild over it. Swooned. Wanted the recipe. It's so yummy.
Here's Son #1's very simple recipe:
Creamy Chipotle Cashew Topping
Serves 8 - 1 tablespoon servings
- 1/2 cup of raw cashews soaked in 1/2 cup of water for at least an hour. Longer is fine.
- 3-4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 coarsely chopped garlic cloves, less to taste
- 1/2 to 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Sizes vary, so go slowly--you can always add more
- a few grains of coarse sea salt to taste
1. Soak the raw cashews for at least one hour in 1/2 cup of water
2. Into a power blender (VitaMix works best) add the cashews AND the soaking water, the garlic, the lime juice, & the chipotle.
3. Blend well until the cashews are a creamy, silky consistency. Check for taste. Add more chipotle, if you like.
4. Add a few grains of salt to taste.
Nutrition Facts for a 1 tablespoon serving
Nutrition FactsThe Healthy Librarian's
Creamy Chipotle Cashew Topping
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 46
Total Fat 3.3g Saturated Fat 0.8g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 18mg Carbohydrate 3.1g Dietary Fiber 0.4g Sugars 0.6g Protein 1.3g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 4% Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Creamy Chipotle Chia (no-nut) Topping
OK. I know a lot of you don't eat nuts, especially not cashews.
I figured I could come up with a close substitute for the cashew dressing with soymilk & chia.
It's quite good, and very close to the taste of the cashew topping. It works. But, I've got to be honest.
If I had to choose between the two, the cashew dressing would take the gold medal in this contest.
BTW, the secret ingredient to the chia topping is a teaspoon of agave. Turns out, cashews have a natural sweetness that is missing in the chia version. Agave came to the rescue.
Serves 8 - 1 tablespoon servings
- 1/2 cup of Eden Extra Plain Soymilk (richer than other non-dairy milks)
- 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 coarsely chopped garlic cloves, less to taste
- 1/2 to 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Sizes vary, so go slow--you can always add more
- 3 tablespoons of white chia (I like the Salba brand)
- 1 teaspoon of agave (more to taste, if needed)
- a few grains of coarse sea salt
1. Add all the ingredients into a power blender (I use a VitaMix), adding the chia seed just before you're ready to turn the blender on.
2. Blend well, until the consistency is smooth & silky.
3. Taste, & add extra chipotle, salt, or agave to your own taste.
Nutrition Facts for a 1 tablespoon serving - Less fat & calories than the cashew version
Nutrition FactsHealthy Librarian's
Creamy Chipotle Chia Topping
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 26
Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0.1g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 7mg Carbohydrate 3.2g Dietary Fiber 0.8g Sugars 1.2g Protein 1.2g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 4% Calcium 1% Iron 1%
My Successful Second Try at Straight-Up Foods Cobbler
Blueberry Peach Oatmeal Cobbler
My Second Attempt at Cathy's Cobbler was a Big Success
Blueberry Peach Cobbler Goes to Work for a Taste Taste and It's a Big Success!
My First Attempt with Oat Flour & Blackberries - Not Bad, But Not Great
I love this recipe.
But, my first attempt at the recipe was a disappointment. Just look at the difference from Try #1 to Try #2.
What did I do wrong?
Mistake #1: Well, I took the lazy girl's way out & used oat flour instead of grinding my own in my food processor.
Big mistake. The processor grind was coarser, a much better texture for the cobbler. I also, used a little less of the "home-ground" flour in the topping, & added back in some rolled oats for some more texture.
Mistake #2: I should have used the date soaking water, instead of plain water in the "fruit sauce". It made it sweeter.
Mistake #3: Now this one's personal preference, but I now know that I'm not a fan of allspice in cobblers. I'm more of a cinnamon & nutmeg girl!
Mistake #4: The blackberries around here are sour & not very good-tasting. And they're super expensive! On my second go-round I used sweet frozen blueberries, & I upped the amount of peaches to 2 cups. I also made darn sure that the peaches were nice & sweet & ripe.
I brought samples to work for taste-tasting. Gotta check it out with the experts, first. The reviews were excellent.
"Does this really not have any sugar or butter in it? It tastes just like the one I make with butter & sugar."
"Not too sweet--just right."
They gobbled everything up & returned the empty container to me.
This is an awesome template for any fruit cobbler. Apple, Cherry, Blueberry or Plum. Thank you, Cathy!
This is adapted from Cathy Fisher's original recipe:
Blueberry Peach Oat Cobbler
For a copy of the recipe on one page, click here.
Cook's Notes: Read through the entire recipe before getting started! It seems kind of fussy, but, it's really very easy. It helps to read it through, first. And it's even easier the second time around.
2 cups of pitted & sliced ripe, sweet, fresh peaches (could be 2-4 peaches depending upon the size)
2 cups of sweet blueberries (I used frozen)
Fruit sauce ingredients:
3 plump medjool dates, pitted, chopped & soaked in enough water to cover, for about 30 minutes. Reserve the soaking water when you drain the dates.
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of reserved date soaking water (Note: you can supplement with the date soaking water from the topping)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of "oat flour" made from processing rolled oats
1-1/2 cups of "oat flour" made from processing rolled oats (NOTE: process about 2 cups of rolled oats in your food processor all at one time--and measure out what you need. Don't overprocess. You want it a little coarse. You'll have enough for 1/4 cup for the "fruit sauce" & 1-1/2 cups for the topping)
1/2 large ripe (speckled) banana, sliced
3 plump medjool dates, pitted, chopped, and soaked in water to cover for about 30 minutes. (NOTE: you can add this reserved "date water", if needed, to make up the 1/2 cup in the "fruit sauce"
1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I prefer soymilk for cooking--it's richer)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Using 2 different small bowls or cups, soak the 3 dates needed for the "fruit sauce", separately from the 3 dates needed for the topping. Soak for about 30 minutes. Drain, but reserve the sweet soaking water. You'll need 1/2 cup of it for the "fruit sauce"
3. Place the peaches & blueberries in a big bowl & set aside.
4. Make your fruit sauce. Blend the dates, the lemon juice, the 1/2 cup of date soaking water, the cinnamon, & oat flour into a blender & blend until smooth.
5. Pour the "sauce" into the bowl of fruit & mix well to coat evenly.
6. Place the saucy fruit into a large pie pan or 9 X 9 inch square pan
7. Make your topping. Into a blender, add the banana, drained dates, non-dairy milk & blend until smooth.
8. Pour into a medium bowl. Measure out 1-1/2 cups of the "home-processed" oat flour--& then spoon out about 2 tablespoons of it. Replace that with 2 tablespoons of rolled oats, for a coarser texture to the topping. Add the oats to the bowl of wet topping ingredients.
9. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, & vanilla. Mix with a fork until "the texture is somewhere between dough & batter"--fairly thick.
10. Spread the topping over the fruit evenly, or in big spoonfuls, with fruit peeking through. Your choice.
11. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned--and no longer wet. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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