Greetings! I’m so happy it’s Monday! Our weekend was spent moving from one side of town to another, so it has been chaotic to say the least. We are still unpacking and getting settled, but it helps that the townhouse we moved to is gorgeous! We are only renting, but I keep telling my husband how much I wished we owned this place.
I have an interesting tidbit about bananas for those of you on a candida-friendly diet or just watching carbs and calories.
Did you know that by eating green bananas, your body never digests the calories that are in them? Green bananas have what’s known as a resistant starch, meaning that instead of being rapidly digested, and thus causing a spike in blood sugar, they are digested slowly with an equally slow blood sugar increase. In this way, they act more like fiber.
Some of the benefits of resistant starch include:
- For people with sugar issues, resistant starch seems to improve insulin sensitivity.
- Resistant starch produces more satiety.
- Resistant starch consumption is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Promotes “good” bacteria, and suppresses “bad” bacteria and their toxic products.
- Promotes bowel regularity.
- Resistant starch in a meal is associated with less fat storage after that meal.
I’m working on a smoothie recipe using green bananas that I hope will have you shunning their yellow-spotted, sugar-laden counterparts.
Today’s recipe combines two of my favorite ingredients….chocolate and oatmeal.
Lately, I’ve been adding a teaspoon of either carob or cacao to my overnight oats, which makes the milk taste like chocolate milk! So, I started thinking about a hot version and created this…
This is just as easy as overnight oats, only you throw everything into a crock pot instead of a bowl….and did I mention it tastes like HOT CHOCOLATE?!
SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE OATMEAL
1 c. steel-cut oats
4 c. water
1/2 c. coconut milk
1 T. cocoa powder
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
1 T. coconut sugar
8 drops stevia
In a large bowl, combine the water, milk, vanilla, and stevia. Whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and salt. Finally, stir in the oats.
Oil the inside of your crock pot (this prevents the oatmeal from sticking). Pour in the above mixture. Set your crock pot to LOW for 1-2 hours before you go to bed, and turn it to KEEP WARM before retiring to bed. In the morning, you will be greeted with this…
….and for your effort, grate a little bit of dark chocolate over the top.
Do you like green bananas?
What is your favorite way to eat hot oatmeal?
I love to stir in some maple cinnamon almond butter and a couple of egg whites for extra protein! That keeps me full for hours, which is unusual for me.