I think this will be my last post before we move. There is so much going on right now: phone calls to make, boxes to pack and kids to soothe. But as overwhelming as it all is . . . I am SOOOO excited!!! Don’t worry, I won’t be gone for long; move-in date is set for the beginning of September! Woohoo! I have not shared a lot of details about the place we have been living in, but needless to say it is time to GO! It has caused a lot of our physical and emotional health issues. For the first month, my son cried every time that we pulled into the drive for this house. How sad is that? But, we are DONE!
Since I have been testing the waters for being dairy-free to help my daughter while breastfeeding her, I decided to tweak a favorite recipe of mine. Recently I’ve been making a banana oatmeal bake to help boost my milk supply and it is quite tasty. Now, I know that oats can be questionable in the gluten-free world. I refused to eat it for a couple years for fear that I would have a reaction, but once I tried it I haven’t noticed anything. So I took my banana oatmeal bake recipe and made it dairy-free. It is still very moist and very yummy!
I’ve had several people ask me if I think going dairy-free has made a difference for Baby Girl. To be honest, it’s been very difficult for me to tell because we’ve had to eat out a lot while getting ready to move. It’s hard enough eating fast-food while being gluten-free, but adding dairy-free is a little overwhelming to me. I feel like it’s too much to keep adding to my special order of no bun to no bun AND no cheese. At many restaurants if I ask for no bun they just give me the slab of meat, no condiments and no fixings! But I think it has been long enough for me to begin to see a difference in my daughter. Baby Girl doesn’t seem to have any trouble pooping whether or not I eat cheese. However, she gets really bad tummy aches where she’s writhing and crying in pain if I eat cheese. Her disposition and her sleep are so much better if I am dairy-free. So now that I can see a difference I will continue with my dairy-free diet and work harder to keep away from it while eating out.
Dairy-Free Cinnamon Apple Bake
2 cups Oats
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 can Coconut Milk
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 large Egg
2 Apples peeled and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Add coconut milk, egg, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Mix together.
Add apples to batter and mix until apples are coated.
Pour batter with apples into baking dish and make sure that apples are evenly distributed and covered as much as possible with batter.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
I like this dish because I can use it for breakfast or as a quick snack throughout the day, especially when the kids are cranky and I don’t have time to make food for myself in the morning. And with the oats, I can also help boost my milk supply! Over time I have also been playing around with changing the ingredients. This recipe started out using 1 cup of bananas and I replaced them with apples for this post. Right now I have a dish in the oven with bananas and peanut butter . . . I’m very excited to see how that will turn out! I’m seriously thinking about drizzling some honey on top of it once it’s finished baking . . . MMmmmm!
I can’t wait to write again after we’ve moved and let you know what a difference living in this new home makes for us! Until then!