Oatmeal AND Brownies

One year ago, we discovered that the big son was sensitive to foods containing corn, soy, egg, refined sugar and artificial dyes. Eating foods containing these ingredients makes him irritable, impulsive, cranky, hyperactive and emotional. The difference in him when we avoid these foods is dramatic. He is calmer, happier, more focused and less intense. The change has been so significant that even those outside our immediate family have commented.

Although, it has been a long and sometimes difficult journey, the positive results have far outweighed the struggles and sacrifices. Our family has been changed forever because of this and as a result we are ALL much healthier and happier!

I have had to learn to cook all over again. Not that I was much of a cook to begin with though, so it was more like learning most things for the first time – the RIGHT way!

I had to learn how to make all those same foods we loved, only healthier, less processed and without all those things the big son can’t eat. Many people have commented on how crazy it is that I make almost everything we eat (bread, tortillas, desserts, cereal, etc.) from scratch. But, when you are the mother of an 8 year old who wants to eat what all his friends are eating and who never complains when he can’t have sweet corn at the church picnic, you do almost anything to make him feel included and to make this new way of eating doable for the long term.

So, I cook and cook and cook. Some of the things I make are wonderful. Some are okay. And, well, some are really, really bad. But, whenI discover a new recipe that is awesome, it’s like a small victory! It’s like I cheated the system, making something we LOVE, in a way that is GOOD for all of us.

I have already shared many of these recipes with you and will continue to do so, but I wanted to give you a little background on or story. It’s been quite an adventure this past year, but I truly believe that God had a hand in all of it and I am truly thankful!

So….here are a few recipes I’ve recently discovered. Oatmeal cupcakes for breakfast, oatmeal balls for snack and brownies for dessert! Please remember that I try my best with the pictures but am definitely NOT a photographer!

Oatmeal Cupcakes and Energy Bites

Oatmeal Cupcakes and Energy Bites

Oatmeal Cupcakes
These cupcakes make the perfect breakfast on the go! I take a few out the night before for Dear Daddy to eat on his way to work and put one into the big son’s lunch box for his mid-morning snack. They freeze well and are sweet, but not too sweet. I think Chocolate Covered Katie and her blog have saved my life!
Click here for the full recipe.

Energy Bites
Who doesn’t love oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and raisins? These energy bites combine all of these things in little two bite balls, perfect for a snack anytime of the day. I don’t use chocolate chips as I didn’t want the extra sugar if I didn’t need it and was out of coconut when I made them, but they were still delicious. Everyone here LOVES them and I don’t feel bad about having a few myself.
Click here for the full recipe.

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies
Chocolate Covered Katie saves the day again! I needed to make a gluten free dessert for a teacher luncheon last fall and decided to give this recipe a try. They are AWESOME! Dear Daddy says they taste like a cross between slightly undercooked, chewy brownies and fudge. I can’t stop eating them – lucky for me they aren’t really all that bad for me. I usually melt a few chocolate chips to drizzle over the top for frosting, because in my world a brownie isn’t a brownie without frosting!
Click here for the full recipe.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. If you have any questions about how changing our diet has impacted the big son, I would be more than happy to help. I cannot tell you how much it has helped him and all of us!

God Bless!
Nicole

One thought on “Oatmeal AND Brownies

  1. I had a similar experience, except that it was with my baby girl and I was the one needing to restrict my diet. It was such a challenge to re-invent how our family ate. Along the way, we discovered that my son had a pretty bad milk intolerance and that his behavior greatly improved once we removed most milk and cheese from his diet.

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