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WIAW + Oatless Oats Recipe

Monday started a summer reading program at my church. My mom is the director… So I have been dubbed her “snack queen.” It is my job to feed 70 kids snacks that fit with our Dive into Reading! theme.

Monday we made clams out of vanilla wafer cookies, pink frosting, and yogurt-covered raisins.

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Tuesday we took celery (the fishing rod), peanut butter (the bait) and goldfish (the catch of the day!).

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Sadly I could not partake in eating any of the snacks, especially since yesterday I found out that I have a sensitivity to celery. It was only ranked with a I, while tomato, rye and yogurt were ranked II but I want to stay away from it for now to let my stomach heal.

For those of you wishing that you could give your kids a snack like the one above, I have an allergy-free idea for you! Replace the celery with long stalks of carrot, the peanut butter with a different nut butter or sunbutter, and replace the goldfish with an acceptable cracker or cereal! Voila. Allergy-free and still entertaining.

Now a Pardon the Interruption to bring you today’s WIAW, sponsored by Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

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CIAJ (Allergy Friendly “Oats” in a Jar)

Thanks to everyone who read my WIAW post. If you missed it, you can read it here. I just love WIAW parties because they give me so many great ideas for new foods and recipes to try! Now I have a recipe to share with you all that you may recognize from my last WIAW breakfast. It’s very simple, but totally delicious and nutritious.

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Before I found out about all of my allergies, I had just discovered Oats in a Jar or… OIAJ as many call it. The basic premise is that it uses up old nut butter jars. For example,take my old Smucker’s peanut butter jars. When I was almost out I made up a batch overnight oats (oatmeal, milk, chia seeds, bananas and sometimes Greek yogurt). The next morning dumped the oatmeal into the peanut butter jar, topped it with frozen raspberries, cinnamon, etc. Portable bliss.

Now however, we can turn that bliss into Portable bliss bloat. Peanut butter, Greek yogurt, oatmeal? I don’t think so!

Now, I was doing fine without until the second week of my elimination diet when I began to once again crave its blissful, creamy texture. And of course, the obvious convenience factor played a large role too.

So with my almond butter in tow I set out to create a stomach-friendly version. And I succeeded; I would even argue that it’s better than the original. (Does anyone else think that cold oats have a weird texture?…) My version is also quicker, and requires no overnight preparation other than sticking a banana in the freezer!

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CIAJ (Cereal in a Jar)

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana (100g)
2 1/2 Tbsp brown rice protein powder (16g)
1/3 c. fruit (fresh or frozen berries work best)
1/2 c. Puffed rice cereal in (gluten free)
1 Tbsp almond butter

Directions:
Blend the frozen banana in a food processor until smooth. Add almond milk if necessary. Then blend in the protein powder. You can use any flavor or type you desire. Currently I use brown rice protein powder (vanilla and unsweetened). Then layer it up with the cereal, fruit and almond butter.

Because of the liquidy banana, I always put a layer of berries between it and the cereal, because puff cereal tends to get soggy.

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Also, more frequently than not I have a full almond butter jar… So I either spread a tablespoon on the bottom to replicate an empty jar. Or I just plop a spoonful on top (<<<< Much easier!)

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There you have it folks. CIAJ- portable bliss without the bloat!

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What is something that you miss eating from before your allergy days, or maybe just from before you became healthy?

What kind of fruit would you put in this? I will use whatever is in season, except for apples. I don’t like apples for breakfast… And apples and bananas? NOT a match made in heaven.

Let me know in the comments if you try this, and any adjustments that work for you. Variety is not just the “spice of life,” it’s BALANCE.

Edit: Today I may be getting my next round of allergy tests back. *cross your fingers, toes and noses*