As many of you know I am on a Daniel Fast for this years lenten season. This fast is a way to deepen your relationship with Jesus through prayer, meditation, reading, and listening for his voice. Instead of eating the foods your body craves, sugar, bread, caffeine, animal based foods, etc, you forgo these pleasures in order to dedicate your body, soul, and spirit to a higher calling.
I thought this would a difficult task, but God has helped me every step of the way. When I suffered headaches from caffeine withdrawal I went to Him, instead of coffee for my relief. When I wanted to snack all night while watching tv I went to Him for strength, and grabbed a banana or an apple instead of donuts and potato chips.
On this the sixth day of the Daniel Fast I can honestly say I have no craving for coffee or sugar. I’m enjoying the flavors of the food itself. It’s like for the first time I’m actually tasting the foods because I’m not covering up their flavors with meat, sugars, artificial sweeteners, and such. The flavor of the strawberry reigns all by itself. It’s the same with blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, beans, wheat, oats, nuts…
Through the Daniel Fast I’m tasting each grain, vegetable, nut, and fruits God given flavor, and I’m loving it! Since I’ve cut out sugar it’s amazing just how sweet the bananas, oranges, and apples have become!
I’m constituently looking for new ways to experience these flavors. The following recipe is an example of this endeavor.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey.
Fasting Banana Oatmeal
- ½ cup of Old-fashioned Oats
- 1 cup of Water
- Salt to taste
- 1 pat of Earth Balance butter
- 1 Banana
- Chopped pecans (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Silk coconut milk
- Mix oats, water, and salt in a microwavable safe bowl and cook in microwave for 2-2 ½ minutes.
- Stir inEarth Balance butter until melted.
- Stir in one sliced banana.
- Add pecans and cinnamon if using.
- Pour in coconut milk to your desired consistency.
Notes: This recipe is transient in nature. Feel free to add or substitute ingredients to suite your taste. If I were not fasting I would add brown sugar and substitute regular milk for the coconut milk.