Long before I created a recipe for breakfast cookies, in December of 2017, I came down with what I thought was the flu. I didn’t fully recover. My lungs hurt, I couldn’t walk up three stairs without getting winded, spent the majority of my time in bed or on the couch, and lost 20 pounds. I went to over a dozen doctors and continued for a year and 5 months to have 5 lung infections and didn’t exercise that entire time. If you want to hear the full story, I’ll be sharing it on the blog when I’m ready.
FINALLY, I RECEIVED A PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
I am still recovering from this long illness and breach of my former high-functioning life.
During this time, I learned a ton about my body. Though at the time it felt like a curse, I soon changed my mindset and convinced myself that I was experiencing this illness to shed old beliefs, patterns, and fears that were holding me back from my best life. I chose the positive view of my experience and milked it for every cent of its worth.
I TRANSFORMED DURING THIS TIME
I learned how to surrender, to relax, to trust my body, and trust my experience.
I also wore a continuous glucometer (CGM) for 6 months to help me learn more about my body during this confusing time when I didn’t know what was wrong. This simple and effective form of biofeedback was enlightening. I discovered that I was under-eating carbs and feeling the effects of that. After struggling with Candida from my childhood until my early thirties, I had trained myself to eat low carb. I was afraid to eat carbs because maybe Candida would come back or maybe I would have a reaction.
While on the CGM, I became aware that eating more carbs would give me more sustained energy, supported my body’s ability to heal, and gave me the energy to do a little more each day. Breakfast cookies would become a nice addition to my nutrition.
When I ate carbs after exercise, I was able to function better. I experimented with straight candy, grains, and starchy vegetables and watched the impact on my blood sugar. I noticed that when I ate carbs in the morning, my blood sugar didn’t spike as much as when I ate the same exact meal at night.
I FOLLOWED THE CRUSH CANDIDA COURSE PROTOCOL AND ERADICATED IT
I had to trust that Candida was gone and wouldn’t come back because I had followed the Crush Candida Course protocol and eradicated it. I now feel better when I eat carbs and on days when I slide back into my old habits of low carb, I don’t feel as good, think as clearly, or have as much energy for exercise.
Dr. Alan Christainson, a thyroid expert, and I spoke at length about carbohydrates and he shared that the thyroid needs natural blood sugar to stay healthy. He sees thyroid deficiencies appear when women restrict carbs for too long. He also shared that glucose is needed by the liver to break down cortisol and histamine, which blew my mind.
I’ve noticed a difference in my histamine levels. When I’m eating more carbohydrates, I can tolerate more fermented foods in my daily life without filling up my histamine bucket.
I MADE THE OATMEAL FRUIT-SWEETENED BREAKFAST COOKIES AS AN EXPERIMENT AND THEY TURNED OUT WONDERFULLY
These cookies last for about a week if you keep them in the fridge. When you have these on hand, they are perfect for busy mornings when you need to feed your kids something healthy, but are running out of time. They are great for packing in your hip pack or running pack for hiking or exercise. They are wonderful healthy treats for dessert. Versatile, delicious, and healthy, these cookies also contain fibers that feed your flora.
That’s the biggest problem with low carb and keto – there aren’t enough fibers in those diets to feed your microbiome. Our ancestors ate over 100 grams of fiber each day. That’s compared to the 15 grams that most Americans are currently eating each day.
Make these cookies and feed your flora. Tag me on Instagram using @gutrebuilding so I can see the photos of your fine creation.
Remember to trust your body. You are a bio-individual. Eat what your body needs and likes right now. If you are struggling with Candida right now, these cookies might not be a fit until later. Take my Crush Candida Course first or join Gut Rebuilding to get the support to rebalance your flora so Candida can’t take over. If you are allergic or sensitive to any of these ingredients, try to swap them out for other ingredients. Don’t eat what your body doesn't want. Trust your gut. Trust your nose! Smell food before you eat it and see if it resonates with you.
OATMEAL FRUIT-SWEETENED BREAKFAST COOKIES
2 cups steel cut oats
¾ cup medjool dates mashed into a paste
½ cup dried raisins
½ cup raw almonds (pulsed in a food processor until coarse)
2 apples grated
2 teaspoons baking powder
Maple syrup (optional for pouring over or dipping the cookies in once they are ready to eat!)
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Soak the oat groats for 12 hours in filtered water (I use the Berkey Water Filter with additional Flouride filters). Strain off water and blend in a high powered blender or food processor until it is a thick paste. You can blend longer if you want it smooth. I usually stop before it is a smooth paste so I can get the chunkiness of the oats.
Transfer the oats to a large mixing bowl and add the dates, raisins, almonds, apples, and eggs. Mix thoroughly. I end up using my hands every time I make this.
Grab two cookie sheets and an ice cream scoop.
Add the baking powder into the batter and scoop the batter into equal-sized blobs onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-20 minutes. I know that is a long time, but I’ve used different ovens every time I’ve made this and I found that the times varied greatly. You’ll know they are done with the top and bottom of the cookie is golden brown.
These cookies are excellent for busy mornings when you’re trying to get your kids out the door. They are filled with flora-feeding fiber so they are Gut Rebuilding® approved!