I’m more than happy to admit that I was once afraid of carbs. Why happy? Because since then I’ve learned so much about carbs and now I have no fear! What are carbs? Carbs are the sugars and the fibers found in fruits, veggies, grains, and milk products and they are an essential part of healthy diet. They provide fuel for the central nervous system and give energy to your muscles. Carbs are also important for brain function! They can be linked to good memory, mood, and much more. I also read somewhere that they can be important to overall mental health. There was a study done on people who were on a high fat, low carb diet which showed that they were showing greater signs of depression, anxiety, and anger. Now, I don’t know the exact science behind that, but it doesn’t seem too far fetched right? I used to worry that eating carbs, like those in fruits or oatmeal, would cause me to gain weight because of this stigma around carbs. I always saw all the low carb diets and I was convinced that that was my answer to losing weight. Long story short, without carbs, I was never full or satisfied and I found myself eating more throughout the day to keep me full.
I’m by no means a scientist. I went to school for 4 years to become an art teacher so science was never a class I took. Looking back, I wish I had found my love for health and wellness sooner because I could have become more educated on the foods I eat everyday. I could have calmed my own food fears and learned how to eat “smart” to live a healthy lifestyle rather than just to lose weight. These days, I love reading articles and books about all of this! I love learning about the human body and how we work from the inside. I’m not totally fluent in all things food now, but I have a much greater idea of how I should live my life. First things first, eat carbs! I love finding creative ways to eat carbs like in a beautiful oatmeal bowl or with gluten free oat bread! This recipe might be my favorite yet. My mom and I ate this in less than a week and we have no regrets. It’s a slightly sweet bread, but it goes well with a sweet or savory topping. My favorite is a little Forager Project yogurt and fresh fruit (more carbs yes!) Hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do.
- 2 and 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/3 cup date honey (can sub regular honey)
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Make oat flour! You can buy it pre-made, but I didn’t want it super fine so I made my own. I had to use about 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats and grinded them up in my Ninja. There were some larger pieces left, but for the most part it resembled a light flour.
- Combine oat flour with the dry ingredients (salt, baking soda, baking powder)
- In a separate bowl mix the milk, eggs, and date honey until it’s well combined. The date honey is a little thicker than normal honey so make sure the liquid ingredients are combined as one (if that makes sense!)
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a prelined loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 37 minutes. This is subject to change depending on your oven so just check with a toothpick to make sure it’s ready.
- Let cool completely before cutting into it! Happy baking!