Recipe: Oaty PB & Banana Muffiny Things
If you’re like me, you might find your life going at a thousand miles a minute. It’s an action-packed swing from one thing to the next: every second is accounted for, and those empty moments (brief though they may be) are immediately filled by an incoming text message or a quick email off to a friend, or what I call “constant contact.” My sense is that many of us are wanting off this crazy train, but at the same time, we crave it: a combination of a deep longing to go within coupled with a fear of what might be lurking there when we arrive. So we aid and abet one another in the mission to avoid this place by mutually consenting to the feedback loop of semi-surface, electronically facilitated interactions. Quantity (and frequency) over quality—and we’ve agreed to settle for this, at the expense of our relationship to ourselves, and to each other.
So what does it take to get off the merry-go-round? When was the last time you had half an hour of unstimulated, unaccountable, uninterrupted time? Can we replace this “constant contact” with a constant contact with our heart? With nature? With our breath? Any of these things will take us out of the crazy and into the moment, a quick little reality check served up real nice. And if you are able to step off for these brief moments, you’ll find that you want more: more time for you, more time away from the hub-bub, and more peace and calm and quiet. And you’ll break the codependent feedback loop, which will hopefully help to create a quality moment for someone else.
Maybe powering off your cellphone for a day is not possible. But is it possible for half an hour? Or might it be possible to put it on mute and schedule 4-5 times throughout the day when you check on “life,” rather than reaching for your phone like Pavlov’s dog every time a notification sounds? YOU WILL NOT GET LEFT BEHIND if you abstain from or lessen your preoccupation with the online world, I promise. But you will increase the quality of your relationships with others and, most importantly, with yourself. You’ll be able to show up more fully in your life all-around— and how can that be a bad thing?
So these were a recipe “gone wrong” – or in this case, gone right! I much preferred these little muffin-esque oaty chews to the intended cookie (which, in all honesty is likely because I burnt them!). I was trying a new Dreena recipe for peanut butter jumbles (I can’t recall the exact name), and as I was scooping them out onto the cookie sheet, the mixture was just so dry. So I added banana puree and jammed them into ½ cup measures to shape them, and ended up with these. So thanks, Dreena, for starting me on this path. Final destination: deliciousness.
Oaty PB & Banana Muffiny things
(this recipe is an estimate of what when into these things. More trial and testing needed!)
2 cup instant oats
½ cup peanut butter
1/8 tsp salt (I like a touch more)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup agave nectar
¼ cup chocolate chips
Mash or puree banana and mix together with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Shape using a mould (half cup measure works a beauty) and place on cookie sheet. Pop in the oven at 350 F for 12 or so minutes, until firm.