Banana Pudding {Clean Eating, Gluten-free} NotDeprived_Becca’s Kitchen

When I was a child there were many times when I was unhappy with how our Mom fed us even though it was necessary. As I got older I often felt deprived of what my friends were able to eat. I didn’t understand why I had to eat this way…and in the 70’s and 80’s the choices were few and far between for delicious alternatives! Don’t get me wrong, she made some delicious treats to help us NOT feel deprived!…She made Rye muffins, homemade peanut butter and these amazing doughnuts that I am still trying to replicate to this day. I now greatly appreciate what my Mom did in those formative years (even though as a child I couldn’t fully understand) and we actually enjoy discussing ingredient alternatives together now as adults. She accomplished what I am trying to do now with my family…feed them well, help them avoid issues that can be brought on by eating less-than-good-for-you foods, and give them the best start in life that I can!

This is one of those recipes that I really enjoyed and still do to this day…Banana Pudding! It’s so simple, with very few ingredients and it’s a great treat for anytime of the year! It’s great for anyone with food allergies (the only allergen is eggs) as well as diabetics. It’s the ripe bananas that make it sweet so there are no refined sugars!

{This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free & refined sugar-free!}

Ingredients:
1 c water
1/2 c Vegetable Oil
1-2 Tbs Cinnamon
3 Bananas (the riper the better!)
3 Eggs (soft-scrambled)
(Optional Add-ins: 1/4 c cocoa or carob powder)

Directions:
Place 1/2 of the water in a small skillet, turn the burner on to med-heat and add the eggs.
With a spoon, break the yolks and scramble into the water. Don’t leave them for too long…we are just scrambling them long enough to absorb the water and so they’re not raw.
Place 1/2 c water, all the oil & cinnamon (& optional ingredients) in a blender (I use a Vitamix and highly recommend investing in one!).
Turn blender on low and break up the bananas as you add them. Allow the blender to do the chopping and raise the speed a couple notches.
On the higher speed, spoon the eggs into the blender and turn the speed up further.
Once all ingredients are incorporated, turn blender to highest setting and blend for a couple minutes.

For Pudding Bowls:Pour into small containers and place in fridge to firm up! Should only take an hour or 2 to get to the right consistency.

For Pudding Pops! (a great summer treat!): Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a couple hours till firm. Run mold under warm water to release.

There are numerous health benefits to the clean and natural ingredients in this pudding! Let’s take a look:

Vegetable Oil: This oil is full of the good-for-you monounsaturated fats and is also a great source of Vitamin E. Heating oils reduces their nutritional value so using it in the raw like this give you the full nutritional benefit.
Cinnamon: Where to begin! Cinnamon is one of the best things you can add to your diet. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron and calcium. It helps regulate blood sugar which makes it a great addition to a diabetic’s diet. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial. I say this with all sincerity…I have no doubt that our family has remained healthy through this bad flu season because we ingest cinnamon and raw honey on a daily basis! Here’s that little recipe: Put 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in a small container and add a tsp of raw honey. Stir it together until it becomes a paste and then just eat it right off the spoon!
Bananas: This fruit is a great source of potassium and fiber so it keeps you regular. Plus it has a variety of vitamins and minerals that help our bodies restore themselves after a good, hard workout!
Eggs: Loaded with protein, healthy fats and a variety of vitamins and minerals…specifically, B12, D, E & A; they are also a good source of iron as well as Choline which is good for brain development. (When my boys were weaned as young children they refused to drink cow’s milk. I made them this pudding and knew they were getting a great source of brain food without any added sugars and ingredients their developing bodies didn’t need!) Once thought to raise cholesterol levels, eggs are slowly making their way back into our homes. Visit this source among others to find out why (unless allergy is a concern) you should incorporate eggs back into your diet!

I hope this recipe will join your regular rotation of family treats!

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