Low carb during Nativity Fast

This won’t interest everyone, but the recipe should so stay with me here!

As an Orthodox Christian, I try to follow the fasting schedule of the Church. This was much easier way back in the day before I cut the carbs, and even prior to going gluten-free. Back then even Fig Newtons were acceptable as fasting fare, not to mention all the lovely breads and crackers and rice…you get the idea. 

But these days I am (feebly) attempting to follow the fasts. What does that mean? Orthodox Christians fast from meat and dairy products (vegan style) every Wednesday & Friday all year long, and then there are longer fasts for Lent which leads up to Pascha or Easter, as well as Advent or pre-Nativity which leads up to Christmas. It makes perfect sense if you think about it…how can one fully appreciate a great feast if there has been no fast before it?

Which brings me to cereal. I have adapted a recipe from my beloved All Day I Dream About Food that fits into the fast and is superbly scrumptious with almond milk. Loaded with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and flavor – and pretty easy to put together.  I can carry it to work for lunch or enjoy it in the evening…reminds me of the days I had a serious love affair going on with Frosted Mini-Wheats.

Oven on 300.  In a big bowl mix (with spoon or spatula) 1 1/2 cups almond flour, 1 cup hemp seeds, 1 cup unsweetened flake coconut, 1 cup nuts (I used walnuts, pecans, and almonds for this batch), 1/3 cup sweetener, 1/4 tsp salt. Mix all that together well, then add to that bowl 3 T melted coconut oil, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 flax egg (Google it!) and keep mixing it all until it starts to clump together.

Dump it all onto a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper, press down a bit with the back of a spoon, and put it in the oven for 25 mins. Sometimes if it’s not toasty brown at the end, I’ll turn the oven off and just leave it in there for a few more minutes.  Cool and put it in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Today I had one cup of this + one cup of almond milk and my premeal blood sugar was 90 and 1-hr postmeal blood sugar was 89.  

Also…delicious topping for Greek yogurt when/if eating dairy.


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