I made it! I went a week of living on $4 a day to see what it is like to live on food stamps. I ate vegan and healthy with mostly non-processed foods from scratch. At breakfast, I ate one packet of instant oatmeal. For most lunches, I ate salads with lettuce, corn and black beans. At dinner, I typically ate spaghetti with red sauce. I had a few sides and snacks including apples, roasted potatoes, mandarins, green beans, and tofu vegetable stir fry. It was a boring week in my kitchen but I can’t believe it only cost $28. I still had a can of green beans, 1/2 of a box of spaghetti, and a couple mandarins leftover.
Why did I spend the week eating like this? It’s all due to a wonderful event hosted by The Giving Table. Today, there are lots of bloggers posting about hunger in order to raise awareness. Check out the trailer for A Place at the Table for more information. It is a new movie from the creators of Food, Inc all about the hunger crisis in America. To get involved, I not only ate for $4 a day one week but I also decided to make a budget-conscious recipe to share. Get ready for… banana oatmeal cookies!
This is definitely the easiest cookie to make. The best part is that it might just be the healthiest cookie ever, too! The cookies are free of dairy, eggs, flour, added sugar, and nuts (unless you want to add nuts). I almost don’t want to post the actual recipe since it’s so easy. Just one banana and a half cup of dry oats mixed together and baked at 350 for 15 minutes. They are delicious and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Yes, I ate these for breakfast and it was guilt-free. Ok, I threw in a small handful of vegan chocolate chips too since I’m going through a chocolate chip phase. But they are still somewhat healthy.
- 1 medium-sized banana
- 1/2 cup of dry oats
- Any small amount of mix ins you desire such as chocolate chips, walnuts, or cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mash together a ripe banana and the oats in a bowl with a fork. Add in any additional mix in items.
3. Form the batter into cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until slightly browned.
Yields: 4 cookies
Source: The Burlap Bag