Carrot Cake Baked Oats

A Giving Heart & Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Deuteronomy 15:10 (nirv)

So give freely to needy people. Let your heart be render toward them. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work. He will bless you in everything you do.

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“I’m sorry, I don’t have any cash,” I said to him through a barely cracked window. As soon as I said it, I felt that pit in my stomach where I wanted to take it back. But I didn’t. I pushed the window the rest of the way up and sat there, anxiously tapping my nails, waiting for the light to turn.

Have you ever done this? Not only did I choose not to help him, I also lied to him. But was telling the truth any better? “Well, you see, I have money, but I’d rather keep it for myself.” How’s that sound? Definitely not any better.

I get asked for money on the street a lot. One of the perks of city living, I guess. And while I genuinely want to help, I guess that I just eventually become exhausted by it. I get tired of giving money away every time I step out the door. I get tired of wondering if their sign is true, if they’re actually “a wounded veteran” or “a recovering addict”.

But every time I don’t give, I feel a twinge of guilt… until a new song comes on the radio or a text comes through my bluetooth, and then I’m back off to the races, living a life that’s so far separated from the one of that guy on the side of the road.

I don’t know the solution to this problem; there’s more need in the world than you, me, and Bill Gates together could provide for. No amount of money in my wallet will solve the issues we’re facing. But maybe it’s not about solving the issues; that’s God’s job. Maybe it’s about the heart behind the giving that matters.

In Matthew 25, Jesus is talking about the future. He sets the stage; all the world’s people are in front of Him, and He divides them up into two groups. He looks to the group on the right and says this: “I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.’ “Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:35-40 NIRV).”

When we choose to help others, we’re helping Jesus. Because of His love for people; all people. The homeless, the dirty, the needy, the poor, and even the ones whose signs don’t speak truth. Because He values them as Himself.

I’m not suggesting you open your wallet to every face you see. But I’m also not suggesting you don’t. Instead, I’m encouraging you to pray about this and to ask the Lord to give you a tender heart towards humanity. I’ll be doing the same, so that together, we can assist the only One who holds the solution.

Write

What’s your typical response when you interact with someone in need of assistance? Do you find yourself helping them or turning away from them? Do you experience guilt because of this?

Pray

For a tender, giving heart.

Carrot Cake Baked Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a bread loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 bananas and mash until smooth
  4. Add all remaining ingredients except for cream cheese and mix until smooth
  5. Pour batter into pan evenly and bake for 30 minutes
  6. In a small bowl, whisk cream cheese with a few drops of almond milk - about 1 teaspoon adding more if necessary
  7. Drizzle cream cheese topping on oatmeal bake before serving
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Nutrition information was calculated using Swerve 0 calorie sweetener. If you want a true drizzle on your oats, you can spoon the cream cheese into a ziplock bag and then cut the tip to create a decorating bag.

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