Breakfast Date Recipe

Being Thankful & Breakfast Date

Luke 17:17 (erv)

Jesus said, “Ten men were healed; where are the other nine?”


This story in the Bible is almost hard to read, because it’s one that causes us to take a deep look at our own actions. Ten men found Jesus on His travels and asked Him to heal them from leprosy. Jesus instructs them to go and show themselves to the priests.

Here’s where it gets really good: while the men were going to the priests, they were healed. Did you get that? They didn’t even have to get there. The priests didn’t have anything to do with it. It was their faith in Jesus and trusting what He told them that healed them. So Jesus was true to His word, and the men were healed.

But this is the part of the story where I felt extremely convicted. All ten of the men were healed, and only one of those men returned to Jesus to thank Him for healing him and to worship Him. Better yet, the one who did return to worship wasn’t even a local, Jewish man. He was a foreigner. Yet, he saw Jesus’ goodness and power, and he jumped at the chance to praise Him for it.

Nine of the men who now had their lives back, who found freedom from pain and suffering, didn’t bother to even say thank you. This is such a powerful lesson for us. God loves to answer our prayers and heal us from our sufferings, but He expects our gratitude and acknowledgment.

We were created to worship, not only because God is perfect and deserving of it, but because our worship showcases God’s good and loving actions to others; to non-believers. Our worship and praise might be the encouragement someone needs to take a closer look at their own relationship, or lack there of, with God. And our worship and praise shows God our love and admiration for Him – because He’s constantly showing His love for us.


Has God done anything in your life recently that you need to spend time praising Him for?


Spend time in prayer today simply offering gratitude for the good things God has done in your life.

Breakfast Date

7 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1 Baked Oatmeal Cup

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  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener


  1. Soak dates in 1/4 cup warm water for 5 minutes
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Remove dates from water and place in a blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons warm water and blend until smooth
  4. In a bowl, mash bananas using a fork
  5. Scrape date paste into the bowl, and add remaining ingredients
  6. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray and distribute oat mixture evenly
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center

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If you don’t have 4 individual ramekins, you can bake this recipe in a brownie pan or bread loaf pan and then divide up into 4 servings.

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