When Toast Simply Won’t Do

Breakfast is my absolute favorite. I am always famished in the A.M and breakfast food is always so tasty…but can also be quite repetitive. I have never been a cereal person (unless its for a snack) and my self-diagnosed ADD means I get bored of eating the same thing for extended periods of time. So although I adore toast slathered with almond butter (I’m French, bread is a necessary part of life), some mornings require something a tad more exciting and flavorful…baked oatmeal.

Over the years, I have tried and tried to like oatmeal. Love the stuff in muffins and cookies (no one can say no to an oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie) but hate hate hate it in its traditional slimy breakfast form. I can get myself to eat alot of things that are “not so tasty” in the name of health but oatmeal is a definite no-no, so when I found a baked oatmeal recipe online that promised to taste like heaven and not be gooey I fell in love…hard!

I made this piece of heaven for the tenth time last night and decided I just had to share it…everyone should be able to have a baked oatmeal moment.

(Found multiple recipes online and incorporated bits and pieces of each to make my own).

FRUITY BAKED OATMEAL

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup and some of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Hearts
  • 1.5/2 bananas thinly sliced
  • Approx. 6-10 thinly sliced strawberries (or any other fruit)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Agave nectar or maple syrup or honey
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped nuts (I usually use almonds)

1. Spray a baking baking dish with Pam or any other oil and preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Place sliced bananas and half of sliced strawberries in pan and then drizzle with some agave nectar (or preferred sweetener) and cinnamon (I never measure the sweetener or cinnamon, big fan of the “eyeball” method).

3. Bake, covered with aluminium foil, for 15 minutes

4. Combine oats, more cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp hearts, baking powder and your choice of nuts in one bowl. In another, whisk almond milk with the egg, vanilla extract and some more sweetener if you desire.

5. Once banana/strawberry dish is out, pour dry mixture over top (as evenly as possible) followed by the wet mixture (make sure all oats are covered, use more almond milk if necessary).Place the remaining strawberries on top with any other fruit you wish to add (I chose blueberries) and more chopped nuts. Bake, uncovered for 30-40mins.

6. Let cool, drizzle with maple syrup (extra points if its from Quebec) and enjoy!

I promise you will love me, and the smell of your house as its baking.

Steph

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