This oatmeal is seriously my life. And this almond butter. Roasted, unsalted Maranatha is simply unbeatable!
I topped this incredible cocoa-banana bowl with toasted coconut and hemp hearts as well. Here’s Seline doing a new skill on the aerial silks. She loves being in the air and has quite a bit of stamina. Go Seline – you’re improving so much!
One day I had a cheese mountain on rice mixed with black beans, corn, and scallions. Yummy!
I wish I had some Greek yogurt. This simple dinner, which unfortunately, was greens-less, was served with Chemistry homework. Thank goodness the AP exam is over!
My new obsession – spinach omelet with cheese pan-fried inside a piece of naan bread! I love naan. It’s fluffy, a little tangy from buttermilk, and so tender.
Even better – this was whole wheat! I love stirring a bit of pesto into my eggs, as you know. It makes them so flavourful without too much additional salt.
The next morning, I felt like SUCH an oatmeal artist making this lovely breakfast bowl! Simple cinnamon oatmeal cooked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk and topped with sliced banana, blueberries, almond butter.
Plus some hemp hearts and a big drizzle of maple syrup. I gobbled down the rest of the banana as I cooked this. Isn’t it pretty? 😀
Another night was Mexican night! Kinda like last time. My bowl was topped with all sorts of Mexican-inspired goodies, like freshly-chopped tomatoes…
Fluffy rice, black beans (one of my top-three fave Mexican toppers!),
Sautéed sweet corn with scallions and chopped romaine lettuce,
All served with taco-flavoured ground turkey, salsa, and white cheddar. Plus a little scoop of sour cream (unfortunately we were missing the Greek yogurt). 😥
Love, love, love Mexican night! I was so sad when I realized that our guacamole went bad – it turned brown. All of our avocados were either too hard, or too soft, so this meal was also missing those sweet buttery gems. Darn!
Dinner the next day didn’t disappoint either – Mom Dinners are so fabulous. Spinach scrambled eggs with shrimp and scallions, brown sugar anise tofu, and crispy-onion topped cauliflower with brown rice.
That shrimp with eggs and scallion oil was perfection! I love wilted spinach. And the sauce from the sweet and salty star anise tofu was spot-on – I loved it drizzled over the rice. Plus, you should really try topping your cauliflower with crispy onion!
This dinner was incredible and I had leftovers for lunch the next day. Lucky me 🙂
Breakfast one morning was baked banana oatmeal with berries. This can be made on a leisurely weekend morning and enjoyed for three or four days.
The ingredients are super simple and you can swap anything you like in and out of the recipe. The maple syrup makes it nice and sweet, and the sour berries provide awesome contrast. The top of this oatmeal because nice and crispy while the bottom was really creamy and banana-sweet.
Berry Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup // 100g rolled oats (large flake)
- ¼ cup // 30g toasted chopped nuts (OPTIONAL)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 scant teaspoon cinnamon
- Scant ¼ tsp fine grain sea salt
- 30g maple syrup
- 1 cup milk (we use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ tablespoons melted unsalted butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, sliced into 1 cm thick pieces
- ¾ cup // 93g any berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Butter the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish or ramekin.
- Mix oats, half the nuts (2 tablespoons), baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Whisk together maple syrup, milk, egg, half the butter/coconut oil (1 scant tablespoon), and vanilla extract.
- Spread out bananas across the bottom of the buttered baking dish.
- Sprinkle two-thirds of berries on top (1/2 cup or 62g) of the bananas.
- Cover with oat mixture.
- Drizzle milk mixture on top of oats.
- Shake lightly to move milk through the oats.
- Scatter leftover berries and nuts on top.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until top is golden and oats are set. Cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with remaining butter/coconut oil. Serve drizzled with more maple syrup (if desired).
Here it is pre-baked – and then fresh out of the oven!
The blueberries burst in my mouth and I love, love, loved it. This was perfect with almond butter and some hemp hearts – oohh, flax would’ve been delicious, too – and no additional sugar was necessary. Try this out! Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days (just microwave with a little extra milk).
Thanks for reading today’s post – 6 exams/tests/quizzes are out of the way, and there’s just one left – my AP Bio exam at 7:30 on Monday morning.
Have a delicious weekend everyone!