Life has been a whirlwind for me since before the holidays. I shared this on my Instagram page but I don't think I've ever written about this on my blog before but a a few years ago my dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. It was devastating and life altering news for our family (to say the least). Well, just before the holidays he worsened and has needed much more assistance. I've been dedicating more of my time to both him and my mom (she's his primary caregiver, an absolute angel and deserves to have her praises sung daily).
At that time, I was also wrapping up two clinical focus courses, one in Digestion and G.I health and one in Hormones and Endocrinology. Thankfully, I passed both with flying colours! Oh, and I was running two beta tester programs. Talk about biting off more than you can chew! But life is like that sometimes, you can't always predict what will come your way and when. So I rolled with it and tackled everything one day at a time thanks to the unwavering encouragement and support I received from my partner, best friend and better half.
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What does all of that have to do with baked oatmeal, you might be wondering...Since all of that, I've craved more solitude, more quiet, more warmth, all the creature comforts like sweat pants and cabin socks AND hugs - lots and lots of hugs. Well, this Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal is warmth, comfort and a hug in one delicious breakfast recipe.
I'm a smoothie for breakfast kind of girl. I like getting my greens in first thing in the morning and loading it up with all the superfoods but lately with these frigid, Canadian winter temps - I CAN'T! My body is screaming for warm, stick to your ribs kind of meals. The best part about this baked oatmeal is that it yields tons of leftovers.
Being so darn busy lately, I've really had to think and plan ahead in terms of my meals and snacks to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I've utilized my Sundays for meal prep where I could, doubled (sometimes tripled) my dinner recipes for leftovers the next day and let me tell you - recipes like this one really help. You can prepare this dish in advance and just warm it up throughout the week for an instant breakfast option.
This baked oatmeal recipe reminds me of warm banana bread. It's loaded with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, perfectly sweetened with vanilla and maple syrup, the oats are satisfying and filling and the walnuts offer a much needed crunchy texture. It's the perfect breakfast dish because it contains fibre, protein and healthy fats - which means it won't spike your blood sugar levels, it will help keep you fuller longer, boost energy levels, help to curb cravings and improve concentration 🙌🏽.
Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal
2 cups gluten-free oats
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
3 bananas, mashed
1 egg, room temperature*
2 cups non-dairy milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw walnuts
*Note: If you're egg-free, simply sub in a chia egg (combine 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds with 3 Tbsp warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken and then add to recipe).
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp oats
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt.
- In a smaller bowl, combine your wet ingredients: mashed bananas, egg or chia egg replacement, milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Add wet to dry and mix well. Fold in walnuts.
- Pour mixture into pan and sprinkle the top with coconut/cinnamon/oat topping.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Tell me, in times of stress what foods do you crave?
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