So anyone who knows me will tell you just how much of a morning person I am not. Much of my responses sound more like unintelligible grunts as I drag myself out of bed and attempt to make sense of my surroundings….fast-forward to my life now with a baby and a toddler. Yikes! Just getting showered and dressed at all is quite impressive, am I right? Breakfasts can be a bit chaotic: as my daughter instructs me in the art of banana pancakes, the dog is barking to go outside, and the baby crawls around my legs trying to eat scraps of paper, the dog’s food, or suck on the shag carpet. It’s a glamourous world, I know, but I digress. As Moms, we often put ourselves last on the priority list, and that can include areas like nutrition (I know I’m not the only one who has finished the food on their kids’ plates and called it a meal!)
Well, Mamas, I have since discovered a magical world of oatmeal; not just plain ol’ oatmeal, but baked oatmeal that I can make ahead and it will provide 4 days of breakfasts. The customizations are endless, and it has been my go-to on busy mornings (read: most mornings). Did I mention how healthy and filling it is? Almond milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, berries, nuts, organic cane sugar….I’m sold. In case you are new to the oats world, it is a phenomenol staple to add to your pantry as a busy Mama. It has numerous health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing risk for Type II Diabetes, reducing risk of obesity, and enhancing immune response to infection, to name a few!
I have adapted this recipe from Gena Hamshaw’s Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal, with a few alterations (I used almond meal instead of flax meal; I was a little more liberal with the berries and nuts; I baked it for 15-20 minutes at the end, as it was a little too wet at the 10 minute mark). So far I have used a whole whack of fruit combinations and there haven’t been any I don’t like: peaches and blueberries, strawberries and blueberries, chopped apples and strawberries, chopped apples (I added more cinnamon on the top – can you say breakfast apple cobbler?! Yum!)…I’ve also changed up the nuts from almonds to pecans to walnuts. Another great thing about this breakfast option is that it’s delicious cold or hot! I usually just throw it in the microwave for a couple minutes and then pour some almond milk on it and I’m good to go!
Sometimes a good breakfast makes all the difference. Look out mornings, here I come!
What delicious combinations have you tried?
Stay healthy, my friends.