I’ve always enjoyed food, as most people have for most of their lives, but it was only about two or three years ago that I became particularly enthralled in cooking, baking, food shopping, dining, and everything that surrounded food. Now, It takes up a significant portion of my life.
I’m constantly baking, whipping up meals, reading food blogs, watching food shows, shopping for food, going to farmers’ markets, and enjoying and taking in all that the food world has to offer. It’s always been extremely interesting to me how you could take ingredients that taste boring on their own, and when combined with other flavors, create a melody of delicious tastes that form one delicious dish.However, I have also begun to realize that when the ingredients I’m combining to create these treats are white flour, granulated sugar, and butter, they’re not the best things to be putting in either my body or anyone else’s. My nutrition-obsessed sister has slowly but surely been teaching me the way to a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle, but she and I both know I won’t give up my baking for anything.
So the solution? Baby steps. I’m going to start publishing some of my favorite, nutritious recipes to share with you all, because who doesn’t want to have a healthier lifestyle these days?! And it’s almost summertime! Got to get those bikini bodies ready ;)
I’ll still be posting my usual recipes as w
ell, but Bakerita is expanding! I promise, each “healthy” recipe I post will be just as delicious as all the rest. Presenting the first: a delicious baked oatmeal. This oatmeal, which just so happens to be gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, is super filling and an absolutely scrumptious breakfast food. It takes 5 minutes to put together, and 20 to bake. My sister and I have been enjoying this many mornings now, and we’re loving it. I love mine topped with some fruit (as seen in the pictures!) and a bit of almond butter. Another plus? It will keep you full for hours! I hope you guys will try and enjoy this recipe!
- Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium banana)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a small ovenproof bowl, or two or three ramekins.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flax seed meal and 3 tablespoons warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes. In a small mixing bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
- Whisk the milk, melted and mashed banana, coconut, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the flax seed mixture. Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared bowl or split between the ramekins.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until oatmeal is puffed and set.