I have no idea why, but I’ve been up since 2AM. I tossed and turned for a good forty-five minutes until I ultimately decided to get out of bed. I had plenty of things to get done so I just started on my ‘to-do’ list. Yes, my ‘to-do’ list. Finish presentation for Jane Austen class, write Spanish composition, clean the kitchen, mop the kitchen floor, finish laundry (two loads), clean up around the house, make breakfast for Marty (just because).
Surprisingly I got everything accomplished on this list. It honestly feels great to be done with my chores/schoolwork at 7AM but I know I’m going to regret it big time this afternoon.
My main point in writing this post was to share a recipe for baked oatmeal. I follow the blog HelloGiggles (also known as Zooey Deschanel and friends’ blog) and found an awesome recipe including two of my favorite foods: oats and bananas. The recipe takes about forty minutes to bake and I typically wouldn’t have the extra time on weekday but since I was already up I decided to go for it.
I tweaked my recipe a bit – using almond milk instead of regular milk and adding coconut instead of brown sugar and apples – and it was delicious! I honestly cannot describe the taste but the banana and coconut added the perfect amount of sweetness. This is a recipe I’ll be sure to repeat in the future.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup plain oats
hefty dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of apple sauce
3/4 cup almond milk (regular milk works too)
1 banana, sliced
optional: 1 or 2 tsps white or brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375. Grease a small baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. If you’re opting to use sugar, add it now. Mix together the wet ingredients in another bowl. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. Slice the banana and arrange in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Pour wet oat mixture on top of the bananas in the dish. Top mixture with your choice of topping (see below). Optional: sprinkle a bit more cinnamon or sugar on top of the apple slices. Bake for about 45 minutes. When it’s done, it will be just slightly brown around the edges. Let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.
Additional tips: Mix up your toppings – add honey, jam or cool whip (if you’re feeling festive). Make with apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, pears – really, the possibilities are endless.