Happy New Year Ya’ll! It’s time to start fresh, reset and crush goals. I love coming up with a word to follow in the new year. This year my word is: commitment. Since the pandemic hit, I’ve gone down hill in many ways, making excuses in my health, relationships and business. This year I am committing to myself to get back on track, reset and focus to plunge full force into 2021. Let me know in the comments below what word you chose!
Starting off with healthy, the hubby and I are committed to refocusing on our health. This time last year I was super pregnant and becoming a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me, but I’ve started to not take care of myself as much as I should be. In order to refocus on our health, we are working on cutting out most of the junk that has been consuming our lives over the past couple months and putting whole foods first and forward again.
Let’s talk oats.
Whole grain oats are an amazing food that help our bodies in so many ways! They are full of fiber which help to keep us full and regular, great for heart health and can help to lower that bad LDL cholesterol, can improve blood sugar control and are extremely nutritious. When I make oats normally, I always use steel cut or pin head oats. They take longer to make, but they are creamier, nuttier and oh so delicious. Bob’s Mills makes a great one as well as this McCann’s Irish Oatmeal that we love!
For this baked oatmeal though, we are going to use some classic whole grain old fashioned oats. They will cook more evenly in the bake and pair wonderfully with the other ingredients.
This recipe is very simple and can be pulled together start to finish in less than an hour. I love to make this bak on a Sunday afternoon and have it ready for a quick breakfast in the mornings during the week. I just reheat it and top it with a little greek yogurt for a protein and fiber packed breakfast that keeps me full all morning.
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ nutmeg
- 1½ cups blueberries fresh or frozen
Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray and 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add all of the wet ingredients and whisk well to combine. Add the dry on top and stir together until all ingredients are mixed together well. Fold in the blueberries until just combined.
Add the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until it is set, the edges are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for about 5-10 minutes and then serve. Will store in fridge for 4-5 days in an airtight container. Reheat in individual slices as needed. Enjoy!
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