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Peach Apricot Baked Oatmeal

I’m on a mission to finish off this protein powder because I can’t stand it. :[ I bought it because it was on sale and had a pretty good nutrition breakdown, but holy eff, it tastes powdery and gross and doesn’t mix well at all. ;_; Sad times. I’ve been trying to throw it into everything I can think of, and I’m almost done with one container, but…I have another one to go. (That’ll teach me to go around buying random things on sale, huh? But it got good reviews! :'( ) Maybe it’s just me.

In any case, I made this a couple weeks ago because I had insomnia and decided that it was better to just food-prep some more for the rest of the week instead of just lying there and doing nothing. Twas a good plan indeed.

Peach Apricot Baked Oatmeal

~7 servings; 169 calories, 26g CHO’s, 3g fat, 10g protein, 3g fiber, 129mg sodium!

Ingredients:
-1 14 oz can apricots
-1 14 oz can peaches
-1 1/2 cup oats
-6 tbsp MLO super high protein powder
-2 tbsp brown sugar
-3 tbsp ground flaxseed
-1/2 tsp salt
~1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 375.
2) Combine all ingredients into large pan.
3) Bake for ~40 minutes.
4) Top it off with walnuts, shredded coconut, almonds, dried fruit…whatever tickles your fancy!

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Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

Pre-baked oatmeal is a genius plan that I wish I’d thought of earlier. :O This is awesome for portioning out food too! Since sweet potatoes have been so awesomely cheap lately, I got a whole bunch and have been steadily making recipes with em’ ever since. Due to the colder weather, my freezing cold protein shakes haven’t been such a pleasant thought in the mornings. They’re delicious, but like I said, they’re cold. ;_;

This made me around 17 “muffins.” (They can seriously just be eaten as muffins.) I adapted the recipe from here. I didn’t really add any sweetener, so I’d recommend you do that if you want a sweeter, more dessert-like baked oatmeal. :] You can make an “icing” of sorts with Greek yogurt + protein powder, drizzle with some honey, throw in some nuts and dried fruits…

Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled + boiled + mashed
-2 eggs
-3 cups 1 minute-oats
-3 tbsp MLO Super High Protein Powder
-1 tsp almond extract
-1/2 tsp maple syrup
-1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp ground ginger
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 1/3 cups unsweetened almond milk (vanilla)

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix sweet potato, egg, milk + extracts together. Stir in oats, spices and baking powder.
3) Scoop/pour into tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.

*These can be frozen (let them cool completely first though) for storage and then reheated (microwave for 45 seconds)!

Triple Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone (if you celebrate it)!

I was talking to my brother on the phone 2 days ago and came home to find my porch light on. I didn’t remember leaving it on (and also recently discovered that I live perhaps <100 yards from a graveyard, as my neighbor so helpfully pointed out last night), so here’s the conversation that ensued (it is not unlike this conversation):
F: This may be the last you ever hear from me! Someone might be hiding in my apartment waiting to kill me!
S: Okay.
F: …You sound completely unconcerned.
S: That’s because I really am completely unconcerned.
F: Thanks a lot. That’s no way to talk to your little sister before she dies. (walks up to front door and finds the card) Oh. I may not die tonight after all.
S: How come?
F: It’s a Valentine’s Day card from Adam.
S: Oh, really? That’s sweet of him.
F: Knowing him, it probably says something terrible.

For the record, I was not wrong. The left is the envelope. The right is the card.

I’ll make a post about why I forgive him for such transgressions sometime.

Anyway, this baked oatmeal is glorious!! It just might be my favorite baked oatmeal thus far. *-* Blueberries were on somewhat of a sale (I’ve kinda been splurging on groceries lately since, aside from rent/tuition/utilities, I don’t ever spend money…) and I still had some strawberries and blackberries left, so I decided to make a super colorfully amazing baked oatmeal.

Triple Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
-2 medium ripe bananas, sliced
-1 1/2 cup blueberries
-8 strawberries, sliced
-4 oz. blackberries
-1/8 cup honey
-1 1/4 cup rolled oats
-chopped walnuts or pecans
-small handful of white chocolate chips
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-cinnamon
-1 pinch of salt
-1 cup soy milk
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
1) Preheat the oven to 375┬░ F.
2) Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Add sliced strawberries on top and sprinkle the blackberries, half of the blueberries + 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.
3) Combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together.
4) In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
5) Remove the bananas/berries from the oven, and pour the oat mixture, then the milk mixture over the top. Try to distribute it as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the the top.
6) Bake for ~30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm from the oven. Drizzle with soy milk if desired.


So pretty. :D!

Previous Baked Oatmeal Recipes:

I wonder what fruit combination I should do next?

Peach Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

I’m kinda addicted to this whole baked oatmeal goodness. Next week’s project is probably going to be strawberry banana because strawberries are on sale. <3 The batches I’ve been making tend to be enough to basically have it for breakfast every morning until the next weekend comes around. This makes my whole “make meals ahead of time for the entire week” planning a billion times easier. Aside from being a whole lot more convenient, it also deters me from grabbing junk food because these (and other stuff, e.g. the gigantic meatballs) are ready-made and portioned into containers. :O It helps with the whole healthy eating process. I’ve actually been expelling most of the not-so-healthy food in my place by bringing it to potlucks. heh heh heh…

 Peach Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
-1 can sliced peaches, drained + chopped (mine were in pear juice concentrate :O )
-1 small container of blackberries, chopped
-3 cups rolled oats
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 eggs
-1/3 scant cup brown sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 1/4 cups soy milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-small handful of white chocolate chips
-walnuts, crushed

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder + salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until blended together.
3) Let the mixture sit for ~5 minutes, then add the blackberries and peaches.
4) Pour into a baking dish, spread it evenly and sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
5) Serve! (I usually drizzle soy milk over it.)

Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

I miss the wonderfully warm weather from last weekend. :[ When I tell people it’s cold here, sometimes they ask me why, because “isn’t that part of the south?” The reason, my friends, is that I’m up in the mountains. I’m used to living at around uh, 59 feet (and in California, no less, aside from that one year in NJ), but we’re actually at 2303 feet over here. :O It does make a difference. Warm weather and sunlight, please come back soon. I don’t want seasonal depression. :[

My neighbor got me a mini gingerbread latte cheesecake! This is probably why he gets away with throwing snowballs at me/shooting me with a nerf gun when I fall asleep and various other types of abuse.

This was actually supposed to be a “Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal” recipe (adapted from emilybites), but I only have one apple left and none of the apples at the grocery store are on sale. :[ So I’m preserving that Fuji apple like nobody’s business. :O (to be consumed the next time class is mandatory).

But holy crud, this is glorious! I’m definitely going to be making a lot more baked oatmeal through the winter, because I’m really not liking this cold weather thing over here. :'( You can also top it with chopped apples and pecans, but they’re super expensive and I’m on a budget, so nopenope. No, the chocolate chips aren’t all that healthy, but what the hell. I couldn’t resist. If you tasted this, you would agree that it was a wonderful and glorious idea. noms.

Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
-2 cups rolled oats
-1/3 cup flax seed
-1/8 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-1 1/2 cup soy milk
-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
-1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 handful white chocolate chips

Instructions:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, flax seed, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, cranberries and chocolate chips. In another bowl, stir together the soy milk, pumpkin, butter, egg and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until thoroughly combined.
3) Pour the mixture into a prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.
4) Drizzle with soy milk (or whatever kind you prefer) and serve!