Dear Readers, Can you handle two oatmeal recipes in a row? I think so!
OK people. Admit it. We all need to eat healthier. More kale. More nuts and seeds. More whole grains. sigh…… , but it’s not easy with all the sugary, fatty foods surrounding us. That cholesterol number is looming over our heads like a heavy cloud. And don’t forget about the blood pressure number….. sigh…. talk about stress!!!
Well, I’m one of the lucky people who LOVE kale, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Bring on the leafy greens! I think recently I mentioned that I am leaning more and more toward an entirely vegetarian diet and could probably even dip into the vegan world. Now, please don’t cancel your subscription to my blog just because of this news. Eating green stuff doesn’t mean you must wear tie-dye and dread locks. In fact, I’m not even sure what dread locks are or how to spell it….. dread……dred…... don’t ask me! I just know what tastes good and oatmeal is right on the top of my list.
I love old fashioned oatmeal with a big scoop of dark brown sugar and a tablespoon or so of coconut oil for breakfast….. OMG. Add in some fresh fruit and I am a happy girl.
Please try this and let me know what you think. You will be surprised at how delicious and easy it is. It’s kinda like a wholesome, chewy, chocolaty, healthy granola bar on a plate.
This recipe comes from a vegan blog I follow, Vegan Fazool. See the original recipe here.
Here’s what you need:
1 ¾ C old fashioned oatmeal
¼ C white sugar (you can use less here)
¼ C brown sugar
¼ C chopped walnuts
¼ C sliced almonds
¼ dried cranberries or raisins (here in Michigan we are blessed with an abundance of dried cherries, use ‘em if you have ‘em!)
¼ C – ½ C chocolate chips (original recipe calls for vegan chips, but I use regular ones)
1 ¼ t baking powder
½ t salt
½ t cinnamon
3 T ground flaxseed whisked with 4 T water (this is the vegan equivalent of an egg, I believe)
½ C non-dairy milk (We love Silk. You could use almond milk or any of the many varieties of non-dairy milk out there.)
¼ C applesauce (You may use ¼ C oil here, but it’s nice to keep it low-fat. Any combo of oil and applesauce will work, as long as it measures ¼ C)
½ t vanilla
Here’s what you do:
Whisk the flaxseed and water together and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Combine the dry ingredients…. Oatmeal through cinnamon.
Add the wet ingredients to the flaxseed mixture and mix well.
Add the wet and dry stuff together and mix well. It will be pretty wet, but that’s OK. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish which has been sprayed with Pam. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.