New ways to make oatmeal less boring

Oatmeal is a fabulous food. Not the oatmeal packets that are flavored and full of unnecessary preservatives and sugar – loads of sugar. Those won’t do anything for you except make you crave more sugar an hour later.

I’m talking oats, in their truest and and most natural state. Buying a container of rolled oats allows for so much versatility in your morning breakfast or snack throughout the day. Because, let’s be honest, eating oatmeal every single day can get old really fast.

Today, just in time for the weekend, I have a new way for you to snazzy up your oatmeal. If you haven’t tried oat bakes yet, you must. It’s a great way to take your oatmeal on the go even on busy mornings!

Oat bakes can be made in the oven, or microwaved for a quick version. I personally go for the microwave as mornings are busy and,like most people, I don’t have much time to make breakfast (which is why smoothies occur so often).

Below are three versions of oat bakes that are quick and easy.

Blueberry Oat Bake (my go-to version)
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Chocolate Coconut Oat Bake
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Bake
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It just goes to show that the options with these things are endless. Pick a flavor and roll with it. I plan on trying a carrot cake version, as well as a banana bread one!

Here’s how to create a basic oat bake: (microwaveable version)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground oats (place rolled oats in a food processor or blender and process until more “flour”-like)
1 tsp ground flax seeds
3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
sweetener of choice, to taste (pure maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, stevia)
1-2 Tbsp water or milk

Directions:
1.Spray ramekin with non-stick spray.
2.Combine all ingredients in ramekin, or microwaveable bowl, and microwave for 2-3 minutes. The oat bake should be set and you should be able to pop it out onto a plate if desired. You’ll notice that mine all remain in the ramekin because I continuously forget to spray it before hand. I think it’s just my subconscious making sure I don’t dirty more dishes.

Basic Oat Bake
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Now, to switch it up the cinnamon and vanilla become optional and you can throw in any add-ins that you wish. Blueberries are my go-to, but try other fruits, nuts, seeds, or whatever you are in the mood for. Like I said, options are endless. Zucchini and walnuts could make it taste like zucchini bread or try pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice!

My favorite go-toppings are peanut butter and honey. However, the chocolate coconut one doesn’t really require any topping, it’s like dessert!

Hope you enjoy the oat bakes and have a great weekend!

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