This is a really, really good breakfast. I don't know why I haven't tried baked oatmeal before, but I'm so glad that I finally did today. This oatmeal has a hard and chewy crust but a really soft and juicy inside. It's flavoured with banana, dates, coconut, blueberries and blood orange, which proved to be a fantastic combination. The fruit also gives so much sweetness that it almost feels like you are eating a cake instead of oatmeal for breakfast. Perfect for a quiet weekend breakfast or perhaps on a brunch buffet.
Do you have any New Year's resolutions? I have no specific resolutions, instead I have been thinking about what I want 2015 to include, and what I need to do to achieve those things. More yoga, social relationships, meditation, blogging (!), joy, professional challenges and better stress management.
I think the New Year can be a good time to change habits. What I do not think the New Year should stand for are all the sky-high resolutions that most often can't be fulfilled, and therefore only cause guilt. "I'll lose 10 kg this year", "I'm going to completely stop eating candy this year", "I'm going to workout every day this year", "I'll meet the love of my life this year", "I'll eat according to the 5: 2-diet this year" etc... Making changes because you don't like the size of your thighs or because you are jealous of someone else's life or appearance will never lead to true happiness. Workout more because you love your body and want it to be as healthy as possible, not to drop to a specific fat percentage. Eat healthy sweets instead of candy for a more energetic everyday life and to give your amazing body more nutrients, not because you make yourself feel guilty after each bowl of candy you've eaten. Take a deep breath, listen to your body and focus on what really matters. A brand new year with new opportunities is ahead of us!
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla powder
1 tbsp grated coconut
4 dried dates, cut into small pieces
1 small banana, sliced thinly
1 cup frozen blueberries
Juice + finely grated zest of 1 small blood orange
1 1/2 cup plant milk (I used rice milk)
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius /350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Then let the batter rest and swell for about 10 minutes.
3. Pour the batter, which is still very runny at this stage, in a baking tin. I like to use a silicone bread tin.
4. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour. Serve! If you allow the oatmeal to cool for a little while before serving it can be cut into pieces.