Posts Tagged ‘cinnamon’

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Oatmeal Bake

March 24, 2014

Hey everyone,

I’ve been cooking!  Unfortunately I haven’t taken great photos, so bear with me.  You’ll have to understand I have to try to cook quickly between feeding a baby, rocking to sleep, or trying to do laundry, etc.  In order to allow me to eat breakfast quickly and easily, but still healthy… I found this delicious recipe online.

What’s great about it, is that it’s great freshly baked or reheated.  It’s flexible in the ingredients so you can make it as sweet or healthy or not as you’d like! (Check out her website for all the possibilities.  I’ll outline which changes I made, but she has tons of options.)

Here’s how it goes…

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate

Ingredients:
-2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I used extra thick)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp grated orange zest
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1 cup sliced strawberries
-1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
-2 cups skim milk
-1 large egg
-3 tbsps butter, melted
-2 tsps vanilla extract
-1+ ripe banana, 1/2 inch slices
-optional, Honey/Agave/Brown Sugar

Directions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a 9 by 9 baking dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, half the chocolate.  If you are using sugar, add it here.  I’ve added my agave here once, but it might work better in the milk mixture.  Pour this into the prepared dish.  Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top as well as banana slices.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.  Don’t mix your butter unless your milk has come closer to room temperature.  The cold milk will cause the butter to become solid again.  Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture, then add the egg-milk-vanilla mixture.  Make sure it’s evenly distributed over the oats.  Gently shake dish to ensure it’s reached the bottom of your dish.

4. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the milk has set and the top is golden brown.  (If I weren’t trying to eliminate processed sugar, a brown sugar crumbly top would be amazing.  Just an idea.)

5. Serve warm.

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Not the best photo, but seriously delicious.

It is so delicious.  Try it once following the recipe and then make it your own.  I’ve made it twice now, doubling it the second time.  Tip for doubling: don’t quite double the milk.  It’s not necessary and just requires a longer bake time to help it set.  I think I’d like to try different fruit, maybe blueberries.  What kind of fruit would you put in it?  If you know me, I doubled the chocolate for this recipe, but you can do whatever you see fit.  Also, the strawberries make the dish really sweet, so the second time I made it, I cut those down. I mixed banana into my dish because I really like the flavor with the strawberries.

I thought it was equally delicious reheated the next day.  When I made it the second time, I put individual servings in the fridge to just pop in for breakfast over the week ahead.  So easy and healthy!

Happy Breakfasting,
Amanda

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2 Ingredient “Cookie”

February 3, 2014

Hello!

I hope you’ve been loving Sarah’s posts as much as I have!  She is great at what she does.  I’ve been a little preoccupied with my new bundle of joy, but have had the opportunity to cook a little more due to this Polar Vortex affecting the country!  Unfortunately I haven’t taken nearly as many photos of cooking and baking as I should.  I did take pictures of this little treat, probably because it was so easy to make.  I do have to comment that it wasn’t terribly enjoyable… as a cookie for sure.  It might be good in yogurt or something else.

I was searching pinterest and found this little recipe: 2 Ingredient Cookies

I was really excited for a healthy recipe that used my old bananas!  Everyone on the website talked about how great these were; no complaints!  So I made a double batch… here’s how to make them.

Ingredients:
-2 ripe bananas
-1 cup oats (I used rolled oats, maybe that was the problem)

Optional ingredients:
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Chocolate chips
-Walnuts
-Raisins
-Cinnamon

Procedure:
Mash the banana up with the oats.  Add a few mix-ins, don’t over do it or it won’t stick together.

Bananas and Oats

Bananas and Oats

Cook on 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  The other blog says to cook longer if you want them crispier… mine turned out chewier.

Finished cookies

Finished cookies

I’d repurpose these to be a crumble in yogurt or oatmeal.  On their own they were just kind of chewy… not the texture I like for cookies.

Let me know if you try these… I know I didn’t really sell them, but maybe with steel oats or another type of oats.

Good luck!
-Amanda

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Pull Aparts

July 11, 2011

Growing up, my mom would make pull aparts with us girls.  I think other people call it monkey bread, but that’s not what we called it growing up!  It’s super easy and so delicious!

Ingredients:
One pack of biscuits
Cinnamon Sugar
Butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a pan (growing up we used a square cake pan, but I used a round cake pan this time).  Put pan on burner and melt enough butter to cover the bottom.  Once all the butter has melted, pour cinnamon sugar over butter until all absorbed (or however much you prefer).  Now you want to cut up the biscuits into small pieces and fill the pan so each piece of biscuit touches some butter and cinnamon sugar.  Bake it for however long the biscuit container tells you.  (Usually 12 or 15 minutes?)  Once it is baked, dump the pan over and reveal the beauty of pull aparts!

This is a childhood favorite of mine and I look forward to baking this with my future children.  🙂

Happy Eating!
-Amanda