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Berry-Licious Baked Oatmeal for Snowy Mornings

Feb. 22nd 2015

When Mother Nature dumps an insane amount of snow – over 91 inches – within a few weeks, you simply have to embrace it.

My perfect snow day includes a simmering pot of soup and a great read by the fire. After the storm, when the sky is brilliant blue against the stark whiteness of the snow, this Baked Oatmeal is the bomb before heading out snowshoeing.

Here’s to embracing winter!

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Baked Berry-Licious Oatmeal
Hearty and slightly sweet this Baked Oatmeal is morning comfort food for body and soul.

2 cups rolled oats*
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)**
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups coconut milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 cups frozen mixed berries
2 bananas sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil.

Combine oats, 1/2 cup of the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, lightly beat egg. Stir in maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla. Place sliced bananas on bottom of dish. Layer berries over the bananas. Spread oats on top of berries. Slowly pour coconut mixture over oats. Smash down a bit with the back of a spoon to ensure all of the oats are coated by the coconut milk mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans and flaked coconut on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden in color.

*Make sure you use regular oats and not instant oats. I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats in this recipe.

**I’ve made this recipe both with and without the maple syrup. Either way it’s delicious!

This healthy breakfast also makes a wonderful snack.

Oats are one of my favorite grains. Energetically, they warm and strengthen the body which is so important during the winter months. Oats lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar and help to regulate thyroid function. Considered an adaptogen, they help to keep the body in balance by improving our response to stress. Throw in those antioxidant rich berries and you have a breakfast practically guaranteed to give you super powers!






Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Breakfast / Brunch, Brunch, Conscious Eating, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Winter | Comments Off

Smooshed Avocado Toast – Oh How I Love Thee

Jun. 4th 2013

I’ve been obsessed with Smooshed Avocado on Ezekiel toast for quite some time.  It is one of my go-to breakfasts when the weather gets warm.  Not only is it quick, easy and portable but best of all…it’s super healthy!

Why I love avocados and random fun facts:

  •  “alligator pear”
  • Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse providing a good amount of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin E and B vitamins, except B12.
  • Avocados are a phenomenal source of potassium.  Phenomenal as in as much potassium as 2 bananas!  Other beneficial minerals that avocados contain include copper, magnesium and manganese.
  • Avocados are perfect for keeping blood sugar steady as they are low glycemic.
  • Added to salads and salsas, avocados triple the absorption rate of  fat soluble carotenoids (powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients).  Carotenoids are instrumental in fighting cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration that result from damage caused by free radicals.
  • During the 90′s low-fat/no-fat craze, avocados got a bad rap.  Yes, avocados are high in fat – the heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats that the average American lacks in their daily diet.  Regular consumption of avocados has been shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL (lousy cholesterol)  and triglyceride levels while raising HDL (happy cholesterol) levels.

Go ahead and pick up a couple of avocados at the store.  You don’t need to worry about whether it’s organic or not.  The thick skin protects the fruit inside.

Smooshed Avocado on Sprouted Grain Bread

Smoosh about 1/2 onto a toasted slice of bread*.  Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.  Tomato slices are pretty awesome too!

*I prefer sprouted grain breads like Ezekiel, but if you have a more traditional palate, ensure that your bread is free of  the toxic chemical potassium bromate by avoiding anything that says “enriched flour”.

Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Brunch, Healthy Eating, Recipes | Comments Off

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