Happy….whatever day it is for you right now! It’s another day and another recipe.
So you know that really sad feeling that you get when you finish a show that you’ve been secretly obsessed with? Yeah, I’m totally dealing with that right now. Big teary eyed emoji face inserted here. It’s such a sad thing because you can never imagine loving another show the same way as this one. It’s kind of like the day after Christmas when you realize it’s going to be a whole year before it comes again.
But we get over it quickly as soon as another show comes along to take over our fancy. I know that will happen but I’m still pretty sad anyway. Does anyone have new show suggestions? I’m really not that picky. Also, the days are starting to get shorter as I can tell by the later sunrise time each morning.
Yes, I’m one of those really weird morning people who wakes up with the sun. I’m also the kind of weirdo that’s getting super excited about Autumn already, even though there’s still a nice chunk of Summer left. In my defense, I’ve got extra reasons this year because I’ll be traveling during the Fall AND the holidays are on the way. It’s like double prizes. As you know, the holidays are my absolute favorite time of year.
Okay, so speaking of the cozy Autumn days coming, I’ve been prematurely thinking of recipes I want to make when they get here. I think carrot cake is the perfect transitional flavor right now. It’s got all the spices but with the fresh fruity flavors it’s not too in-your-face festive. See what I did there with making this perfectly acceptable?
Alright, so baked oats are something that I had a major moment with a few years ago. I seem to remember eating them every single morning for over a year because I enjoyed them so much. At the time I stuck with the exact same flavor every time but that was before I explored my imagination and realized you can do so many flavors! Making them this way is way is a great way to deviate from the porridge style that so many people find boring. The texture is somewhere between traditional oatmeal and a muffin or cake. Who doesn’t want to eat cake for breakfast?
So short-cuts and tips. If you are making this as a single serving and don’t want to heat up the whole oven, no worries. A counter-top oven works perfectly if you’ve got one but then there’s always the microwave. Now I don’t recommend this version but, ya know, sometimes it’s the only option. If you do decide to go that route be sure to put it in a slightly larger dish to avoid it boiling over. Oh, and one last tip, you can easily bake a whole batch of this and save a serving for each day. You can either warm them up later or even eat it cold (I love it that way!)
Awesome, so I hope you get a chance to try this and enjoy it. Oh, and leave any comments about your favorite shows in the comments. ?
Carrot Cake Baked Oats (Vegan+GF)
- 1 small carrot grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 medium banana mashed
- 1 tablespoon pitted dates chopped
- 1 tablespoon craisins chopped
- 1 tablespoon walnuts chopped
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut shreds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt optional
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup optional if you want it very sweet