Monday, June 23, 2014

Vegan Baked Berries & Oats.

 So... it's been a hot minute since I've posted on here. But I'm back, and I brought you food!

Meatless Monday seems to be a thing. As a pescatarian (meaning I abstain from eating meat, with the exception of fish) my Mondays already are meatless. But after watching the documentary Vegucated I decided I'd make up my own 'Vegan Mondays' and give it a try. Today was my first go at it, and I started it off with some baked oatmeal and berries. I drew inspiration by reading these similar recipes at Sweet Roots blog and over at a blog called So, How's It Taste?.

I made some modifications, both out of personal preference and based upon what I had on hand.

So here is my recipe below. Let me know what you think!

 2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped almonds
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups of mixed berries (frozen is okay, but fresh is better)

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan. I used cocoanut oil for this, but anything works.
3. Combine oats, almonds, chia seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl.
4. Line the pan with half the berries, then pour the oat mixture on top.
5. Pour the almond milk over the oats and berries, then put the remainder of the berries at the top.
6. Place on the center rack of the over for 40 mins.
7. Let cool for 15 minutes, then serve and enjoy.

Super yummy served cold as well.


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