As a Mom I’m ALWAYS looking for quick meals, especially things that can be eaten on the go. I will be the first to admit that I need to work on what I’m eating during the day. I tend to just grab things & run out the door. Whether it is a protein bar, an apple or a banana, it is always something that I can grab & eat quickly.
But with the amount of miles that I’m running and the activity of just chasing around a one year old all day & you know browsing the aisles at Target so Gabriella can play queen of the cart…
I need to be more mindful of what I’m eating & making sure that I’m getting enough. It is easy for me to completely forget to eat, especially for lunch.
I know, I know, it’s sounds crazy, but you Moms out there know exactly what I mean! I’ll eat something for breakfast, then go to the gym, get home & feed Gabriella ( & Craig ), then put her down for a nap. Once she’s down for her afternoon nap, it’s time for me to do everything else. (answer emails, clean the house, do the dishes,…you get the picture) I have a limited amount of time without my mini me and I have a lot to get done!
All three of us are fans of oatmeal. I usually make a giant pot of it in the beginning of the week for Craig & Gabriella to have during the rest of the week for breakfast. Works well, and saves time! Yesterday I got up early to make breakfast for everyone, but I didn’t want to make the traditional oatmeal, I wanted something new. So baked oatmeal it was!
Baked Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Oatmeal
-3 cups oats (I used old fashioned)
-1/3 cup packed brown sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 cup raisins (I used golden raisins)
-2 tsp cinnamon
-3 egg whites
-1 & 1/2 cups Almond milk (any milk should work)
-1/4 cup light maple syrup
-1 1/2 tbsp margarine, melted
-2 tbsp. light maple syrup, optional
1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, raisins and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, almond milk, 1/4 cup maple syrup and butter. Stir into oat mixture until blended.
2. Spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Drizzle with 2 tbsp maple syrup, if desired. Bake at 350° for 35- 40 minutes or until set. Yield: 9 servings.
Per serving: Calories: 206, Fat: 3.3g, Sodium: 452mg, Potassium: 153mg, Carbs: 46g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugars: 20.9g, Protein: 5.5g
Not only is this recipe healthy, but it tastes really good! It REALLY does taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie. (My favorite cookie!) I love that you just throw everything into a bowl and then bake it. Can’t get much easier & not too many dishes.
It turns out REALLY fluffy.
It reminds me of those soft baked belVita breakfast biscuits. I only know about those because Gabriella LOVES the banana ones. She goes crazy when she sees them.
The other good thing about this recipe is that you can change the add in’s. Instead of raisins, throw in some chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, sliced bananas or even add like a 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the batter. So many different options.
After our morning at the gym, the rest of our day was spent playing hide & seek behind the laundry room door…
Playing with her ‘clip-clop’ princess castle….
And of course running around outside. The SECOND she hears my neighbor & her son home, she darts out the door to go & see him.
My neighbor & I went running ( I hit 13 miles for the day!!), the kids rode along in the strollers. Once we got home the two of them played & played. Trying to get them to go home for dinner is close to impossible. She just runs around & will watch EVERYTHING he does. It’s adorable!
Once I finally got her inside, she ate salmon (again!!!) & quinoa for dinner. So proud of her appetite!!
Today will definitely involve more time outside, of course a trip to the gym & I’m thinking Gabriella & I may have some baking to do!
Now it’s time to head to the kitchen for some much needed coffee…the only proper way to get the day started.