Oatmeal Bake (Vegan + GF)

This warm, delicious oatmeal bake is the perfect breakfast treat! I love to make a batch on the weekend and eat it for the next few days. It tastes great on its own, but I love to add a spoonful of coconut cream!

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of berries (You could substitute for other fruit, like apples or more bananas) 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F

Whisk together your milk, maple syrup, mashed bananas, vanilla, and ground flax seed.

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Next, mix your oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and half of your fruit. Pour this mix into a greased pan (I use just a little bit of coconut oil). Then, take your milk mixture and pour it evenly over your oats. Take the remaining fruit and place it on top. This would be a great time to add nuts if you like! Bake for 35 minutes, and you’re done!

ENJOY!

If you end up making this recipe let us know how it goes and how you liked it in the comments below! Also if you made any personal changes and additions to the recipe! 

Now go have a fabulous day!

 

Our Favorite Breakfasts

Kerri Anne and I really love breakfast. It’s our favorite meal of the day, so we decided to share some of the breakfasts that we make pretty frequently. We hope to inspire you to never skip breakfast, because that’s kind of a tragedy in our opinion.

The first four breakfasts are by Hannah, and the second three are by Kerri Anne.

  1. 1 Minute Banana Bread

You’re probably rolling your eyes since we kind of just blogged about this. But it is seriously one of our favorite breakfasts, and you should definitely try it.

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2. Yogurt Bowls

This is a very versatile breakfast that you can really make your own. You can start with a flavored yogurt, or just a plain, homemade greek yogurt. Yes, I really said homemade yogurt, it’s possible and one day we will blog about it. I love Chobani and Siggi’s for a flavored option (although they have great plain and vanilla options too!). Some of my favorite toppings include: honey, bananas, berries, nuts (specifically pecans and almonds), cinnamon, dried fruit, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, and granola. There are hundreds of delicious combinations you can come up with!IMG_4573

3. Granola

Neither of us are big fans of cereal, but granola is a totally different story! We like sprinkling it on our yogurt and smoothie bowls, but it’s also great as a cereal. I like the Vanilla Almond Granola from Trader Joes, the Raspberry Clusters with Chia

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Seeds from KIND, and sometimes I like to make my own granola. This is probably our easiest breakfast, because there’s literally three steps and you can’t mess it up.

Step one: Pour your granola into a bowl.

Step two: Pour some kind of milk over your granola. Whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, whatever you prefer.

Step three: Add toppings. This step is kind of optional, because granola is great on it’s own, but I really love to add fruit. That’s it. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

4. Coconut Milk Quinoa 

This might sound weird, as quinoa is usually used as a savory grain. Quinoa contains iron, B-Vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, fiber, and protein… So it’s really good for you. Plus it’s very trendy right now, just ask Whole Foods. It’s delicious on salads, with roasted vegetables, in soups, etc etc etc. If you enjoy savory quinoa, I’m willing to bet you’ll love it as a sweet breakfast. Here is the recipe I base my breakfast quinoa off of. It’s a very customizable recipe, you can use whole milk or almond milk instead of coconut milk, and you can be totally creative with the toppings.

5. Simple Toast & Fruit

On days when we have no time to actually put effort into breakfasts this is a perfect solution! It gives you the nourishing calories you need for your day from the peanut butter and bread. (I use Ezekiel bread from Trader Joes)  And fruit is just an awesome side to any meal.

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6. Smoothie Bowls

Now this is our personal favorite to do. So many different smoothie recipes and so many toppings! For this there is nothing really to it. You just make your smoothie (with less liquid, so it’s more of an ice cream consistency) and add toppings. Some of our favorites are down below. My top favorite smoothie bowl concoction is my strawberry shortcake smoothie bowl. Which are shown in top left & right picture then the bottom left picture. In this smoothie we have:

  • One thing of Yoplait 100 Strawberry Shortcake greek yogurt. (it is the most healthy, quick & easy flavored yogurt out there.)
  • One frozen or regular banana (best when frozen)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • tsp of Vanilla
  • Coconut water or coconut milk

Then you blend all together until it’s a very thick, creamy substance. Pour into a bowl and top away! On this smoothie I love to put my DANG coconut chips & fresh strawberries. OR i’ll put my banana bread crumble, granola, chia seeds. . .the possiblities are endless.

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7. Oatmeal 

SO simple but SO good! Oatmeal is such an easy breakfast that you can do anything you want with. One of my personal favorites is Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal. It is so healthy but doesn’t taste like it at all! If you are an oatmeal lover then this is a must try for you!

 

10 Things You Want to Do For a Productive Morning.

I know for a fact that we are not the only ones who hate getting up in the morning…Everyone has their own reasons on why they hate mornings. Ours is just that it’s morning and mornings mean you have to get up and do something with your life.

So here we have for you 10 tips on how to get your lazy self out of bed and do something with your life…the peaceful, productive, and stressless way.

Now we will admit that both of us are also the W O R S T  at getting up in the morning. It wasn’t until we starting doing these things and it actually made life easier. Now mornings are our favorite part of the day.

It also made us feel like we were actually doing something with our lives.

Now before you read on don’t get your hopes up…Following our steps to a productive morning doesn’t mean you’re gonna wake up like those non-human people in the movies that are all smiley and pretty looking.

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T I P  1 

If you know what the next day holds for you then prepare the night before. We have our days written out in our DIY Planner so we go off of that. We set out clean clothes for the next morning, straighten up surroundings, pack meals & other things they may need to be packed, grind coffee, etc..I think you get the idea.. That way when you wake up you don’t have to worry about doing all the extra things like cleaning and doing all the extra steps of making coffee.

T I P 2

The moment you decide to not reach over and hit snooze for the tenth time GET UP and go straight to doing your face washing, teeth brushing kind of stuff. Don’t continue to lay in bed and scroll through social media or reply to texts that could wait for another 30  minutes.

T I P 3 

Drink 10  H U G E  gulps of water with lemon. (Best time to do this is on an empty stomach) This is great for your digestions which is why we like to have it in the morning.  Sometimes we like to get fancy & add fruit.

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T I P 4

You’re going to want to start waking up at the same time every morning to get your body adjusted to early morning. It’s not very fun on weekends, but it will help you out on the other five days of the week. It also helps if you set your alarm for 15 minutes before you actually wanna wake up.

T I P 5

Eat a big, healthy breakfast that’ll give you the energy you need to deal with all the annoying people in your life. (we are planning to share with you next Our Top 7 Favorite Breakfasts. So stay on the look out for that!) This is usually when I’ll put on some music while I dance/cook in the kitchen. When I sit down to eat is when I look ay my phone, reply to texts, scroll through social media, etc. I like saving my phone for this time because it actually makes me eat slower and when i’m done eating it is basically my timer to tell me to get off.

T I P 6 

Make you sure you give yourself at least 30-45 minutes (depending on your schedule) to sit down, drink some coffee (which is a very important part of a productive morning) & blog/journal/read. This will make your morning feel less hectic & strictly scheduled. It also will just calm your mind. I always like to skim through my bible or write down thoughts about the day before or the day ahead.

T I P 7 

Set your own morning routine. The morning will go smoother for you if you don’t go into them blinded. Get into a habit of doing your morning routine and soon enough mornings will become your favorite.

T I P 8

Like I stated in T I P 6: coffee. Because obviously.

T I P 9

Open your curtains! We kid you not…opening your curtains smacks you in the face with natural light and actually energizes you. We don’t know if that’s a real thing but it really does help. There’s just something about that natural morning light beaming through my windows that make me want to do something with my life. We also like to open our windows for a few minutes, even if it’s cold outside. It’s really nice to get some fresh air in your room.

and last but not least. . .

T I P 10

Start your day with inspiration! (now this is totally different from T I P 6 btw) Whether its reading your bible or its placing your favorite inspirational quote or verse inside of your planner, on your mirror, or on anything in your room/house to give you that perfect start to your day.

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This is one of our favorites to bring to our attention in the morning. I then go along my day with this as the main thought in my head.