It’s no secret that I love to cook. There’s just something about taking ingredients and combining them in ways that make delicious meals that soothes my soul. It’s therapeutic for me and it’s also the way I show those that I cook for that I care.
What can I say? I’m Italian. Feeding people is in my blood.
As much as I love to cook every day, I do prepare meals ahead of time for convenience. I typically just prepare meals and snacks for the next day while I’m cooking dinner. I put all of my little Pyrex containers on a shelf in the fridge and then pack my lunchbox just before I go to the gym in the morning.
This week I tried something a little different though and I think I kind of love it. This week, I made a baked oatmeal on Sunday (while the pasta was cooking) and split the finished product into 6 bars for breakfast for the week.
Having those meals already prepped made packing my lunch each night that much easier. If you struggle with packing meals to take to work or school, give this recipe a try. It only takes a few minutes to throw all of the ingredients together. While it bakes for 40 minutes, you can prep other meals or catch up on laundry, etc.
This recipe is really tasty and convenient. It’s also packed full of nutrition. This recipe is also versatile. So, I’ll share the basic recipe that I used and as I try other variations, I’ll add the recipes for those to the site.
If you try this or any other of my recipes, please take a photo and tag me on Instagram @confessionsofaveganmeathead . I would love to see your creation!
A basic recipe for baked oatmeal that can be added to or changed to fit your taste.
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 t vanilla extract
1 T cinnamon
1 1/2 T ground flaxseed
3/4 cup plant milk* or water
1-1/2 cups frozen berries
Optional: 1/4 cup maple syrup for sweetness
- Preheat oven to 400*.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients well.
- Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into 6 bars.
- Serve room temperature or microwave for 15 seconds to enjoy warm.
- Store in the refrigerator.
*In the photos, I show the Bolthouse Farms plant protein milk. I’ve also tested this recipe with plain, unsweetened cashew milk and there’s really not much of a difference. Use what you have or prefer to use.
Per 1/6 of baked oatmeal recipe above:
Fat: 3.2 grams
Carbs: 31.8 grams
Protein: 5.3 grams
*using Bolthouse Farms plant protein milk