Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

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Now, for the recipe and post:

When I first discovered baked oatmeal, I was in college and was immediately excited about the dish. An oatmeal that I actually liked!

I wasn’t a big breakfast eater back then, and definitely have never liked porridges. But here it is: baked oatmeal. The oat dish I had been waiting for. It comes out of oven crispy on top and cream in the middle.

One weekend, I went home to my mom’s house and told her about my discovery. I was explaining it to her, and she said, “Sounds a bit like cake. “

I furrowed my brow. Cake? I mean sure, it has some similar ingredients. But it is “better for me.” Right? In truth, that version of baked oatmeal was a lot like cake. I think it called for both sugar and flour. But, it also taught me that I can like oatmeal. Baked, it became something that I enjoyed.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

I still make baked oatmeal every now and again, adding in seasonal fruits and nuts (like this cinnamon berry pecan baked oatmeal). These days, the main difference is that I sweeten it with maple syrup, honey, or fruit, and use whole ingredients. And while it is a pretty carb-heavy dish, I find that rolled oats do keep me full through the morning until lunch. The other main advantage? One batch lasts us the better half of a week, so breakfast is squared away in the morning for a few days. (By the way, this makes the dish perfect for those times when you are trying to eat really well — when something is already in your fridge, it’s way easier to make the right choice!)

With this recipe, I’ve taken the idea of a cake and folded it in: carrot cake baked oatmeal. (Carrot cake — definitely a cake. But it calls for vegetable!) Along with rolled oats, you fold in carrots, raisins, coconut, fresh ginger and even walnuts (I love the crunch these add. If you do not like walnuts, try pecans). All of those together combined to make a pretty hearty oatmeal — one that’s not really cake, but you can imagine it is, while knowing you’re eating something much more nourishing!

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Published January 3, 2018 by
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Serves: 8   |    Active Time: 50 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded desiccated coconut + 2 tablespoons for topping
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts + 2 tablespoons for topping

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x9 inch baking dish.
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup coconut.
    3. Add egg, honey/maple syrup, melted butter, freshly grated ginger, milk, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir until everything is incorporated.
    4. Fold in shredded carrot, raisins, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
    5. Spread mixture in an even layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons coconut and chopped walnuts.
    6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until edges of oatmeal begin to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli

    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli

    Happy 2019! 🎉

    What are your goals this year? Any New Year Resolutions?

    I haven’t written any down, but after the holidays I am looking for some healthy meals to tuck into. (After all that Eggnog, thumbprint cookies, and pie — oh my!)

    Plus, when the days are short and it’s dark before I leave work, there’s nothing like a colorful, warm dinner to brighten things up. Red Curry Noodle Bowls are exactly that.

    Rice noodles cook in 5 minutes flat — a big advantage if you’re rushing to get dinner together after the gym or a long day! In fact, if you’re really in a rush, and you’re good at planning (eh-em — not me), you can make the coconut curry broth ahead of time, and then dinner will be on the table in 10 minutes! 

    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli
    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli

    Other than being 1) super delicious and 2) super cozy on a cold January day, this bowl has it all: complex carbohydrates, protein, fat (specifically, medium chain saturated fatty acids), and fiber. Plus: Vitamin C, folate, omega-6 and omega-3s, and essential minerals.

    Thai Curry is usually served over rice, but sometimes you just want to mix it up! Rice noodles are slurpy, delicious, and a perfect match for curry flavors. (Besides, see above comment about cooking time… they cook faster than rice, which takes closer to 18 minutes.)

    To store leftovers, I put cooked rice noodles in one pyrex dish and the broth and veggies in another. I’ve found that some brands of rice noodles will continue to soak up any broth or sauce after they’re cooked, so when you store them together the noodles get a little too soft for my taste. Keep them separate until it’s time to eat and you’re golden! (Sort of like ramen — add the noodles last!)

    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli
    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli

    Red Curry Noodle Bowl with Shrimp & Broccoli

    Published January 1, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:


    For the red curry coconut broth:
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Dash of fish sauce (optional)

  • For the shrimp & veggies:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup shrimp, raw, shelled & deveined
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms

  • For serving: 
  • Brown rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce, such as sriracha

  • Directions:

    1. Make the sauce: Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a sauce pan, and add minced shallot. Sauté until shallots are soft. Add coconut milk, broth, curry paste, lime juice, maple syrup, and a small dash of fish sauce (optional). Bring to a simmer, and stir until everything is well mixed.
    2. Sauté shrimp in veggies: Heat coconut oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes or until pink (about 1 minute on each side). Move shrimp to a plate, and reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms to pan, and cook about 2 minutes, and then add broccoli. Cook for 3 mote minutes, stirring every minute or so — broccoli should be bright green and mushrooms should be soft.
    3. Cook noodles according to package. I used Lotus Foods Brown Rice Noodles (affiliate link!), and boiled them in hot water for 5 minutes, and then strained them.
    4. Serve: Divide rice noodles between 4 bowls. Ladle coconut curry broth over top, and then use a spatula to divide shrimp and veggies between each. Top with sliced scallions, sesame seeds, lime wedges, and hot sauce to taste.

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    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters

    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters

    Covered in dirt from the soles of my shoes to the tips of my hair, I made my way up our driveway, which was now blanketed in the shade of the night. The sunlight was up and on this day, like every day this week, that meant it was time to put down the shovel and go find something to eat.

    When we moved to a new house a year and a half ago, we inherited a front and back yard, both of which were covered in some patchy grass and a lot of bindweed (my nemesis). We knew we would never put out a sprinkler to keep our grass green; it's something that feels like a waste of water in this naturally semi-arid landscape. 

    So, a woman on a mission, little has passed through my mind this month other than how to build our garden boxes, which native plants to buy, and where to acquire a copious amount of mulch. It seems everything — even stopping for lunch - has taken a back seat as I rush home to put in a few hours of labor before the sun sets. Rather than planning recipes, I wander in around 8:30pm and make something that requires no thinking… an usually no cooking. 

    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters
    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters

    Like all house projects, I probably under estimated the amount of work it would take to get it all done, but I'm a keep-your-head-down and get-her-done type of person. Besides, I found that even in the heat of day I would be smiling as I dug in the dirt. It's satisfying. So, I just keep digging. 

    Snacks that are ready to eat whenever have been necessary this week. Crackers and cheese, fresh fruit, hummus. And of course, these Honey Nut Coconut Clusters, which sit somewhere between granola and trail mix (and they call for only five ingredients: coconut, sesame seeds, cashews, honey and salt). 

    Thanks to the honey and the sesame seeds, they taste a bit like Honey Nut Cheerios -- hence the name. But, of course, made with coconut and real nuts and seeds, they are far more satisfying. These would be perfect as a trail mix while hiking, or as a a topping to yogurt, but I mostly just ate them as an afternoon snack. 😋

    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters

    If you're in the same boat as me -- tight on time - here are a few other quick and easy recipes to get you through: 

    Honey Nut Coconut Clusters

    Published May 8, 2018 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/2 cups coconut flakes (affiliate link!)
    • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
    • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • Generous sprinkle of salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine coconut, cashew, and sesame seeds. Pour in honey and toss until everything is coated and sticky. Sprinkle with salt, and stir a bit more until salt is incorporated.
    3. Spread mixture out on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake 8-10 minutes, stirring at the 5 minute mark to ensure even cooking. After 10 minutes, coconut should be toasted. Allow to cool 5 minutes. Store in airtight container.

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