My first ever “healthy” food post on my instagram. I’ve just started on this journey months ago and honestly, I’m loving it. It’s easy to fall off the health wagon, but once you are back on this, you will not fall back. Slowly, you will feel the change in your body. Start slow and you will love it too. My body is still in the state of recovery but I’ve stopped binge eating for quite sometime and it’s amazing not to feel “guilty” after meals if you know what I mean:)
Cereals and bread are so much easier to consume and it’s less risky of a taste test especially in the morning. I’m not going to emphasis on how commercially manufactured cereals and flour goods are high in sugar content which is bad for you in the long run and what not. I do buy ready-made granola bars in the supermarket still. (opps, haha) I love Nature Valley’s peanut butter & crunch:) It’s so good ~ Anyway, it’s okay to have a cheat snack once awhile.
I shall stop blabbing and let’s start with the ingredients that you will need.
Adapted from deliciouslyella (she’s awesome)
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- one handful of blueberries (half a box)
- 1 ripe banana (sliced)
- 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup * optional (alternative: 1 mashed banana)
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
- 3/4 cup of boiling water
- 2 tablespoons of crushed almonds
- 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
Get your hands working:
Start by pre-heating your oven to 180C.
Place the oats in a bowl , pour in 3/4 cup of boiling water into the bowl and soak for ten minutes.
While the oats are being soaked, chopped up the banana into slices (probably 0.5cm width )and crushed the baked almonds into smaller bite sized chunks**
Once the water has been absorbed, stir the soaked oats a few more times before adding almond milk and blueberries into the mix.
(*optional: if you really need some sweetness, you may add in 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup into the soaked oats. Alternative, smash 1 banana and add it into the mix. In my case, I did not add in this “optional ingredient. The natural sweetness from the sliced bananas and blueberries were sufficient to my liking. Trust me, if you can, omit this additional sweetener. )
Pour the mix onto a baking dish , you can either mix in the sliced bananas , crushed almonds and dried cranberries to make it more organic-looking or you can placed it nicely on top of the mix like I did:) It’s totally up to each individual. Sometimes I just stir everything together and pop it straight into the oven:) I do have my lazy mornings when I just want to prepare breakfast within the shortest period of time and go back to bed.
Then bake for 20minutes or until the top has slightly browned. Do keep an eye on the bananas, you wouldnt want burnt-nanas for breakfast:)
**Kitchen tricks: pour the baked almonds into a small plastic and crush the nuts using any solid object like cups or rolling pin.
DL – Texture & taste:
I don’t really fancy my oatmeal to be mushy and wet. This recipe creates a wholesome taste that you actually get to taste the texture of rolled oats. It’s neither too chewy nor mushy. I like my oatmeal this way:) You may adjust the amount of hot water and duration to your liking. Do comment if you like what I’m contributing:) I will be more than happy to know that you like it too!
A healthy outside starts from the inside. ~Robert Urich