Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan}

Since we are having a SNOW DAY in Nova Scotia today (yes, even Government offices are closed!) I thought I would make a nice breakfast for our family. I’ve wanted to make this Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal (From Two Peas & Their Pod) dish for a long time. I figured today was going to be the perfect opportunity. Of course, I had to make it vegan for my husband to enjoy with us.

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Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan} 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups skim milk {Coconut OR Almond milk}
  • 1 large egg {1 large banana OR 1/4 cup of maple syrup}
  • 3 tbsp spoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease 8 x 8 baking pan.
  2. Mix oats, coconut flakes, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mix together milk, egg {banana}, melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  4. Place 2/3 of the blueberries on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture evenly over blueberries.
  6. Next, pour the milk mixture over the oats – covering all of them.
  7. Sprinkle remaining blueberries on top.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden and oats are set.

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ENJOY!!!

Oh, and we made bacon; normal yummy delicious bacon and….vegan bacon. Now we are off to enjoy the day together, stuck in our house and hopefully outside later to enjoy the snow.

Do you make special breakfast on snow days?

Are you getting this crazy blizzard?

What are your go-to activities when stuck inside with your family?

Quick Breakfast Combo’s

As I get further along in this pregnancy, I am needing to find new combinations of foods to eat to keep me going throughout the day. I came across this picture on Fitfluential’s facebook page and thought I would post about it.

What’s your favourite breakfast combo ?

I’ve been digging craving Raisin Bran with skim milk for weeks now but every so often I change it up.

Sometimes it’s grapefruit and whole wheat/multi grain toast with peanut butter,

Yogurt, granola and berries etc.

Does working out make you eat more ?

What food combo’s give you the energy boots you need?

If  you are pregnant (or when you where pregnant),

what was your weirdest combination of foods (breakfast or not)?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below ….

 

Vegan Waffles…in no time

This past weekend I woke up and thought it would be nice to have some home-made (vegan) waffles. At roughly 25 weeks pregnant I get these random cravings great desire for certain foods. Now, some of these cravings are kind of normal but maybe not:

  • Watermelon – as cold as it can get without freezing
  • Jr. Mints – stored in the fridge … okay, so this is a normal thing for me not pregnancy related
  • Lay’s Ketchup Chips – this was during the first trimester only during a 3 week period; I no longer crave them
  • Snickers Bars – again after they have been in the fridge (this one ended a short while ago)
  • Pad Thai – have managed to have twice this summer …. and counting
  • Red Grapes – yes you guessed it … as cold as can be
  • Coconut Yogurt with blueberries/strawberries

You get my point….I have random specific cravings these days.

Sunday morning, we all got up a little late (thank you Lilly). Lilly and I went to the kitchen and my husband, Sai went out for a quick walk with our dog, Maclean. Their walk usually takes about 10 minutes around our little block.

I decided that Lilly and I would make Vegan Waffles provided I could find the recipe under our mess of a kicthen storage/side table. Just our luck … I found it. Out came the waffle maker or cooker as Lilly calls is and we found all the ingredients in minutes.  I sat Lilly on the stove (no it wasn’t on and yes I was right beside her) to help me mix the ingredients – she LOVED it!

My mother had printed this recipe a few years ago, so I had to go looking for the original source:  www.boutell.com

Vegan Waffles Ingredients

1 ripe banana, mashed

2 cups of water

1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg  (I didn’t have any)

vanilla extract to taste (optional)

Other: I also added 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed.

Steps:

  1. Mix Banana and Water together.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix, leaving lumps in the water.

FOR WAFFLES:

Cook in a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

This makes about four waffles – however we got about 7 out of them. I made a few small ones for Lilly.

FOR PANCAKES: 

Pour 1/2 cup of batter into a hot, lightly oiled frying pan. When bubbles rise through the middle of the pancake and break on the top, flip the pancake and cook until browned underneath. You can get the original recipe here.

By the time my husband got home (10 minutes), we had them in the “cooker” and the first round was ready to come out. This recipe is really easy to make and tasty.

These would be perfect to make and freeze for another day. Mental note – make before baby arrives and freeze to have on hand for breakfast …. make that “to have on hand for any time of the day”.

Enjoy!

Modified workout and WIAW

Yesterday…well, last night, I posted about Pregnancy, Running and Blogging –  who has time for everything? I left the post with a decision to be made: do I workout, do the dishes or go directly to bed.

This is what I did:

  1. Swept the dirty floors (living room, hallway and kitchen) – dog hair everywhere 😦 
  2. Got Lilly’s cloth diapers ready for the sitters.
  3. Put a few dishes in the dishwasher (life time saver)
  4. Short and Quick modified workout – see below
  5. Went to bed at 9:30 pm (too late for me these days)

Modified SHORT Workout: only did it once…once was enough last night.

  • 10 push ups
  • 20 squats
  • 1 min wall sit (ouch)
  • 1 min plank

What I Ate Wednesday (or since Wednesday).

A few things I’ve munched on over the last few days: meals, snacks and a few extras!

My morning or afternoon snack.

Salad (spinach, strawberries, orange peppers, egg and poppy-seed dressing)

Chicken Quesadilla (BBQ chicken, cheese, corn and salsa)

 

Since it’s Wednesday and the Farmer’s Market is on – you got it. Vegetarian Spring Rolls (morning snack).

I also picked up som fresh spinach and strawberries (both local) – yum yum.

 

Lunch from the Farmer’s Market (today).

Fresh Herb pasta with tomatoes, green onion, fresh parmesan cheese. Delish!

What quick workout do you try to fit in, when you can’t get your normal workout in?

What did you eat today?