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?

Food Philosophy – What’s Your’s ?

A few months ago, I did an interview with Health Media Today, you can read it here. Carolyn highlight’s some great bloggers and I came across Lindsey’s interview – A Running Tale shares her Fitness and Nutrition Tips. She was asked a question that made me think about MY food philosophy.

Question for Lindsey: What is your philosophy about food and nutrition?

Lindsey’s Response: I have a couple “rules” – I follow the 80/20 rule, being that I aim to eat clean, unprocessed foods 80% of the time, and the other 20% is about enjoying life, and eating ice cream and cookies! While I try to stick to the 80/20 idea, I do not force it to the point where I am avoiding social outings or not enjoying life because of it.

So what is  Piper’s Run food philosophy?

For me, I feel like I (we-my family) fall into the 80/20 rule of eating clean, vegan for my husband/60% vegan for me and Lilly, struggle a little with unprocessed foods but try our best. The other 20% is definitely spent on chocolate: Jr. Mints, Mint chocolate, ice cream only in the summer, home-made almost always vegan cookies/brownies/pies depending on family dinners/special events etc.

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I never really thought about my food philosophy until I read this article.

I’ve always tried to eat healthy foods throughout the day, buying local is important to me and indulging in the not-so-good-for-you foods in the evening – once I’ve had my fill of healthy foods.

During both pregnancies I’ve focused a lot on healthy eating and making sure I am getting the right amounts of food. But I am not depriving myself of the bad stuff either. If I did, I would probable just over eat the bad stuff. It’s also why I make working out/exercising/physical activity (whatever you want to call it) a priority in my life – to balance out any bad foods I’ve eaten and try to live healthy.

Balancing being a full-time working (outside of the home) mom, a vegan husband, a picky toddler who’s starting to branch out more and also being pregnant has made it challenging when it comes to preparing meals. I’ve taken advantage of many Pinterest boards to find new things to make and to challenge myself to find healthy and creative options for my family.

So, what’s your food philosophy?

Do you meal plan?

Make the same foods each week / every two weeks?

 Indulge in bad foods often?

How often do you try new recipes?

 

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 ….