overnight oats

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

I know I'm a little late but I thought this recipe would be festive for an Easter Brunch. Oatmeal is actually a great way to get some veggies in early in your day. Whether you add greens and eggs, carrots and walnuts, or pumpkin and spices - it's a totally versatile meal/snack option. This recipe makes about 6 servings (depending on appetites & sides). It's perfect for a crowd or to save and freeze as part of your meal prep. 



1 banana, mashed
2 cups old fashioned oats
1.5 cups grated carrots
1.5 cups milk (I used soy, add until oats are covered, moist when mixed, but not drowning)
1 rounded tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 rounded tsp cinnamon
2-3 Tbsp each walnuts and raisins (I used craisins)


1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add to a medium sided cast-iron skillet, or a square baking dish. Spread flat on top.
3. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, until golden brown.
4. Top with greek yogurt, cinnamon, maple syrup, or peanut butter and a side of fruit. Serve and enjoy!

I sliced this into 6 servings and put some in the fridge, some in the freezer to heat up throughout the week as a quick grab-and-go breakfast.



Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal (for a crowd or the freezer)

While the frozen oatmeal squares may not be the prettiest picture, it says nothing about their taste. Baked oatmeal is easy to prep ahead and it tastes amazing too! This warm winter breakfast is perfect to serve to a crowd or slice and save for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can store it in the fridge or freezer and microwave when you're ready. I like to top mine with greek yogurt or a peanut butter drizzle. 

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups soy milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg (or flax or chia egg*)
2 medium sized apples, any kind, chopped (leave the skin on for added fiber)
1/2 cup of cranberries (I used fresh, but frozen or dried will work too)
cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, other other spices to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
3. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
4. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and bake for about 30-40 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Top with yogurt, a drizzle of peanut butter, or berries to serve. Enjoy!



*To make a flax or chia egg, combine:
1 Tbsp ground flax meal OR 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water
allow to sit for about 3 minutes, it will become thick and gooey like an egg white and has the same binding properties