Gluten-Free, Vegan Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

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Happy New Year!

Gluten-free, Vegan Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

I figured my first post of the new year should be a resolution-friendly one.  Just in case you’re feeling… weighty… after what seemed like an eternal holiday season.  Other than feeling good about what you’re eating, this Gluten-Free, Vegan Baked Banana Nut Oatmeal tastes delicious topped with just about anything you might be craving: shredded coconut, nut butter, maple syrup, fresh berries, yogurt, dried fruit, applesauce, apple butter….even some combination of these toppings would make it over-the-top wonderful!

Gluten-free, Vegan Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal with a variety of topping options!

Speaking of resolutions, have you made any?

To be honest, I never make them.  I feel like I have room for improvement all year long.  Perhaps in April, I realize I need to kick a bad habit or re-think how I act or respond to something.  Then, I’ll evaluate and commit to a resolution.  But if I make one now – just because – it won’t feel authentic.  Or something like that.

Here are some things I’d like to tackle in 2018, though:

  • Work smarter

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time on social media, which is good for marketing but bad for distraction.  The day will slip by so quickly and I need to make sure I have accomplished the most important things first.

  • Constantly re-evaluate

Throughout 2017, I did some social media / digital marketing / networking experiments to see what would happen and whether what I did was an effective use of time and resources.  With some rudimentary knowledge now in place, I plan to implement much of what I learned and continue to tweak what works and what doesn’t.

  • Ask for more help

Let’s be honest.  I don’t know everything.  And I can’t do everything.  Along with working smarter, I need to limit myself to what I can accomplish effectively.  No more trying to learn code or plug-ins or SEO strategies under the cover of darkness.  I end up spinning my wheels and wasting precious time, when I could just ask someone who knows the stuff.

So, that’s my plan.  We’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, you can pen your resolutions while enjoying this hearty and healthy breakfast!

Gluten-free, Vegan Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

Gluten-Free, Vegan Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

http://www.bakeforyourlife.com/recipes/recipe/gluten-free-vegan-banana-nut-baked-oatmeal/

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 40m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup ripe, mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts

How To Do It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Grease a 1.5-quart baking dish with oil of choice.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, brown sugar, flax seeds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt with a fork until combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla until combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry and stir until combined.
  6. Fold in the walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan or serve warm.
  10. NOTE: If you prepare this the night before, add another ½ cup milk to your batter and increase the cooking time by 15 (or more) minutes.
  11. I cover the cooled dish with tinfoil and store in the fridge up to three days. It reheats easily in the microwave.
  12. When serving, top with any of the following: shredded coconut, nut butter, fresh berries, maple syrup, honey, powdered sugar or apple butter.
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