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Hawaiian Baked Oatmeal

9 Jan

I rarely eat breakfast. When I was at school, I would eat a quick bowl of cereal before running off to class, and on the weekends, I’ll admit I probably wasn’t in the breakfast mood after a late night of consuming alcohol. Now That I’m unemployed and living back at home (kinda pathetic sounding, I know, but I’m looking!) I don’t wake up in time to eat breakfast. However when I woke up today, no matter that it was 10 o’clock, I wanted oatmeal.

I was planning on baking up some lemon macadamia cupcakes, but my mom, who would be the only person in the house who would help me eat them, just left on a trip to India. So I decided to hold off.

I was feeling adventurous today and wanted to make an oatmeal I had never had before. One of my favorite bloggers, Chocolate Covered Katie always makes the most delicious looking oatmeals, so I decided to try a spin off of her ‘boatmeal‘ or baked oatmeal.

I didn’t have any pumpkin, but I did have this:

Have you ever tried this? I discovered it yesterday… in my fridge. It’s sooo good, and it tastes just like regular yogurt! This has to be my favorite type of soygurt (=soy yogurt) i’ve ever tried. Of course, nothing compares to coconut milk yogurt, my absolute favorite, but little grocery store only sells one type of dairy free yogurt. (But now i’m going to have to find out where my mom buys this stuff!)

Anyway, back to the oatmeal. I decided I did not want to bake the soygurt in the oatmeal, What if it curdled or tasted gross? Then I would have ruined the last container of this deliciousness! So, I just let the key lime pie flavor influence me. I made a banana, pineapple, and coconut oatmeal. And it was delicious, if I do say so myself!

Baked Hawaiian Oatmeal

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 banana, mushed up
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits
1 tablespoon coconut butter

Mix all the ingredients together, and put them in a small baking dish. (I used 2 small ramekins)  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, then broil for about 3 more minutes.
I topped mine with a big ‘ol dollop  of silk live key lime pie yogurt (Of course!) a drizzle of more coconut butter, more pineapple tidbits, and a few chopped up macadamia nuts. It was sooo good!

It was so good, the warm oatmeal with both cold and warm pineapple, and cold oatmeal! yummmy! Here’s another shot, just in case you need some more convincing:

I wish it could have had a little more variety color wise, but I’m not complaining.  It was gooey nummy heaven. I hope you all try this!

p.s.- I changed the layout of the blog… The old one just wasn’t me… And I wanted something a little more basic and streamline.


A Handmade Christmas

26 Dec

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know I did, I’m still full from all the eating!

This Christmas was really great for me, because this year I had time to make homemade gifts.

For my mom, I knitted her this scarf. I’m not the best knitter, and the only stitch I know is the knit stitch, but it turned out pretty good. It was down to the wire though; I finished it at 3am the day before Christmas Eve!

For my brother, I made homemade marshmallows. A few Christmas’s ago he spotted some “homemade” marshmallows in a Williams-Sonoma catalogue, and he wanted them. Well when I went into the store, they were $16!! For 10 marshmallows! I love Williams-Sonoma, but sometimes the prices are a bit ridiculous! So I found some that were a little cheaper at Crate & Barrel. But this year, I had time to make them myself. They’re strawberry, peppermint, and vanilla flavored. I’m hoping to post the recipe one day soon. The wonders of vegetarian gelatin amaze me! I also made him some hot cocoa mix to go along with them.

For my Dad, I roasted him some cashews. My dad has always been a difficult person to buy for, but he loves cashews. Every year my brother and I would fight over who was going to get him the big jar of roasted nuts. Well my brother has moved on to other gift ideas, and I get to keep the cashews. Instead of buying some, I decided to make them myself. I left some just simply salted, and I put a spice mixture on the rest. The recipe is as follows:

Spicy Roasted Cashews:

2 cups cashews
1 tablespoons salt (You can put more or less, but my father has been dealing with some high sodium intake lately, so I decided to go lightly
1 tablespoon oil (I used olive because I liked the taste, but I’m sure any would work.)

Optional: (For the spicy ones) 1 tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon paprika

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Less to clean up!)

First, toss the nuts in the olive oil, to gently coat them so the salt and spices will stick. Then add the salt and spices (if using) and spread out onto the baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes. You’ll start to smell the nuts, that’s how I normally know that they are done.  Take them out and let them cool, and munch away!

I also got really cute Chinese takeout containers for them, as well as a tin for my brother’s marshmallows from The Container Store. They have all sorts of containers, it’s a great website to check out!

Later this week I’ll be posting some cookies as well as more cupcakes!