Red White and Blue Oatmeal

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Happy Fourth of July!!! ¬†We started our day off with a super yummy and patriotic breakfast. ūüôā ¬†This “red, white, and blue” oatmeal is a really easy breakfast with a fun spin, in that it is decorated as an american flag…not exact, but you get the idea! ¬†Not only does it look neat, it’s delicious, and super good for you! ¬†With raspberries, blueberries, and bananas, this breakfast has tons of nutrition in it!

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Woo-hoo!  All that nutrition in a delicious and satisfying breakfast!

I realized after making this that some cinnamon and almond butter would lend itself really well to this dish…hmmm, next year. Just kidding, this stuff is so delicious, I can pretty much guarantee it will make a reoccurrence here in our household in the near future! ¬†Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

RED WHITE AND BLUE OATMEAL

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup of each: chopped banana, raspberries, blueberries, plus more for decorating

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 11 baking dish with olive oil. ¬†In a small bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder and sea salt. ¬†In a larger mixing bowl, mix together the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs. ¬†Add the oat mixture to the ‘wet’ ingredients and stir to combine.

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2.) Fold in 1/4 cup chopped banana, 1/4 cup raspberries, and 1/4 cup blueberries.  pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and spread out evenly.

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3.) Decorate the top of the oatmeal as an american flag, using blueberries for the upper left square corner, and bananas and raspberries for the stripes.

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4.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool a bit (5-10 minutes).

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5.) Use a spatula to cut out and transfer to a plate to serve.

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Yeah, that tastes as good as it looks!

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SO YUMMY! ¬†Happy Fourth of July! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Banana Sushi

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Okay, so this is the cutest snack ever! ¬†I had some bananas on hand that needed to be used or frozen, so I remembered this fun and yummy snack that I had at a get together before. ¬†Bananas are the main ingredient in these bites of delight, and that’s great, because they are SO great for you!

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So, as I was saying, I remembered this snack that I had at a friend’s get together a while back – banana sushi! ¬†This stuff is great. ¬†It looks kinda fancy, but really it’s so easy to throw together, and it’s up to you what to top it with! ¬†I used almond butter as my base, then I topped that with chia seeds, finely chopped apple, crushed walnuts and some unsweetened shredded coconut. ¬†SOme other possibilities could be any nut butter as a base, mini chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit, and granola. ¬†Really, you can top it with anything, which is what makes these so fun!

BANANA SUSHI

Ingredients

  • Bananas, peeled
  • nut butter of your choice (I used almond butter)
  • toppings of your choice

Directions

1.) Peel your bananas, and place them on a baking sheet.  Evenly spread your nut butter on the bananas, then sprinkle your bananas with your toppings.  Gently press your toppings into your nut butter so they will stick better.

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2.) Use a sharp knife to slice your bananas into pieces about 3/4 of an inch to an inch thick.

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3.) Place your the baking sheet with the bananas on it in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.

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4.) Remove from freezer and transfer the banana sushi to a plate.

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Simple, healthy, delicious! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā