Fruity Baked Oatmeal with Crunchy Cinnamon Almond Topping

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Yesterday, I thought the tide was turning with my flu. I had a fairly restful sleep Monday night and my symptoms had died down a bit. I was so excited because I thought that I was getting over this thing!

…and then Tuesday evening hit and the symptoms came back with a vengeance. I was up all night coughing up a storm with a tickly throat. Hopefully this thing is on its way out because I feel like I am missing out on my life!

I also did something I thought I would never do…I bought a Neti Pot!

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Have you seen these crazy things before?

I first heard about them on Dr. Oz when he was saying how great they are for congestion, post nasal drip, and sinus allergies. I finally went out and got one at Shopper’s Drug Mart. You mix a warm salt water solution and then pour half of the mixture through each nostril (the water slowly pours out of the other nostril!!), while tipping your head to the side and leaning your body a bit forward.

It sounds scary, right?

But, it wasn’t bad at all. I promise…I’m the world’s biggest chicken too. It was oddly soothing in a gross way. My nose has been fairly clear and I can breathe much better when using it 2-3 times per day. I also plan to use this when my allergies kick in later this Spring and Summer.

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One thing that really bites about this flu is that I can’t taste anything. Everything I eat tastes incredibly bland and my normally raging appetite is M.I.A. It is such a weird feeling.

I have been eating a lot of Vegan Overnight Oats (with orange) mixed with Strawberry Banana Soft Serve to soothe my throat.

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This is always delicious…even with my lack of taste. :)

Since I was feeling a bit better yesterday, I started to get the baking itch. I was craving baked oatmeal because it just sounded so soothing, comforting, and warming on my throat.

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When I make baked oatmeal I like to make a large batch so I can enjoy it for a few meals! It is a really quick breakfast that reheats in a flash.

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This oatmeal mixture tastes really good and it was hard not to just eat it on the spot!

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If you wanted to skip the whole baking thing, you could just leave this overnight in the fridge and have a big batch of VOO on your hands. :)

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But baking it is amazing…as is this wonderful crunchy topping…

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Sprinkle the cinnamon almond topping on the oatmeal mixture.

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Bake for 26-30 minutes and gobble!

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This baked oatmeal turned out WONDERFUL!

It is like a hybrid between baked oatmeal and a fruit crisp. The crunchy cinnamon almond topping really made the whole dish. I also highly recommend a drizzle of maple syrup…it tied in all the flavours very well.

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In other news, Eric has been helping me with my vegetable garden beds, since I have been out of commission.

We measured our property line to see where we could put the beds.

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We placed the beds in a very sunny spot that gets over 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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After marking the legs, Eric dug out holes for them.

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With a bit of work, we got them to sit flat.

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After we got the beds in the ground, we pinned down chicken wire on the bottom layer of the bed (not shown in photo). This will help prevent gophers from digging up into the garden. Or so they say…

The second layer we put down is what you see below. This is a Landscape fabric and it prevents weeds from growing up into the beds. You can find this at most home or garden stores.

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Aren’t they pretty?

I’m still on the hunt for a good triple mix soil. Whenever I ask a garden centre if they have organic triple mix they give me a weird look and say ‘of course it’s organic…doesn’t get more organic than this!’ I’m not sure if they are green washing me or if it really is organic. I guess I just have to figure out the right questions to ask.

I have located a garden centre that sells certified organic and non-GMO seeds and plants so that is good news. Their plants arrive around May 7th and they are going to call me when the plants arrive. :)

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My veggie wish list:

  • Onions
  • Spring Onions
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Herbs

I need to figure out where to plant the veggies in the beds. I need to read up on companion planting, perhaps? The most I have figured out is that the tall plants go on the North side (so they don’t cast shade on small plants), plant Marigolds around the beds to keep out pests/animals, and carrots are great to plant next to Spring onions (companion plants).

Other than that I am lost!

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Stephanie May 3, 2011

WOW! Those raised beds look GREAT! I really want some when we get a place with a yard! And what a great veggie list!

Also, great that you got a netti pot. I got mine a few years ago and it saves me every spring during allergy season!

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Carly Robinson May 20, 2012

Hi Angela! I just made this and it is currently in the oven, but after reading back through the recipe, I can’t see cinnamon listed in the topping ingredients section. I’m sure mine will still be just as yummy :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 12, 2012

Thanks for pointing that out Carly! I added it in- I think it was about 1/4 tsp :)

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Beth Dinkel February 8, 2014

Hi Angela,

My hubby and I are just getting started on a Vegan lifestyle. Your website is extremely helpful!!!
I’d love to give this recipe a try, but have a quick question…. Have you ever tried making it without the banana? Any ideas on a banana substitute? (The taste of banana makes my hubby sick to his stomach… so weird!)

Thanks

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Jessica Fig November 12, 2014

What a lovely bowl of comforting baked oatmeal! I reduced the recipe by half since it was just for me this morning – though I still have ample leftovers and will save it for VOO for the rest of the week! I also added walnuts for a little extra crunch. Thanks Angela! :)
Jess

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