Vegan baked berry oatmeal that is sweetened with dates and vanilla extract. An easy way to make yourself a fancy breakfast without a lot of fuss!
On the rare occasion when I have extra time in the morning, I like to make my kids a special breakfast. It can range from a delicious breakfast sandwich, to tofu scramble, or a baked berry oatmeal. What’s great about this oatmeal is that it doesn’t require that much extra time, the whole thing bakes in about 35 minutes, and you can make individual oatmeal “muffins” by baking it in a muffin tin. This baked berry oatmeal is sweetened with a few dates and a hint of vanilla extract, but also tastes amazing with a scoop of nut butter and extra berries on top. You can use fresh or frozen berries, and I used a combination of strawberries, raspberries and banana.
I wonder what my children will remember about their childhood when they grow up, because we all hold onto certain memories and feelings about our youth. I have very strong associations with smells, and there are times when I will smell something and my entire life flashes before my eyes. It’s weird, but I wonder if anyone else experiences it. I am hopeful that they will remember Fred and I spending our time cooking for them and all of the love that we put into their meals. Apollo has already started to pretend to cook with his toys, which honestly melts my heart every time.
It’s hard to live in the moment when you’re constantly spinning your wheels and working all the time, but I’m making more of a conscious effort to slow down and enjoy the little things every day with my family. It’s easy for me to give into my negative thoughts when I know that I will spend the next week or so running on empty and barely have time to think, but that’s why it’s so important for me to slow down when I can. The easiest way for me to slow down is quality time with my kids, eating delicious meals and getting outside. Flowers and nature are instant mood lifters for me. What do you like to do to slow down and enjoy life?