Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson

I’ve become obsessed with a blog called The Oatmeal Artist.

She has taken making oats to an art form. No joke, she has hundreds of recipes featuring the humble oat. That’s some serious dedication. And love for oats.

Since stumbling upon the site, I’ve been trying my hand at some new baked oatmeal recipes. So far, I’ve tried the Apple Nut Butter Baked Oatmeal, the Peanut Butter & Banana Baked Oatmeal, and the Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal. All seriously delicious.

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson

The Babe has also started to eat more oats. Since she’s officially gotten the hang of oat cereal, I’ve been trying to add some new flavors into the mix.

The most recent one: apple + strawberry puree and oats.

She freakin’ gobbled it up. As in, ate more of this than any other food she’s ever eaten. I had to go back and make seconds.

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson

With The Babe being so enamored by it, and me liking the sound of the flavor combination, I decided that Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal had to be in my future.

Is it weird that I’m inspired by baby food?

Wait. Don’t answer that.

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson

This is hands down my new favorite breakfast.

I love it more than refrigerator oats. I love it more than the other baked oatmeals I’ve made. I love it more than eggs and hashed browns.

It’s a really good thing they are super easy to make.

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson

Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal (gluten free + dairy free) » Emily Levenson
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Strawberry-Apple Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 small apple grated (or 1/3 cup applesauce)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • oil or non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a single-serving ramekin (or oven safe bowl) with non-stick spray or coat with oil.
  2. Grate apple and add to a large bowl.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients: cider, vanilla extract, and strawberry preserves and stir.
  4. Add dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, and salt. Stir until combined.
  5. Transfer mixture to the prepared ramekin or bowl and place in oven.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  8. Devour.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, nightshade free, wheat free, gluten free, soy free, egg free.
 

Strawberry, Watermelon, and Lime Smoothie

Strawberry, Watermelon, and Lime Smoothie

Strawberry, Watermelon and Lime Smoothie

The theme for Day 1 of The August Break was breakfast. Which, as you know, is highly appropriate for me.

Here’s the hitch: Day 1 was technically yesterday.

Already bucking the system and I haven’t even started the challenge yet. Heh.

Strawberry Watermelon Lime Smoothie

But…

This recipe is way too good not to share. It’s so good, in fact, that The Hubster has already had it twice.

You may think this is normal behavior for someone living under this roof. And if we were talking about me, you would be right. But we’re not. We’re talking about The Hubster. And he doesn’t like smoothies because he never things they are cold enough.

I think he may be confusing smoothies with milk shakes.

Strawberry Watermelon Lime Smoothie

But this smoothie is like summer in a glass. And that makes it incredible. Even if you’d rather be having milk shakes.

It brought me out of my every-smoothie-tastes-the-same rut. It brought The Hubster out of his every-smoothie-is-too-warm rut.

Whatever rut you’re in, do yourself a favor and pour yourself a tall glass of strawberry-watermelon-and-lime goodness.

Strawberry Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Strawberry, Watermelon and Lime Smoothie
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Strawberry, Watermelon, and Lime Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 -2
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon chunks + any extra juice
  • 6-8 strawberries hulled
  • 1/2 lime peel and seeds removed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup water*

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. *If you don't have any juice from the watermelon, add 1/4 cup water (or more as needed).
  2. Pulse on high until smoothie.
  3. Pour into a tall glass.
  4. Drink it in.
  5. Love it.
  6. Savor it.
  7. Do it all over again.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, and Egg Free.

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Strawberry + Watermelon Smoothie

Strawberry + Watermelon Smoothie

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

I would like to preface this by saying a.) this is so good you’re going to kick yourself for not trying this sooner and b.) it kind of doesn’t qualify as a recipe because it is way too simple.

It does however, make for gorgeous pictures and a much needed break from posting about nectarines.

So, there’s that.

Strawberries

I was talking to My Mama last week and she was raving about how good watermelon has been and told me that I had to go out and get some so we could enjoy it together.

Who am I to argue with that kind of logic?

So, off I went to the store. Found the heaviest, most hollow sounding watermelon I could carry and brought it home. And MAN was she right.

Fresh Watermelon

Watermelon is like a right of passage. Summer is not officially summer until you eat copious amounts of watermelon.

So, goodbye nectarine obsession and hello watermelon obsession.

Only problem is, The Hubster prefers having something besides watermelon for dinner. Harumph.

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie
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Strawberry + Watermelon Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup seedless watermelon chunks
  • 6 strawberries hulled

Instructions

  1. Combine strawberries and watermelon into a blender or Vitamix.
  2. Puree until liquid.
  3. Pour into a glass.
  4. Drink.
  5. Go back and do it again.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Corn Free, and Egg Free.

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Ingredients for a Strawberry Orange Smoothie

There is just something about this time of year that begs for smoothies. Maybe it’s the appearance of fruits back in the store. Or maybe it’s just that I have gotten tiiiiiiired of eating heavy carby things…for breakfast. (Please. I still love carby things.)

Out with the baked oatmeal and in with the smoothies. It’s the natural order of things.

Oranges for Strawberry Orange Smoothies

My new favorite smoothie combination of the moment: strawberry and orange.

Kind of not sure why, but I’m going with it. Though, thinking it may have something to do with the big bag of oranges left over from my two week juicing endeavor. Also, strawberries have been popping up in the store and therefore in my refrigerator.

Okay, okay. So maybe I really do know why the combination has come about. Doesn’t make it any less delicious. Or craving-worthy.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

And because I eat with my eyes as well as my mouth, I decided against adding a handful of spinach for fear that it would turn a muddy brown. Pink is pleasing to the eyes and the mouth. Muddy brown, not so much.

If you are braver than I am, feel free to add a handful. You may just want to make sure that you are using a jar you can’t see through.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Ingredients for a Strawberry Orange Smoothie
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Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 5 strawberries hulled
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup green grapes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or milk of your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until desired consistency.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass, and sip sip sip the day away.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Corn Free, Soy Free, Egg Free.

Strawberry Apricot Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry Apricot Baked Oatmeal

Sliced strawberries and dried apricots

It’s been weeeeeeks since my last baked oatmeal post. It’s also been weeks since I’ve had some.

This must change. And pronto.

Because this stuff is seriously delicious. And it’s still seriously cold outside, making anything else for breakfast seem crazy.

strawberry and apricot baked oatmeal

With strawberries showing up at the store—and actually tasting pretty darn good—this flavor combo is the perfect go-to as Mother Nature tries to get her shit together in the weather department.

Speaking of getting your shit together, this meal will totally help you do that.

Don’t have time in the morning for a hearty breakfast? One batch will get you through an entire week. No cooking involved breakfasts, or suffering with a bowl of cereal. You can even bring it with you to work, and enjoy it there.

It’s foolproof.

strawberry and dried apricot baked oatmeal

It’s also something that your entire family will love. Hello, most amazing wife//mother//girlfriend//person on the planet.

I mean, The Hubster loved it so much, he took a break from his regular two-egg-omelette-with-toast breakfast routine for this stuff. It’s that good.

strawberry and dried apricot baked oatmeal

It’s so good that I’m considering wrapping up this blog post as quickly as humanly possible so that I can go make myself another batch of this breakfast delicacy.

I’ll post the recipe first, though. So we can enjoy it together.

strawberry and dried apricot baked oatmeal

Sliced strawberries and dried apricots
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Strawberry Apricot Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs chia seeds optional
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
  3. Combine oats, quinoa, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add almond milk, maple syrup, and egg. Stir to combine.
  5. Add strawberries and mix in.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and place in oven.
  7. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Cut and serve!

To reheat:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Transfer serving portion to an oven safe bowl or ramekin.
  3. Sprinkle with sugar (optional).
  4. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes or until warm all the way through.
  5. Serve immediately!

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free*, Gluten Free*, and Soy Free.

*The Wheat and Gluten Free status of this recipe is dependent upon your choice of oats. Make sure to use Certified Gluten Free oats to avoid any contamination.