Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Baked Oatmeal Cake

Yummy baked oatmeal CAKE for breakfast!  The kids ate this all up Easter morning!

Yummy baked oatmeal CAKE for breakfast! The kids ate this all up Easter morning!

I like make my family special things for special days.  Don’t you?

Honestly, I just like to bake.

I read today that cooking is an art, and baking is chemistry…

I never took chemistry – but I bet it would be extra interesting to me now.  Especially knowing how so many processed foods are like a chemical concoction.  (Here is a great hour long video on food  additives from my nauturopath if you’re curious about what is in that processed food that lines the core of a grocery store.)

Back to baking…

Since I can’t eat it – it’s therapy for me to make healthy options for my kids!

As I’ve refined and changed how I’ve baked things, I really have enjoyed not measuring.  I like knowing “within my hand” about how much something is – and just mixing up loveliness in a bowl.  I still use my 1 cup measuring tool on occasion, and that’s about it.  (Eater – be warned). 🙂

So, for Easter Sunday I wanted to make this Baked Oatmeal, or Oatmeal cake that Whole Mom had on her website.  After reading through some different, but similar recipes – I loved this one, because it called for soaked oats.

Soaked oats are supposed to be more nutritious for us, because they are easier to digest, therefore you get the health benefits out of them that you normally wouldn’t because they are difficult for your body to break them down.  So I used my Trader Joes gluten-free oats and soaked them about 10-12 hours with the sweeteners as suggested.  I made that portion in the morning and then put the entire thing together and baked it the night before.

If I could change one thing on the recipe, it would be that this needed to be in a 9×13 pan.

I dislike messes.

After I dumped in the pan I used, I decided I should put a pan underneath it in the oven – and I’m SO thankful I did.  A bit of coconut oil did spill over (and onto the pan – oven spared!)

My kids still enjoy some oatmeal – but we do try to eat it soaked.  I also enjoy making the Bob Mills Gluten-Free Steel Cut oats in the crock pot.  Super easy – and instructions are on the package.  Put together before bed, add in some fruit, pure maple syrup or raw honey and voila!  A great part of a filling breakfast for my growing crew!

How about you?  Do you eat gluten-free oatmeal?  What are some dishes you use it in?  Do you soak your oats?

{Another area of health growth for me, is learning to love others who are unlovable.  Avoiding those people to keep stresses down is one method, but another should be being filled with the love of the Spirit.  So take some time – read these encouraging verses…}

A big part of HEALTH is our spirit.  Check it against Scripture for a good health check-up!

“Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked,

does not take into account a wrong suffered.” 

1 Cor. 13:4-5

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