In fact, this was one of the first recipes to have ever made it to my “Must Try List”.
Since that day, I went back and
looked at drooled all over the recipe several times, dreaming of the day where I would finally be sitting in front of my very own, and very real, serving.
Well, I finally did it!
Let’s just say I played around with the recipe a bit. I was in the mood for banana carob, you see?
Now why did I wait so long to try this?
You might remember that I had decided to go off grains for a while. I went completely off for a couple of months, then started reinstating them in very small quantities, so eating anything “grains” actually felt like eating a treat.
However, I came to realize that it’s not grains my body seems to be having problems with after all, so I see no reason to stay off them any longer.
Especially not oats!
Oats are actually SUPER GOOD for you. They’re even considered a superfood.
One that should be part of your daily diet.
And if you have issues with gluten, like I thought I did, well, you can still enjoy oats, as long as you make sure you buy the uncontaminated variety.
Boy, am I a happy camper now!
Can you tell that I’m a HUGE fan of oats?
Especially when it gets fancy like this. Fancy AND easy!
This was my first time making baked oatmeal, but certainly not the last… I really, truly loved the experience.
You just combine all the ingredients, throw them in a baking dish, place that in the oven and forget about it. No constant stirring, so you can have this bake while you’re working out and have a delicious breakfast ready when you’re done.
And of course, you get to enjoy the leftovers for several days after that (if you’re lucky enough not to have anyone steal them from you, that is!)
Oh, and of course, I made this one completely sugar free!
To help make it taste sweeter, I used carob instead of cocoa powder, but hey, I happen to ADORE carob. Sometimes, I think I like it even better than chocolate. Special thanks to Leanne for reminding me, about a year ago, that the stuff even existed. I had totally forgotten about it.
If you’ve never tried it, I say you should definitely give it a go. It’s very similar to chocolate, but I find it has a sweeter and somewhat richer, deeper flavor.
Of course, feel free to sub cocoa powder here, if you’re not a fan of carob, or don’t happen to have it on hand.
In fact, I say feel free to play with the entire recipe.
Try different fruit combinations, add nuts and seeds, or even cheese, why not?
A savory variety could be fun also…
So go ahead, let your imagination go nuts!
I know I will!
Before and after entering the oven
Go ahead, serve yourself a generous serving
Does that look good, or what?
I say it looks fantastic just as it is now… Do we really want that sauce?
Of course, we want it! Just go ahead and pour that beautiful carob sauce all over your oatmeal.
Don’t be shy… Really POUR!
You’re only making it healthier!
Now take a minute to admire this great dish that you’re about to eat…
Alright, that’s enough torture. Just DIG RIGHT IN!!!