Don’t you hate the morning rush? The minute your feet hit the floor you have a million things running through your head and “What’s for breakfast?” typically is one of them. Even if you’re not going to eat right away, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to head to work with breakfast already made for you? Wouldn’t it be nice to NOT have to throw peanut butter on a piece of bread as you’re running gout the door or save a few extra dollar from the coffee shop and already have your breakfast planned out?
Starting off the week with a few meals planned ahead can save you money, time and stress.
I know, I know it’s so hard sometimes to give up taking 20 minutes on the couch and vegging out while the kids take a nap, or in between the millionth load of laundry. I hear you! Heck I agree! But really taking that 20 minutes can really help set the tone of the rest of the week.
Then as the sun rises on Monday morning, and you’re lying in bed, hitting the snooze button for the second time, trying to justify skipping breakfast this morning because you can just ‘stop and pick something up quickly’, that little voice in your head will speak up saying “Don’t worry! You got this! There’s baked oatmeal waiting for you!” and you my friend can rest easy because you GOT THIS, and a happy Monday ensues… until your child tells you that today is purple shirt day and you realize that her only purple shirt is dirty and sitting in the bottom of the laundry basket. Well… we can’t win them all.
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 cup cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
- 3 medium apples, peeled
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1⅓ cup quick cooking oats
- ½ tsp + ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp honey, divided
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp flour
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray. Arrange the sliced banana on the bottom.
- In a medium bowl add the cherries, apples, flour, 1 tsp honey, and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Stir to make sure everything is combined.
- In a small bowl mix together the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking powder.
- In a medium bowl (yes bowl number 3), whisk the egg. Add the milk, vanilla and remaining honey. Pour the oat mixture into the wet ingredients and stir mixing well.
- In your pan with the bananas on the bottom, spread your fruit mixture over evenly. Top with the wet oat mixture and spread with the back of a spoon so all of the fruit is covered.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
Now doesn’t this sound easy enough? It’s perfect to make on a Sunday and start dishing up Monday morning… you can even make this and put it on the oven to do it’s thing while you kick back with a Simple Café au Lait and watch your favourite guilty pleasure on television!
Wait! There’s more!
This breakfast actually doubles up as a pretty healthy dessert because it resembles a crisp. To transform this into an after dinner treat, add a scoop of french vanilla ice-cream or frozen yogurt, and possibly a drizzle of dark chocolate? The points are only calculated for the above recipe, but with this being a 3 point treat, you can really make this a little more decadent with out going overboard with your points! Plus, it’s so easy to make your kids can help no problem.
What are some of your time saving and budget saving tricks you have when it comes to meal prepping?