Basic baked oats recipe

Hello everyone,

So, I tried baked oats for the very first time this morning and it was incredible. It came out all crispy on the top and soft and gooey in the middle and I shall definitely be making these again and experimenting with different flavour combinations. I posted a picture of my baked oats on instagram this morning and I got a lot of comments for the recipe so for those of you that read my blog here is the basic recipe for my baked oats. I will also be trying out more flavour combinations and when I do I will put up another post for different recipes. But I thought I would just share with you the base recipe today and then you can experiment yourself with any flavour combinations and toppings you like.

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Baked oats basic recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 50g oats
  • 150ml milk of your choosing
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp honey/agave nectar/golden syrup etc
  • 1/2 a mashed banana

What to do:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 fan oven or 200 degrees normal. Combine the oats and milk in a bowl
  2. Add the mashed banana, sweetner of your choice (I used agave) and baking powder and mix until combined
  3. Spray an oven proof dish with fry light or use a little oil so it doesnt stick. (I actually forgot to do that and it stuck a bit but it came off easily when I soaked it in hot water and washing up liquid)
  4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

Before I put mine in the oven I topped it with the rest of the banana and then put peanut butter on top once it had baked.

What do I eat?

Hi!

I am rather nosey myself and love seeing what other people eat so I thought I would share some of the things I have eaten recently! This won’t be a full day or anything, it will just be random meals from any day but I think I am going to participate in next weeks WIAW 😀 I have been on a real cooking kick lately so I have been cooking a lot of my dinners so I will show lots of those.

So firstly breakfast pictures:

Weetabix with a sliced banana and milk.

Weetabix with a sliced banana and milk.

So my most common breakfast is some type of cereal with milk and a banana. I absolutely love Weetabix and also sultana bran is a favourite as well. I also love anything and everything to do with peanut butter. Crumpets are the best things ever:

Crumpet spread with peanut butter and a banana.

Crumpet spread with peanut butter and a banana.

I have been experimenting a lot with my breakfasts recently as they are all a bit samey so I came up with this a few weeks ago:

Apple and cinnamon overnight oats.

Apple and cinnamon overnight oats.

This was my first time making overnight oats and I topped it off with peanut butter. I did like it but I am still searching for my perfect breakfast! I know breakfast is a lot of peoples favourite meal but for some reason I don’t really like eating in the mornings so I just like to grab something quick.

Now for lunch. My lunches vary a lot which I love.

Baked beans on toast.

Baked beans on toast.

One of my favourite lunches at the moment has got to be baked beans on toast. I have that one a lot 😀 Another lunch I have quite a lot is soup:

Homemade spiced carrot soup.

Homemade spiced carrot soup.

I made this one out of a book that only has vegetarian soups in and it was really nice. Im really trying to make my own food now as cooking is such a hobby of mine. It has its downsides now as I do get VERY obsessed.

Mediteranian herb wrap with onion and chive cottage cheese, sweetcorn and quorn ham.

Mediteranian herb wrap with onion and chive cottage cheese, sweetcorn and quorn ham.

This is a lunch that I have just come up with recently. It is so nice and I have forgotten how much I love wraps so I will definitely be having more of them in the future!

And now for some dinners:

Homemade quorn shepards pie with sliced tomatoes.

Homemade quorn shepards pie with sliced tomatoes.

I have this dinner quite a lot and it’s probably one of my favourites. We have a quorn book in my house and it has recipes using all the quorn products so that is where I got this from. And I like it because the mashed potato has parsnip in with is so it gives it a nice taste.

Homemade bean and pepper stew with couscous.

Homemade bean and pepper stew with couscous.

This is one of my new recipes that I have tried out. I have recently bought a vegetarian cookbook and it’s great because all the recipes are under half an hour and there are variations for each one for ten minutes, 20 minutes and thirty minutes. I really liked this stew and it is definitely one I will be making again.

 

Homemade sweet potato curry on chapatti.

Homemade sweet potato curry on chapatti.

My last dinner is another recent recipe find. I loved this and I absolutely love chapatti- I have every curry with them.

And of course there has been some snacking going on:

Hot cross bun loaf spread with peanut butter.

Hot cross bun loaf spread with peanut butter.

Hot cross bun with spread and a hot chocolate.

Hot cross bun with spread and a hot chocolate.

 

Cadbury's mini egg nest cake.

Cadbury’s mini egg nest cake.

So that is about all what I eat. I am rying my hardest not to stick to being “healthy” all the time. I am still recovering and I must be okay eating a few “treats” once in a while. I do find it tricky, especially right now but it’s all part of recovery!

Distraction post.

Im writing a blog post to distract myself right now. I am so scared at the moment and feel so out of control. More out of control than I have felt in weeks. I have just had my night snack and even though I am full my body just wants more and more. I have been feeling like this for days now where I have been eating but constantly thinking about food and wanting to eat more and more.

I had to pull myself out of the kitchen right now because there is half a jar of peanut butter in the cupbored which I feel I could easily demolish right now. I don’t understand. I am not even underweight and if I eat more especially now when it is nearly Christmas then I just know I will gain. If I went terribly over my calorie limit I have set myself then I just know I will purge. That’s why I had to physically drag myself out of the situation.

I can’t be hungrt.  just can’t. I thought I have been eating well. I have been eating well. I am not really craving anything inpeticular. Just now I went to have my peanut butter on crackers like usual and I felt the strongest urge to eat more crackers or more peanut butter or something. I just couldn’t let myself eat just one more cracker because I thought I would end up eating the whole packet.

I don’t want to feel hungry all the time. It has happened for the whole of this week. My stomach has felt like a bottomless pit and it is scaring the hell out of me. I don’t want to go over that number of calories because I am terrified I will binge but on the other hand I do want to get better.

This whole situation has made me even more scared for Christmas. I know our Christmas dinner table will be piled high and I am absolutely terried that I will eat and then carry on eating. This worry has only become greater because I am now not feeling full signals.

It’s hard. Eating is a good thing I know. When eating turns into a binge it then turns into a purge. And now I am terrified of what the rest of the week will bring if it is going to be anything like it has been so far.

Food pictures.

Hello 🙂

Today has been quite a good day 😀 I have been out to the shops twice 😛 The first time was to buy mince meat as we are running low and also to buy other food stuff and then the second time I went was with my sister as she wanted to go to new look and to boots to get some stuff for her A-level presentation evening which she has later on this week.

I also made mince pies today.

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Mince pies.

I think they turned out quite well 😀 The only problem was the mince meat kind of exploded out the side of some of them. I don’t think that’s too much of a big deal though. And I am definitely going to try a mince pie this year. Even if I only have one it will be a big achievment I think.

I also plan on baking other things this week. Over the weekend I am going to bake a tea cake loaf which I am quite (ok, a lot) excited about. 😛 I have just wanted to make it for ages now and right this moment I am in the mood to bake and to actually eat what I have made so I think that’s a good excuse to bake lots now.

Anddd I also have some food pictures to show you all:

Yogurt with a chopped banana and granola.

Yogurt with a chopped banana and granola.

This is the BEST breakfast ever. So tasty and definitely a great way to kick start your morning.

Boiled egg and toast.

Boiled egg and toast.

I have also had a boiled egg for breakfast. I never really have eggs for breakfast, I usually just go for cereal or toast but I woke up and really fancied an egg so I had one. And marmite spread on the toast is an absolute must 😛 And then I also had a glass of orange juice on the side.

 

Crumpet and banana.

Crumpet spread with peanut butter and a banana.

And then my last breakfast to show is a crumpet spread with peanut butter and a banana. Crumpets are the absolute best 😀 Especially spread with peanut butter so it seeps into all of the holes!

Next onto a lunch photo:

 

Vegetable soup with a bagel.

Vegetable soup with a bagel.

This is possibly my favourite lunch ever. Well, I think my favourite soup is Covent garden butternut squash soup. The one here is the Covent garden best ever vegetable soup and I really like this one as well. And I am so excited because today I bought the seasonal one: honey and parsnip!! Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to try it! And I love bagels as well so usually I would have a bagel with my soup.

Wholewheat pasta with tomato and mushroom sauce and quorn meatballs.

Wholewheat pasta with tomato and mushroom sauce and quorn meatballs.

And this is a dinner. This is actually the one I had last night, (don’t worry, I had more than this.) I loove pasta so much and I actually quite like quorn as well. I am a vegetarian which some of you might not know so I do eat quorn. I like their meatballs, mince, chicken pieces, delli slices, burgers and I also like some of their ready meals.

And that is everything 🙂

My weekend.

Hello 🙂

I feel like I have had a really good and productive weekend. I didn’t do much work though which I completely freaked out about last night when I found out I have about four assignments due in this week. I have started all of them though which is good and I do have two days off this week where I can do some work and I also have over three hours of break on Wednesday where I can go to the library. I have been getting so worried about college work. I just find it takes me so long to do, much longer than I have the time and energy for and I am starting to get really upset as I don’t think I will be able to get the mark I wanted to.

On Saturday, in the morning I just relaxed a bit and then me and my mum went to the shop to get some food supplies. And then when we came home it was already time for lunch as we needed to have a quick lunch because we were going horse riding. Horse riding was okay this week. I didn’t get put on the horse that I usually do but I was on a horse that I have ridden once and I did enjoy riding her last time. For some reason though I just could not get relaxed and I kept trying to make her stand still because I had to wait for about ten minutes actually on her for everyone else to get ready and get on. And she kept trying to edge up the hill and apparently I wasen’t relaxed enough as they said I have to relax my hands and then she would relax as well. And then when I started riding, I actually thought I was relaxed but the lady we where with said I had to focus on being relaxed so I kept getting un-relaxed because I was trying to focus on being relaxed. If that makes any sense. It was a good ride though and I would happily ride her again as she is a lovely horse. I think I was just having an off day with riding. If that can happen? Well I am a bit worried now because I thought I rode really rubbish on Saturday and I want to ride good and be confident again.

And then when we came home I had a shower and a rest and then it was time for tea. My mum and dad then went out together for the evening as it was one of their freinds birthdays which meant I was left at home alone as both my sisters were working late. I was a bit anxious before at being left at home alone because I always think really bad thoughts and then I fall into that depressed state very easily. On Saturday though I didn’t have any bad thoughts at all. I knew that I had Merlin to watch at 8:00 and I didn’t know what I was going to do in the in- between time but somehow I was on the computer and then by the time I knew it, it was time for Merlin and I haden’t had a single bad thought!

And then yesterday, in the morning I cleaned my hamster out and then I did a little bit of work, I then went swimming again. My second time going swimming and it was really good. I went on my own this time so my dad just dropped me off and then when I got in there, there were only three other people in the pool. I actually felt quite comfortable. I think I have got the hang of this swimming lark now! And let me tell you, I can definitely feel my muscles aching today from the swim. Now the next thing I need to do is make sure I am eating a proper amount of food when I exercise. I have also found these past few days that I am getting hungry at college even after I have eaten everything that I have packed. So maybe that is a sign that I am not eating enough during the day. I do know that I tend to save all my food until the evening so maybe that is something that I need to work on.

After swimming I had lunch. I had cheddar cheese in my bagel which I am pretty pleased about because I absolutely love cheddar cheese but I haven’t had it in a while as it is not a safe food of mine. Laughing cow is but it is just not as tasty as good old cheddar. And then for the rest of the afternoon I just rested as I was quite tired. 😛 And also, I had dinner with my family in the evening. That is my mum, my dad, my two sisters and one of my sisters boyfriends. So that is quite a lot f people when you usually only eat on your own so it was quite a challenge for me but now I can say I did it. I didn’t quite have what they all had as they had a roast dinner. None of my vegetables were roasted and my potato wasen’t either but I hope that doesn’t matter.. Anything roasted/fried is my biggest fear food left I think. And also my mum is trying to get me to eat with the family for Sunday dinner as we will be having about 13 people over for Christmas lunch. What a scary thought!

I have a day off tomorrow which I am pleased about. It doesn’t mean I can have a rest though! I have a ton of work to do. And as my last thing that I am going to say, me and my hamster share a food love- peanut butter. He loves it! Haha 😛 I fed it to him yesterday because the other day I googled it to see if it was okay for hamsters to eat and I found out it is but only if you give them tiny quantities because as it is a sticky food it can clog their throat up. Anyway, I spread a teeny bit on his wooden tube and he ate it in the space of about two minutes. He loves it!! And now I am really excited because I love it too.

Wow, I am so sorry this is such a long post! So much to say 😛 I hope everyone has had a good weekend and a good day today. 🙂