dates ‘n oatmeal

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breakfast of oatmeal cooked with dates and topped with frozen blackberries, strawberries, and almonds. when you cook the dates in the oatmeal, it caramelizes and acts as a really good natural sweetener. (super simple) recipe coming soon!


banana bread oats (v, gf)

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breakfast of thickened banana bread oatmeal topped with more banana and some pb on a side on a gloomy, rainy day.


you will need:

  • one banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • + whatever additional toppings


  • combine water and milk into a small saucepan and wait for it to boil
  • once it starts boiling, add the oats and stir occasionally until it simmers down and turn heat down to medium
  • add in around 1/3 or half of your banana (make sure it’s either mashed or cut into thin slices) and stir it in the oats
  • add in a dash of cinnamon to taste and continue to stir
  • keep stirring occasionally and wait for it to thicken to the consistency you like
  • once it’s done cooking, turn off the heat and scoop into a bowl
  • add more  cinnamon if you would like, top it with the rest of the banana, and your pb
  • enjoy!

>> note: I typically like to leave my oats in the pan for around a 30 seconds to a minute after I turn off the fire because i like my oats to be really fluffy. by leaving it  in the pan, it soaks up the rest of the liquid and becomes really nice and soft.

pantakes: take 1

13257603893_dc83770451_o 13258066874_8f027c57cf_o 13257816144_c7bd7d9bdc_o 13257627293_4952a4987a_oeven though everyone on instagram loves pancakes, if I’m being completely honest, I just think they’re just okay. I have yet to fall completely in love with them though I don’t dislike them either. I think part of the fault lies with me as I do not think I have mastered the art of pancake making. maybe one day someone will make me pancakes and I’ll enjoy them immensely. for the time being however, I’ll just stick to my normal breakfasts.

recipe from swallowyoursecrets 


vegan banana apple chunk bread (v, gf)


this was my first time baking bread. and my first time baking banana bread. and my first time using apples in baking. and my first time using applesauce at all. this was a bread of firsts – and it was certainly a good one.


it tastes good with almond butter and more banana coins on the side or just by itself!

this bread is vegan and has gluten free options as well! i used oat flour (which is gluten free) and you may use other gluten-free flours if you wish. you can also substitute the oat flour for same ratio of all-purpose or whole wheat too if you don’t have any oat flour on hand.

you will need:

  • two ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cup of flour (I used oat flour)
  • 1 peeled and diced apple
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • any other toppings you desire; you can also sprinkle a bit of oats on top like i did!


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. mash bananas in a medium bowl
  3. add in rest of ingredients (excluding the diced apples and whatever other toppings you chose to have) and mix well
  4. line your baking pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray
  5. fold in the apples and pour into baking pan
  6. add toppings
  7. bake for 40-50 min. or until completely cooked (insert a toothpick in the center until it comes out clean with no crumbs)


classic overnight oats (gf)

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overnight oats are honestly one of my most favorite breakfasts ever. and I don’t use that title lightly. I had often seen pictures of overnight oats (in a jar; #ooiaj) all over instagram but I never tried it because 1. I didn’t have a jar and 2. it seemed like I was always out of greek yogurt. however, one day, I read in the comments that it was possible to make it without a jar and I miraculously had yogurt left over and I decided to give it a whirl.

when I first tried it, I will be completely honest. it was not exactly love at first bite. nor was it disgusted disappointment – which was good I suppose. my reaction was more along the lines of “oh. so this is it?” I actually ended up cutting up some apples and using the oats as a “dip” to go along with it and it really wasn’t that bad! but I’ve seriously grown addicted to love this breakfast and I now have my own personal favorite combination.

overnight oats are extremely versatile and you can customize it to however you want! it’s really easy to experiment with different flavors and combinations. just remember that the first 3 ingredients are always the same (equal parts milk / yogurt to your oats). other than that, go crazy with your add-ins 🙂

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