Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bake

The Casual Classic | Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

Now I'm not usually a huge fan of sweet breakfasts - I like to start my day with smoothie, and/or eggs and avocado. I'm a savory over sweet kind of girl early in the morning. But when I saw an oatmeal type breakfast bake online, I got some inspiration to create my own. I also just bought some Monk Fruit sweetener that I've been dying to use, so thought, why not test it out in a new recipe?! 

The Casual Classic | Oatmeal Bake

Monk fruit is a newer sweetener that is becoming popular quite quickly. This is due to the fact that it's natural, has high antioxidant levels, is sweeter tasting than regular sugar, and yet it has no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Sounds pretty darn awesome, right? It also substitutes 1:1 with regular sugars in any recipe, so just use it in place of sugar. This is the first recipe I used it in, but I've got all kinds of ideas I plan to use it for in the future.

The Casual Classic | Oatmeal Bake

So I also take every opportunity I can to add extra protein to a recipe, especially breakfast. I try to get about 30 grams of protein in at every meal (about an average of 100 grams per day). Yes it sounds like a lot, but I'm super active and having protein in your diet is extremely important, but we'll save that discussion for another post. I added some collagen peptides to this recipe since they're tasteless and a great source of protein, plus they strengthen your hair, skin and nails. For more on that, visit my post here.

Check out the recipe below - hope you guys love it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (or flour)
  • 3 scoops collagen peptides
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)j
  • 1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 cups cashew milk (or pretty much any kind of nut milk)
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (or any type of berry)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking dish with ghee or coconut oil.
  2. In one bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, almond meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, monk fruit, and collagen peptides.
  3. Melt the ghee or coconut oil in a separate bowl. Once it's melted, add the milk to the ghee while whisking the mixture.
  4. Add greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla to the ghee/milk, and whisk until well combined.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Fold the blueberries into the mixture and stir gently.
  7. Pour into the greased baking pan and throw in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes (top of the oatmeal should look brown/crispy when it's done).
  8. Serve warm with a little bit of syrup poured over it or just eat it alone!

Athleisure Favorites

I'm so excited about this post, because I going to talk allllllll about my absolute favorite thing: workout clothes! Athleisure has been my thing lately - I don't know if its the cold weather, but I've been wearing leggings and cozies to work more and more (oops!). Don't even try to argue with me - leggings ARE pants. If you know me at all, you'd know that I'd spend my entire salary on stores like Lululemon, Outdoor Voices, Bandier, Carbon 38 and Kit & Ace if I could. I am all about wearing thick, soft, cashmere blend sweatpants that look so good you can throw them on with flats to travel in.. or a wrap that you can throw on after yoga or wear to work... or super soft, amazingly fitting black leggings that would work for an HIIT class or under boots in public.

This isn't any new trend. Girls have been living in workout clothes/athleisure type clothing for a while now. Why not be comfortable and stylish at the same time!? I'm also really lucky that I don't need to get dressed up for work, so I can get away with a Kit & Ace type look on a daily basis. Below are all my favorites and things on my wish list right now as well as my recos from my current closet - there is a range of pretty much everything from my favorite gym tops, to what I love to lounge in.

Bottoms:

  • Lululemon Align Pant: I LIVE in these like an embarrassing amount. They are by far the best leggings on the market right now, easily. They're so so soft, hug you perfectly, and are the best weight. I'd recommend sizing down.
  • ADAY Throw and Roll Legging: I feel like this brand is a bit of a newcomer, so not many people know about them. They make a gorgeous super unique legging that fits like a dream and looks SO good on. 
  • Alo Yoga Moto Leggings: THE #1 gym to street staple on the market right now. I love the high rise version - I own both rises, and the high rise tend to stay up much better. 
  • Kit & Ace Cashmere Sweat Pant: My biggest splurge of the winter, and worth every penny. These are insane. So flattering, so cozy, and so chic.

Tops:

  • Gap: For workout clothes, I really like to invest in my bottoms, and get cheap tops from the Gap. These simple tanks that are super flattering and last. I have two favorite styles: this one, and this one.
  • Outdoor Voices Featherweight Tank: I recently discovered this tank and I'm hooked. It's the softest material ever, and it's such a perfect fit.
  • Athleta Criss Cross Sweatshirt: I wear sweatshirts on a daily basis - its the first thing I throw on when I get home from work. This one has gotten so much use that I literally need to order a new one soon...
  • Kit & Ace Brushed Top: Honestly, I could list the entire Kit & Ace website on here because I love it all, but their Brushed Miskace material is just ridiculously good. It's like a fleece lined tee - but not as heavy as a sweatshirt. I'd take any piece of clothing in this material.

Shoes:

  • Nike Air Zoom Strong: I guess I'm a Nike girls through and through, because all my active shoes are Nike. These are what I use for training, and I LOVE them.
  • Adidas Ultra Boost: I actually don't own this specific pair (I own an older version), but I am lusting after these so hard. I love my older pair - they are so comfortable and the colors are great.
  • Frye Ivy Slip: These are my go-to every day shoes. I saw them a couple weeks ago and had to have them. They are perfect with pretty much everything - you can wear them with dresses, leggings, jeans, you name it. I LOVE these.

Worlds Greatest "Bread"

The Casual Classic | World's Greatest Bread

The word bread is in quotes in this title for a reason. That reason is because this is pretty much everything BUT bread: Healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and full of protein, fiber and good fats. I found the recipe originally on My New Roots, and then on The Coveteur, so finally decided to make it. Fortunately, I had literally every ingredient on my shelf already (it really is that simple), so it was a no brainer. 10 ingredients - that's it. You also really dirty only one dish total in making this recipe. The bread is mixed and baked in the same container. Could it get any more simple?

The Casual Classic | Worlds Greatest Bread

The most important ingredient in this recipe is psyllium husk, which acts as the main binding agent. It also provides a major source of fiber - I even add it to smoothies! Psyllium has literally zero taste, so it's a great idea to add it to bread. The rest of the ingredients are mainly nuts and seeds, which you can sub out if you have preferences or allergies. This tastes absolutely wonderful sliced and toasted (it toasts well), with mashed avocado and a fried egg on top - that is by far my favorite way to eat it. I'd recommend only eating one to two slices at a time though because it is quite calorie dense, although they are all good calories.

There are a couple things to note about this "bread" before you decide to dive head first into making it. One, it really doesn't taste like normal bread. It has a nutty flavor with a crunchy texture. Two, you need to let it sit for a while before baking (I recommend overnight), so plan ahead if you want it for something special.

The Casual Classic | Worlds Greatest Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds or hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp psyllium husks (or 3 tbsp psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Directions:

  1. In a flexible loaf pan (I used this one), combine all dry ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Whisk maple syrup, melted oil, and water together in a bowl. Add to dry ingredients and mix again until dough becomes very thick.
  3. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon, and let it sit on the counter for 2 hours to all day or overnight (I did overnight). You'll know the dough is ready to go when it keeps its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.
  4. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  5. Place the loaf pan in the middle of the over and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the bread from the loaf plan, put it upside down directly in the over, and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. You'll know it's ready when it sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing or doing anything with it (super important!).