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?!
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.
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!
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking dish with ghee or coconut oil.
- In one bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, almond meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, monk fruit, and collagen peptides.
- Melt the ghee or coconut oil in a separate bowl. Once it's melted, add the milk to the ghee while whisking the mixture.
- Add greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla to the ghee/milk, and whisk until well combined.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Fold the blueberries into the mixture and stir gently.
- 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).
- Serve warm with a little bit of syrup poured over it or just eat it alone!