Sometimes I follow recipes, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes that works out for me, and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I intend on following recipes, but then it just doesn’t happen. Sometimes that works out for me, and sometimes it doesn’t. This is the story of a time that it did.
So I had a sweet tooth one night (nothing new there), so I began perusing some of my favorite blogs for recipe inspiration. I was scouring Arman’s blog, The Big Man’s World, as I knew he had tons, and I mean tons, of dessert recipes. I found this recipe: Healthy No Bake Thumbprint Cookies, and the pictures had me drooling (as always), so I decided this would be it. No bake? Perfect! Cookies? Fantastic! Healthy? Even better! Thumbprint? I don’t know, but sure. I pulled up the recipe on my phone, and headed to the kitchen. I loosely followed the recipe, and I mean not really. You see, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to the kitchen. Arman, I’m sorry for how badly I butchered your recipe. But I’m not at all sorry with how it morphed into my Summer Berry Jam Oat Bowl recipe that I’ve made over and over since then.
It’s like pie that you can eat in the morning for breakfast that’s healthy. Or you can eat it at night as a dessert. Or whatever time in between that strikes your fancy. So Arman’s recipe was supposed to make cute little cookies. I’m really impatient in the kitchen. Especially when my sweet tooth is in full force. I kind of made the batter. Kind of because his recipe called for gluten-free oat flour. I’m not gluten-free, so that didn’t bother me, but I didn’t have oat flour and I was too lazy to grind my own… so whole old-fashioned oats were used. His recipe called for sifted coconut flour. Sifted? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Ok, it probably takes an extra 30 seconds, but remember, I’m lazy in the kitchen. I used peanut butter instead of cashew butter because that’s what I had, but I have no doubt that cashew butter would have been fantastic, as well.
His recipe called for homemade or store bought jam, and believe it or not, I made my own. And by “made” I mean I stuck some frozen fruit with some water in the microwave for two minutes, added some chia seeds, and let sit for a few minutes. Yeah, not really fancy jam or true jam at all, but it totally worked here, take my word for it. The first time I made it, I ate half of the mixture (the “dough”) in the evening and poured the rest in the bowl and ate it for breakfast. The second (and third and fourth) time I made it, I halved the amounts to make a good sized bowl for one. I’m loving throwing it together at night for an easy, healthy, filling breakfast in the morning. Are you ready for this super easy and super delicious recipe?
Summer Berry Jam Oat Bowl Recipe
~makes one healthy serving
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 heaping tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (possibly more for the morning)
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Put frozen fruit and two tablespoons of water in the microwave for two minutes. Stir in chia seeds while mashing the fruit. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, coconut flour, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
- Add peanut butter and stir, equally disturbing the peanut butter throughout the bowl.
- Stir in milk. Dough will be thick.
- Press batter into bowl, scooping out a section in the middle.
- Pour in fruit and chia jam.
- Let sit in refrigerator overnight. Enjoy!
Sometimes I add a bit more milk in the morning as the coconut flour really soaks up the liquid! It’s crazy thick, and in my opinion, better than overnight oats. Like I said, it’s like pie, and you really can’t go wrong with pie so early in the morning! 🙂
Do you follow recipes or use them as inspiration? What fruit would you use to make the jam part?