Nature is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer. Although life is alive in the summer, the winter has a spirit that of its own. Cranberries, a popular holiday and winter berry, is tangy and not as sweet as the beloved summer blueberries.
Fusing summer and winter berries creates a vibrant concoction of warm and cool hues. Like the birds picking berries off the trees, we can also enjoy these berries in a healthy and hearty breakfast bar or snack.
This winter berry delight is an ideal source of fiber and antioxidants. Many people forget how powerful spices are for physiological development. These holiday spices aide in the detoxification process of free radicals. Combined with low sugar, this oatmeal has a mild sweetness. Additional sugar may be added, or maple syrup may be a replacement, but I believe in retraining the palate as the American diet contains too much sugar.
Vegan Holiday Spiced Cranberry + Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Prep Time; 5 minutes
Bake Time: 25-30 minutes
Makes: One 10-inch pan
2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp all spice
Pinch of salt + cloves
2 flax eggs ( 2 tbsp flax meal mixed w/ 1/3 cup water)
1 3/4 cup nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh cranberries
Optional toppings: 1 tbsp chopped almonds + pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make the flax egg in a bowl and set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the remaining wet ingredients + the brown sugar in a bowl (do not add the fruit yet). Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the berries.
Grease a 10-inch pie pan. Pour the ingredients evenly into the pan. Top with nuts, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the oatmeal stiffens.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com