A few weeks ago in my yoga class, we discussed the concept of dharma. It's a complicated concept, and I don't think I got it 100%, but what stood out to me most was the importance of building your life around your strengths and the activities that make you happy.
After class, I kept thinking about dharma and how to incorporate the principle into my life and my mind kept going back to this little blog. As much as I love my job, writing here taps into my creative side - it brings me joy! And that joy from blogging has brought new energy and life to my real job.
Today's recipe is adapted from the first blog I ever subscribed to, 101 cookbooks. I started reading it right after I became a dietitian - it's actually what initially inspired me to start a blog. 101 Cookbooks is where I first learned how to use many natural ingredients and create food that's tasty and nourishing.
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups
- 2% milk, unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk (not the canned kind - too thick for this recipe)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced into
- 1/2 in rounds
- 1 1/2 cups berries, fresh or frozen
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the inside of an 8-inch baking dish with oil.
- In a bowl, mix together oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, mix together the maple syrup, milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
- Layer slices of banana on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle 1 cup of berries over the bananas. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Carefully pour the milk mixture over the oats, giving the baking dish a good tap to make sure it settles in. Sprinkle the remaining berries and walnuts over the top.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes until set with a golden brown crust. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.