I feel like the older I get the less spontaneous I get. Or maybe it’s just the craziness of living in China that makes me want to grasp for control in other, smaller areas of my life, such as how I spend my time.
About a month a go I decided to make Sunday a complete day of rest. I’ve never had Chinese class on Sunday, but I always find myself doing things that aren’t really restful for me on Sundays, like going to the market, getting in a hard workout, cleaning and doing laundry, etc.
So in order to go into my week feeling completely rested and filled up, I’ve turned Sunday into a slow, lazy, do-things-that-refresh-me day. And it’s so nice!
I like to start my day by making Brett and I a special breakfast. During the week, we usually eat our our thing at our own time in the mornings, just because we get hungry at different times and crave different foods. But on Sundays it’s fun for us to sit down and eat breakfast together. It’s even more fun when breakfast is Vegan Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal!
But we’ll get to that in a second.
Outside of cooking breakfast, I really don’t like to cook lunch or dinner on Sundays if I can avoid it. I used to love going to the markets here in China, but now I find it tiring as I have to carry everything I buy myself and I usually buy a lot! Plus everyone staring and yelling at me to buy their produce isn’t the most relaxing atmosphere.
Where are Targets with Starbucks when you need them?!
So yeah, I like to have lots of leftovers on hand for us to just reheat on Sundays. We still get to eat well, but I don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. This then allows me to go on slow walks, read a book for fun, edit recipe photos, watch movies, etc.
Because I have such a go-go-go-go-do-do-do-do- personality, after spending just one day completely resting and spending my time on things that refresh me, I’m usually rearing to go come Monday morning. I want to crush a workout (as much as I can crush a workout with this growing belly!). I want to be creative in the kitchen. I want to challenge my brain in language class. I want to clean all the things. Basically, slow Sundays just set me up for a productive, purposeful week.
I’d love to know if you are able to take a full day off from work/house work etc. What things are restful for you? I’d love to know in the comments down below!
But now it’s time for the part you’re all here for: Vegan Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal!
I love chocolate. There’s no denying it. So why wouldn’t I make a recipe that allows me to eat chocolate for breakfast? This Vegan Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal is so easy to throw together and comes out so warm, hearty and chocolatey. It’s full of healthy fats and is sweetened with ripe, spotty bananas and pure maple syrup. I love eating mine warm with a dollop of peanut butter and a drizzle of Homemade Cashew Milk.
This Vegan Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal also tastes delicious as leftovers. You can either reheat it in the microwave with some non-dairy milk or enjoy it cold!
I’d love to know if you give this recipe a try and what you thing. Leave your comments down below or even better, take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see your creation!
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
- 1 cup mashed banana (from 2-3 ripe bananas)
- ⅓ cup cacao powder
- ¼ cup nut butter*
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1¾ cups non-dairy milk
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats**
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease a 9-inch cake pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons water. Set aside to thicken. This will be your "egg."
- In a mixing bowl, mash your bananas.
- To the bananas, add in the cocoa powder, nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk everything together until a uniform batter forms.
- Next whisk in the non-dairy milk until smooth.
- Add in the 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats and stir until combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Serve warm with more maple syrup, nut butter and non-dairy milk!
**Old-fashioned rolled oats give this baked oatmeal the perfect texture. I haven't tried using quick oats. Do not use steel cut oats.
Veganized and adapted from Budget Bytes.