Sweetened with ripe bananas and raisins and made thick and creamy with peanut flour, this Healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal is a hearty and sweet treat for any day of the week.
Some days I just don't want to leave my apartment.
It's not because of the weather. It's usually beautiful and sunny here. It's not because I'm lazy. If I'm in the house, I'm usually always doing something productive (one of my weaknesses actually). It's not because I get nauseas looking at all the spit and chicken guts on our sidewalk. I barely notice those things anymore.
Mainly it's because leaving the house can be mentally draining. Barely anyone in our city speaks English, so I'm constantly forced to practice my Chinese (which is great for language learning by the way). If I do get into a conversation, people will usually bluntly comment about my clothing choices or my weight or my large bag of oatmeal. In regards to food, most of the produce or packaged products here are still foreign to me, so my brain is usually trying to figure out what to buy and how to prepare it. I'm also constantly stared at, which is oddly draining in itself.
Basically, I can't hide.
In America I could run errands with such ease. Nobody took special notice of me and I was just another person going about their day. If I had questions I could always ask someone and understand them. If I didn't know what a food was at the store I could look at the ingredients list and figure it out. Life was easy.
But, while there are days when I would rather stay inside--in my little sanctuary away from the foreignness--I honestly wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world right now. Even the thought of living back in America seems boring. I love the challenge of daily discovering a new culture. I love trying to pick up on what people are talking about at the market. I love asking my teacher why people yell really loud in the morning or hit themselves for exercise. I love the big, dark eyes and wrinkly skin that look my way when I walk down the street. I love when the venders rip me off and still I feel like I'm getting a bargain. I love the hustle and bustle during the day and the still quiet at night.
There's no place in the world like China and as a foreigner living here, everyday is an adventure!
The day I made this Healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal was one of those days when I didn't feel like leaving my house. It was late morning on a Sunday and all I wanted to do was bake a delicious second breakfast and read. Eventually I felt the desire to leave the house, but I'm saying it was because of all the plant-based energy this meal provided.
This breakfast is so yum. It's so sweet from the bananas and raisins and doesn't have any added sugar. The peanut flour gives it a rich and creamy peanut butter taste, without all the heaviness from real peanut butter. Then when you top it off with some natural strawberry syrup, you'll think you're a kid again, digging into a sweet, sticky PB&J sandwich, when really you're filling your body up with healthy grains and fiber.
This Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal has easily snuck it's way up towards the top of my favorite breakfast list. I hope you can give it a try! Let me know if you do. Leave a comment telling me your thoughts and substitutions or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- 1 ½ cups quick oats
- ½ cup peanut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 ½ bananas, separated
- 1 cups non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chopped raisins
- Optional Strawberry Syrup:
- 3 cups fresh, ripe strawberries
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or spray it well with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, including the quick oats, peanut flour, baking powder and salt.
- Mash two bananas well in separate bowl. Then add them along with the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the raisins.
- Pour oat mixture into your prepared loaf pan.
- Top with the remaining ½ banana and more raisins.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until your desired doneness.
- If you are making the strawberry syrup, start preparing it while the oatmeal bakes. Simply mash the strawberries up in a small bowl and heat them over low heat in a sauce pan until thickened and hot.
- When the oatmeal is done, remove it from the oven. Let it cool a few minutes before cutting, plating and pouring the strawberry syrup over the top.
- Serve and enjoy!