Are you looking for a warm and comforting breakfast you can make ahead for the week? Meal prep this vanilla lemon chia baked oatmeal for breakfast this week! Filling, protein-packed, and budget friendly, this flavor combination is zesty and delicious! Are you team baked oatmeal or overnight oats? For me, I always go for the baked oatmeal because it’s easier to make dairy free, and you use one pan instead of a bunch of jars! Less clean up please and thank you.
Creating dishes that use minimal pans not only helps you get in out and of the kitchen faster, but it helps me avoid standing by the sink washing a million dishes by hand. I love the natural light in my apartment and the location, but I REALLY wish I had a dishwasher. Especially now that I’m living alone and can’t pawn dish duty off on anyone else. Lucky for you and I, this vanilla lemon chia baked oatmeal uses two dishes– one bowl for mixing and another for baking. Hell yeah to easy clean-up.
Sometimes I see the pile of dishes in the sink, and I immediately retreat to the other room where I can’t see them. I’m a clean person! But man oh man do I get sick of washing dishes. Especially on recipe testing days. Lately, I’ve been bribing myself with a piece of raspberry dark chocolate from Chocolove for finishing the dishes. Is that anyone else’s favorite chocolate? I definitely stocked up during their Valentine’s Day sale.
But back to my washing dishes routine. ( I promise I’m getting somewhere with this. ) Aside from my dark chocolate treat, I’ve been listening to some new podcasts while doing the dishes. I love podcasts and feel like I can never keep up with my favorites! Which is great because there is always something new and interesting to listen to, but bad because I’m someone who hates to leave notifications unopened/unfinished. SO dishwashing and podcasts has definitely become a thing. As well as podcasts and blogging, podcasts and driving, podcasts and folding laundry. Really just non-stop podcasts. I’m gonna be so smart you guys!!
Here are some of my favorite podcasts:
- U Up? : This one is brand new to me. Like two episodes in new. While I usually don’t like the casual banter style podcasts, they stay on topic in this one, so I dig it. It’s also just fun to hear about other people’s dating stories, good and bad. I really enjoyed the episode “Is It OK to Talk About Your Ex?” because they talked about matchmaking and the steps each side should take when doing so. For example, don’t just give out people’s phone numbers without first checking that they want to be set up! It’s a light-hearted show, so definitely give it a listen if you’re looking for something to make you laugh and cringe at the same time.
- MindBodyGreen Podcast: Jason Wachob, the founder of MindBodyGreen is a GREAT interviewer. He asks the right questions, leaves space for the guest to share their story, and it’s all within an hour. I’m personally not into podcasts that are longer than that–too much commitment! One of my favorite episodes was his interview with Dan Harris, the ABC news anchor who has a panic attack on air, and went on to study meditation. He has a really approachable view on meditating, and just great insight on life in general.
- The Good LifeProject: This one has been around for awhile. Here’s what they have to say about their guests, “We’ve been on a bit of a quest to find what we call “embodied teachers.” People who don’t just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. You know, those amazing humans who you just sense have figured something important out by the way they live their lives.” They’ve interviewed everyone from Brene Brown, to Tim Ferris, and Elizabeth Gilbert. But what I really love is their short and sweet 25ish minute episodes that they release on Fridays. The host, Jonathan Fields, talks about a recent study and breaks it down, somehow managing to turn scientific data into the most inspiring lesson I’ve heard all week.
What are some of your favorite podcasts? I could totally keep the list going on forever. But I think 3 is a good number to start with. If there was more, you’d probably look at the list, and then never listen to one because too many options. At least I would anyways. And my goal here is always to eliminate overwhelm, so 3 it is! Now let’s get back to that yummy vanilla lemon chia baked oatmeal.
As I said, all you have to do for this baked oatmeal is mix the ingredients together in a bowl, then pour in a pan, and bake! Voila–breakfast for the week. And a perfect vessel for peanut butter. Which is my life is really any food..or spoon…or finger..but this is a very acceptable vessel, so bonus points!
PIN THE VANILLA LEMON CHIA OATMEAL BAKE FOR LATER!
Meal prep this vanilla lemon chia baked oatmeal for breakfast this week! Filling, protein-packed, and budget friendly, this flavor combination is zesty and delicious!
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup chia
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- Jam and peanut butter (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray 9x9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour dry oats into the bottom of the pan.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour evenly over top of the oats.
Shake the pan to evenly distribute the wet mixture.
Transfer to the oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned.
Remove from oven, cool, and enjoy.
Optional: top with jam and peanut butter!