A healthy and vegan baked oatmeal ‘football field’ for game day.
As I mentioned last year, I have basically no idea what the Super Bowl is all about. Football – like virtually all sports – is a game I don’t comprehend whatsoever. The only sport I understand is hockey, since that’s just about knocking your opponent’s teeth out (kidding… sort of).
Since I know virtually nothing about football, I figured I’d stick to something fairly simple: a football field. Yes, that is what this oatmeal is supposed to look like.
This baked oatmeal may look incredibly, uh… random? So let me explain what was going on in the breakfast-filled-box that is my brain.
The green oatmeal was intended to look like a football field – just an overinflated one. The opposite to a certain team’s balls (the football balls; that was not intended to be a double entendre).
As for the sprinkles, those are supposed to represent the crowd. To keep the crowd in place, I used peanut butter as glue (or maybe I just wanted to eat peanut butter).
Finally, there’s an oversized ‘football’ – a slice of carrot with coconut on it.
If you happen to have some chocolate-covered raisins or something else chocolatey and oval-shaped, I imagine they’d make much better footballs.
Don’t let the color fool you – this breakfast tastes like what it is: baked oatmeal with a grated apple and cinnamon. The green color comes from our good (and virtually tasteless) friend, baby spinach.
Eating serving of leafy greens at breakfast without even trying? Hooray!
Of course, if eating something bright green for breakfast seems too crazy or alien-esque, then I’m hardly going to insist you add the spinach.
So, I have to ask: who do you think will win the big game?
I don’t have a clue about who the ‘favorite’ is, the betting odds, or really anything about Sunday’s game. But in the spirit of taking a stab in the dark, I’m going to go with the Patriots.
If I’m right, I’ll celebrate with pancakes. If I’m wrong, well, I’ll probably eat pancakes anyway.
- For the baked oatmeal
- 1 cup spinach
- ⅓ cup almond milk
- 1 apple, grated
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
For the toppings
- Peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a small ramekin.
- Use a blender to puree the spinach and almond milk. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
- Stir in the grated apple, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add the rolled oats, baking powder and salt, and mix until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared ramekin. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes, or until the top is dry and a little firm.
- Drizzle or spread some peanut butter around the edges of the baked oatmeal. Cover the peanut butter with sprinkles to create the Super Bowl ‘crowd’. Enjoy!