|Blueberries & Cream Baked Oatmeal Squares|
Before I dive into today's post, I want to announce that in ONE WEEK I will be launching my YouTube channel and Sleep Video Series, dedicated to recipes, tips and tricks for optimizing your energy when you don't get enough sleep. Stay tuned!!
Ok....so this isn't just any baked oatmeal.
Yes, it's extraordinarily delicious (horn, tooted). Bu what really sets this recipe apart is the wave of nostalgia it carries for a very special time in my life.
Aside from saying yes to my husband, making the decision to quit my finance job in NYC and enroll at The Natural Gourmet Institute was the best of my life. I had no idea what the future held for me as a Certified Holistic Chef, but I knew I'd finally alighted on my true path. NGI was an incredible amalgam of working to the (poultry) bone, cementing friendships and over-consumption of beans and gluten-free baked goods.
Though I'd quite my corporate gig, I still needed to pay the bills, so I worked full-time in sales and marketing for Health Warrior, a chia bars & chia seed company. I loved my job almost as much as school, and one of my duties included office demonstrations, where I offered chia-infused recipes to share the magic of these tiny nutritional powerhouses.
The go-to recipe for these demos? You guessed it! My Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. This dish was well-received by all. It's a breeze to through together, versatile, portable and it tastes amazing! Making it was second nature, and I'll never forget those days bopping around New York City, spreading the word of healthy eating one chia seed at a time.
I'm not sure why this amazing recipe dropped from my repertoire, but while brainstorming for recent class, the blueberry-beauty came instantly to mind. Just as my business and knowledge have expanded since those first oatmeal demo-days, my recipe was due for some updating. Namely, a "buttery" crumble needed to happen on top, as a perfect textural contrast to the chewy oats and juicy blueberries.
I was so incredibly pleased with the newest iteration of my Blueberries & Cream Baked Oatmeal, and I think you will feel the same! If there are any recipes you adore from your past that you want to see healthified and updated, please email them to me...yours may show up as my next recipe!