We still have about a week and a half to go before fall is officially upon us, but warm oats have already triumphantly returned to my breakfast repertoire. Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, this weekend I made cinnamon roll baked oatmeal (boatmeal) complete with maple syrup and blueberries. What a lovely breakfast to go with a weekend of gripping tennis. Behold: 100% vegan and gluten-free breakfast beauty! Speaking of gluten and tennis, did you know that Novak Đoković (Djokovic) was recently diagnosed with a gluten allergy, switched to a gluten-free diet, and he attributes some of his success to the gluten-free dietary change? More on my Slavic friends later, but for now, check out this breakfast of [tennis] champions.
You can thank me later for the skillful photography that captured our blindingly bright oven light.
Amazing! Notwithstanding the mini-cinna-boats that sailed our way this weekend, this morning it occurred to me that I’d take bananas and peanut butter over cinnamon rolls any day. Because I’m just like that. Deal. So I set out to create a banana bread oatmeal bake with a hint of Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (Many thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for spreading the word about Sunwarrior!) for an extra protein boost. I wanted my oatmeal bake nutritionally dense, delicious, and non-chalky (y’all know how too much protein powder can make for icky powdery dishes, right?). Good news — perfect balance of delish & nutrish! Much like the blue whales at Redondo Beach and animal prints (one at a time, friends, one at a time . . . yes, I am fashionably opinionated!), boatmeal is back, and it’s in rare form.
Championship Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake
J’adore this little boat of baked oats. Perfect for when you need extra energy to get through the morning, this is a breakfast of champions! Vegan with high protein and gluten-free options.
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats (I used gluten-free oats, but feel free to use any old-fashioned rolled oats.)
- 1 banana, mashed
- pure vanilla extract to taste
- 1 Tablespoon organic crunchy peanut butter (I use peanut butter made with only two ingredients — peanuts and salt.)
- heaping 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (optional, but it gives you an extra protein boost!)
As much as I love watching and participating in other sports, tennis will always be my first love both from the participant and spectator points of view. As my parents will attest, I used to wear a golden tennis racquet around my neck — and write stories about tennis, dream about tennis, attend tennis camp . . . the list goes on. I grew up playing tennis and watching Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at home with my family, and I adore the tradition of the tennis. Hope you have a fantastic week filled with people, activities, and eats you love!
What sports do you most enjoy playing and watching?
If you followed the U.S. Open this year, what were some of the highlights for you?