Welp, for the 2nd year in a row we drove all the way up to Bellevue, WA to see Snowflake Lane (ultimate Christmas parade extravaganza) and had to go home without seeing it. This time it was because I came down with a nasty cold that reared it’s ugly head in the middle of the day. We had been looking forward to this date all week! I did manage to get ready and pop some DayQuil hoping that would at least get me to the end of the night, but after walking around Bellevue Square and doing a little shopping, I couldn’t last any longer.
Typically I’m one of those obnoxious mall people that walks too fast and weaves in and around groups of people, but I could barely manage up and down the stairs inside the mall. To give myself some credit, Bellevue Square is the largest mall I’ve ever been to! So, when you’re feeling under the weather, I don’t recommend trying to manage your way around this place. But I didn’t want to ruin the whole date, so we stopped at Mod Pizza and picked up dinner on the way home.
It was actually the perfect end to a fairly good day, considering my circumstances. I just find it peculiar that last year it took us two trips to Bellevue to see Snowflake Lane and this year it’s going to take 2 trips, assuming we get the oomph to drive back up there. It’s only 30 minutes away but holiday traffic in Seattle is cray cray!
On a brighter and tastier note, this recipe for Cranberry Orange Oat Bake is the perfect addition to your holiday breakfast table! Ever since playing with cranberry and orange flavors in my Vegetable Medley during Thanksgiving, I couldn’t stop thinking about how delicious these flavors would be for breakfast. And by some miracle, this recipe came out perfectly the very first time making it! That typically never happens for me. In fact, I’ve given up on gingerbread loaf until next year.
Now, the holidays are all about giving, spending time with family, and eating tons of delicious treats! I know which treats are my favorite this time of year (Hello to my Aunt and Uncle’s homemade peppermint bark and toffee!), so to balance it all out I thought a healthier but also very festive breakfast would be perfect! The main ingredients, oats, are not only full of B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (the good stuff in plants), they also contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
I’m gonna be real honest with you right now…the extra sugar and minimal vegetables and whole grains this time of year leaves me feeling a little “backed up.” That’s where fiber comes into play. It helps keep things moving along your GI tract to help with “eliminating.” Are you catching my “flow?” LOL Anyways, it can be helpful to sneak in a little extra fiber and water to go along with all of the treats and alcohol this time of year, and oats are an excellent way to add more fiber. Plus, I added ground flax seed to this recipe which, like oats, is high in fiber and can help keep things “moving.”
The other important piece when it comes to cooking on Christmas morning is that it needs to be quick and easy, because who has time to spend all morning in the kitchen?? This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep and then the oven does the cooking for 30 minutes. You can also easily double this recipe to feed more mouths if needed. So without further adieu, let’s jump into the recipe!
Cranberry Orange Oat Bake
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ orange, juiced and zested
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Orange Glaze:
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ orange, juiced
- 1 Tb powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix dry ingredients together until evenly distributed.
- Whisk wet ingredients together.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix everything until evenly distributed.
- Pour into an 8"x8" greased pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- While the oats are baking, whisk together the ingredients for the glaze. For a sweeter glaze, you can add another tablespoon of powdered sugar.
- Drizzle the glaze over the finished oat bake and serve warm.