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Baked Butternut Squash, Apple, & Date Skillet Oatmeal

Baked Butternut Squash, Apple, & Date Skillet Oatmeal

Happy November guys!!

November is one of my FAVORITE months for multiple reasons. First of all, early November in New England has got to be the prettiest for fall foliage. Secondly, it’s my birthday month (hehe). Lastly, it’s THANKSGIVING and who doesn’t love shoving your face until you quite literally, can’t fit anything else in your stomach? …EVEN if you TRIED. Yep, November is a pretty damn GREAT month to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with a tasty, fall-inspired recipe just in time for the holidays?!

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Honestly, it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted a recipe on the blog. I’m really excited about this one because butternut squash and dates are my absolute favorites. This recipe is REFINED-SUGAR free yet irresistibly and naturally so sweet! Your tastebuds will be dancing for joy after devouring this one. I promise! And if you’re thanksgiving dinners are anything like mine, this will be a nice, HEALTHY dessert amongst all the sugary pumpkin and pecan pies! Or if you have a sweet tooth like I do in the morning, this makes for a perfect breakfast snack when you’re on-the-go!

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I’m really excited about a new product that I included in this recipe. I’m constantly looking for healthier, low-glycemic, and refined sugar free sweeteners. I was introduced to D’Vash Organics,  a 100% organic, California-date nectar. It’s vegan, non-GMO, and believe it or not, has 25% less sugar than honey! Honey typically is about 16 grams of sugar per TBSP, while D’Vash is 12 grams of sugar per TBSP, making it a REALLY great low-glycemic alternative similar to maple syrup, coconut sugar, and honey. I also love the unique flavor it adds. I’ve always said dates are natures candy and this sweetener NAILED it.

Use code ‘EATRUN‘ for 20% off your D’Vash Organics orders!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped butternut squash (I prefer to buy it already cut at Whole Foods to IMG_7732save me cooking time)
  • 2 cups Gluten-Free Quick Oats (I prefer Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 cups Cashew milk (I used the brand Pacific)
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP ghee (I prefer the madagascar vanilla bean ghee from fourth&heart)
  • 3 TBSP D’Vash Organic Date Nectar
  • Pink Himalayan Salt (just a few shakes)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup organic (no sugar added) apple sauce
  • Raw pecans

Directions:

First, you’ll want to pre-roast the butternut squash. Set your oven to 415 degrees. Coat the butternut squash in coconut oil, cinnamon, and a little bit of Himalayan salt. Place on a baking sheet (lightly coated in coconut oil as well) and bake for about 35 minutes or until squash is soft.

After you remove your squash from the oven, lower the heat down to 350 degrees. Mash 1 cup of the butternut squash together. In a cast iron or oven-safe skillet, heat 1 tbsp of ghee over the stove top on LOW heat. Once the ghee has melted, add in ALL ingredients including the butternut squash, the 2 cups each of oats and milk, cinnamon, date nectar, apple sauce, and egg.

Stir evenly with a whisk until it is all well blended. Feel free to add a few, light shakes of the Himalayan salt. After about 2-3 minutes, remove from heat. Option to sprinkle pecans on top. And then place in the oven and let cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown. Make sure to cut a small indent before removing from the oven to ensure it’s cooked fully through (shouldn’t be overly soft or mushy).

Once finished, remove from oven and let cool for about 20 minutes before serving. Option to top with sautéed apples or blueberries, ice cream, yogurt, or even smothered in peanut butter or coconut butter!

Don’t forget to use code ‘EATRUN‘ for 20% off your D’Vash Organics orders!

XOXO,

CAL

 

Heavenly Nut Butter Flavor Combo’s from Jem Organics

Heavenly Nut Butter Flavor Combo’s from Jem Organics

You know a product is all that it’s made out to be, when you see every influential health & nutrition blogger post about it daily. The product I’m referring to today, is Jem Organics -handcrafted in Oregon, blending high-quality almonds from Spain into delicious and unique nut butter flavors for all to enjoy. Upon receiving the package, I opened it up to find the cutest little bite-size jars full of creamy nut butters. From Cinnamon Red Maca, to sweet & spicy Cashew Cardamom, to Superberry Maqui Camu, and their savory Cashew Curry Tahini – I was sold.

Those of you who know me well, know that I can’t keep my hands out of the almond butter jar. Obviously, these mini jars didn’t last too long in my kitchen, but they most certainly added a heightened flavor profile to each dish that was lucky enough to be drizzled by some Jem organics.

So how can you get your hands on one of these exclusively tasty jars of Jem Organics nut butter? Check out their website at Jem Raw and explore their flavor options! P.S. If you sign up, you get 25% off your first order – WOO!

Once you’re stocked up – try out some of the below recipe options for some EXTREMELY DELICIOUS and JAZZY nut butter layering.

Zoodles, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Sauerkraut, a Fried Egg, Crispy Chickpeas, Avocado all topped with Jem Organics Cashew Curry Tahini
Coconut Yogurt topped with Caramelized Apples & Banana, Granola, Goji berries, Bee Pollen, & Jem Organics Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter

Goji Blueberry Modern Oats topped off with Jem Organics Superberry Maqui Camu Almond Butter
Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes layered with Jem Organics Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter

Crockpot Banana Oatmeal with Orange Zest

Crockpot Banana Oatmeal with Orange Zest

Recently my boyfriend purchased a crockpot…yes it took us more than 6 months of living in our apartment to buy one. Now that we have it, I don’t know WHY we decided to wait so long! Now, I thought overnight oatmeal was the BEST way to eat oatmeal. I’ve clearly been proven wrong. Slow cooker oatmeal is EASILY the best of the best. I’ve never tasted anything so creamy and thick to perfection. Not to mention, HUGE added bonus when you wake up in the morning and your apartment smells like a cinnabun.
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I’ve only made crockpot oatmeal twice, but both times seemed to surpass any and all expectations. It’s incredible how much flavor this oatmeal holds, with so little ingredients. I always take out a variety of toppings to add to it, but end up finding the oatmeal is just as delicious without any additions.
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The below ingredients/measurements serves about 6 people.

Ingredients:

-2 Cups of Oats (I used quick oats – but steel or regular work to)
-2 Cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
-2 Cups of Water
-1 and 1/2 banana chopped
-1/4 cup of flax seeds
-1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp of nutmeg
-2-3 tsp of cinnamon
-1-2 tsp of vanilla stevia
-1-2 tsp of orange zest

Add all ingredients and stir well once in the crockpot. Cook for 8 hours on low heat – I prefer to do this overnight so that I wake up to it! Once ready, stir oatmeal with a fork to fluff it up and serve warm. Top with mixed nuts, fruit, whatever you’d like or eat as is!

** If you have any leftovers – turn them into oatmeal cookies! Add about 1 tsp of baking powder to your mix + chocolate chips. Set oven to 370 degrees and cook for 20 mins or until lightly golden. Let cool and enjoy!

Baby Food and Oats – What’s up with that?

Baby Food and Oats – What’s up with that?

For those who may be loyal followers to my Instagram (THANK YOU) you may notice that whenever I post about my creamy, sweet bowl of overnight oats, a lot of times, I’ll casually throw in that fact that I use baby food. Now some of you may be wondering, what could she POSSIBLY be using baby food for and WHY would someone WANT to use baby food? Well, believe it or not, baby food actually has a lot of other uses in the kitchen aside from feeding, well, babies.
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Now, I obviously don’t know much about baby food, and I hope to not know much about it for a LONG time!! However, from what I’ve found, is that most of the “organic” jars contain simple, simple ingredients. If the jar says “organic sweet potato”, its ingredients quite simply contain: sweet potato and water. If the jar says “apples, berries, and spinach”…then you guessed it, it’s quite simply those ingredients + water. THIS is why I LOVE using baby food. It adds a flavor AND the perfect oatmeal consistency to ANY batch. It’s just as if you were to add the adult version of apple sauce or pumpkin out of a can. Yet, baby food is that much better because there’s a large variety of flavors, you know there aren’t any suspicious ingredients (since babies get the best of the best!) and they come in the perfect size for a jar of oatmeal (about 45-60 cals per jar).
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Trust me, purchasing a few jars of baby food at the grocery store, is 100% worth the looks I get from all of the moms assuming I’m a 23 year old with a bebe to feed back home…haha! See below for a simple Overnight Oats in a Jar recipe – remember this can switched up HOWEVER you’d like!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of oats
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 small jar of organic sweet potato baby food (OR any other flavor of your choice!)
  • 1 TBSP of sliced almonds
  • 1 TBSP of Goji Berries
  • 1 sliced banana
  • A Few hefty shakes of Cinnamon (I personally love a lot in my oats since it adds a healthy sweetener to the batch!)
  • 1-2 TBSP of Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds

Optional Ingredients:

  • PB2 Powder (1-2 TBSP)
  • Almond Butter
  • 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Chocolate or Vanilla Stevia to taste
  • Fresh blueberries or strawberries to top it off
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Other nut variations (walnuts, pecans, cashews – all taste great!)

In a jar or small container, add all of your ingredients. Make sure to firmly close the lid and place into the fridge to let sit overnight. The next morning, take your oats to go and put them into a microwave safe dish (or if your container is microwave safe, just leave it) and toss into the micro for 2 minutes. Usually 2 minutes does the job for me; just be sure to keep an eye on it so that is does not bubble over. Give it a good stir after 2 minutes and if it still needs some time, put it in for another 30 seconds. Enjoy!!

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