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Honey Vanilla Oatmeal Breakfast Bake with Blue Diamond Almonds

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This post featuring my Honey Vanilla Oatmeal Breakfast Bake is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds through their Tastemakers program.  I received free product and was compensated for my time but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 7I was on a major cereal kick for the months of June and July.  I blame the hot Summer weather for that one and the fact that cereal is super easy when you are a busy working bee (no pun intended with the honey theme of this post!).  And while I am still loving on cereal, my taste buds have been itching for something a bit more substantial…

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 11…something a bit warmer…
…something sweet…
…something baked…
…something satisfying.

Trust me when I say that there is nothing that fits those descriptions better than an oatmeal breakfast bake.

honey vanilla almonds 2I have tried and loved numerous breakfast bakes over the past year or so- most involving pumpkin, chocolate, and/or peanut butter.  But when I got my hands on a can of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla almonds, I knew that a honey and vanilla breakfast bake was just what I was craving.

honey vanilla oatmeal bakeThis oatmeal breakfast bake is sweet (but not too sweet) from the honey, vanilla, and apple sauce.  It is also warm and hearty from the oats and almonds.  And let’s not forget about the fact that it contains heart healthy fats and omega 3’s from the flax seeds, chia seeds, and almonds.  Basically, this is a winner of a breakfast.

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 8Honey Vanilla Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 flax egg (1 TB ground flax seed + 2-3 TB water, mixed and refrigerated for 30 minutes)
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 TB chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TB honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup applesauce (cinnamon or natural)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup chopped Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds
honey and/or nut butter for topping, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray or grease a loaf pan and set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine oats, baking powder, chia seeds, and cinnamon.  Mix well.

3. Stir in prepared flax egg, honey, vanilla extract, applesauce, and almond milk.

4. Once the mixture is well-combined, gently stir in chopped almonds.

5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake uncovered for appoximately 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 2I prepared my breakfast bake on a Sunday, let it cool, and then cut it into two servings for a couple of my breakfasts for the week.  A little preparation goes a long way and can prevent you from reaching for an unhealthy breakfast in the morning.  You know what they say… starting off with a healthy breakfast can set the tone for a great day!

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 4Please do not feel limited by the title and think that you can only eat this for breakfast.  These certainly make a delicious snack bar and would be a great protein-packed pick-me-up during an afternoon slump.  Think of these like a warm granola bar fresh out of the oven… yum!

honey vanilla oatmeal bake 6Oh, and please ensure that you top your bake with some sweet goodness.  I highly recommend additional honey, vanilla almond butter, or honey peanut butter…or, all three!  You will thank me later for those suggestions.

honey chipotleBlue Diamond also sent me their new Honey Roasted Chipotle flavor.  As soon as I opened the box I knew that I would love, love, LOVE this flavor.  I also knew Jeremy would, too!

honey chipotle almonds 2I was right!  We ate them straight out of the can.  They were dad approved too!

honey chipotle almonds 3I also tried them alongside an apple for a sweet and spicy combo.  This was really good.  I am now also thinking that eating them with dark chocolate would be fantastic.  That sweet and spicy combination is one of my favorites.  I see a new trail mix in my future…

What is the most creative way that you have cooked or baked with almonds?

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  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors August 18, 2014, 12:48 am

    Wow this looks great! The ingredient list here is great! I might add some protein powder to this recipe and add it to my homemade protein bar rotation. Thanks for sharing!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:25 am

      Oh yum!! I bet the addition of vanilla protein powder would be amaaazing! Good idea :)

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 18, 2014, 6:38 am

    Ohhh yum! I LOVE Blue Diamond almond milk so I’ll have to keep an eye out for these roasted ones!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:26 am

      Oh yes, you definitely need to! Their almonds are the BEST! They have so many unique and delicious flavors. I will warn you.. they are addicting ;)

  • Joanna @Makingmine August 18, 2014, 7:21 am

    Wow, what a simple, pretty breakfast! I think slicing these into “bars” would be awesome!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:27 am

      I so agree! These would definitely make for the perfect healthy snack because they aren’t jammed with a ton of sugar and aren’t too sweet. Plus, I always need a snack with some substance and protein to keep me going for awhile in the afternoon.

  • Jessie August 18, 2014, 7:24 am

    recipe pinned! I love how simple the ingredient list looks. I basically have everything.. minus the nuts. I guess those are kind of important, huh? Haha!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:28 am

      Haha! Yes, you should definitely try and track them down! If you aren’t able to find them since you are out of the country, you might just try their regular honey roasted ones.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 18, 2014, 9:21 am

    So good! I love those almonds!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:11 pm

      Aren’t they delicious?? I cannot get enough!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 18, 2014, 10:00 am

    These look delicious!! I am seriously obsessed with those almonds. Ahh soo good!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:13 pm

      Blue Diamond makes the BEST almonds and they have the most creative flavors. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next!

  • Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 18, 2014, 10:59 am

    Oh wow this looks good! I really hope that flavour comes to Canada because we don’t tend to get all the flavours here. We don’t have the toasted coconut one, which makes me sad because it’s my favourite!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:14 pm

      Ahh, what a bummer!! The toasted coconut is one of my favorites too! I hope they start sending more your way!

  • Leslie August 18, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I have all of these ingredients and can’t wait to try it for an after school snack for the kids! Thank you!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:15 pm

      Ooo good idea! These would definitely be a great and filling afternoon snack!

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien August 18, 2014, 1:34 pm

    Mmmmm honey roasted almonds sound SO amaze!! Love me some baked oatmeal recipes for the fall :)

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:16 pm

      They are definitely my go-to Fall and Winter breakfasts for sure! I’m excited to make more soon :)

  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl August 18, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I absolutely loved the honey vanilla almonds and I’m sure that baked oatmeal with them is delicious! Hopefully, I can find them at the grocery store!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:18 pm

      I hope so too!! My boyfriend and I REALLLY hope we can find the chipotle flavor too. He finished off the container before I could try them on a sweet potato ;)

  • Heidi August 18, 2014, 6:18 pm

    Probably should not have read this until after my son’s football practice was over. Now I am sitting here starving! :)

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:20 pm

      Reading food blogs when you are hungry can definitely be a dangerous thing!! ;)

  • Mary August 18, 2014, 6:38 pm

    These look delicious. I’m enjoying trying all of the varieties of Blue Diamond almonds.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 18, 2014, 7:21 pm

      The best part is that I do not think we will run out of any flavors to try because they are always coming up with new tasty ones!

  • Nicole August 19, 2014, 4:09 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 20, 2014, 3:15 pm

      Thank you, Nicole!! Let me know if you give it a try :)

  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes August 19, 2014, 4:31 pm

    What a delicious looking breakfast. I’ve pinned this one!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 20, 2014, 3:16 pm

      Thank you, Jamie!! I hope you enjoy it :)

  • Lisa Trudell August 21, 2014, 2:04 am

    I love almonds. For a healthy nut these are my favorite. Honey vanilla, even better. I am not much for cooking, but love a good granola bar. Those look great.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 21, 2014, 3:43 pm

      Almonds are so good, especially the flavored ones from Blue Diamond! They are definitely my favorite nut with peanuts close behind.

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