She’s celebrating a big birthday this year – THE big birthday, actually. Undecided on how to mark the occasion, she’s been turning options over in her heard. Should she take a trip to Southern France to study stinky cheese making? Stay in town and throw a party? Buy a new house? Join a roller derby team? OK, hold on now! Blame the last idea on too much Tito’s at last night’s hockey game. She hasn’t roller skated since she was 14 – nor is she built for slamming women into walls.
If this recent whim becomes a plan, she’s going to need more protein…
It’s 2017 and everyone is either cleansing or detoxing. Sugar is evil, gluten kills, dairy is your enemy…well, if you look at scientific research, that’s a bit of hyperbole. Do I think our diets can become skewed with too many carbs (raises hand), sugar (nods vigorously), and caffeine (guilty again) – absolutely. Everything in moderation. Do I think a 30 day detox is the way to realign? Not for most. Cleanses and detoxes give us control over our lives, they are a way for us to feel virtuous and give us something to discuss over lunch – seared fish with a lemon spritz – no butter, no oil, no sauce…because most sauces, you know, contain sugar (gasp!).
With that said, however, it’s time for me to get my eating realigned. Once of the pitfalls of having a dessert- focused blog – there’s always a cookie or slice of cake within reach at my house.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine carrots, apple, nuts, raisins and pineapple. In a medium bowl, combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt. Whisk together milk, egg, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup.
Pour liquid mixture over oats, stirring to combine then add carrot mixture and stir until incorporated. Let sit 10 minutes for liquid to be absorbed. Pour into baking dish. Bake 35-45 minutes until just set at the center. Serve warm.