My Baked Oats Variations

My Baked Oats Variations

There was a viral recipe from TikTok about Baked Oats where the big thing was that the cake had a cake-like texture. I was curious, so I gave it a try, and yeah, I liked it. It was banana bready but still perfectly servicable cake. It’s more muffin-like in texture, a bit dense, but it makes me happy. I also tweaked it – for myself, I make three cakes at a time, and reduce the maple syrup to 2 tablespoons across all three, and I use sugar free maple syrup anyway. 

When cooked in my little loaf tins, I would slice the cakes lengthwise to make four slices that could be popped into the toaster. For TWD purposes, I would use Flora anti-cholesterol spread and weigh it. One of these cakes plus a coffee, and yoghurt would smash a decent number of units for the day! Also, I made the base recipe into a Combo to make the rest easier. 

 

Original Recipe from Tiktok

  • 100gs rolled oats
  • 220g ripe bananas (2 normal bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • Cooking Spray

For a Vanilla cake, I add a teaspoon or two of vanilla, and chocolate one I add 2 tablespoons of cocoa. (I like it chocolatey! I also throw in some choc chips too!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Blend the crap out of the ingredients listed above
  3. Bake 20 – 25 minutes in 2 ramekins, or 2 cake trays. Bake until done, tbh. I’ve also made them as muffins.

Stats per serve: Fruit:1  Protein:0.5  Breads:2   Indulgences:0.7  

Variations

I’m following an eating plan called Total Wellbeing Diet, so I have shaped the recipes in the following way. The following are PER CAKE. So I would make the basic recipe above, divide it into two, and then add the bonus ingredients below to half of the above batter.

Sarah Style Chocolate Cake 

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa (needs to be added during blending phase.) 
  • 1 shot espresso 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

The cocoa needs to be blended, but the others can be added after dividing the batter. The additional ingredients add a nice depth of flavour, and you can also add baking chocolate chips if you have indulgences free. Cook as per above, and enjoy!

Stats per serve: Fruit:1  Protein:0.5  Breads:2   Indulgences:0.7  

Carrot Cake

  •  14 grams walnuts (2 serves oils) 
  • 30 gs Sultanas (1 serve fruit)
  • 30gs Carrots (0.2 veg)

Mix these ingredients into the raw batter, trying to distribute evenly, and cook as per above instructions. 

Stats: Oils:2  Fruit:2  Protein:0.5  Breads:2  Indulgences:0.7  Veg:0.2

    Fig and Ginger

    I will later experiment with using crystalised ginger to bump the ginger flavour.

    • 30gs of dried figs (1 fruit)
    • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
    • 0.5 teaspoon cinnamon

    You may need to increase or decrease your ginger depending on personal preference. Mix into the raw batter, making sure the spices are thoroughly mixed in.

       Stats: Fruit:2  Protein:0.5  Breads:2  Indulgences:0.7 

      Date and Walnuts

      I love date and walnut cake!

      •  21 grams walnuts (3 serves oils) 
      • 30 gs chopped dried dates (1 serve fruit)
      • 1 teaspoon Mixed spice

      Add to plain batter, make sure mixed spice is mixed in properly. Cook as per above. I struggle to add enough oils into my daily allocation, so I like to add lots to breakfast. 

        Stats: Oils:3   Fruit:2  Protein:0.5  Breads:2  Indulgences:0.7 

         

        These little loaf pans came from Coles, and were very cheap. They’re perfect for this. I also froze some of the loaves. 

        Training Wheels for Your Socials

        Training Wheels for Your Socials

        How do you construct a social media post? 

        There’s many ways to write a post, so here’s a super simple framework for you to use. Consider templates as training wheels you can strap onto your socials! Most posts have a three or four step construction. This template below is very useful, and one I love to work with.

        1. Hook sentence
        2. Story section
        3. Ending story/lesson
        4. CTA

         Of course, building something from there is a little fiddly to start with! 😀

         Hook

        A hook is something designed purely to catch attention. You should focus on putting some emotions into this, something that a human brain will latch on to. I sometimes rewrite hooks, or else create a list of them before I find the one that works. But for the purposes to getting your socials up and running, I will limit you too three rewrites.

         Story Section.

        This is optional, depending on your post type! You don’t have to tell a story! If you do, it can be a sentence or a paragraph – it’s up to you!

        The story should be something that moves the reader. Take them on a little journey. The type of post will affect how you tell the story, but the story at it’s heart is the same. What do you want to tell your audience today?

         Story End/Lesson

        One sentence to rule them all and bind all the pieces together. People don’t want to have to read, and then interpret your message. This is where you just tell them. Be blatant. Be very blatant.

         Call To Action

        Not every post needs a call to action. The ones that do are your Sales (Commit) posts and your Desire (Dating) posts. The others it’s OK if you’re just putting out something for someone to think about, or showing off something, or sharing something without expecting something back.

         So what do you think? It’s a really useful template for people who think they can’t write socials (you totally can!) to help them get over some of the initial creative blocks. Don’t forget some posts can be a single line, others can just be an image. Mix it up, make videos, have fun!

        Why Does Creativity Matter?

        Why Does Creativity Matter?

        Creativity is the seat of all happiness.

        When humans don’t have the space to play and explore, they lose connection with the world around them.

        Creativity is what gives us meaning in our days. When we feel connected and open to learning, open to discovery, we bloom in ways we never expect.

        We are creative every day in tiny ways. Creativity isn’t about Art (with a capital A) or Writing (with a… you get it.). Creativity is about making choices, and making leaps into the unknown, whether tiny or large moves.

        In conversations, we use creativity in discussion. What topics we ask for next; what comments we say about things, selecting who to talk to. We use creativity in the board room – what campaign to work on next, what imagery, what messaging do we use?

        And we use creativity to build futures that don’t exist yet. Creativity makes space for the excitement about the future. Yes, there’s a lot about the Now that sucks, and as a collective we’re probably throwing ourselves off the cliff.

        But as one person trying to make a difference, creativity also means you’ll find others trying to build the safety net. You’ll find new friends with new (creative) ideas. You’ll build networks and find new ways of doing things.

        If you feel dull and dreary right now, how can you inject a little more creativity into your day? Even something as small as imaging your coffee is a Healing Potion +10 HP (Yes, a gaming joke, so sorry!) can just … start reopening your mind to the amazingness within.