It has been quite a hiatus, and I apologize but adjusting to full time school and figuring out a new photo set up has been a challenge. However, after visiting Rona yesterday (where the loveliest girl ever helped me) I got my hands on a beautiful piece of plywood which I turned into a gorgeous tabletop (I may actually install legs into it and make it a functioning table for shoots). Other elements of my DIY were not as successful and I fear an investment in some pieces will leave me with more month at the end of the money. Nonetheless I’m making it work!
But today’s post was actually an accident. A good friend of mine is intolerant to eggs so I really wanted to come up with an egg free version of my quinoa mug cake. I was vegetarian for almost 8 years and in that time, vegan baking was my favorite thing ever. However – following a recipe with egg and dairy substitutes is far easier than making up your own. This morning I was on a mission, though, so I tried to make something using flax seeds but instead of actually setting, it turned into a “pudding”. BUT! I was craving mushy porridge-y oatmeal all week and this is a perfect match. So, sorry to my friend for not having a good mug cake sub just yet, but I hope you like my no oat oatmeal 🙂
1 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup Gogo quinoa flakes (I’ve discovered Raba sells them for $5.99)
1/3 cup milk of choice
Other fixings: chia, hemp, sunflower seeds, dried or fresh fruit, nut butters, the possibilites are endless
I suggest grinding your flax per use, or if you decide to grind more then keep it in the freezer as the flax oil goes rancid quickly.
Mix your ground flax with the water and let it sit 5-10 minutes. Combine the rest of your ingredients and microwave for about a minute and thirty seconds. Make sure you watch your microwave… I didn’t and it boiled over a bit. Make sure you mix it well once you remove it.
I’m intolerant to oats, but I try and avoid grains anyways when I can. I was so excited to find quinoa flakes but their consistency is not the worst but not the best. This fluke of a recipe makes me so nostalgic and I will definitely be eating this much more often. This is also a great way to get fibre in your diet – a lot of people have insufficient fibre in their diets, and fibre is essential for conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Another friend has shared a (n)oatmeal cookie recipe with me…. so keep an eye out for that this coming week!