My mood keeps changing all the time and there are moments when even I am not sure whether it’s good or bad. It may be because of the crazy weather or due to the lack of stability in my life. Either way I need something to give me comfort. What about something bright-colored on a rainy day?
Let’s start with baked oatmeal, a.k.a. boatmeal. It looks more like a pancake than a cake but I don’t have any ramekins in my dorm room and I used a small metal dish to bake my customized boatmeal cake.
What I love about vegan food is that I can make as many substitutions as I want and still have a wonderful result. First, I didn’t have plain oatmeal and went for the muesli with raisins and nuts in my cupboard. Second, I haven’t ever seen canned pumpkin in any grocery store so I used a mashed banana instead. Then I decided that bananas and cinnamon weren’t meant to be together and paired the banana with 1 tsp. of shredded coconut and a dash of instant coffee. The award for best sweetener was once again won by mulberry molasses. After baking it I sprinkled some more coconut and coffee on top (I also added a little coconut butter but it would be perfect without it) et voila! Half of my dinner dinner was ready!
Yes, I am one of the crazy people who like eating oatmeal for dinner. The only problem was the lack of natural light for taking pictures and I have to say that it tasted much better than it looks on these pictures.
By the way, the other half of the dinner was orange, too – a slice of rye bread with apricot jam :) .
What else can be orange and comforting? Pudding of course. Apple, cinnamon and caramel pudding. Mmmm…
This was attempt number one. Sautéed apples and walnuts make not only the pudding taste better. They add some flavor to the whole day and although this is not exactly dinner food, it’s what I had for dinner yesterday. But for normal people it can make a good snack because it’s cold (if you can wait enough after you prepare the pudding), refreshing and about 100 kcal/cup. Of course, I ate more than a cup :) .
Attempt number two with the same pudding but in different shape. This morning I first garnished a tiny portion with cinnamon and oatmeal and then another one with apricot jam and unsweetened corn flakes.
I have to admit that all these orange apple pudding variations are the opposite of the baked oatmeal – they look better than they taste. It was the first time I bought this brand and I wouldn’t ever guess the flavor if it wasn’t written on the package. Maybe the manufacturer of the pudding relies too much on the sugar added by the customer and as I usually use only half of the recommended amounts, I ended up with a little tasteless dessert and no desire to try any more flavors. Well, at least it was visually effective for mood improvement.
The last orange thing which made up for the pudding’s lack of taste was my ice cube tray which helped me send my taste buds to a whole new level of pleasure.
I gave Katie’s coconut butter melties another try and this time I made two. Twice more than the first time :D . OK, they aren’t one-ingredient melties anymore but who cares? They still melt in your mouth and taste heavenly. This is what they contain now:
- coconut butter
- cocoa powder
- brown sugar
- sesame seeds
- ground peanuts
No strict measurements. Feel free to add whatever you want. Maybe some coconut flakes would make the texture even better.
There is nothing orange in this picture but the melties were so good that the color didn’t matter at all. I should have pressed them a little harder in the ice cube tray for a more personable result after refrigerating but this doesn’t matter either. Taste is their most important feature.
If you want to make your own experiments in the kitchen and do it with style, check out Katie’s Thanks Giveaway here:
It can definitely improve the results :) .