Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal


Let me consult the all-knowing Wikipedia for the definition of “rite of passage”.

A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s transition from one status to another. Milestones include transitions from puberty, year 7 to high school, coming of age, marriage and death. Initiation ceremonies such as baptism, confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah are considered important rites of passage for people of their respective religions.


Last night, I believe I had my first hockey-related rite of passage — playing hockey…outdoors…in January…in Michigan…with snow…and wind…and sub-zero temperatures. I mean, the rink is all of one-third mile from the blustery shores of Lake Michigan. It was intense. My eyes watered and my day-old make-up ran down my cheeks in pain. Literally.

I wished very much so that my hockey gloves didn’t have holes from wear and tear.

I patted myself on the back for leaving the house in 2 layers on bottom…3 on top. Plus a scarf, hat, and mittens.

One small bonus: no ice needed in my water bottle.


A rite of passage when it comes to healthy eating, particularly vegan baking, is making your very first flax egg — a vegan replacement for eggs. The combination of ground flaxseed + water + a few moments time yields a pasty substance that not only helps hold together baked goods, but also packs in note-worthy nutrition. Beyond the plentiful amounts of fiber, flaxseed is packed with omega 3 fatty acids. Furthermore, a flax egg is slightly lower in calories than the real deal.

Go on…earn your vegan baking rite of passage and try a flax egg if you haven’t already!


Looking forward to tonight – a simple dinner at home and the Illini game :)

Be well,



  1. Welcome to the world of vegan baking where flax eggs reign king! :) Love the flavors of this baked oatmeal, and your recipe comes at the perfect time – my husband and I are trying to prepare some meals in advance so we don’t make every.single.meal. from scratch 3 times a day.

  2. I admire you for playing hockey in the snow and wind! I can’t even imagine…

    The baked oatmeal sounds great!

  3. I think I have everything to make this!! This might be my breakfast tomorrow – thanks Nicole! And wow, that’s bad ass to be playing hockey outdoors this time of year!!

  4. Yum, I LOVE baked oatmeal…definitely one of my favorite breakfast treats. The applesauce in this one sounds great!

  5. I just saw where some people were without power in the UP, yike! You’re the hockey QUEEN!

    Now, I’m gonna put ground flaxseed on my grocery list. I must participate in this rite of passage!

  6. I’m normally an overnight oats kind of girl but this looks perfect to warm up for this very cold weather! I’ve used a flax seed once when I was out of eggs and it worked like a charm. I conveniently have all of these ingredients right now so will definitely be making it this weekend!

  7. Baked oatmeal is one of those things I keep meaning to make, and always forget. This sounds SO good. I need to remember to try it.

  8. I’ve been seeing a lot of baked oatmeal recipes. I love love oatmeal eat it almost every day. I’m gonna give this a try.

  9. YUM, I can totally eat a container of these! I’m in love with apple cinnamon right now, this sounds perfect for my pregnancy snacking!

  10. I’m definitely experienced with the flax egg! I haven’t tried the chia egg however. Doing anything outside in that kind of weather sounds downright painful. We have had weather ranging from 20′s to 70′s in a weeks time…so wacky!

  11. That’s awesome! I remember skating on a lake when I was younger, but I haven’t done that in a long time(and definitely haven’t played hockey outside!) And I’m the Canadian one here, haha! Flax eggs are definitely a rite of passage! I remember the first time I tried it! Is that weird? Anyways, your oatmeal looks delicious! I love baked oatmeal, but apple cinnamon is like the best comforting winter flavor for breakfast :D

  12. Oh my! This looks soooooo yummy! Thank you for the amazing recipe!! :)

  13. Thank you for posting this recipe! This was my first attempt at baked oatmeal and it turned out fantastic. I took it to Bible study and brought home only crumbs. :)

  14. Thanks for this recipe, I’ll be making this today. I love baked oatmeal, but can’t have egg, so this is awesome. Although it’s football season now (yay!)…go ILLINI!!!!!

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