McDonald’s was the first fast food restaurant I “quit.” I haven’t been to one since the summer of 2010. The other similar chains followed shortly after: BK, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, KFC, etc. One that stuck around for a while was Subway. In fact, I still have Subway a couple times a year in times of desperation.
Subway and I have an interesting history. I loathed it for my entire childhood. It smells so dreadful! Whenever my family would choose to go there for dinner, I would rant and grumble for days. I would order Cheetos and ice cream and refuse to order a sandwich. I eventually overcame that fussiness and started ordering the sandwiches, first having simple turkey and cheese sandwiches, and eventually experimenting with the veggies. Now, of course, my sandwiches are ALL veggies. I am always amused by the worker’s faces when I ask for a sandwich with neither meat NOR cheese. “NO cheese? JUST veggies?” Yes. That’s what I said.
Anyway, when I think of Subway, I also think of their cookies. I can’t remember when I first tried it, but I always loved their white chocolate macadamia cookies. That combination is a killer.
I didn’t think there was any way a baked oatmeal recipe could rival that cookie, but IT DID. It tasted EXACTLY like it. I’m continuously amazed at how easily I can recreate cookie recipes using baked oatmeal.
Why is it green, you ask? No, it’s not spinach. It’s avocado. It’s optional, but I just love the moisture and richness it adds.
I also ate it with blueberries because I require my breakfasts to include fruit. After taking the pictures, I flooded the oatmeal with almond milk and added another handful of blueberries. Dear me…
This would make a fantastic dessert, and if you think you “can’t have this for breakfast,” you’re WRONG. I did, and I ran 2.5 miles afterwards, so you THERE. You CAN eat cookies for breakfast!
[This recipe was updated on 5/31/2015 to include a zucchini option. Happy breakfasting!]
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 of a ripe avocado or 1/4 cup pureed zucchini/yellow squash (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- handful of white chocolate chips (I used vegan)
- handful of chopped RAW macadamia nuts
How to make it:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a single-serving ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, mix oats, baking powder, and salt until combined.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mash avocado if using. Then, mix together with milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
- Add dry ingredients to mix ingredients and stir until combined.
- Gently stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
- Pour into the prepared ramekin. Bake for 20-25 minutes.