Thursday, March 10, 2016

Creamy Maple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal {guest post}

This week at Unapologetically You-- you get two guest posts! How fun and exciting is that?? You know how much I love introducing you to other fabulous bloggers :)

Today I bring you Emily from Beauty in Christ. Emily is an ordinary girl who loves running, cooking, and most of all-- Jesus. On her blog, Emily shares her journey of struggling and overcoming an eating disorder.

Thank you so much, Emily, for being part of Unapologetically You.


Good Morning everyone! My name's Emily, and I blog over at Beauty in Christ. Amanda, whose blog name is Unapologetically You, game me the tremendous opportunity of writing a guest post for her, and of being 'unapologetically myself'.

I'm kind of a newbie blogger. I've been blogging for about a year now, and I'm learning so much more everyday about it. I love to blog about God's tremendous mercy and grace to sinners like me, share my love for His gifts of good food {especially creamy oatmeal}, talk about how Christ has saved me from my eating disorder and so many other idols, and connect with other people to share the hope in Christ for recovery.

Today, I'm going to share a recipe, because I'm always inspired by many of the bloggers I follow to get in the kitchen and trust God even in my cooking and baking. This past week, I got into the kitchen, and I decided to make a baked oatmeal.

First I want to share a bit about grace... :)

Every day is such a gift from God through our Lord Jesus Christ. When God shows His grace, it completely changes your life. Life can't stay depressing. The prospect of death is only the passing from this world to worship in heaven. Life is to dwell in Christ and His promises and the reality of what He did when He came to earth. Trials are reminders of God's love, His grace, and glory. Good times remind us of His abundant blessings and His mercy. To live is Christ. To die is gain!

It's wonderful to be reminded of this gift of life when I feel down or discouraged and to prompt me to more joy in the Lord. The times of discouragement are opportunities to run back to the throne of grace, stay at the foot of the cross and remember that His grace constrains me to daily dying to the flesh and living more in Christ, by His power alone.

Some crunchy honey peanut butter that we dug into today... :)

One of the best ways for me to meditate on these truths is to cook or bake. Sometimes, I can't verbalize them, because they are too wonderful to put into words! Yet, I can think about them as I mix up breakfast, a snack, lunch or dinner for my family. Other bloggers, like Amanda, provide the perfect opportunity to share the recipes that I occasionally come up with while thinking about these things.

peanut butter and apple

Post recipe creation snack! My homemade crunchy honey peanut butter and an apple. Thanking the Lord for simplicity and for nourishment.

I guess you could say that when you want to make good use of the resources God has given you in our Lord Jesus Christ, you have to get creative.

I didn't have milk for this recipe, so I had to do something different. I knew I wanted to make baked oatmeal for my mom before she goes to a counseling class in the morning.


You didn't have milk?

Well, we had a huge Costco size bucket of sour cream. I watered the sour cream down significantly, and it turned into a really creamy oatmeal. I also didn't realize until this week that maple syrup has a significantly different flavor from regular syrup. Wow, I'm 22 years old, almost 23, and I just learned that. I am slow.

Creamy Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 25 min | Total Time: 35 min


. 4 tsp maple syrup
. 3 eggs
. 1/2 c sour cream diluted with 1 c water
. 1/4 c coconut creamer {or any type of milk}
. 2 tsp cinnamon
. 1 1/4 c oats
. 8 blackberries


Preheat over to 325 degrees. Whisk together eggs, maple syrup, sour cream {diluted with water}, coconut creamer {or milk} and cinnamon. Mix in oats. Arrange blackberries in an artistic manner on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the oats are set. You don't really want any "jiggle" with this recipe. Top with any of your preferred toppings.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9

I hope you can try this, and if you do, email me at and let me know what you think! Or you can tag me on Instagram with your picture.

Do you like oatmeal? What is your favorite way to use maple syrup? Do you like sour cream {yea or nay}?

"Check out this #yummy creamy maple cinnamon oatmeal via @Emily11949309 #recipe #sweatpink #fitfluential"

Yum! This creamy maple cinnamon oatmeal sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it! I never would have thought to use sour cream, but it totally makes sense.

Thanks again, Emily, for joining us today!

Make sure to head over to Emily's website and social media channels to say hi!

Beauty in Christ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Your turn! How do you like your oatmeal? Have you ever made it with sour cream??