Sunday, 19 January 2014


In case you were wondering, OIAJ stands for Oats In A Jar. Their popularity has been whizzing around the blog world and you will probably find some kind of recipe for it on most healthy food blogs.
I first saw it here and have made it ever since...
Here is the breakfast of awesomeness:
Hang on, the fruit was awesome, (that reddish/ pinkish thing is a pluot- a cross between a plum and an apricot!) but lets see the real hero:
I can do better than that!
Here we go :) All hail the almond butter!
The recipe is really simple, so I'm not going to set it out properly.
I simply cooked a serving about 1/3 cup of oat bran in a small saucepan over medium heat with half a cup of oat milk and some chia seeds and LSA mix and kept whisking until thick and creamy.
Then I layered a spoonful into a nearly empty jar of almond butter, followed by some raw fruity muesli, and did two more layers of that until I had my OIAJ :)
When eating (and this is very important) make sure you get a scoop of everything and run the spoon up the side of the jar to get the nut butter:
And that my friends is OIAJ, open to your creativity! (chocolate, berries, yoghurt....)

Now you probably want a real recipe. Well ok, lets see, how about dinner?

Meatless ball toasted sammich with wedges- dairy free, sugar free, wheat free... delicious:)
Meatless balls:
70g pumpkin
10 slices of mushroom
65g of vegetarian mince
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 medium potato cut into wedges
Oil to coat
herbs and spices of choice (I used oregano, basil and cumin seeds)
Other stuff:
2 thin slices of bread of choice
Spinach, tomato, cucumber
Salsa (healthier and less sugary than regular ketchup)
Hommus (optional- but never optional for me :)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Cover wedges in oil and herbs and place on tray in oven to bake for 45 minutes
2. Meanwhile chop pumpkin and steam/ boil until soft (15 minutes)
3. Saute mushrooms, 'mince' and garlic with some water in a small frypan until mushrooms have browned.
4. Once the pumpkin has cooked place all the meatless ball ingredients (including mustard)  in a small food processor and process until combined:
5. Shape into balls and place on a small baking tray.
6. Once the potatoes have 20 minutes left place your meatless balls into the oven
7. Prepare your sandwich - cutting veggies, smothering hommus on bread etc.
8. Once the 20 minutes is up, take wedges and meatless balls out of oven. Place wedges on paper towel to drain away excess oil.
Hello chippies:
Get ready to make your sandwich:
9. Place all your veggies on first, then top with meatless balls and drizzle over salsa, add the second piece of bread and toast in a sandwich press to your liking.
10. Add wedges to plate and enjoy:) No guilt required!
See you tomorrow for another kitchen experiment that went rather well!


  1. Hi Steph, I`m going to try your meatless balls today, I think these were the ones Lola loves so much?! (she loves everything you make, by the way ;-)) Will let you know how we went! Cheers, Elise

  2. I'm happy you are going to try them! The ones I made were actually using beans instead, but I'm sure you will like these too!

  3. Yes they were nice, a bit softer than I thought. The wedges and salsa were also great, and with hommus...yum! Will try with beans next time, thanks Steph!


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