Baked maple apple oatmeal & HIIT

With family staying with us for the holidays, my usual morning routine has changed. I’m spending more time chatting and catching up in the morning  and we are also eating more food than usual. Since I’m not cooking just for myself anymore, one way that I’ve streamlined breakfast is to prep the ingredients the night before.

I can get my workout in the morning, pop the dishes in the oven while I take a shower and have a hot breakfast waiting when I’m done.

Baked Maple Apple oatmeal


2 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups vanilla soymilk

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 medium unpeeled apples (chopped)

Chopped toasted walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 350˚F. Grease casserole with coconut oil or cooking spray. In a bowl, stir together oats, raisins, syrup, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, soymilk, applesauce and apples. Then pour into the casserole.


2.    Bake uncovered 45 to 50 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with walnuts. You can also pour more soymilk if you like your baked oatmeal to be a little wet.


We usually have leftovers whenever I make this dish, so the next day I just add more soymilk and heat it up in the microwave.

The most used appliance in the kitchen these days in the oven. I wish I had a double oven so I can crank up the holiday cookie baking while I make other dishes in the 2nd oven. But for now, each dish will have to take turns.

I’m still learning how to streamline breakfast preparation and have been searching for recipes that I can prep the night before.


I’ve also streamlined my workout on days where I’m short for time. This is when HIIT workouts come in handy. I spend 30 minutes on the treadmill and get a heart pumping workout without wasting time.

I still prefer to run outside and do my leisurely jog around the neighborhood, but doing HIITs have been my second option. Trust me, it works. I have the sweat stains on the treadmill to prove it.

For those of you who don’t know what HIIT is, HIIT is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals

I’ve been doing the following treadmill workout, which I found here.


My current workout schedule is about 4-5 days a week, I alternate strength training days (i.e. Body Pump classes) and cardio days.

My rest days are spent walking around Disneyland or shopping or running errands.

What is your workout schedule during the holidays? Do you workout more, workout less or stop completely until the after New Years?

I try to fit in a workout but I’m not that strict about it during holidays. I’m busy spending time with family and friends. I would rather get more sleep than workout when I’m tired.


  1. That bake looks incredible! What a great idea !! In terms of workouts- i try to keep consistency during the holidays. Makes me feel 100% better

  2. I workout more on holidays because there is nothing else to do. Right now we have exams and with so little amounts of classes-I have a lot more freetime to go to the gym which relaxes me for my exams.

  3. HOW on earth do you workout and shower before you eat?! I think I would eat my own arm if I tried that 😛 That workout looks rough too… good job!

    The oatmeal in that dish looks absolutely divine. I bet it makes your whole house smell wonderful!

  4. This dish looks amazing!

  5. I workout about the same…..just whenever I can fit a workout in, I do.
    That oatmeal looks fabulous!!!!!

  6. I’m still in the process of trying to figure out my holiday workout schedule. It’s a bit of a struggle, but I’m trying to not let it get the best of me and fit it in whenever I can. There are still some days though, that I’m able to exercise, and I just choose not to. Still working on that part.

  7. Mmmm I love baked oatmeal but have yet to find a healthy recipe! I can’t wait to try this!

  8. movesnmunchies says:

    ivenever tried baked oatmeal!! i really want to though- it looks fab!

  9. actorsdiet says:

    i have yet to make baked oatmeal b/c i am content with regular and am impatient to wait for the oven. but if someone were to make it for me… 😉

  10. Baked Oatmeal looks so good! I’ve never had baked oatmeal before so I think I’m going to have to try this!

  11. Love me some oatmeal..I should try this!

    I don’t stop the workouts..if anything I ramp up because I know I cannot restrain myself from all the good eats!

  12. I may just have to try the “HIIT” workout on my treadmill. You see, as a outdoor runner and lover of being outdoors, I have absolutely NO motivation when it comes to running on the treadmill….. maybe this will help 🙂

  13. The oatmeal looks delish! A must try!

    I’ve been doing a variety of HIIT workouts on the treadmill as well – it’s a great way to squeeze in a fast cardio workout when you are short on time. Plus it makes the treadmill so much more interesting when you are constantly adjusting your pace.

  14. I really need to try baked oatmeal. It always sounds so good.

    I try and workout the same amount as always over the holidays, but I cant guarantee it. Sometimes its just too cold out.

  15. Well, during the holidays this year working out isn’t an option (sadly), but typically I just try to focus on getting something in 3-4 days instead of my normal 5-6. Its good to keep things in perspective. I love your idea of doing HIIT on days you are short on time. That’s a great workout!

  16. I think that oatmeal is going to be a must-try!!

  17. fittingbackin says:

    this bake looks fabulous!!

    I’m trying to work out as much as normal, if not more, but it’s SO hard with work lunch and vacations, etc. boo!


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