Setting an Example – oatmeal breakfast cake

Last night I went to presentation about Health Care Facilities and Food.  It was focused on clinics and hospitals who are setting an excellent example for the community and thier patients about what is healthy.  I was so very excited because WOW hospitals serving healthy food, what a good idea (that was not sarcastic, I really mean it). 

These days there is no room for beating around the bush when it comes to food choices and health, especially in our public places like Schools, Hospitals, Clinics etc.. 

One of my clients was in the hospital overnight because of chest pains a few months ago (he is fine).  They kept him overnight and were going to do tests in the morning to make sure it wasn’t a heart attack.  So in the meantime he was hanging out in his room being delivered meals and waiting.  Let me tell you about his breakfast.  2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon and 2 pieces of buttered toast and orange drink.  Hmmmmm.  His supper was not much better.   Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a breakfast like this once in a while, or out to eat.  But when you are waiting to have tests to see if you have had a heart attack, what?!

Okay so anyhow I wanted to give you some websites of clinics and hospitals who are trying to set a good example and turn this health care crisis around by starting with the basics, food.

Websites –
Cleveland clinic goes sugar free!!!
Farm on hospital land provides food for hospital farmers market

So this weeks recipe is my suggestion for hospital breakfasts!

Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

2 cups quick oats (whiz your rolled oats in the blender if that is what you have)
1 cup assorted dried fruits (raisins, dates, craisins, apples, whatever you like)
1/2 cup nuts (I love unsalted cashews, usually raw) walnuts, chopped almonds, anything
1 tsp baking powder
2 T ground flaxseeds
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
mix the above together

1 1/2 cup milk (again your choice any kind will work)
3 Tbls maple syrup (or honey)
3/4 cup apple sauce (I like to whiz apples in the the food pro to keep all the skin nutrients on)
2 T butter (or grapeseed oil)
1 large beaten egg
mix it up

add together
grease (or use parchment) an 8inch square pan or round cake pan or even better big cast iron pan!
and bake at 375  for 25-30 minutes 

I use apples whizzed in the food pro instead of apple sauce.
before baking
parchment is my friend!
breakfast!!!!  great for grab and go too!


  • AnaMuriel

    jodie! beautiful recipe! a question for the vegans what can we use instead of the egg??

  • Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach

    Hi Ana, I would use 1 Tbls ground chia seeds mixed with 2 Tbls warm water for each egg. They work really well in most recipes!

  • Molly

    I'm making this as we speak… cannot wait to get it out of the oven for a taste!

  • Robyn P. Thayer

    I got up early, pre-nausea, and have been re-inspired to have some ready made food in the fridge and freezer. I started with this recipe and if the other turns out I will be sure to share! I miss you muchly, and wish we could be cooking it up together! xo