Recipe – Baked Oatmeal


I love oatmeal, but sometimes I like to mix it up. This baked oatmeal recipe is a simple, wholesome dish, full of a great variety of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and fibre. You can make endless variations, and best of all it has a cake-like texture!

You can make this recipe any time of year, but it really comes into its own in autumn and winter. Fruits like apples, plums, berries, warming spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, mixed/pumpkin spice, and cardamom. Cacao powder and vanilla. So satisfying and comforting, on a chilly day!

Ingredients


200g rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cacao powder

200g prune juice or plant milk

2 1/2 cups water 

1-2 ripe bananas (overripe work great too)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 apple, chopped (or any apple you like, but I think Granny Smith works best here)

Strawberries

Blueberries 

Raspberries 

Cherries

Instructions


Preheat the oven to 180°C 


1. In a baking dish, add the oats, cinnamon, cacao, and mix. 

2. Cut the apple into small chunks. Set aside.

3. Pour in the prune juice (if using) and water.

4. Add the vanilla extract.

5. Remove the peels, and mash the bananas into a paste using a fork. Add to the dish and stir to combine.

6. Add the apple chunks to the dish.

7. Add the berries. 

8. Place on the middle shelf in the preheated oven, and cook for 50 minutes.

9. Once cooked, remove from the oven, and allow to cool.

 
Once cooled, you can cover and store in the fridge. This will hold for a few days in the fridge.

“So whats with the prune juice?” 


OK, let’s address the elephant in baked oatmeal! Prunes are very high in polyphenols, and super sweet. Prune juice is supposedly even more concentrated. However, I found the juice too sweet/concentrated on its own, or mixed with water. I didn’t want to just throw it away, so I decided to throw it into the baked oats and see what would happen.

Turns out, it gives it a rich taste, and moist texture! You can always replace the prune juice with soy milk, almond milk, or any plant milk of choice. If you don’t have prune juice, or just don’t want to use it, you can just add an extra cup of water instead.


If you give it a try, let me know what you think 

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