I’ve found myself to be a little bit obsessed with oats at the moment, and so I’ve been making a lot of baked ‘oatmeal’- type things for my breakfasts this week. I’m not one for exquisite presentation because to me it’s all about FLAVOUR:
That beauty right there is what I’ve called Baked Apple and Cinnammon Oatmeal – and it’s really simple to make! See below for a recipe that doesn’t need weighing scales.
What you need (for 1 nice and big serving of any baked oatmeal brekkie):
Ground Cinnammon (optional)
Cashew nuts, chopped (optional)
Honey or syrup (optional)
Plus any topping you fancy!
What to do:
– Preheat the oven to around 200 degrees celsius
– Pop a couple of generous handfuls of oats, a little sprinkling of sugar, and a few sultanas (optional) into an ovenproof dish. ~The dish shouldn’t be much bigger than about a 5-ish-inch diameter circle; if it is then the cooking time for the oatmeal mix may be shorter~
– Add a good splash of your favourite type of milk, and a chopped banana, to the oat mix, then mash it all together until it is fully mixed and resembles the consistency of a thick porridge
– Mix in a few chopped cashew nuts (optional) and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnammon (also optional) – or more if you love cinnammon as much as I do!
– After ensuring it is all well-combined together, flatten the oatmeal in its dish and bake for 35-40 minutes
– When the oats look golden brown, take the dish out of the oven and drizzle honey or syrup (optional) over the top. Leave to rest for 10 mins whilst you prepare the topping of your choice!
– You can then either eat it straight out of the dish (careful if it’s hot!) or, if you’ve made more than one serving then spoon them into separate bowls before adding toppings.
The topping I used for the oatmeal photographed above was diced apple with a bit of sugar and a bit of cinnammon;
– Dice one apple into small chunks, add a splinkling each of cinnammon and sugar, and then bake in a separate dish to the oat mix for around 30-40 minute
But there are plenty of other ideas:
– You could grate some lemon or orange zest (and squeeze a little bit of juice, substituting for the milk) into your oat mix before baking, and then top with blueberries – Yum!
– You could top the freshly baked oatmeal with more chopped banana and a dollop of nut-butter – such as peanut butter or almond butter
– Top with strawberries, raspberries or cherries; with a spoonful of chocolate spread (or Nutella if you fancy it – I have a slight obsession with Nutella!)
– Go tropical by topping with diced pineapple and/or mango and a spoonful of coconut butter (or Bounty spread!) If this is your kind of thing, you could add a sprinkling of dessicated coconut or coconut flakes to the oat mix before baking
– If you’re a chocoholic like me, you could swap the sultanas for choccie chips 😛
Happy brekkie! Let me know if you make this or anything similar – or just comment with your own favourite breakfast food at the moment 😃
If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to ask!
Love & Hugs,