Baked Oatmeal- But Make It Sexy

Everyone keeps banging on about baked oats at the moment. Like ooh they are so healthy and low GI and I say screw that, it’s still January and I want filth and substance on a cold Sunday morning.

So I made baked oats around the crowd pleasing flavour combos already present in the kitchen- namely chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. Finish up with a whiff of vanilla and a dark dash of maple syrup. Elvis would approve. Or possibly, he would add a stage in the deep fat fryer, who knows, but whatever he might think this beats the hell out of plain almond milk and endless lies about cinnamon making up for sugar.

This is an easy dish, done in less than an hour for a hot, stodgy treat packed with fibre and good fats and, yes, fine, a decent slow burn of energy that will keep you fuelled up good for whatever you’re doing for the rest of Sunday. An ideal breakfast fresh from the oven and good snack once it’s cooled down and cut into handy cakey bars.

Vegan if you care. Sub the flaxseed for an egg if you don’t.

Boomboom Breakfast Baked Oatmeal

Dry:
2 cups porridge oats
1tsp baking powder
A good pinch of quality sea salt

Wet:
2 bananas, well mashed
1 1/2 cups of chocolate flavoured oat (or other) milk
2 heaped tablespoons peanut butter of your choice (I like Whole Earth)
1tsp banana flavouring*
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon flaxseed

Heat the oven to 180C and line/lightly grease a shallow casserole dish or small cake tin.

Combine the dry ingredients and set aside.

Combine all wet ingredients and stir very well but gently, adding the flaxseeds last then leave for ten minutes to rest. Add the dry mix, stir to combine well and bake uncovered. Depending on the kind of oats you have it will be done in 25-35 minutes, wait until it is just solid in the centre and the edges are starting to look crisp.

Serve hot from the oven in a big slab, drizzled with more maple syrup. Delicious.

Give your baked oats some boom with peanut butter, banana and chocolate.

*Variations- if you don’t have banana essence (because you aren’t a huge child as I am) up the vanilla by a teaspoon.
Any plant milk or nut butter should work.
If you don’t have/want flaxseed add large beaten egg and skip the 10 minute rest.
Add some dried banana slices halfway through cooking or squares of dark chocolate 5 mins before end to make it prettier.

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