I absolutely love oatmeal. In my opinion its one of the best breakfast foods out there, i’ll admit I sometimes even eat it for lunch or dinner when I’m too lazy to cook. Even though theres endless flavour combinations, sometimes you just need a bit of a spice up, and this blueberry baked oatmeal does just that. It’s crunchy, sweet, nutty and deliciously fragrant. Perfect for winter mornings and the best thing is if you make a big batch of it you have breakfast already made for a week! Just add some creamy almond milk (or any plant based milk for that matter) and you’re set.
As you would probably know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) oats are fantastic for your health. They contain high amounts of a type of fibre called beta-glucan. This kind of fibre can help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. They can also prevent heart disease, due to the antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides. These compounds help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oats are also a fantastic source of carbohydrates and protein and contain high amounts of manganese, copper, thiamin (vitamin B1), phosphorous and chromium.
This recipe is great because it can be made in large batches and stored in jars or contains and consumed throughout the week. Either for breakfast, or just to munch on for a snack (which trust me, you will)
- 2.5 Cups Oats
- 1 Grated Apple (Large)
- 2 Cups Blueberries (can use fresh or frozen)
- ⅓ Cup Buckinis
- 1 Large Banana
- 5-6 Tbs Maple Syrup
- 1 Punnet (250g) Strawberries (chopped)
- 3 Tbs Seeds (Pumpkin, Sunflower etc)
- 3 Tbs LSA
- 2 Tbs Chia Seeds + 2 Tbs Water
- 1 Tbs Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Combine the dry ingredients into a large bowl, add the apple, mashed banana, strawberries and blueberries and mix together.
- Add the chia seed mixture and combine, gradually add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix together until mixture is coated.
- Lay mixture on a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in a pre heated oven at 110ºC for 40-50 minutes (be sure to keep an eye on the mixture- you may need longer or shorter depending on your oven)
- When the mixture is cooked, set aside and allow to cool.
- Serve with almond milk or any plant based milk of your choice and some fresh berries. Store the rest in a container.