If you follow my IG account, then you may have picked up on the fact that last Friday we had a gas leak- which lead to the gas on our floor having to be switched off. No hot water, no heating- no hob. For three days. Which unfortunately meant no cooking any porridge. But, on the upside, it also forced me to shake up my breakfast, and test out a super simple baked oatmeal recipe.
I’ve made baked oatmeal before, experimenting with a few different add-ins to maximise nutritional benefits (type ‘baked oatmeal’ in to the search bar and you’ll see), but this recipe has the fewest ingredients, and actually the nicest texture: cookie-dough like oats; tender, sweet apple; warming cinnamon. No fancy ingredients. Student, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy free friendly. Still good for you, and cheap to make. It takes 25 minutes in the oven, and so only about half an hour all in all (depending how fast your oven heats up). Perfect for the grey winter mornings we’re currently having…
- 1 medium apple- I used pink lady
- 1/2 cup porridge oats
- 1/2 cup coconut-rice milk (or any plant based milk- you can also use cow’s milk, goat’s milk etc.)
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Ginger, to taste (I used approximately 1/4 of the amount of cinnamon)
- 1/4tsp baking powder
- 1/4tsp baking soda
- OPTIONAL: A drizzle of honey to glaze; 1tbsp nut butter of choice, to add once removed from the oven
- Preheat the oven to 190*c, and grease a baking dish (a deep dish works best).
- Chop the apple into chunks, reserving three thin slices to top.
- In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients, and then pour into the baking dish. Top with the apple you sliced earlier and then put to one side, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and also a drizzle of honey (just a little) if you like.
- Place into the oven for 25 minutes, until crisp on the top. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool slightly (give it 5 minutes-ish- just so you don’t burn your mouth), then dig in…