January mornings are plain miserable. Cuddles with Leni helps immensely but with a new health kick under way and a drop in the temperature a little luxury on a drizzly Monday morning really helps. That’s where baked oatmeal makes its scrumptious entry. A step up from the original porridge, baked oatmeal is diet-friendly, bursting with nutrients and filling.
There are lots of baked oatmeal recipes online but this one omits sugar completely, so it’s ideal if you’re on a sugar-free diet. It also includes plenty of anti-oxidant berries and potassium-rich banana, which gives it a delicious sweetness. I scatter a few nuts and seeds in mine too as they’re filled with healthy fats and protein. I hate wasting things like fruit and berries but some weeks they just don’t all get eaten, so I pop them in a container and freeze them ready for these baked oatmeal mornings. It’s the perfect opportunity to use up fruit that’s on its way out. But there’s no steadfast rule, you can pretty much add what you like. In the past I’ve enjoyed mine with apples and rasins. It’s like apple crumble for breakfast, seriously.
In this sugar-free recipe, I’ve switched out the white stuff for some pure maple syrup. I always try and buy the best quality I can afford and in this case I’ve gone for an organic version which is rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium – a good alternative to refined sugar if you ask me!
This recipe takes around 30 minutes to bake, so I normally throw it all together and pop it in the oven whilst Puppy Daddy and I are off walking Leni before work. This easy baked oatmeal recipe makes a nice change on those mornings where porridge alone is just plain boring…