BAKED OATS: Easy Breakfast Idea
I’m going to start this by saying that I don’t like oats – baked oats or otherwise. I know, I know, not the best way to start a recipe post that is all about oats but stay with me – there is a happy ending!
It also seems like the perfect breakfast recipe – the calories are where they need to be for me, it’s really filling, and it’s cheap and easy.
As a busy mum with two children, multiple ongoing projects, and a craving for cake and bread I appreciate all three of these.
They’re ideal for meal prep
It feels like life is so busy now that we never have time for anything.
No time to eat right.
No time to read a book.
No time as a family.
No time to exercise.
Well, this recipe covers at least one of these – two if you use the spare time you’ve gained from meal prepping to do some yoga or settle down with a good book,
I would suggest only prepping three days in advance because honestly, nothing is going to taste as good from day 4 onwards.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING OATS?
Oats have tons of health benefits as they include loads of really good stuff including (but not limited to) fibre, magnesium and phosphorus.
Fibre: Lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
Magnesium: Supports hundreds of chemical reactions in your body and helps turn the food we eat into energy.
Phosphorus: Helps to build strong bones and teeth, and supports with releasing energy from the food we eat.
All of this information can be found on the NHS Eat Well website.
You can get 1kg of oats for 75p.
To put this in perspective – this recipe uses 3 cup of oats which is roughly 270g!
WHAT EGG REPLACEMENT IS USED?
I use banana because I love banana but if you’re a bit meh or outright hate them DON’T PANIC!
There are so many egg replacements, some work and some don’t so I will list the ones I have already tried below.
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of applesauce
I am going to be experimenting with more egg replacements so make sure you subscribe this blog and follow me on Instagram or Pinterest to be the first in the know – early bird catches the worm and all that.
HOW YOU CAN CUSTOMISE YOUR BAKED OATS
Don’t like bananas? Switch them out for applesauce.
Don’t like blueberries? Switch them out for strawberries.
You’re a fitness fanatic? Switch the vanilla flavouring out for this vegan vanilla protein powder.
Below are just some of the awesome ways I have adapted this recipe to create new baked oats flavours.
It’s not all about the flavour though – size really does matter!
This recipe produces a really thick end product so I’ll often split the mixture across two pans to get a thin bake.
This thin version makes perfect “cake bars” for A as an after school snack
There are so many ways to customise this recipe that you should be able to find your own amazing version.
HOW ARE THESE SERVED?
You could eat these as a healthy breakfast or an afternoon snack.
For breakfast, I love pairing it with some Alpro yoghurt and fresh fruit.
WHO ELSE ARE THESE SUITABLE FOR?
These are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy-free diet.
As these are made with plant-based and unprocessed ingredients (depending on which variation you make!) they are suitable for anyone following a vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and whole foods plant-based (WFPB) diet.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL INFO?
The below information is all -ish as it depends on the plant milk and egg replacement you use (almond milk is lower calorie than coconut milk and 2 bananas is more calories than 1 cup of applesauce).
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
TOTAL COST: £7.13
COST PER PORTION: 79p
The good news is that once you have bought some ingredients once you won’t need to buy them again for a while so next time you make these it will only cost 6p per portion!
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Baked oats base
- 1½ cup plant milk (I have used almond and coconut, both work just as well as the other)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 mashed bananas (or the equivalent of any other egg replacement)
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups oats
Blueberry and Chocolate
- 1 cup blueberries
- 100 g free from chocolate chips
- 1 cup applesauce (instead of banana as your egg replacement)
- 2 tsp cinnamon (in addition to the cinnamon in the base recipe above)
- Pre-heat the oven to 175C / 345F / Gas 3
- Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Mix it together
- Place in a lined baking tray
- Bake for 45 minutes
- Once baked let it cool before slicing into portions