My very own baked oatmeal…

It was dark and dreary this morning in Knysna, South Africa. It was the kind of morning where you have to turn on the kitchen light while you make breakfast, and the ground is wet outside and the sky is grey. The kind of morning that reminds me of my homeland, England. And what could be better on an autumn morning than oatmeal?

 

The Amond Brothers

I know it may seem like I’m obsessed with oatmeal, but… ah, who am I kidding? I am! After enjoying Katie’s baked oatmeal recipes, I wanted to try my hand at creating my own. I wanted some additional protein to aid my weight-training recovery, so I added an egg (eggs are another thing that I’ve re-introduced into my diet and am eating in moderation). And I love a good banana, so into the pot and out of the oven came…

 

Hot 'n' fresh out the kitchen

Banana-Nut Baked Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup rice milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • ¼ cup applesauce/pear sauce (I used pureed canned pears)
  • 1/8 tsp bicarb/baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Handful of almonds (I used whole, blanched)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter (optional, but it makes such a difference to the flavour – you could sub with a different fat, such as oil or nut butter)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180/350. Line a small baking dish or 1 large/2 small ramekin with greaseproof paper/baking parchment.
  2. Cut the banana in half. Mash half and set the other half aside.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together well and add the mashed banana.
  4. Pour into your prepared dish. Slice the remaining half of the banana and arrange slices on top of your oat mixture. Sprinkle with more cinnamon.
  5. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until inside is set but still moist and top is well-browned.

 

 

Bananarama

In non-food news, today we’ve been recording the acoustic version of Atlases & Astronauts, which will be available as a free download for those who pre-bought the album, or purchasable for those who didn’t. I love music, but I find recording very stressful! The perfectionist in me comes out and makes the process very slow and difficult, which defeats the object when the recording is meant to be “live”. Still, I’m looking forward to the end result.

 

Tired eyes and excess facial hair: the result of too many hours spent in the studio (photo courtesy of Warren Fleming - http://www.ianfleming.co.za)

 

Hope you all have a great day!

Mali.xxx

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