Truth time. I’m not a big bread gal – with the exception of favourites of mine like sourdough, or the rye breads from Biona Organic, I really prefer to make my own loaves at home. I’ve made a few variations for my blog, such as my Turmeric Banana Bread and my Sweet Potato Protein Loaf, but I decided I wanted something different this time. Something a bit more ‘day to day’, a slightly simpler recipe. Enter Oat Bread! I used to make this long before my food blogger days began, and there are many variations out there. So here is mine – with some of my favourite spices like cinnamon and ginger, plus a little extra punch of fibre from the chia seeds! Let’s bake!
Recipe (Makes 10-11 slices from 1 big loaf)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 6 dried figs, chopped into halves or quarters
- 100ml of milk of choice (I use Alpro)
- 100-150ml of water (start with 100ml!)
- 1 handful of fresh, washed blueberries
- 400g of quick-cook oats (I use Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets)
- 500ml of Greek Yoghurt (I use Glenisk Natural Protein Yoghurt – the green one, my favourite as they know! I’ve also used Liberte 0% Greek Style Natural Yoghurt!)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven). Line a bread baking tin with grease-proof paper or greased tinfoil.
- Take a large mixing bowl, and add your dry ingredients – oats, seeds, baking powder and spices.
- Combine these together, and then add your yoghurt, milk, berries and 100ml of water.
- Arm action time! Stir everything together until you get a thick batter. Add the extra 50ml of water if the batter is still a little dry.
- Scoop the batter into your baking tin, and arrange the figs on top. You could also add pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds on top!
- Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes – insert a toothpick or fork into the bread at 45 minutes – if it comes out 99% clean you’re good to go!
- Leave the bread to cool for 20-30 minutes before slicing!
- You can store this at room temperature for up to a week or freeze slices for later!
Enjoy guys! There can never be enough bread recipes in my book – what else would we toast and cover in nut butter? Tag me if you try this recipe out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!
Ciara 🙂 x