Fruit and Nut Baked Oats

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A super handy make-ahead breakfast that gives you 4 servings in one go! I hope you love it as much as I did – a great alternative to Overnight Oats that uses very similar ingredients.

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Recipe (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (or just double up on the chia seeds)
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 200g of quick cook oats
  • 250ml milk
  • 100g of blueberries
  • 6 strawberries, stem removed and sliced lengthways
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 handfuls of mixed nuts, roughly chopped (I love walnuts and almonds)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C, and line a square baking dish with grease-proof paper. If you don’t have a square one that’s fine, just remember this batch makes 4 portions! If you have ramekins, you could bake the mixture into four of those, but I haven’t done this so the cooking time wouldn’t be the same!
  2. Take a large mixing bowl, and add the dry ingredients – oats, mixed nuts, spices and chia/flax seeds – and stir to combine.
  3. Mash 2 bananas into almost liquid-like consistency in a separate bowl.
  4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the milk in, followed by the mashed bananas.
  5. Stir the mixture, then toss the blueberries in. Add most of the strawberries – save a few slices as toppings.
  6. Stir your baked oats batter once more to fold in the berries.
  7. Pour the mix into your baking tin, and arrange the banana slices on top, as artfully as you like!
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. Check the centre at 25 minutes by inserting a toothpick or fork into it – if it comes out 99% clean you’re good to go!
  9. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing up into four squares!

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this one out as always – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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