Baked oatmeal is a lovely way to start a cold winter’s day. Who wouldn’t like to start their morning with warm, fruity oats, straight from the oven (and a cup of hot coffee, of course) when the mercury is hovering around zero? This is sweet, fruity, delicious – and filling enough to keep you going all morning. And it has a protein boost as a bonus.
I can already hear the complaints of “But I don’t have time in the mornings!” So save this for the weekend when you do have time. Or prepare it the night before, then just nuke your serve in the morning and you’ll have a warm, healthy and filling breakfast ready in about 40 seconds. Plus extras for your breakfasts for the rest of the week, or for a tasty snack or even dessert. But honestly, this took me maybe ten minutes to throw together, and while it was baking I went off and showered, put on my make up and got dressed for the day. Then I barely had time to make a coffee before breakfast was served. No excuses. 🙂
2 large oranges
2 tbs Craisins
1 cup rolled oats
1-2 tbs brown sugar
50g unflavoured whey*
2 tbs chopped walnuts
1 cup water
Heat oven to 180ºC. Mash or chop the banana. Peel and segment one orange, then roughly tear the segments into pieces and place into a square 20cm baking dish or deep pie dish with the banana. Add the craisins and sprinkle cinnamon over.
In a bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, whey and walnuts. Zest the remaining orange (you only need 1-2 tsp of zest so don’t go crazy), then juice it. You should get close to a cup of orange juice. Add the zest, juice and water to the oat mixture and stir to mix well. Pour the mixture over the fruit in the baking dish and gently spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is slightly crisp and beginning to brown.
Serve with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and some extra walnuts sprinkled over.
*If you don’t have unflavoured whey or just want to reduce the sugar, substitute vanilla flavoured whey and omit the brown sugar.
Per serve (4 serves)
Per serve (6 serves)