It’s a new week and for many of us the last before our kids are on holiday for a couple weeks. This quote by John F. Kennedy is our motto for the week, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” With a to do list a mile long, it’s important to take time out to plan and figure out what is actually moving you towards your goals. Once you’ve got down on paper, it will be a lot easier to spend your time on productive tasks.
On the list of things we don’t want you to worry about is your breakfast! This simple and delicious recipe for banana baked oats is a great way to get you powered up for the day. By baking the oats, you create a different texture than the one you may be used to, almost like a soft chewy cereal bar! By adding flax, chia and nuts, the nutritional value of this breakfast is also greatly increased. Lastly, add any fruits from the Fruitful Day box to make it both aesthetically pleasing and more flavorsome. Add different fruits the next day for a whole new combo and you won’t get bored.
Now go out there and smash this week healthy breakfast and all!
Banana Baked Oats (makes one 23cm x 23cm baked tray)
Ingredients for the baked oats
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 3 tbsp chia
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp ginger powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 cups mashed banana from the Fruitful Day Box
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (this is optional as bananas are already sweet)
- 2 cups coconut milk, almond milk or any milk of choice
Ingredients for toppings
- 1 banana from the Fruitful Day Box
- any other fruit of choice from the Fruitful Day Box
- pecan nuts from the Fruitful Day Box
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax, chia, spices and salt. You can grind the flax yourself from whole flax seeds in a coffee grinder.
3. Add the wet ingredients; mashed banana, coconut oil, vanilla essence, maple syrup and coconut/nut milk.
4. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
5. Pour mixture into the baking tray (lined if necessary) and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until browned on top.
6. While oats are baking, take another baking tray out for the pecans.
7. Coat the pecans in honey and roast for 5 – 8 minutes or until browned. You can put them in alongside the oats.
8. While both the pecans and oats are baking, thinly slice bananas.
9. Place a pan on medium heat, add some butter to the pan and sauté the banana slices by cooking lightly on each side and sprinkling with cinnamon.
10. Once oats are browned, remove from the oven and serve with cream or yoghurt. Top with caramelised banana, caramelised pecans and sliced fruit.