Spring is here, and warm mornings aren't far away. Maybe the idea of a bowl of steaming porridge isn't so appealing when the temp outside is the same as your porridge? Have a go at this simple variation. I have adapted it from a recipe in Teresa Cutters book Heathy Baking. You can make the basic mix up the night before and bake it the next morning, or you could make the mix up in the morning, let it sit for the day and bake it that night to have cold the next morning. It also makes an excellent on-the-go snack.
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 apple, grated
2 dates, chopped
2 tbsp shredded coconut
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp maple syrup (optional for extra sweetness)
1/3 cup flaked almonds
Combine oats, chia, milk and vanilla. Mix well, cover and place in the fridge overnight or for the day.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Add the remaining ingredients, except almonds, to your soaked mixture and pour into a greased 20cm baking dish, top with the almonds and bake for around 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Leave the dates out, and fold through a punnet of blueberries just before baking.
Top with some extra shaved coconut instead of almonds.
3. Switch the spices around to your preference. Mixed spice, ginger or nutmeg. I put a teaspoon of this in mine last night. It was very turmericcy! so I added a tbsp of honey to offset that kick.
Would love to hear variations/success/failure stories!!