Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

This breakfast is a delicious, wholesome cross between oatmeal and apple crumble. It’s ideal for colder mornings, because of the warm, comforting combination of apple and cinnamon, and the oats that give an energising start to the day.

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Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

Convenience: 15 mins to prepare ~ 40 mins to bake
Serves: about 6

Ingredients

  • 200 g (2 cups) rolled or jumbo oats
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar (or 2 tbsp brown sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 500 ml (2 cups) non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (optional*)
  • 3 apples, chopped into 1-2 cm chunks

*Unsweetened apple sauce (apple puree) can be hard to find if you’re in the UK. It’s fine to leave it out of this recipe.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C or 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, vanilla, apple sauce, and maple syrup (if using).
  4. Pour the milk mixture and the chopped apples into the oat mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Spoon the oatmeal mixture into an oven-safe dish (roughly 10 x 8 inches).
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes, until bubbling at the sides.
  7. Serve warm or cool with a splash of non-dairy milk.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Apples, oats, and non-dairy milk can be pretty cheap. The recipe is more expensive if you’re using maple syrup, but that’s completely optional.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy. Oats have a low glycemic index, giving long lasting energy. Also, the soluble fibre in oats is supposed to be good for the heart. Apples are, of course, very healthy. To make this breakfast extra healthy, just cut down the added sugar.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32This baked oatmeal is a super delicious and comforting breakfast.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5


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Banana breakfast cookies

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Banana breakfast cookies

Serves: 2 (makes nine small cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 70 g (3/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto a baking tray and flatten.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, until firm.
  5. Cool, then store in an air tight container or freeze.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware, none of the ingredients are particularly harmful for the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Oats and bananas are very cheap.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy! No added sugar or fat, and oats give long lasting energy and are good for the cardiovascular system. Adding chocolate chips makes it less healthy, but dark chocolate supposedly has some health benefits.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Very tasty, and perfect for sharing.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5!


 

Quick pancakes

One of the simplest and most reliable pancake recipes you will find.


Quick pancakes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 130 g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 235 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flavourless oil
  • Frozen blueberries (defrosted) or dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat a frying pan.
  3. Add the milk and oil to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. A few lumps are fine.
  4. Spoon enough mixture into the pan for one pancake, and then drop a few blueberries or chocolate chips onto the wet batter in the pan.
  5. Flip the pancake once the bottom is firm and light brown.
  6. Cook until the other side is also browning.
  7. Repeat spooning the batter into the pan until it’s gone.
  8. If the pancakes begin to turn out flatter, try adding some more baking powder.
  9. Serve hot with maple syrup.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware none of the ingredients are particularly harmful for the environment. If you’re worried about almond milk, you can use soy milk or any other non-dairy milk instead.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 It’s all fairly cheap. More on the pricey side is almond milk (£1 per litre in the UK), and the optional frozen blueberries (£2 for 350g in the UK). Pretty good overall so deserves a spoon.
  4. Not so healthy. Almost entirely made of refined carbohydrate.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Tastes great. Family and friends are always very happy to wake up to fresh pancakes!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


Oatmeal/Porridge ideas

Oatmeal is my favourite food. It’s also probably the most satisfying and healthy breakfast in the world. But, in case you find it a little boring, here are five quick and easy ideas to make the morning more exciting.

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1. Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 apple, chopped into 1 cm chunks
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

2. Chocolate oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 3 tsp drinking chocolate powder (most are vegan)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

3. Custard oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vegan custard powder (e.g. Bird’s)
  • 2 tsp sugar

Directions

  1. Add custard powder and a drop of almond milk to a small saucepan, and, with the heat off, make a smooth paste.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

4. Blueberry oatmealScreen Shot 2016-04-08 at 14.33.09

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 50 g frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp sugar

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

 5. Banana oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware, oats are not harmful to the environment. I’m not sure about almond milk, but it’s definitely got a much lower carbon footprint than dairy milk.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 Oats are very cheap, especially considering how nutritious they are. More on the pricey side is almond milk (£1 per litre in the UK), and frozen blueberries (£2 for 350g in the UK). Pretty good overall so deserves a spoon.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Definitely healthy. With a low glycemic index, oatmeal gives long lasting energy. Also, the soluble fibre in oats is supposed to be good for the heart. I always feel my best after a bowl of oatmeal.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I think it’s delicious. No breakfast makes me happier!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5!


 

Please share your favourite oatmeal recipes!