Being that it’s January and I have, like most of you, overindulged during the Christmas break I wanted something that was comforting, but didn’t feel too healthy on this very cold winter morning. So here is my attempt at the increasingly popular baked porridge.
Rather than use cow’s milk I opted for almond milk, which I think, adds a nice creaminess to the dish and makes is feel a bit more indulgent. You can choose to add any fruits you like to this, really. Be it mashed banana, blueberries, pears….the options are endless. Let your creativity run wild! I opted for a mix of berries, purely because I fancied something a bit more on the ‘sour’ side.
I haven’t added any sugar to the dish at all, but just a pinch of salt and pure vanilla essence, for a bit of pow! But simply because I couldn’t resist, I added a drizzle of maple syrup half way through the cooking time, and a teaspoon more when the porridge was served (as a Canadian, I couldn’t resist!!).
So enough with the jibber jabber, on with the recipe!
150 grams large porridge oats
250mls almond milk
75 grams mixed berries
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (bit extra to drizzle over when serving)
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
pinch of salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
To start, preheat your oven to 180C. Grab an ovenproof dish, preferably one that is non-stick. To this dish, add you oats and pour over the almond milk. Drizzle over the vanilla essence, add the salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and gently stir. Finally, scatter over the mixed berries.
Place the dish in the middle of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, it should be gently bubbling. Drizzle over the maple syrup and place the dish back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. If you want to crank up the indulgence of this dish, rather than maple syrup you could scatter demerara sugar over the top – this will caramelise and crisp up nicely in the oven, and give a touch of crunch.
When finished, remove the dish from the oven and serve with a touch more maple syrup drizzled over. If you would like, you could also add a dollop of Greek yoghurt on the side, or perhaps a touch of cashew butter – either one goes really well. Enjoy!