Baked Oats with Prunes and Grapes

Food obsession is the kind coming out of nowhere, the kind you fall asleep with and wake up in the morning. It takes control of mind and refuses to leave until it has been absolutely satisfied. Oh my food obsessions! I’ve been eating breakfast muffins for months now, then the weather change getting into chilly mornings makes me feel like a bowl of porridge. This baked oatmeal has been dressed up in cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, adorned with grapes and prunes to start the day with a symphony of aromas and flavors. I cannot wait until next morning to have this again. Or would it be naughty of me having it before bed again?

Oats are generally low in calories and fill up the stomach longer (more so rolled oats, not quick cooking oats), so you will have less food cravings. They’re also high in fibre, protein, but low in fat, and contain plenty of amino acids and vitamins (vitamins E, folic acid, biotin and magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, selenium and manganese). Oats also help to lower bad cholesterol and help to reduce high blood pressure. If you are gluten intolerant like me, make sure you get the organic gluten-free oats since regular oats might contain gluten.

baked oatsIngredients (serves 2)

100g rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 large egg
grapes and prunes for topping
maple syrup to serve

Mix rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom in a bowl. Gently combine egg and milk in a separate bowl and pour into the oats. Stir to combine and transfer to a baking tin. Top with grapes and prunes. Bake in the preheated oven (180) for 30 minutes. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
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