A hands-off delicious sugar-free recipe that makes eating whole grain oats easy as the oven does all the work: you can double the recipe.
The apple adds a natural sweetness to this recipe which works well made plant-based or with eggs and dairy milk ~ see recipe notes below—a fabulous recipe to use up those not so great apples laying around that you can make in advance.
Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.
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Cracked Oat, Apple & Berry Bake
PREHEAT oven 350 F | 175 C 6 cup capacity glass pyrex or ovenproof baking dish + lid.
GRATE apple directly into baking dish.
WHISK in milk, egg ( or chia seeds) + vanilla, salt, cinnamon, baking powder until well combined. STIR in oats.
SCATTER berries evenly over the oat mix in the baking dish. COVER with a lid, foil or sheet pan to be eco-conscious.
BAKE 40mins until oats are cooked + milk is absorbed. Remove lid and bake 10mins until the top is golden (optional step).
SERVE hot or warm – drizzle with honey or maple syrup if you need the sweetness; a dollop of nut butter, coconut oil or butter to taste.
STORE in the fridge covered – reheat in the oven covered or portion into a saucepan on the stovetop.
OATS – use steel-cut or cracked oats. You can use rolled oats – cooking time will be more like 25-30mins.
MILK – use dairy or plant-based milk; you can use water or juice.
USE COCONUT MILK POWDER – I used ½ cup powder + 1¾ cup hot water – whisked until smooth first.
EGG-FREE SWAP egg for 2 tbsp chia seeds or our Super Seed Mix.
SWAP apple for pear; you might need 2 pears – mash them up with a fork if they are soft.
BERRIES – use whatever you have – frozen berries are great here & more economical – SWAP for ½ cup dried fruit.