THOUGHTS THURSDAY: All About Baked Oats
More consistently than any other question, I get asked how I make my baked oats.
I do have secrets for making these amazing breakfast bowls, friends.
And I’m going to share them all here!
But first: here is a prayer, not written by her, but sent to me by my dear friend Emily this morning:
So. Baked oats.
They come out looking like an apple or blueberry crisp or banana bread or peach cobbler depending on the fruit you use, but made with entirely whole foods and no added sugar. The way our bodies are meant to thrive!
I use 1 cup of oats. The oats I use are the President’s Choice organic quick oats variety, but thick rolled oats work beautifully, too (they’re just super expensive… feel free to send some my way😉).
So yeah, put your oats in a bowl.
Next comes your liquid. Use the same amount of liquid to oats; water, milk, almond milk, coffee (I’d recommend half coffee half milk), chai tea… you can get quite creative depending on your taste buds here!
Now, add your baking soda and salt. About a half teaspoon of each should do it. I add 1 packet of stevia here, but feel free to add a bit of honey, maple syrup, or sugar, if desired. Stir it all up in a bowl and allow that to soak for about 10 minutes.
Next come your mix-ins! I have used frozen cherries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, banana, dates, carrot, mango, sweet potato, and mixes of them! The options are endless and totally up to you! This is also a good time to add spices that suit the flavour you’re going for. Cinnamon with apples is necessary… cacao with banana or cherry… nutmeg, chai spice, the options are endless!
Once your mix-ins are thoroughly stirred into your oats, the bowl goes to the oven! Bake them for 27 mins at 450 degrees, and then broil for an additional 1-2 mins for the most amazing texture. Allow to cool for about ten minutes before topping.
For me, the only topping necessity is nut butter, and I’ve used just about every variety of nut butter there is. But you can also add dried fruit, nuts, a splash of milk or maple syrup, granola, cereals… again, creativity.
And there you have it! This makes for such a filling and nourishing breakfast that aided me throughout my recovery and beyond, plus is something I genuinely enjoy, and enjoy experimenting with!
May God Bless and ignite your weekend with His Spirit and may you be so newly aware of His presence.