Sometimes I just wake up wanting to eat cake!
In this family, we all have huge sweet tooths and could eat desserts at every meal. So it's no surprise that everyone in the house wakes up craving cake and cookies with their morning cup of herbal tea.
To satisfy our cravings and make sure we are all starting our days with a wholesome meal full of energy to help us shine throughout, a slice of baked oatmeal is the perfect dish. It's a quick fix, loaded with goodness that will keep you all energized and satisfied all the way through to lunch. I personally love this dish because in one pot, I have been able to make a yummy, fulfilling breakfast for the entire family and so I can sit in peace knowing that all my babies have started their day with good nutrition.
- 1 and 1/2 cup of whole oats ( we use gluten-free oats but whole oats will do just fine)
- 40g freely grated coconut (optional because this is just for extra added flavor)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of cardamon ( this is incredibly important as it aids digestion early in the morning )
- a pinch of ginger powder
- a tiny pinch of salt to bring of the flavors
- 2 and 1/2 cups of non-dairy milk ( we suggest non-dairy milk because fruits and dairy are not a great combination for our gut)
- 3 tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas
- Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- Optional jaggery or date syrup for additional sweetness
- Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C
- Take a large mixing bowl and add the oats, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut, ginger powder, and salt
- In a smaller bowl, mash a banana and mix it in with the milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup
- Mix the dry and wet together.
- Chop your strawberries and banana and add it to the mix. Throw in your blueberries. While adding your raspberries, give then a little squish so that you get a beautiful red flavor in your dish
- Brush your baking dish with a little coconut oil and pour in your mixture.
- Bake for 42 to 45 minutes at 200 degrees C, until the top is nice and golden. Remove your baked oatmeal from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes. The cooling process is important as it lets the dish harden and gain a more cake-like texture. If you prefer a pipping hot dish and enjoy the oatmeal porridge texture, break-in and enjoy this dish!
In Ayurveda, we recommend against mixing raw fruit with any other food, so it is extremely important to consume these fruits after they have been baked. Once the fruits have been cooked, their qualities become more compatible with other foods and are easier to digest.
This recipe is recommended for people with strong digestions. If you are feeling heavy or experiencing a weaker gut, avoid this form of oatmeal and stick to a simpler porridge.