Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats - delicious make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Rich and chocolatey, no refined sugar but plenty of protein rich and tummy filling oats! Vegan and Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 20.04.2018

Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 45 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 8 bars Print recipe?

Look no further if you’re after an easy (read made in 1 bowl .. hurrah!), filling, delicious AND nutritious breakfast.  Baked oats are truly a thing of beauty.  Oven cooked porridge essentially and made ahead for those mornings (too many of those) that are rush rush rush.  Or it’s actually warmer weather and you don’t fancy a steaming bowl of porridge!

Both Phil and I are HUGE fans of oats in general – as evidenced by the growing number of oat based recipes!  And with baked oats, much like porridge and overnight oats you can add all sorts of healthy/tasty yummies.

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats - delicious make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Rich and chocolatey, no refined sugar but plenty of protein rich and tummy filling oats! Vegan and Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

I also wanted to make them vegan – I’m still getting to grips with using flax egg to replace actual eggs.  With milk it’s generally just a straight swap with soy or nut milks.  But replacing eggs in baking has been its own testing challenge.  There was a 3 cake fiasco trying to make this Raspberry and Almond Cake vegan.  Not that Phil minded.  He ate them sunk/too almondy/underbaked.

And I’m still trying to work out when to use baking soda with apple cider vinegar instead of flax eggs.  Anyone have any input?

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats - delicious make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Rich and chocolatey, no refined sugar but plenty of protein rich and tummy filling oats! Vegan and Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

But is there ever a better combination than bananas, oats, chocolate and peanut butter?  That you can legitimately eat for breakfast and/or as a snack?  These are flavours that were just MEANT to be together.

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats - delicious make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Rich and chocolatey, no refined sugar but plenty of protein rich and tummy filling oats! Vegan and Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

And if you’ve not tried Sweet Freedom yet, this is the perfect reason to start.  All their products are made with no chemical processing, no additives and no preservatives.  Just fruit sweetness.  Mixed with a bit of mashed banana is all you need to make these baked oats deliciously sweet without being sickly or overpowering.

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats - delicious make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Rich and chocolatey, no refined sugar but plenty of protein rich and tummy filling oats! Vegan and Gluten Free | thecookandhim.com

Here are some items I used to make these Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats:

Sweet Freedom Choc Shake – Banana | Mason Cash Measuring Jug

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Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 45 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 large ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
  • 2 heaped tblsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Freedom Choc Shake - Banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Optional

  • 1 banana for decoration
  • sprinkle of coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 Fan / 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5 and line a 7 x 9 inch (18 x 24 cm) baking tin or dish with parchment, covering the base and sides
  2. In a small dish or mug mix the ground flax seeds with 3 tblsp cold water and set aside
  3. Peel 2 ripe bananas, break into chunks and put in a large(ish) bowl.  Mash with a potato masher or fork
  4. Add the peanut butter and Sweet Freedom Choc Shake and whisk everything together
  5. Whisk in the flax egg, nut milk and vanilla essence
  6. Add the oats, baking powder and cinnamon and stir till well mixed
  7. Pour into the prepared tin then top with optional sliced banana and sprinkle with coconut sugar if using (this just gives a lovely caramely coating over the top)
  8. Bake for 45 minutes until risen and set.
  9. Serve immediately or allow to cool completely in the tin before cutting into bars
  10. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze in cut portions for a very quick grab and go breakkie!
Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Baked Oats

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