Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats - the perfect make ahead breakfast for busy mornings! Easy to make and handy to have in the fridge or freezer to grab and go! Naturally sweetened with fruit and a dash of maple syrup these are also vegan and gluten free | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 24.07.2018

Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 40 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 55 mins / quantity: 6 - 8 portions Print recipe?

I had a rather hilarious conversation on Instagram very recently involving a very lovely lady and a typo.  It started off innocently enough about my love for cherries and oats.  Because I truly love oats – in all their guises at any time of the year.  And as much as I love porridge it’s just been waaaay too warm lately for one of my very favourite breakfasts.  Which is where baked oats comes in.

Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats - the perfect make ahead breakfast for busy mornings! Easy to make and handy to have in the fridge or freezer to grab and go! Naturally sweetened with fruit and a dash of maple syrup these are also vegan and gluten free | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Get the oven on early, get them baked – enjoy at your leisure.  We’re still getting all that healthy oat goodness without filling our bellies with the hot stuff on a hot day!

And I’m a bit in love with Foodie Flavours natural essences.  They’re incredibly intense with flavour so a little goes a LONG way.  And because you’re just adding a few drops for full on flavour it doesn’t alter the texture of whatever you’re cooking!  Try these Vegan Jaffa Cakes to see what these tiny little bottles are truly capable of ?

Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats - the perfect make ahead breakfast for busy mornings! Easy to make and handy to have in the fridge or freezer to grab and go! Naturally sweetened with fruit and a dash of maple syrup these are also vegan and gluten free | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

There are some flavour combinations that were just meant to be.  Chocolate and orange.  Chocolate and mint.  Peanut butter and anything.  Another is raspberry and almond.  Add in fresh apricots, perfect this time of year, for all natural sweetness and juicy pops of flavour in this vegan and gluten free baked oats recipe.

Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats - the perfect make ahead breakfast for busy mornings! Easy to make and handy to have in the fridge or freezer to grab and go! Naturally sweetened with fruit and a dash of maple syrup these are also vegan and gluten free | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

But don’t think you can’t enjoy these oats warm too!  Our mornings are usually too rushed and Phil just grabs something as he’s headed out the door but they’re just as divinely scrummy fresh out of the oven on a cold winter morning!

Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats - the perfect make ahead breakfast for busy mornings! Easy to make and handy to have in the fridge or freezer to grab and go! Naturally sweetened with fruit and a dash of maple syrup these are also vegan and gluten free | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats

prep: 15 mins / cook: 40 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 55 mins / quantity: 6 - 8 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (60mg) maple syrup
  • 10 drops Foodie Flavours Almond Essence
  • 20 drops Foodie Flavours Raspberry Essence
  • 2 cups (220g) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 fresh apricots

Optional

  • 1 tblsp coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 Fan / 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5 and line a 7 x 9 inch baking tray with parchment, covering the base and sides
  2. Mix the ground flax seeds with 3 tblsp water, stir well and set aside for 5 minutes
  3. Peel the bananas and break into chunks into a large bowl.  Mash well with a fork until fairly smooth and no large lumps of banana remain
  4. Add the almond milk, maple syrup and both the essences and and whisk in with the fork
  5. Using a rubber spatula or large spoon stir in the oats and baking powder until everything is well combined
  6. Pour into your prepared tin
  7. Cut the apricots in half and remove the stone.  Cut each apricot half into 3-4 slices then lay the slices across the top of the oats, pushing down to slightly submerge
  8. Optional: sprinkle the coconut sugar over the top of the apricots and oats.  This is an optional step as it doesn't add much extra sweetness, just gives a lovely caramelisation to the top of the baked oats
  9. Bake the oats for 40 minutes until firm and golden
  10. Eat immediately or leave to cool before slicing into portions and storing in the fridge or freezer

Notes

  • Putting the cooled baked oats in the fridge to chill completely before slicing makes cutting them up much neater (if neatness is your thing!)
  • We don't have a microwave so I don't know if these are any good to warm up.  Would love to know if anyone tries! 
Raspberry Apricot and Almond Baked Oats

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  • Hello,
    I have 2 questions:
    1. Can you replace bananas in this recipe? I don’t like the taste of banana in dough.
    2. Is it absolutely necessary to add baking soda?

    • Hi Ali, thanks for getting in touch!
      To answer your questions:
      1. The banana is there for a couple of reasons – it adds mass and natural sweetness without having to add loads of extra sugar. I’ve not tried it but you could maybe substitute with cooked, diced apple or something like canned pumpkin (though you’ll also need to add extra sweetener with pumpkin). I’ve also not tried using sweet potato in baking yet but it seems very popular so might work too!
      2. Did you mean baking powder rather than soda as there’s no baking soda in the recipe? I’m constantly experimenting with ways to get rise in baked recipes without using eggs. Flax seeds are a good substitute but this is quite a dense recipe anyway due to the amount of fruit and oats so I added the baking powder to make it a little lighter. You could try without it but it may turn out quite heavy and solid. It might also be worth trying an extra flax ‘egg’ – 2 tblsp ground flax seeds to 1/3 cup (6 tblsp) water.

      If you try any of these things I’d love to know how you get on!
      Happy baking ~ Sam 🙂

  • Thanks. Now I understand.

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