Baked Apple & Plum Pumpkin Seed Oats
After much soul-searching (and perhaps a bit of insta-FOMO), it's finally time to accept and embrace the change in seasons! So long refreshing summer berry ice creams! Adios frozen smoothie bowls! And a huge welcome to this perfect warm and nourishing autumnal breakfast.
This seemingly indulgent crumble-like breakfast is wonderful fresh out of the oven with a nice dollop of creamy yogurt, but it's also the gift that keeps on giving. If you're guilty of never having time for a proper breakfast during the week, you can enjoy this cold for the next few days for a seriously delicious start to the day. It'll keep you full all morning long thanks to the complex carbohydrates and high protein content, along with it's nutritionally dense and wholesome ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 22cm square baking dish. (I didn’t have mine to hand so used 6 individual enamel dishes but this still worked great.)
In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseeds, seeds, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine the milk, maple syrup, eggs (or flax eggs), melted coconut oil and vanilla extract. Mix well until fully combined. If the coconut oil solidifies when it comes in contact with the cold milk, put the mixture in the microwave for 40 seconds or so, just until the coconut oil melts again.
Wash and slice the fruit. Place half of the fruit on the bottom of the dish and keep the rest for putting on top at the end. Sprinkle the dry mixture over the fruit until fully covered.
Pour the wet ingredients over the top of the oats. Gently shake the baking dish to make sure the wet mixture covers over all of the oats. Arrange the remaining fruit on top and press down slightly.
This recipe was created by Emily Wright from The Wright Foodie. Emily is a mother of two and a qualified nutritional cook who enjoys creating healthy and wholesome recipes with maximum nutritional benefit. She runs cooking courses from her house in London for those with allergies, intolerances or who are stuck in a food rut and needs some fresh healthy inspiration! Follow Emily on Instagram and check out her blog.