Strawberry and Apple Baked Oats

by Angie Trinh

Winter and I are not good friends but eating porridge in the morning is like giving yourself a warm hug and takes a bit of the winter chill away. I have recently discovered steel cut oats and I like the fact that they have a nutty chewy texture when cooked. I'm not so keen on having to stand there for 30-35 minutes stirring the pot so baking them is a great alternative. I usually put it in the oven and go for my morning walk but I don't see why you couldn't prepare it the night before and just heat it up the next morning in the microwave with a few extra splashes of milk. You can get really creative with toppings but I usually like mine with some bee pollen and cacao nibs. If you like your oats sweet then honey is great drizzled on top or if you're feeling indulgent melted dark chocolate would banish any winter blues. Serves 1

You'll need

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 4 medium sized strawberries, stalks removed and sliced in thirds
  • 1/4 medium Fuji or Pink Lady apple, diced into 1cm cubes
  • Optional toppings: honey, bee pollen, cacao nibs, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Here's how

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (conventional oven) and place a baking tray on the middle rack.
  2. Place oats, milk and water into an oven safe bowl. Scatter the chopped apple cubes into the bowl and lay the strawberry slices on top. Place the bowl into the oven on the baking tray and put an oven-proof lid on top. Keep the lid on for the first 20 minutes and then remove the lid to finish baking the oats for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. Whilst the oats are baking in the oven put the desiccated coconut into a small frying pan and place the pan on low heat on the stove top. Watch the coconut closely because it will toast quite quickly - shake the pan regularly to stop the coconut burning. Remove from heat once the coconut is toasted to a light brown colour and set aside.
  4. When the oats are ready, remove from the oven and allow it to sit on the bench for a few minutes.
  5. If you are eating straight away - sprinkle the coconut on top and add any other desired toppings. Enjoy!

About the Author

Angie Trinh

When I was a child my mother made it easy to fall in love with food. My family's home cooked meals taught me Asian flavours but our eating out adventures allowed me to experience other cuisines which to this day shapes my eating habits. When I first moved out of home my interests went from just... Read Full Bio

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