There had been grumblings in weather reports over the past week that more snow was on the way. I chose to ignore the warnings and looked optimistically toward spring. It wasn’t unreasonable, I mean the sun did make a brief appearance a few days ago and crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths were beginning to poke their heads up in my garden. So imagine my surprise (aka horror) when I looked out of the bedroom window yesterday morning only to be greeted by several inches of snow. My husband was ecstatic as he had a ‘snow day’ (I could almost hear the sound of teachers and students all around the UK jumping up and down with joy – parents and spouses….not so much).
It seemed appropriate then that I make a warming breakfast we could eat leisurely while watching daytime T.V. Bring on Homes Under the Hammer, Judge Judy and an unseen Columbo starring Robert Conrad (that definitely made me jump up and down with joy)!
This recipe for Baked Strawberry Oatmeal on the GE Healthahead website caught my eye awhile back. A snow day in March seemed liked the perfect time to try it out. Not only was it really easy to make but it tasted fantastic. I will be making this again! We had some leftover which we had this morning for breakfast with warm milk. Yummy!
Baked Strawberry Oatmeal (serves 4)
250ml semi-skimmed (2%) milk
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
175g old fashioned oats
40g loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
11/2 Tablespoons powdered flax seed (I used Linwoods milled flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and Q10)
100g chopped strawberries
100g dried fruit (I used a luxury dried fruit mix with sultanas,currents, dried apricots, dried pineapple, raisins and cherries)
Garnish: sliced strawberries, sliced bananas or other fresh fruit and semi-skimmed milk
Preheat oven to 190°C / gas mark 5
Lightly spray an 11- x 7-inch baking dish with nonstick spray (I used butter)
In a large bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients until well blended
Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into prepared dish.
Bake at 190°C / gas mark 5 for 25 to 30 minutes or until top just starts to turn golden brown
Garnish with fresh fruit and add a splash of milk