Mince pie baked oats are a healthy breakfast foodies are loving this Christmas

This week we’ve been looking for healthier Christmas recipes so that we can still celebrate without going too wild. And, that’s when we realised that you can add some festive sparkle your breakfast menu with baked oats.

Baked oats are oatmeal, flavoured with yoghurt and spices or fruit which is baked in the oven to create a soft, cake-like breakfast treat. They’re nutritious, high in fibre, super filling and taste like pudding. Yum!

And, as it’s December we decided to try out a recipe from Instagram baker Laura Nightingale, also known as cakeontherun, for mince pie baked oats, as reported in SurreyLive. And, they're amazing!

We found this recipe super simple: it requires no technical skills, just takes a minute to put together and then you just pop it in the oven to cook. Plus, you can use your old Gu pots to make individual portions.

We topped ours with walnuts and blueberries and found the tang of the fruit complemented the sweet oats while the walnuts softened in the oven while still providing a tantalising crunch (and adding some extra protein and Omega-3). Yum!

We'd say to fill your pots only half way as the oats do bubble up and rise and you want a crunchy top.

If you love Christmas spices then add some mixed spice and double up on the mincemeat.

Plus, you can jazz up the flavour by adding seasonal fruits like apple, quince or blackberry (or whatever you have leftover in your fridge). And, a drizzle of golden syrup or honey on top adds extra tasty sweetness.

Check out the recipe below to try it yourself.

Mince Pie Baked Oats

Ingredients:

  • 50g oats
  • 50g any plain or vanilla low-fat yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp mincemeat
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp boiling water.

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/ 350F/ gas mark 4.

2. Put boiling water and oats in a bowl and stir to thicken slightly.

3. Add all of the other ingredients to it and combine.

4. Pour mixture into an oven-proof dish.

5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

6. Serve on its own or with extra yoghurt. It can be eaten straight away or the following day cold or warmed up.

If you fancy treating these oats like dessert then simply top with golden syrup and some ice cream or fresh cream and tuck in!

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