Being back at school has been a real shock to the system as regards to time management. I have been run off my feet for the last three weeks and thinking about what to do for meal times has been the last thing on my mind. So coming up with quick or freezer friendly dishes has been priority at the moment.
This breakfast bake is exactly what I need. It is so easy to put together and made about 8 servings which I popped into tupperware and can have on the table in the morning in about 2mins. When reheating, it is a good idea to add a drop of water or milk before blasting it in the microwave. It is also crazy healthy and the perfect start to the day, even if the day itself started with me waking up late and running around the house like a maniac… It happens to the best of us, I hope!
The quinoa injects loads of protein into the dish and the oats keep you going until lunch. You can vary the flavors of this dish by using different berries, nuts and subbing other spices for cinnamon. It would also be gorgeous with some crystallized ginger, which is what I’ll be popping in next time.
Quinoa Oatmeal Bake with Banana, Blackberries and Almonds (Serves 6-8)
1 cup oats
1 cup quinoa
3tsp flaxseed/chia seeds
3/4 cup nuts of choice (I used almonds and pistachios)
1tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cup water
1/2 cup skimmed milk
2tsp vanilla extract
1tbsp fat free natural yogurt
2 large or 3 small bananas, sliced on the diagonal
1 1/2- 2 cups blackberries
- Preheat the oven to 180ºc/350ºf.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, quinoa, flaxseed, 1/2 cup of the nuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together and set aside.
- In a jug, whisk together the water, milk, vanilla, yogurt and egg until smooth.
- Layer most of the bananas on the bottom of a casserole dish, saving some for the top then layer the blackberries over it, again saving some for the top.
- Scatter the dry mixture over the fruit in an even layer then pour the wet ingredients over to soak in evenly.
- Top with the reserved bananas, blackberries and nuts.
- Bake in the oven for 45mins. Divide into bowls or tupperware if freezing. Top with some honey, agave etc. if you want an extra sweetness.