Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pina Colada Baked Oatmeal

Here we are just over a week into spring and this is what it looks like in my neck of the woods.  Not very spring like. 

  The cold frame is under here somewhere. Sad smileGuess there won’t be any greens planted early this year.

Oatmeal is one of my go to breakfast foods, I like them all stove top, overnight oats and baked oatmeal.  It is so versatile and the flavour combinations are only limited to your imagination.  Since winter seems determined to stick around till what is looking like July, why not start your day with some yummy comfort food. 

Pina Colada Baked Oatmeal
  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup each, ground chia and ground flax *(you can use all ground flax if that’s all you have)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Heaping 1/4 cup flaked coconut + 2 tbsp , toasted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek or Balkan yogurt
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 heaping cup fresh grated pineapple (or you could use canned crushed)
Preheat oven to 350
Over medium heat toast your coconut in a frying pan till golden brown.  Don’t get distracted and walk away or you will end up with something that looks like this.

Once toasted set aside 2 tbsp

If you are using fresh pineapple grate it with a box grater until you have a heaping cup.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

When you open your can of coconut milk, stir it well so it is well combined. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup, yogurt and pineapple in a medium bowl.  

Add to dry ingredients and mix till combined.  Add almond milk.  The amount will depend on how much juice your pineapple had. If you think it looks to runny just let it sit for a few minutes, the flax and/or chia will absorb some of the liquid.

Pour into a 8 x 8 baking dish, bake at 350 until golden brown, and the top appears dry about 35-45 mins.  Top with toasted coconut you set aside and let cool. Cut into squares.

Bake on Sunday and have breakfast ready to go for the week, or freeze individual squares for a grab an go breakfast anytime.

Don’t let the left over coconut milk go to waste, just add it to your smoothie in the morning.  Delish!

~~  Jackie