I’m a morning person, so naturally breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day (aside from elevensies, lunch, tea, dinner and pudding, of course). But sometimes you wake up more tired than you were when you went to bed, with your hair looking like a hadeda nest and suitcases under your eyes. On days like these, it’s nice know you have a pre-made breakfast waiting for you in the fridge.
This fruit and trail mix baked oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for a hassle-free morning. Made the night before, all you have to do the next morning is heat it in the oven and serve it with a splash of milk or dollop of plain yoghurt. You’re rewarded with a warm, healthy and tasty bowl of oats, toasted until thick and chewy, and harbouring a creamy layer of fruit, nuts and seeds underneath. Yummy!
Not only is this baked oatmeal a breeze to prep the next morning, it’s also super easy to put together the night before. Simply assemble your fruit and trail mix layer and cover with a blanket of rolled oats. Create the milk mixture by combining the wet ingredients, then pour it over the oats. Stick it in the oven to bake, and you’re good to go. Once it’s cooled down, cover the dish and store it in the fridge for up to three days.
You can have fun playing around with different flavours and textures by mixing up the fruit and trail mix layer. This recipe has fresh apple and banana, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and raisins, but any combination or fresh and/or dried fruit with nuts and seeds will work. Let me know what weird and wonderful combinations you come up with!
Fruit and Trail Mix Baked Oatmeal
- 1 sliced apple
- 1 sliced banana
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup mixed nuts
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 whisked egg
- 2 tbsp honey
Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray a small baking dish or casserole dish with non-stick spray
Add the sliced apple and banana, raisins, sunflower seeds and mixed nuts to the prepared dish. Pour over the lemon juice, cinnamon and salt. Stir to ensure the fruit and trail mix layer is well-coated. Sprinkle over the oats until the base is properly covered
In a bowl, mix together the milk and Greek yoghurt until smooth. Add the vanilla essence, whisked egg and honey, and stir well
Pour the wet mixture equally over the dry mixture and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge until the next morning, then re-heat in the oven for 5-10 minutes
- This recipe is perfect for playing around with different flavour combinations. Mixed berry and white chocolate chips; banana and walnuts; dried fruit and shaved coconut are just a few ideas.
Recipe inspired by Epicurious