Saturday, 7 March 2015

Slimming World Eats: Baked Oats

I’m not normally one for posting recipes on my blog but since I joined Slimming World nearly a month ago, I’ve made so many yummy meals that I thought I’d share one with you all and may carry on doing so once or twice a month if you’d like to see more! 

I’m a huge breakfast lover - I never used to eat breakfast but after realising that it was so important to eat it to fuel your day, I have tried all sorts of things to tie me over until lunchtime and Oats tend to be the main ingredient of most things that I’m enjoying at the moment! You can use Oats in so many ways and one of the ways I enjoy eating them is by Baking them. Baked Oats are super filling and you can change them by adding various fruits and toppings but still staying on plan. By using Oats as your Healthy Extra B and taking the portion of milk out of your Healthy Extra A, it means that this breakfast is completely syn free! 

To make the basic Baked Oats you’ll need:
40g Unflavoured Oats (Oats so Simple packets measure at 30g)
50ml Skimmed/Semi-skimmed Milk
2 tsp Sweetener
Few drops of Vanilla Essence (optional)
1/2 an egg beaten (or 1 small egg as 1 medium or large makes it taste too eggy) 
1 small oven proof dish or you can portion them out into individual silicon moulds

Preheat your oven to 200degrees C (400 degrees F or Gas Mark 6). 
Mix together your oats, milk, sweetener and egg with a fork and combine well. 
Add to your oven proof dish and bake for 20 minutes or until Golden brown. 
Serve with Fat free yogurt, more speedy fruit or some Fat free fromage fraise. 

You can vary the ingredients if you like, by adding fruit into the mixture - but remember, cooked fruit is classed as a syn, depending on how much you have of it but I normally just count for 1 syn as you can’t put too much fruit into it anyway! A dollop of Nutella on top too makes it even better but make sure you remember your syns! 

Baked Oats are a brilliant treat at the weekend without going over the top and using half of your syns before 12pm! I stick mine in the oven and do a quick 20 minute work out whilst they’re cooking - if that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is! Here’s a tip - They are better golden on top so that you get a crispy roof and a yummy, soft filling!

Some of my favourite variations of Baked Oats are:
Cherry with Vanilla Yogurt (a little like a Cherry Bakewell)
Raspberry and Blackberry 
Apple and Cinnamon with Raisins 
Strawberry and Nutella (add the nutella to the centre of the mixture before you bake!)

Let me know if you try these and what flavour you make yours!