lazy oat and carrot bake

I saw this baked oats dessert idea so many times on Instagram that I could not resist and finally tried it as well. It’s a kind of TikTok recipe, where you put together couple ingredients, that sometimes doesn’t really go together, and prepare in a way you usually wouldn’t choose (like making mash potatoes from potato crisps). And I didn’t even plan to post this recipe (it’s even hard to call this a recipe), especially that I really dislike the photos I’ve made. But came out that this dessert or breakfast idea is actually quite tasty and we’ve ate all in one and a half day.

So if you’d need to choose between buying a pack of oat bars (or pack of doughnuts), and making a little bit more healthy (and definitely cheaper) choice, I think this kind of oat bake is perfect. Especially that you can add whatever you like to this combination: nuts, raisins, peanut butter, fruits, chocolate, you can either use any plant milk you like or cow’s milk if that your choice. And it literally took me couple minutes to mix all ingredients in a baking dish. So even though it’s not my “go to” food choice, as I try to avoid lots of carbs, if I would like to treat myself with some home baked goodies I would choose this one.

I chose a mix of carrot and cinnamon, and all my sweetness comes from carrots, one banana and raisins that were already in my oat mix. For me that was just enough and I didn’t need any addition of any sort of sugar or sugar replacement. For you though it might be different, so don’t feel restricted by that. You can either add more banana or after baking drizzle it with some honey. Seriously this recipe gives you so many options, that each time you can make absolutely new taste with changing only one or two ingredients.

Because this kind of “recipes” usually doesn’t tell you the exact amounts of ingredients, I was just eye-balling the amounts of milk and oats. So feel free to experiment. From the amounts I’ve added my oats were quite dry – more like an soft oat bar, than actual porridge. But it was nice and crispy on top – especially when hot straight from the oven. If you add much more milk, you’ll get more loose and moisture texture.

I’ve popped couple pieces of organic raw chocolate – they’ve melted nicely over the hot oats. Also added some pumpkin and sunflower seeds to make it more nutritious and filling. I had a mix of oats, nuts and raisins, but if you have plain porridge oats they will work as well. Enjoy making your own mix of your favourite flavours.

lazy oat and carrot bake

NOTE: my measuring cup is 250ml regular glass

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups of oats (mix of oats, nuts and raisins)
  • 2 cups of plant milk of your choice (I had almond)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 small carrots
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • coconut oil or butter to grease the baking dish
  • optionally: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate (I used 85% organic cacao chocolate)

DIRECTIONS

Grate the carrots, finely chop banana. Smear coconut oil or butter all over your baking dish. Add oats, grated carrots, banana, cinnamon and seeds if you have them. Give it a good stir, so all ingredients will combine and spread evenly in a baking dish. Pour over with plant milk. Texture of my bake was quite dry – like soft oat bar, if you’d like more porridge like consistency add more milk.

Preheat the oven to about 170-180掳C, bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, add pieces of chocolate. Serve hot or cold. Although I think tests the best when hot and crunchy on top.

Enjoy!

christmas cinnamon & apple roses

This Christmas cinnamon and apple roses, are a great festive recipe. The roses look really impressive and they are quite simple and quick to prepare. You will be surprised that you can create something so pretty with such a little effort. If you like to spend some time in the kitchen to prepare a special gift for your loved ones, you can make this roses. I’m sure they will appreciate such a beautiful bunch of edible flowers 馃檪

And you need only couple cheap and basic ingredients: some flour, butter, couple apples, some sugar and cinnamon plus a lot of love and some creativity.

They might seem to be quite complicated to prepare, but actually when you give it a try, you’ll see it’s very easy. When you get into practice, you will be able to make several dozen, for all the family and friends 馃檪 Just take some time to slice the apples quite thin, also do the same with the dough. If you make the dough quite thin – roses will be more crunchy. Or if you like shortcrust as much as I do, roll it slightly thicker – roses will be more substantial. For even quicker and easier option, or simply when you have no baking skills, you can use ready-made shortcrust pastry dough.

Christmas cinnamon & apple roses

NOTE: my measuring cup is 250ml regular glass

INGREDIENTS (for 12 roses):

  • 1 cup of plain flour (plus some for dusting)
  • about 80 g butter or coconut oil
  • couple tablespoons of very cold water
  • 2 large apples or 3 smaller ones
  • cinnamon
  • Demerara sugar/regular sugar or sugar alternative
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • powdered sugar or sugar substitute for decoration

Chop the flour and butter, add cold water and knead quickly, until the ingredients are combined. Form a disc and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Wash the apples, do not peel them. In a pot, boil a little water with lemon juice (lemon will prevent the apples from darkening). Cut the apples in half, hollow the seeds. Cut them into very thin slices and put in a pot of water. Cook over very low heat for a couple minutes – until the apples are soft and more plastic. You have to make sure that they do not overcook. We just want them to be able to roll.

When the apples are soft, strain them on a sieve and set aside to cool.

Roll the cooled dough quite thinly into a rectangle – the longer side should be about 25 cm/10 inch. Cut the dough into stripes of about 5 cm/2 inch high.

Place the apple slices along the top edge of the dough stripe so that they extend 2/3 beyond the edge and overlap a bit. Exactly like in the photo. It is advisable to even lay out a bit more apple slices, I had the last two apples so I had to be less generous so that there would be enough for 12 muffins.

Sprinkle each stripe with cinnamon and sugar, then fold the lower part of the dough on the apple slices – the dough will hold the apples and it will be easier for you to roll up. The only thing left to do is roll the dough into a rose and put it in the muffin tray. Do exactly the same with each dough stripe until the muffin pan is full.

Preheat the oven to 190掳C, put the form on the lower shelf of the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Lower shelf will be better, because we need to bake the dough until golden, to much heat over the apple part will make them dry.

Remove roses from the oven and set aside to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and arrange on a tray or large plate.

Enjoy!

summer party desserts / kids party desserts

I don’t know if you make any summer garden parties in this crazy 2020, but if you do, check out this idea. It’s hard to call it a recipe, because there’s no specific set of ingredients or preparation, but it was published on my old blog couple years ago and it was very popular, so I thought I will refresh the idea and place it here as well. You don’t need to choose this set of ingredients, you can take other fruits you like, add some granola or chocolate chips, as long as it’s not highly processed 馃槈 This desserts are very simple and easy to make, and the result is quite impressive. Isn’t it something we all like? You’re spending minimal time and effort and you get this pretty looking desserts.

This idea can also work great at children’s parties, and even the preparation of desserts can be a part of it – prepare ingredients in advance, each in a separate bowl, and let the kids to combine them according to their own fantasy – good fun, and the desserts are definitely healthier than crisps and biscuits or ready made desserts. Just instead of wine glasses prepare bowls or cups for smaller kids. I’m sure they will be happy to prepare their own dessert with the fruits and other ingredients, to make it more fun you can give them more variety, but try to stay away from processed and unhealthy food. You can prepare small paper flags on a toothpicks with the name of each kid, so they can stick it into their dessert like a cocktail umbrella.

What ingredients you can use to prepare this kind of dessert?

All the berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants.

For more tropical vibe: pineapples, melon, tangerines, mango, papaya, kiwi.

Also grapes, nectarines, peaches or apricots.

Take greek or coconut yogurt, mascarpone, ricotta or whipped cream. Everything that’s low in sugar will be great. Fruits have enough natural sugar to make it sweet and tasty.

You can add some granola, oatcakes, halva, peanut/almond butter, chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews) raisins or dates, sugar free chocolate chips, good quality grated chocolate, homemade crumbled cookies or biscuits.

For adults version…

If you like a bad boy desserts, you can add some advocaat or other liquor on top of each dessert, it will be more fun but not as healthy any more 馃槈

MIx and match the ingredients you like in all sorts of combinations, enjoy making and enjoy eating!

summer party desserts / kids party desserts

INGREDIENTS (for about 6 portions, depending of the size of the glass):

路 1 fresh pineapple
路 300 g strawberries
路 2 handfuls seedless grapes
路 piece of halva
路 couple oatcakes
路 handful hazelnuts
路 450 g greek yogurt
路 450 g coconut yogurt

Cut off the skin from pineapple, slice in quarters and cut off the hard inside and dice. Rinse the strawberries, cut off the stems and also dice in small pieces or slices. Rinse the grapes, keep some for decoration, the rest slice in half.

Finely chop hazelnuts or use a blender to grind them. Crumble couple oatcakes with your fingers, do the same with halva.

Prepare your dishes – glasses, cups or bowls – preferably something transparent in which the dessert will look nice. Make the layers, just like fantasy and taste tells you. In various combinations. Thus, we get several different desserts and flavors. Decorate the top with fruit. Eat immediately or put it in the fridge to chill. Have fun! And enjoy!

chia pudding with summer fruits #ketofriendly #nodairy #vegan

Before I started keto diet, my all time favourite breakfast was oats with summer fruits, nuts and honey. I was having this for my breakfast everyday and never got bored. Even now my mouth’s watering just thinking about my morning porridge. Although you never know, after months of keto some food seems to taste different (worse) than before.

By the way, do you have any food items that you really liked before keto, and now you think they are so-so? I have this with potatoes – I really enjoyed their taste before keto, now boiled potatoes seems bland and tasteless, baked ones though are still great. I haven’t tried oats yet, I still avoid gluten and try to keep my carbs pretty low – seems like it serves me best. On the other side, I’m a bit afraid that I might not like my porridge like used to.

So because of this situation I had to find some kind of replacement for my morning oats. Although I swapped mornings with nights, and usually make chia pudding for supper or eat it as a treat, for example when we watch movies. It’s not the same, but does the job 馃槈

For last few years chia seeds become very popular as a “healthy food”, but they are not new at all. They has been known for over 5.500 years as main component of diet of Mayas and Aztecs. Chia grows is in an area from western Mexico to northern Guatemala, that’s why it’s well known in US, what’s interesting EU countries the marketing of chia seeds as new food ingredients has been permitted only since 13 October 2009.

Chia seeds contain 16-26% of protein, 31-34% of fat, 37-45% of carbohydrates in total. Chia seeds contain quite a lot of carbs, but most of them (23-41%) it’s fiber. Twice as much fibre as bran, 4-5 times more than almonds, soy, quinoa or amaranth. Apart from that, they are a source of minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium), vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, ascorbic acid and vitamin A) and antioxidant compounds. Apart from that, they contain 6 times more calcium, 11 times more phosphorus and 4 times more potassium than cow鈥檚 milk. Most of the fats are in the form of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as 蠅-3 alpha-linolenic acid and 蠅-6 alpha-linoleic acid. They also contain more proteins than rice, maize, barley or oats seeds. They may play an important role in preventing and treating diseases of the digestive and circulatory systems, diabetes, colorectal cancer, kidney stones, haemorrhoids and metabolic disorders.*

So seems like, this inconspicuous seed might be fairly good source of nutrients, and bring you some health benefits. It’s not going to heal your body magically, but together with other nutritional foods will keep you stronger and in better shape.

Definitely it’s a better treat, than crisps. And it’s almost as easy to make as grabbing bag of crisps 馃槈 You just need 3 ingredients.

 

chia pudding with summer fruits #ketofriendly #nodairy #vegan

INGREDIENTS (for one portion)

  • 5-6 tsp chia seeds
  • 350 ml almond or coconut milk (or cow milk if you choose)
  • 1/2 cup forest fruits (my favourite: blueberries, raspberries or cherries, oh and blackcurrants) – usually I use frozen ones
  • optionally: 1 tsp coconut oil

DIRECTIONS

In a small pot heat the milk, add 5-6 tsp of chia seeds and stir thoroughly, so the seeds won’t stick to each other. Bring to boil and cook for 5-10 minutes, until it get thickened. I also add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to top up the fats. At the end add most of the fruits, leaving a few for decoration. Stir so the flavour from the fruits will go through your pudding. Prepare small bowl or a jar and pour your pudding in. Decorate with remaining fruits and enjoy!

* “Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica): health promoting properties and therapeutic applications 鈥 a review“, Katarzyna Marcinek, Zbigniew Krejpcio, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Department of Human Nutrition and Hygiene, Poznan, Poland