Spiced Apple and Fig Baked Porridge

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As you may have guessed from my short-lived overnight oats series, I’m somewhat of an oat devotee. (But please don’t get me started on the difficulties of photographing your breakfast before work, on an incredibly dull English morning, that wasn’t one of my best ideas!) I’ve read about baked porridge so many times that I felt it was about time I tried it. The idea of cooking up a big batch and saving myself a job for a few mornings a week really appealed, as did the fact that it resembles a good old crumble!

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I’m on a bit of a healthy eating, low processed sugar, kick at the moment, so I thought the place to turn, to get the basic recipe down had to be Deliciously Ella. I knew she could be trusted to not sneak in a stack of brown sugar or a slug of unnecessary maple syrup.

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This baked porridge is sweetened with apples alone, Ella adds raisins to hers, but I couldn’t resist popping in a few baby figs instead. I’m not a huge pecan fan and I don’t really like crunchy bits in my porridge, so instead I added ground almonds for a bit of nutty goodness, giving it a slight frangipane vibe. (continue reading…)

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Overnight Oats #2 – Earl Grey Raisins and Almond Butter

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Welcome to part 2 of my overnight oats series. Now we’ve gone though the basic recipe, it’s time to start thinking about toppings.

Although this may not look like the most exciting of accompaniments, it’s the one I go back to time and time again. For one thing you don’t need to have any fresh fruit in the house, just raisins, a tea bag and a jar of nut butter.

Secondly, it tastes amazing! Overnight, the tea turns the raisins into juicy, sweet little globes that burst wonderfully in your mouth, with just a hint of citrus and tea flavour. The almond butter adds richness to the oats and provides some marvellous essential fats. It’s the perfect combination.

Go on, give it a go.

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Overnight Oats with Earl Grey Raisins and Almond Butter

1 serving of basic overnight oats, for recipe click here
1 earl grey tea bag (or other tea of your choice)
1 tbsp raisins
1 tsp almond butter (or any other nut butter you fancy)

In the evening, once you’ve whipped up your overnight oats and put them in the fridge, make a cup of tea, remove the tea bag and put the raisins into the cup. Cover the cup with a saucer and leave it on the work surface over night.

In the morning remove the raisins and sprinkle them over the overnight oats. Stir through the nut butter and enjoy!

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