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Maple & Pecan Banana Bread

This recipe makes a super moist and delicious banana bread. For this recipe we used our Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge Oats, to give a twist on a classic banana bread. But the best bit about this recipe is you can experiment with the flavour using our different flavours of porridge oats. Imagine a Carrot Cake Banana Bread or Cinnamon & Raisin!

Wet Ingredients:

• 3 medium, very ripe bananas (mashed)
• 1 medium ripe banana (optional for decoration on the top, needs to be just firm enough to slice lengthways)
• ¼ cup melted coconut oil
• ¼ cup coconut sugar
• ¼ cup pure maple syrup
• 2 flax eggs/chia eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 15 mins)
• ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

• 1 ¾ cups gluten free Oat Pantry oat flour – made by blending our Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge down until fine
• 1 ¼ cups gluten free Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge Oats
• 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (we would leave this out if you are using Cherry Bakewell or Choc Orange Porridge)
• Handful of pecans for sprinkling on top

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a loaf pan with baking paper or grease it. Set aside.
2. Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash bananas until smooth.
3. Add the oil, sugar, maple syrup, flax/chia eggs, milk and vanilla. Whisk until well mixed.
4. Add the oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk together, making sure no flour patches remain. Fold in some of the pecans.
5. Pour into prepared loaf pan, smooth batter into an even layer, with the shape of a rise down the center— like a loaf. Optionally, sprinkle with left over pecans and add the extra banana for decoration (sliced down the middle).
Lightly press toppings into the loaf.
6. Bake for 55-60 mins. We covered ours with tin foil for half the time to stop it browning too quickly.
7. Test it’s done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The toothpick will come out clean-ish.
8. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 1 hour.
8. Slice and enjoy!

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Chocolate Cherry Bakewell Energy Balls

These sweet, no bake treats take minutes to throw together, are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and make for quick, portable breakfasts and snacks.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl: oats, seeds, almond butter and sweetener. Stir to combine. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit more oats. If it’s too dry, add a bit more almond butter. It should resemble a somewhat sticky dough that holds together when lightly squeezed. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set (this will make the balls easier to roll later on).
  2. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and portion the dough into balls of desired size. We made 9 energy balls.
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Oats – A Good Source of Complex Carbs

There are 3 macro nutrients that make up your breakfast bowl, dinner plate etc. fat, protein and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a major macronutrient as they’re your body’s preferred and primary sources of energy. Because of this, you should never avoid eating carbohydrates, instead you should think about the types of carbohydrates your are eating, as this can make a huge difference to your health. Simply put, complex carbohydrates are a much preferred source for your body over simple carbohydrates, But what makes them special, and how are they beneficial for your health?

Carbohydrates are made up of three components: fibre, starch, and sugar.

Fibre and starch are complex carbs, while sugar is a simple carb. Depending on how much and the ratio of each of these is found in a food determines its nutrient quality.

As mentioned there are two types of carbs: simple and complex. “Simple” carbs due to their composition are more easily digested by the body and can be found in fruits and dairy. Simple carbs are also found in processed, refined foods like sugar, pasta, and white bread. In comparison “complex” carbs take longer for the body to break down and are found in oats, vegetables, whole-grain pasta and bread, brown rice, and legumes.

Imagine a wave, the simpler the carbohydrate the higher the wave becomes, and the time it takes to hit its peak is reduced. That wave is your blood sugar level. With simple sugars, you may feel good, sometimes energetic. This is because your blood sugar wave is really high, however, what goes up must come down. To compensate for the wave getting high so quickly the body over compensates, insulin is released bringing the wave crashing down. This is where feeling lethargic and struggling to stay awake overtake. But this action isn’t helpful for sustaining energy levels and even for loosing weight, as it often makes you hungry again.

The comparison with a complex carbohydrate is that the wave builds slowly, once it hits its peak it just naturally falls again as the body doesn’t over react, meaning you have more energy, for longer, and don’t crash. This brings many positives like feeling fuller for longer and more sustained energy levels helping you throughout the day rather than a mad 1 minute.

Often you will see the term Glycaemic Index, aka GI, used when referring to whether a carbohydrate is simple or complex. This is a method of measuring the Glycaemic load of a food to give a more helpful chart to gauge how much a food type affects your blood sugar and subsequent insulin response. With this it is the lower the GI that relates to the higher the complexity of carbohydrate. So for oats, these would be classed as a low GI food type.

To summarise, what better way to start your day off than with a bowl of Oat Pantry oats that:

  1. Are a complex carbohydrate
  2. Have a Low GI
  3. Sustain energy levels
  4. Keep you feeling fuller for longer
  5. Provide your body with a great source of fibre (check this post out for all fibre benefits)

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No Bake Maple & Pecan Granola Bars

These no-bake Maple & Pecan granola bars contain only six ingredients, no added sugar, and are utterly delicious. They make the perfect Christmas treat, whether you’re sharing them round the table with friends and family or gifting them.

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup/175g dates, pitted
  •  2.5 cups/200g Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Granola
  •  ¼ cup/85g maple syrup
  •  ¼ cup/62g nut butter of your choice
  • handful of flaked almonds
  • handful of raisins

Method:

  1. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper (ideally 8×8″ baking pan).
  2. Blend the dates in a food processor until it forms a puree and only small bits remain.
  3. Place the pureed dates and Maple & Pecan granola in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the maple syrup and nut butter into a small microwaveable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir briefly, then pour over the date and granola mixture. Stir the mixture with a spoon to combine, breaking up the pureed dates to ensure that they are evenly mixed throughout.
  5. Fold in the flaked almonds and raisins until mixed thoroughly.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the pan you prepared earlier and press into an even layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up. Remove from the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and slice into bars. The granola bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Cherry Bakewell Tart Baked Oats

This ‘Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats’ recipe is just like your classic Bakewell dessert but in a deliciously warm Baked Oats version, making it the ideal breakfast choice to serve friends and family with a good dollop of Cherry Yoghurt.

Ingredients:

• 40g Oat Pantry Cherry Bakewell Porridge Oats
• 1 level tsp of maple syrup or your sweetener of choice
• 1 small egg or chia/flaxseed egg for a vegan friendly version (replace an egg with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes or you can prepare it the night before)
• 100g plain yoghurt

• small handful of flaked almonds
• 1 tbsp of cherry jam

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl (excluding the cherry jam and flaked almonds) and mix together well. Transfer the mixture to a small ovenproof dish. Add the tbsp of cherry jam to the centre of your mixture and sprinkle the flaked almonds around the jam (you can lightly press the almonds into the oat mixture). Then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.

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Cinnamon & Raisin Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are seriously delicious – layered with a peanut butter and yoghurt choc chip cookie dough base, for a simple, healthy breakfast meal prep idea that is perfect for busy mornings!

The recipe below makes two servings:

Ingredients:

• 2 Tbsp Natural peanut butter
• 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
• 1/2 Cup (140g) Vanilla flavoured yoghurt, e.g. Alpro Vanilla Yoghurt, Coconut Vanilla Yoghurt
• 1/2 Tbsp Islands Chocolate Chocolate Buttons + additional for topping is optional
• 40g Oat Pantry Cinnamon & Raisin Porridge
• 100ml your milk of choice

Method:

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and coconut sugar until well combined.
2. Add 1 Tbsp of yoghurt to the mixture and mix until well combined and the mixture starts to come together like dough. Stir in the chocolate buttons.
3. Divide the cookie dough between two jars, pressing down into the bottom. Spread 1/4 cup (70g) of yoghurt on top of each cookie dough layer.
4. In a medium bowl stir together Oat Pantry Cinnamon & Raisin Porridge Oats and your choice of milk and stir until the oats are evenly soaked. Divide the oats between the two jars and place into the refrigerator overnight.
5. In the morning, sprinkle with additional Chocolate Buttons, if desired, and enjoy!

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Apple Crumble Oat Bars

These oat bars are very simple to make and are great for this time of year, especially if you’ve just been apple picking!

Makes 12-16 bars.

Ingredients

Apple filling:

  •  4 medium apples, (peeled, cored, finely diced)
  •  2 tbsp corn flour
  •  1/4 cup / 85g coconut sugar
  •  1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  •  ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

Crumble:

  •  2 cups / 200g Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge oats
  •  2 ½ cups / 375g all-purpose flour or gluten free flour alternative (e.g. oat flour, coconut flour)
  •  1 cup / 170g coconut sugar 
  •  1 cup / 227g melted vegan butter
  •  1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the apples and place to one side.
  3. Line a 12 x 9.5 pan with parchment paper.
  4. Now to make the delicious crumble. Mix the oats, flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and ground cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour in the melted vegan butter and combine until you have a sandy/crumble like texture.
  5. Press two-thirds of the crumble mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down tightly.
  6. Top with the apple mixture and sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the top of the apple. Bake for 50-60 minutes. We find baking for 30 minutes with silver foil over the top and then removing for the final minutes help to stop the top over browning.
  7. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack for at least 30 mins to cool. Once cooled you can also place them into the fridge for a short period of time to make it easier to cut into slices.
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Cherry Bakewell Muffins

Ingredients

For the Muffin Base

  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds combined with 1/4 cup water mixed together and allowed to sit for about ten minutes
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour/gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup Oat Pantry Cherry Bakewell Porridge Oats
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut blossom sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh cherries pitted and chopped

For the Topping

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with 12 muffin cases.
  2. Mix your topping ingredients together in small bowl.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the muffin base ingredients, starting with flour, oats, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add next three ingredients and flax seed mixture that you’d premade. Stir just until mixed.
  5. Fold in the cherries.
  6. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cases.
  7. Sprinkle each muffin with a bit of topping mix.
  8. Bake for about twenty minutes or until springy and topping begins to brown.
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Stewed Plum Porridge

Autumn is in full swing and with the weather being a bit more crisp and cold in the mornings, we think this calls for a warming bowl of Oat Pantry Porridge.

Ingredients:

6 plums
4 tbsp coconut sugar
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp orange juice
1 cinnamon stick optional

Method:

1. Wash, de-stone and halve the plums (leave the skin on).
2. Place the coconut sugar, water, orange juice and cinnamon stick into a medium-sized pot over a medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
3. Add the plums and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the fruit is soft and begins to break down. Keep an eye on it as very ripe plums will cook faster and will get mushier. You want the plums to still be intact, but be soft and cooked through.
4. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

We topped our Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge (we which made with unsweetened almond milk) with our hot off the stove stewed plums, crumbled pistachios, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Chocolate Orange Baked Oats

A simple and delicious recipe that can also easily be baked the day before and reheated if you’ve got a busy morning.

Ingredients:

• 40g Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange Porridge Oats
• 1 level tsp of maple syrup or your sweetener of choice
• 1 small egg or chia/flaxseed egg for a vegan friendly version (replace an egg with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes or you can prepare it the night before)
• 100g plain yoghurt of your choice
• 2 squares of orange dark chocolate or plain dark chocolate

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.

2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl (except the chocolate squares) and mix together well.

3. Transfer half the mixture to a small ovenproof dish, then add one square of chocolate in the middle.

4. Layer the other half of the mixture on top and then place one more chocolate square on top, slightly pressed into the middle and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until browned.