Chocolate and orange baked oatmeal

To be honest, I am not someone who hankers after the chocolate and orange combination, although it is a very classic combination. But I decided to give it a go, and combined the flavours with baked oatmeal. It turned out to be so good: sweet and tangy, suprising and subtle, that I have changed my opinion. The chocolate and orange unite exquisiteley; crispy bits of tangy orange peel gently realese their flavour, surrounded by velvety, smooth, dark chocolate flavoured oatmeal. It is a such a rich, gooey and decadent recipe and it keeps you going for hours!

Choco-orange oatmeal.1Ingredients:

Dry:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon cocao powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • a pinch of seasalt

Wet:

  • 1 egg or for vegans: make an egg substitute by mixing 3 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until it takes on a goopy texture similar to raw egg yolk.
  • ½ cup milk of your choice (I used soy milk, but almond, coconut or cow’s milk will also work well)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

For the topping:

  • 1 slice of orange
  • cranberries

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Grease the base of a small oven safe bowl with some coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix very well.
  3. In a seperate bowl, beat the egg or ‘vegan egg’, add the milk and orange juice and whisk thoroughly.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and again, mix very wel.
  5. Spoon the mixture in the oven safe bowl and top with the orange slice and cranberries.
  6. Bake for approximately 25- 30  minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy.

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I served this chocolate and orange baked oatmeal as a breakfast, but it is also perfect for a big snack or even a dessert!

Lots of love,

Leila

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb ~Nelson Mandela

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