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!
Happy Easter everyone! Easter falls at such a lovely time of the year: spring has sprung and plants and flowers are starting to wake up after a long, drab winter. While many Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and attend a traditional church service, it is also a perfect time for everyone, if you are religious or not, for a moment of reflexion and to spend time with family and friends. When I was little, my brother and I used to decorate eggs and there was of course always the famous chocolate egg hunt. My dad really enjoyed to think of the most obscure hiding spots (hiding and egg behind his ear!), and sometimes we would spend the whole day looking for the last eggs, getting more and more frustrated. Thinking back, he was brilliant, but at that moment I did not like it all. Although I still would love to find easter eggs, we don’t do it anymore. Instead, I decided to make a nice Easter bunny pancake, based on oats and banana for the easter brunch.
Baked oatmeal with ripe bananas, juicy blueberries, cinnamon and crunchy walnuts, need I say more? The possibilities with oatmeal are endless, and I think every household should store oats in their cupboard. Not only are they a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels, they also contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. At the moment I am completely in love with baked oatmeal, because it allows the fruit to really ‘melt’ into the oats. If you never had this version of oatmeal before, you are truly missing out. It is so easy to whip up, it can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and warmed up to eat whenever you want and can be served as breakfast, snack or even dessert.
Apple pie for breakfast, what a comforting yet refreshing way to start your day! These apple pie overnight oats have all the flavour of a traditional apple pie: slightly tender, yet crispy apple chunks, an intense cinnamon aroma, and sweet and juicy raisins, but combine them with the health benefits of oatmeal, a match made in heaven if you ask me. This is such a simple, but delicious recipe, which can be perfect on a busy morning, or can easily be enjoyed as a healthy snack or even as dessert.
Winter is coming and days are getting shorter and shorter. A steaming bowl of hot oatmeal is a perfect way to warm you on a cold, chilly morning. This ovenbaked carrot cake, based on oatmeal, is such a nutritious, heartwarming and filling breakfast and very easy to make! A crunchy top, crispy nuts, a soft and moist inside, juicy raisins and sweet carrot pieces, do I need to say more? All the different spices will add that extra touch of flavor to your oatmeal and make it smell wonderfully nice.