I’m breastfeeding our boy (more about that soon) and one way to boost/maintain your milk supply is to eat oats. I’ve gotten a bit of a baking bug recently (I think I can blame Great British Bake Off for that) but I’ve also got to watch my weight so I’ve been looking for a way to bake things that, whilst being a tad “naughty”, aren’t just empty calories. Oat based things seem the best way to go.
Luke bought me some amazing oats bars (Stoats Porridge Bars) while I was in hospital, so I thought I’d have a go at making some myself. I found this recipe online but I don’t have a lot of the ingredients so I have decided to simplify it and adapt it for what I’ve got…
So! Basically, you will need:-
130g rolled oats
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
60g dried fruit (approx)
30g of seeds (approx)
(optional) 1tsp cinnamon
(optional) 20g chopped nuts
(optional) 1-2tbsp runny honey (or maybe maple/golden syrup)
…and my amended recipe looks like this:-
1tsp vanilla extract
15g sunflower seeds
15g pumpkin seeds
10g chia seeds
2tbsp maple syrup
I made the cinnamon optional (and then omitted it from my ingredients) because I didn’t know if it’d work that well with the maple/golden syrup. I also decided to use a heavier weight of seeds than the original recipe called for as I wasn’t using the chopped nuts.
To make the bars:-
- mix the dry ingredients (oats, seeds, fruit and nuts) in a large bowl
- whisk the wet ingredients (milk, vanilla, egg and honey/syrup) in a jug
- pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine well
- leave for a while to absorb (use this time to heat oven and line your tin)
- pour mixture into a lined tin (I used a tin that says it’s 15cm square but I think is actually 20cm)
- bake at 180c for 45-60 minutes
The mixture is quite wet at first and although the oats do soak up the liquid, it’s still pretty wet when you pour it into the tray.
I admit, I couldn’t wait until it was completely cool to turn it out and cut it (although I did give it about 30-45 minutes to cool) but it didn’t have any adverse effects. I only baked it for 45 minutes and it doesn’t seem to have cooked through properly. It IS cooked, but it’s still quite squidgy so I will probably give it the full hour next time I make these bars. It was quite golden on top though so I don’t know if the extra 15 minutes might cause it to burn…
EDIT: I’ve finally figured out what this “squidgy” texture reminds me of…cold bread and butter pudding (like the kind you can buy in slabs from Greggs)
I cut the slab of porridge into eight, but you could get 10 decent-sized slices out of it if you weren’t greedy like me.
My recipe, what with the omitted cinnamon, is quite plain. If I was to do this again I might try adding it, or perhaps upping the amount of maple syrup. The best thing about them is that they’re essentially just oats, fruit, seeds and milk so they’re pretty virtuous…which is good seeing as I’ve eaten three slices in the last 5 minutes…