Friday, January 6, 2012

Baked Peach & Hazelnut Oatmeal

This is take 2 on this post.  I am not quite sure what happened with the last post but something went pear shaped.  Thanks to those who alerted me. 

There is something quite comforting about Oats.  Perhaps it is a childhood thing?  - who knows, but something about eating them makes me feel cosy and satisfied.   As a great way to start the day whether young or old,  it is nice to add some variation to mix it up a little in comparison to the regular dish up as per this combination.  We have been making the most of all the luscious stone fruit such as peaches, apricots & nectarines before they disappear.  The peached found their way into this oatmeal and paired very nicely with the hazelnut meal.  The kids went nuts over it eating it not only for breakfast but morning tea as well so I guess this one will be on the cards again sometime soon.  I highly recommend soaking the oats before making this.  It is not hard at all (see below) The reason why and in short is that soaking oats or any grain for that matter is important so that  phytic acid is removed which can block the absorption of valuable vitamins and minerals.  For further information please refer to the extract below from Nourishing Traditions  Otherwise I hope you enjoy making this and getting creative with your own variations if you dare.  I would love to hear about what you come up with.

All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may led to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.

Baked Peach & Hazelnut Oatmeal
Serves 6 - 8

250 gms rolled oats, soaked overnight (see below)
1 Tbs Natural Yoghurt + a pinch of salt

The Night Before:

Place the oats in a glass bowl along with 1 Tbs natural yoghurt + a pinch of salt
Add enough filtered water to completely cover the oats then cover with a lid or wrap and leave to soak on your bench overnight.

½ cup hazelnut meal + extra (approx 2 Tbs) to sprinkle on top
¼ cup honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup cream
1 large egg
2 Tbs shredded coconut
250 gms blueberries
3 medium size peaches sliced  (approximately 8 slices per peach)

The Next Morning:
Prehaeat oven to 185 degrees celcius or 325 fahre
Prepare your chosen baking dish by greasing it if necessary
The following place the oats briely  in a colander to drain any excess water away
Mix the drained oats with the hazelnut meal, honey, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
In another bowl whisk together the milk, cream and egg and then add to the oat mix
Mix well to combine
Arrange half of the peach slices in a single layer in the bottom of your chosen baking dish
Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the peaches along with the shredded coconut
Gently pour the oat mix over the top of the peaches & blueberries

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  1. Looks like such a stunning recipe! A well rounded diet should't be an issue with getting adequate nutrients so I don't practice soaking personally, but it's certainly a nice idea. Good work!
    Heidi xo

  2. Absolutely goregous - oats, hazelnut, berries, nectarines and cocount - all the things I love in one beautiful dish. YUM!

  3. Anonymous17/1/12

    This looks like a perfect breakfast to get me out of bed in the morning. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Anonymous5/2/12

    How long do you keep it in the oven?

  5. Ooooh, yumyumyumyum!

  6. Anonymous12/6/12

    how long should you bake it for?

  7. Bakng time is approximately 40 mins or until set - enjoy

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