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Easy Oat Slice

Prep time: 15-20mins
Cook time: 30mins
Total time: 45-50mins

Breakfast can be one of the most important meals of the day, but it can also be one of the
ones hardest to make sure that we have. I find that pre-making my breakfast is the best way
to guarantee that I actually have it.


One of my favourites is this easy oat slice. I like it for several reasons, namely that you can
do so much with it and this means that it’s not repetitive because each slice will taste
different depending on what you add to it. It can also easily be made dairy free by using
your dairy free milk of choice and gluten free by using wheat free oats (oats are naturally
gluten-free, though there can be cross-contamination in production so getting oats that
specify gluten or wheat free help ensure you avoid this). You can also adjust the amount of
sugar to your taste.

It’s also highly versatile – you can make it healthier or more decadent. You can add
whichever ingredients strike your fancy at the time to flavour it. For instance, you can fold
through any fruit of your choice. Berries are a good option and you can decorate with a few
on top at the end. You could use mashed bananas and top with some chopped dark
chocolate. You could add seeds and shaved coconut. Make an apple and cinnamon version.
Drizzle some yoghurt or peanut butter on top and make swirls. Nuts are an option as well.
The possibilities are endless!

Protein powder can also be added to increase the protein content of the slice. Just mix
whatever protein powder you have or want with the amount of water indicated on the
packet and add once the egg and oat mixtures are combined, before the fruit etc. are
added.

Once you’ve made this oat slice, you can pre-cut it, store it in the fridge and grab and go –
just chuck it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so if you want it warmer rather than cold
out of the fridge. You could even serve it with yoghurt on the side if you’re not rushing out
the door that day.

Ingredients
 200g oats
 400ml milk of choice
 2 eggs
 40g sugar (or alternative)

 A pinch of salt
 10g baking powder
 Any fruit/chocolate/yoghurt/seeds/coconut flakes/nuts etc. as desired to flavour it


Instructions

  1. Mix oats and milk and leave for around 15minutes, stirring occasionally, so the oats
    can absorb some of the milk (if they’re left longer while you’re doing the next steps,
    that’s fine). We want the oats to soften before being baked.
  2. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180°C
  3. Grease a baking dish (mine is 31cmx23cm and works well) with butter or line with
    baking paper
  4. Prepare any fruit you may want to mix in. I like to dice my fruit into smaller pieces so
    that you can get more flavours in one bite of the slice. If you want to use bananas, I
    tend to mash them
  5. Whisk the 2 eggs and add the sugar (or alternative), salt and baking powder and mix
    well until the baking powder is dissolved and the mixture has become a bit frothy
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the oat mixture and combine
  7. OPTIONAL: Add the protein powder mixture here if desired
  8. Fold the fruit/chocolate etc. of choice in
  9. Pour into the baking dish
  10. Garnish as desired (eg. fruit, chocolate chips, yoghurt swirls, coconut flakes, seeds
    etc.)
  11. OPTIONAL: You can also scatter small pieces of butter on top, but I don’t always do
    this
  12. Bake in the preheated over for 40mins – test readiness with a toothpick or butter
    knife. If you want the slice drier, bake a little longer. If you want it to be more gooey,
    bake a little less. I recommend checking it because different ovens do cook
    differently
  13. Take it out and let it cool before cutting into your desired portion sizes
    There you have it – breakfast on the go!

Brought to you by Camille Mucha, Associate Acupuncturist & Herbalist at Freedom Chinese Medicine

Camille Mucha
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