Banana and Blueberry Baked Oats

Too many of you were asking about this favourite of mine on my Instagram this morning so here a quick post for you all.  If I have time in the morning, baked oats are defiantly the way to go ! It’s such a different texture from your usually porridge oats in the morning that it’s a fabulous change ! Oats are fabulous at keeping you full throughout the day too so here is my simple banana and blueberry recipe! I hope it can satisfy your taste buds ! I am working on new combinations too as we speak.

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 1-2 (depending on how hungry you are)

1 cup of rolled oats (80-90g)

1 tablespoon of flaxseed (8g – add water to turn it into an flaxegg)

1 banana

80g blueberries

1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

Set the oven for 200 Degrees (fan)

Measure your oats into a bowl and cover in boiling water and leave for 5 minutes

Add your flaxegg and give it a stir

Then add your chopped banana and blueberries and stir (sometimes I leave some to one side side to decorate)

Pour the mixture into a oven proof dish

Place in the oven for around 20-30 minutes until brown and crispy on top

It really is that simple ! So the only excuses not to try baked oats is time ! It also makes the kitchen smell divine ! If you try it out I would love you to take a photo and tag me it in on my Instagram @first_steps_to_running

Ellie

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Banana Pancakes

Highly requested. Its finally here. My banana oat pancake recipe which I have finally perfected and its ready to share! Its a great breakfast at the weekends when you have lots of time on your hands and easily satisfy your hunger for hours. So I hope you all have a go and I hope it works. Remember to take a photo and tag me into it. (@first_steps_to_running)

Serves: 7/8 mini pancakes

Ingredients:

100g oats (blended into a processor until it resembles flour – feel free you use flour in placement.)

150ml of plant based milk

1 medium banana

10g chia seeds soaked in water for 10 minutes before making

Method:

Prepare you chia seeds and water – this combination makes a chia egg.

Peel and mash a banana on a chopping board.

Add the mashed banana to the blended oats or flour and plant based milk and mix together until it reassembles a batter.

Add you chia seeds which should have absorbed the water into the batter. Give it one last stir once to distribute equally.

Using a non-stick pan, place on the hob on a medium heat and allow it to slowly heat for a while.

Finally, pour your pancake mix onto the pan, I suggest a fist sized pancake and not too thick unless they will not cook in the middle.

Flip them over after around 4/5 minutes until they are browned on one size.

Repeat this until all your batter is used.

Ps. If you find that they are not cooked in the middle it because the batter is too thick or the pan is on a too higher heat.

Serve with extra fruit, coconut yogurt, maple syrup or whatever your favourite topping.

Ellie

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Filled Sweet Potato

I love anything to do with sweet potato ! I could easily eat it all the time and usually I do.  I thought I would do some experimenting with all the foods on my plate and mix them together. The result was this amazing filled sweet potato which is the perfect recipe to carry you into spring and summer as it can easily be served with fresh vegetables or a big salad.

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Difficulity: Easy

Serves 1 but you do have at lot of filling which you could either serve on the side or have it as part of your lunch the next day.

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato

1 400g tin of drained black beans

1 tablespoon of miso paste

1 crushed garlic clove

14/13 cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved

1 teaspoon of cumin

Oprionals:

Handful of sweetcorn or peas could also be added to the mix

Method:

Turn the oven on to 220 degrees and wrap your sweet potato in foil and place in the oven. It will take around an hour to cook.

After around 40 minutes, add your crushed garlic and tomatoes to a pan and heat on medium.

After your tomatoes begin to cook, usually around 3 minutes, add the miso, cumin and black beans and give it a stir until the miso paste has melted. Be careful not to damage the tomatoes though.

By this time your sweet potato should be cooked but if it’s not just turn down the hob and leave the saucepan to simmer.

Once cooked, slice your sweet potato in half and remove around 3/4 of the soft sweet potato and transfer to the saucepan with your filling.

Tip: to hold its structure, I tend to leave a small bit of sweet potato near the edges.

Mix the sweet potato throughly in with the beans and tomatoes and scoop into the sweet potato.

Put your two halves of sweet potato on greeseproof paper on a baking tray and either bake for another 15 minutes or grill for 10 minutes.

Then you are ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy and tag me any posts, @firststepstorunning.

Ellie

Quick Quinoa Pizza Crust

Pizza ! A stable on most people menu seen as an indulgent treat which also has an unhealthy stigma attached to it. Well that last bit can certainly be change. My quinoa crust pizza base is so indulgent but is a super healthy and gluten free alternative ! It’s super easy to make and you only need a good quality food processor.
Time to make: 35 minutes

Difficulty: Easy to medium
Ingredients to make one small/medium pizza for one:

95g of quinoa

20ml of apple cider vinegar or the juice of one whole lemon

1 teaspoon of Oregano

1 teaspoon of hot chilli flakes

1 and half tablespoon of tomato purée or if you are feeling the need for some spice I can strongly recommend Harissa

Then your choice of topping – spinach, pepper, tomatoes, olives, rocket, mushrooms. FullSizeRender.jpg

The list is endless, versatile and is all down to personal taste.
First step is vital and one usually most people forget. Soak the quinoa in water for at least 9 hours – the water should be around 1cm higher than the quinoa in the bowl and just leave it in the fridge overnight and the next day.

After that time, drain off any excess water but usually I find there is hardly any. Pour the quinoa, apple cider vinegar, oregano and chill flakes into the food processor and use until a smooth paste is formed.

This usually takes around 5-10 minutes.

Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and pour the batter on the baking tray.

Using the back of a knife carefully shape and flatten the batter to resemble your pizza crust. It’s up to you what shape and how thick you want it but I usually go for a little bit bigger than a one pound coin thickness.

Cook this at 190 degrees fan for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the oven, spread on your base (tomato purée for instance) and add your topping.

You can either eat this raw or return it to the oven for another five minutes. The choice is yours or either steam your toppings and add once the pizza base is completed in the oven.

Then enjoy. It’s a very simple and quick recipe to transform your beloved favourite recipe and as its healthy you could have it more than once a week!

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Spiced Carrot Oats

I do literally live of oats. You can do so much with the simple humble ingredient which is also inexpensive, gluten free, low in saturated fat, high in fiber and its filling. Oats can be so simple to make either with water or plant based milk there is very little one can do to make it go wrong.

However, as my obsession with oats grew so did my need to spice them up and add different ingredients. I never considered vegetables in my breakfast until I came up with this incredible little recipe. This recipe is quite like carrot cake so it feels indulgent but its a super healthy alternative.

I always recommend doing oats on the stove or hob rather than the microwave but obviously when in a rush this is a convenient option.

DSC_0382Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 1

80g Rolled Oats

250ml of water or plant based milk (Almond works well here but I usually do half milk and half water)

One medium carrot (grated or spiralized)

1 teaspoon of ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

30g raisins

Optional: 15g of walnut halves for the topping (or another other nut, I usually use whole almonds)

Simply add the oats, carrots, raisins and the milk or water to the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on a medium heat until they are hot and creamy.

Just before they reach this stage, I usually add the cinnamon and ginger so the spices are tasted throughout.

I tend to use organic rolled porridge oats but some types of oats will take a longer period of time to cook and will need a higher volume of liquid.

Give the mixture a good stir and pour into a bowl and enjoy topped with your favourite nuts.

If you try the recipe please tag me it in on my instagram @firststepstorunning.

Ellie