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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tropical Baked Oatmeal

Have you ever tried baked oatmeal? I've recently discovered it and I am in love with it. You can put almost anything in it too. It is a really nice change from porridge style oats too. I thought I would try something tropical and it turned out really great. 

The only problem I had though was finding good fresh mango. Living in the Chicago land area, good mango is really hard to come by. So I found this brand called Made in Nature. No I'm not sponsored but they make dried fruit that is really delicious and that's all it is. Just dried fruit. No added sugars or anything else. The package I used was I think 3 ounces. I chopped it up and let it soak in a 1/4 cup of hot water. I did the same thing with the pineapple. 

Let's get started with the rest. Here is what you will need. 
2 cups of oatmeal
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp pink salt
2 tbsp of flax meal
6 tbsp of water
2 cups plant milk
2 tsp vanilla
1-3 ounce package of dried mango chopped and soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes
1 cup of dried pineapple chopped and soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes(the pineapple comes in a larger package so you will have some left over)
1 sliced banana

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
Combine the flax meal and water and set aside.

Combine the oatmeal, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Add the mango and pineapple and any liquid that might be remaining. By now the fruit should have soaked up all or most the water. Stir to combine. 

In another bowl, whisk the milk, flax egg and vanilla. 

Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper and pour the oatmeal mix into the pan. Gently pour the milk mixture over the oatmeal. Gently stir to make sure the flax egg is well incorporated as it might puddle on top. Make sure the oatmeal is spread out evenly in the pan.

Top with sliced banana and bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve and enjoy. 

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