Baked Leftover Oatmeal with Almonds & Apricots
Sunday morning folks! Improvisation time again... and of course you are thinking " do we sense some variations on a theme going on here?" Well sure! But you know what? I know what I like and I am sure you do too by now... case in hand? OATMEAL! And I don't think there is anything wrong with sticking to the foods we like- but especially not if we try to prepare them in different ways every now and then...
So yes, I do like to make myself oatmeal for breakfast at the weekend- I am one of those people who drinks a cup of coffee and then zooms out to work during the week, so it is nice to take the time and to indulge a little on those days off from work. Yesterday, I overdid it though a little with the oatmeal and ended up with twice as much as I could eat! But did I throw away what was left over? Why ever would I when I know that I can do something wonderful like this with it?!?!
So- it hardly gets any easier than this! I took the oatmeal, which of course had congealed and become pretty solid since yesterday, and mashed another of my typical Sunday ingredients into it- a very ripe banana. I used a fork to do so as a whisk would be a little too dainty a tool for this. I added cinnamon, a teaspoon of Steve and a little milk, just to soften up the mixture a little.
Once the oatmeal/banana were thoroughly mixed, I added dried coconut flakes until the mixture became a little firmer again and began layering it with apricot slices in my baking dish. Do not press the mixture down firmly, but much rather leave it a bit looser, so that it cooks more quickly and easily- a solid mass would take longer to bake. I baked it for 10 minutes at 300°C and then brought it out for a while to add some sliced almonds and a light drizzle of honey... mmm!