18.9.16

BANANA & CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAKFAST BAKES



I struggle with breakfast, in a big way. Historically, I just didn't eat breakfast, but since I started working office hours, Monday to Friday, I've been feeling the need to have something to eat when I start work. 

For the past couple of months, I've been eating roasted vegetable wraps for breakfast, but I'm sure you'll agree that's not really a breakfast meal. In any case, because I've been eating it non-stop, I've reached saturation point and no longer fancy it in the mornings anymore. 

So in a mission to introduce some variety into my breakfast diet, and in the hope that I discover some breakfast items I actually love, I stumbled across the idea to make breakfast cups. Typically, these are made in a muffin tin, but the only muffin tin I own is reserved only for Yorkshire Puddings and doesn't get washed (sounds gross, but trust me on this one!), so that was a big no. Instead I just made the breakfast bakes in two sandwich tins, and then cut them into what I felt was appropriate sized pieces! 

One food that Harvey and I seem to throw away fairly regularly is bananas. Harvey likes them, but only up to a point; once they're yellow and brown, that's a no go for him. I hate eating bananas, but I love the taste. It's a weird one I know. 

Now I've seen people using mashed bananas to make pancakes, and we happened to have two overly ripe bananas hanging around, destined only for the food waste bin, so I thought I'd give them a go. 

This is a really great recipe if you're looking for something new to try for breakfast, or even as a snack. I didn't have to buy anything additional that I didn't already have in the cupboards or the fruit bowl at home, so it's perfect for last minute food prep on a Sunday night, or to quickly knock up once you've run out of other breakfast items/ideas. It's also super cheap to make, and I think it actually makes a lot of portions! I cut 16 individual bakes out of the two tins, and plan to eat 2 a day, so this will (in theory) last 1 person for 8 days! 

Sadly I can't tell you the exact cost of making the meal, but if that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. 


INGREDIENTS

3 cups oats 
2 tbsp brown sugar (I used dark brown muscavado sugar as this was all I had)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

2 very ripe bananas (medium-large, preferably)
2 large eggs 
2 cups of milk
2 tbsp oil (I used rapeseed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate chips

METHOD

Pre-heat your oven to 200°c. 

In a bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; mix well.

In a second bowl, mash the two bananas well. Add the oil, vanilla extract and eggs to the bowl and mix well. Thereafter, add the 2 cups of milk, and whisk the mixture. I used a handheld mixer at this stage, as I hadn't mashed the bananas well enough and they were still slightly lumpy. 

Using a ladle, gradually add the mixture to the bowl containing the oat mix, and ensure that it is all thoroughly combined. The mixture is incredibly runny, but trust me, it cooks out well and makes beautifully moist breakfast bakes. 

I then lined two sandwich tins with baking/parchment paper, and spooned the mixture into both sandwich tins, however if you wanted to use a muffin tin, there would be no need to line the tin. 

Sprinkle chocolate chips over the mixture, and place the tin(s) into the oven; bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the mixture comes out clean. 


Et voila! I cut the cakes into chunks whilst they were still hot, and then just left them to cool. I did, of course, have a try of one once it had cooled slightly, and I am so excited now to have breakfast tomorrow morning. You can eat these cold, or you can reheat them in the microwave. As there are chocolate chips on the top, I imagine they'll melt and you'll end up with some delicious melted chocolate and banana goodness! If you wanted to, you could even incorporate the chocolate chips into the mix for an extra indulgent touch. 

If, like me, you get bored of eating the same food daily, I think these would be delicious with some frozen berries, or a berry coulis if you fancied making some; I think I definitely will! Without the coulis, they're a perfect grab-and-go item, or perfect for eating at your desk. 

Thank you for reading! If you decide to have a go at this recipe and enjoy it or make any additions/alterations to the recipe, I'd love to hear from you. 

Happy breakfast-ing! 

Laura xxx 


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