Check out these winter pick-me-up baking recipes from Michelle Darmody. They’re perfect for Christmas too!
These cold winter mornings are perfect for steaming, sweet bowls of porridge. But if you do not have the time to stand over a bubbling pot you can also get the benefits of porridge by adding the nutritious oats to baking recipes.
I often throw a handful into a brown bread or make cookies and crumbles with lots of oats included.
Many other ingredients can also be incorporated to bulk up recipes, such as the cookie one below, and dried fruit, chopped nuts or toasted seeds are all beneficial additions.
Here I have included a slightly more luxurious recipe which uses rum soaked raisins. If you wish to omit these I would substitute them with golden raisins as these are softer
and stay lovely and moist during baking. The butteriness of this crumble works well with the strong almond flavour of amaretto and the toasted oats on top create a rich and sweet after dinner desert.
The date recipe is good for an afternoon snack, the slices are quite rich so I cut the tray bake into thin fingers and enjoy them with a strong cup of tea. So next time you are baking, reach for the bag of porridge, the oats are not only local, but healthy and quite cheap.
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