Here at Firain HQ, we take our food very seriously. I am an average cook, but Ben is fantastic so the deal is that I search for recipes, do the chopping, do the piles of washing up and he creates the magic in the middle.
New mum, personal trainer and new business owner, Jessica also takes her food very seriously. I’ve known Jess for years and along with her mum and sister, they create the most mouth-watering food with, they say, little effort. Now that she is a busy mum with little Kyan, Jess looks for quick and easy recipes that will suit the whole family.
When Jess kindly offered to share her recipes with us here on the Firain Journal, I jumped at the chance to get a glimpse into her processes! I have made a goal to try every recipe; if you do too, make sure you tag us in your photos!
Thank you Jess for sharing (and look out for the next recipe in August!)
Chocolate and Caramelised Banana Baked Oatmeal
When my son Kyan was born earlier this year, my days (and nights) were refocused to caring for him. I would regularly get to 5 o’clock and realise I hadn’t eaten all day!
Food now needs to be quick and easy, nutritious and result in minimal washing up. This baked oatmeal ticks all the boxes It makes enough for two mildly peckish people (or one hungry mama) to enjoy.
It’s a very flexible recipe and can easily be made gluten and dairy free/ vegan. You can swap out the banana and chocolate for whatever you have in the fruit bowl. I love making this into a spiced oatmeal with apples and blueberries in the colder months.
1-2 tbsp very soft butter
1/2 cup oats
4tbsp coconut sugar
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (I use Koko)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
3 squares dark chocolate broken or chopped into large chunks
Chop the banana into slices, place on some foil and coat one side with a little butter.
Sprinkle half the coconut sugar onto the buttered side of the bananas and grill for 10 minutes or until the sugar is caramelised and just catching.
Mix the oats, chia seeds, milk, egg, vanilla essence, maple syrup and chocolate together in a bowl.
Remove the banana and preheat the oven to 180C.
Grease a 6” baking tin (or whatever you have to hand - a couple of ramekins work well).
Fold the banana into the mix. Pour it into the tin and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
Bake for around 25-30minutes. Your kitchen will smell amazing!
Serve with yoghurt and berries if you have time or just munch it straight out the pan if not!