The winning combination of cherries and almonds in this cherry Bakewell baked oats for one is definitely a recipe you will keep coming back to. Full of naturally sweet flavours these baked oats may even have you thinking you’re eating a dessert for breakfast!
Jumping on the baked oat bandwagon, I thought I’d try one of my favourite flavour combos of cherries and almonds and I am so glad I did. This really is a healthy and extremely tasty way to start your day. In fact, I didn’t really feel like I was eating breakfast as it was so decadent. But what could be better than a dessert for breakfast right?
Are Baked Oats Healthy?
In my humble opinion yes. Baked oats are a really healthy option for breakfast and as a dessert. This recipe includes lots of whole food and healthy ingredients like;
- Wholegrains in the form of rolled oats
- Naturally sweet cherries high in vitamin C, potassium and fibre.
- Healthy fats from the almonds
- And of course not forgetting the calcium-rich milk
Oats and Diabetes
There is little research out there on the impact of oats and type 1 diabetes (most of the research is based on pre-diabetes and Type 2).
Rolled oats have a low GI (Glycemic Index) of around 55. This means that generally, a low gi food is digested and absorbed more slowly (which is good for blood sugars). However, not all oats are the same! Quick oats would have gone through further processing so actually have a higher GI of around 66.
Our bodies are all different as is how our blood glucose levels will respond to certain foods. Nevertheless, with a bit of persistence and a lot of bolusing adjustments, we have found oats to be a steady and great breakfast, dessert and snack choice.
But another consideration is how you eat your oats. A plain bowl of porridge will have a very different impact in comparison to an oat bowl with other ingredients. This baked oats for one recipe also include a balance of natural sugars from the fruit, protein from the milk and yoghurt, alongside healthy fat from the almond butter. These other components will work alongside the carbohydrate in helping to slow the process of turning into sugar.
What you will need to make Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats for One
- Naturally gluten-free however it’s in the processing that contamination with other cereals may occur.
- Therefore I use GF as my husband has an intolerance, however, any type of porridge oats can be used.
- Oats are wholegrain, full of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- As they are low GI, your body will burn the carbohydrate at a slower rate, hopefully reducing that morning spike.
- Baking powder
- I use Gluten-free
- Essential for adding air and lightness to the baked oats
- Banana (optional)
- Can help to boost your digestion from their fibre and antioxidant contents.
- Adds natural sweetness to this dish but is optional as it does increase the total countable carbs
- Greek yoghurt
- I use greek yoghurt as it is a fridge staple in this house
- However, you can use any natural or alternative yoghurt you prefer
- I always choose a full-fat version as they tend to be lower in sugar.
- Use any type of milk you prefer in this recipe.
- An essential for our diet full of calcium and protein
- Frozen cherries
- Packed with nutrients, particularly high in vitamin C, potassium and fibre.
- Almond butter
- High in healthy monounsaturated fats, fibre and protein.
- Almond essence
- Just adds a little extra almondy flavour to the baked oats
- Flaked almonds
- Not essential but add a lovely crunch to the baked oats on top
How to make Baked Oats for one
These cherry bakewell baked oats are simple to bring together, however as they take 20-25 minutes to bake, this is a recipe I tend to save for when I have a bit more time in the mornings. However, If you’re looking for a quicker oat-based breakfast then why not try my QUICK VERY BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL
Start by preheating the oven to 200 C / 180 C fan. Keeping half the cherries and flaked almonds to one side, put all your ingredients into a food processor or a hand blender and blitz to make a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into a large ovenproof ramekin and scatter the rest of the cherries and flaked almonds, if using them, on top. Then bake it in the oven for 25 mins.
Why not try these other wonderfully Oaty recipes:
- QUICK AND EASY FROZEN FRUIT CRUMBLE
- APPLE CRUMBLE WITH OATS
- HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BANANA OAT BISCUITS
- EASY NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE OAT BARS
Oats are wonderfully low GI, which means they are slow burners on the blood sugars which for some can be great first thing in the morning.
This cherry Bakewell baked oats may have a higher carb content but factored against the combination of protein and healthy fat, you may find that breakfast like this won’t cause major spikes in blood sugar levels. We certainly don’t!
The total overall carb count for these cherry Bakewell baked oats based on the ingredients we would count for is:
- Porridge Oats = 50g – 32g of carbs
- Banana = 65g – 13.2g of carbs
- Greek Yoghurt = 45g – 1.9g of carbs
- Oat Milk = 70ml – 4.7g of carbs
- Frozen Cherries = 80g – 11.1g of carbs
Now add all the carbs together – 32+13.2+1.9+4.7+11.1 = 63g of carbs (without the banana = 50g of carbs)
Please note this carb count amount per portion is based on the standard ingredients listed above and may differ depending on what you use and how much you choose to eat.
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