It’s not the holidays without a baked treat made with cranberries and luckily, these ruby red fruits are filled with goodness. Cranberries are high in antioxidants, contain natural fiber, and are low in natural sugars when used fresh (not dried). Tart and tangy cranberries mixed with naturally sweet and hearty oats, orange zest, real maple syrup, and other ingredients create this delightful Baked Cranberry Oats dish for you to enjoy at your holiday table. Lifeway Oat cultured oat milk used in our recipe means this recipe is vegan and dairy free too. Happy baking!
Not Just Oat Milk: Cultured Oat Milk Benefits to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion. Studies have also shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, a combination of fiber and probiotics is even more beneficial for the gut, immune system, and for brain health due to the way this combination strengthens the microbiome, the powerhouse system of your entire health. This is why Lifeway Oat is so beneficial since it is the only organic, cultured oat milk beyond just another standard oat milk. Lifeway Oat contains both fiber and probiotics to help support a healthier body and brain, which means an overall healthier you.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body doesn’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.Prep Time: 25 mins Servings: 6-8
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1 3/4 cup Mixed Berry Oat
- 1 cup flax seeds
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 5 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans
- 2 more tbsp. Lifeway Oat
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a 9x9 baking dish, spray with cooking spray or coat with olive oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and pecans. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 1 3/4 cup Lifeway Oat, maple syrup, flax seed, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Cut in the cranberries and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the 2 tbsp Lifeway Plain Oat, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the baked oats and enjoy!