I will be removing my ass from the couch as well, but I know I can eat healthier. Since J will obviously be forced down this road with me, I have the challenge of finding healthy alternatives that
Breakfast during the week usually consists of a granola bar, which of course is loaded with sugar. That's why they're tasty. Mmmmmm sugar. While searching for alternatives I stumbled upon baked oatmeal. As a cupcake enthusiast, this was the perfect thing to cram into my muffin tins. It can be made with any topping you desire, and they're perfect for healthy-ish eating on the go. If you're not dieting, don't worry, I'll include suggestions on ways to load these up with sugar...
Baked Oatmeal To-Go
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2 2/3 cups milk (or 2 cups milk, 2/3 cup cream)
- 1/2 cup honey
- + 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (optional)
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup flour
- 5 cups rolled oats
- Toppings (chocolate chips, cranberries, nuts, maple syrup, etc)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 2 muffin pans, or use cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients: eggs, applesauce, vanilla, banana, milk, and honey (and optional brown sugar). Thoroughly whisk in cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flour. Stir in rolled oats until well-combined.
Your batter will seem both watery and lumpy, this is okay.
- Scoop batter into muffin pans, about 1/4 cup per well.
Tip: Stir your bowl of batter after every few scoops. If you don't stir, the batter tends to separate and you risk having very watery batter left at the end.
- Add your desired toppings.
I used dried cranberries, pecans, and chocolate chips. I even made a few maple and brown sugar ones by covering the top of the oatmeal with maple syrup, then sprinkling with brown sugar. These are a little sticky, but taste awesome! Get creative. Fresh blueberries, walnuts, heck even M & M's, would be awesome.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
This recipe made 2 dozen little oatmeals. Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag. If you don't live with a ravenous man in your home, you can store them in the fridge so that they will keep longer. I'm sure they could be frozen too, but I will never find out because like I said... ravenous man at home.