I’m a big oatmeal fan. I often begin the day with a bowl of it. I also love oatmeal-filled baked goods like oatmeal muffins & breads and oatmeal cookies & cookie bars. My mom even made me my favorite oatmeal cake for my birthday this year.
A couple of years ago I discovered the joy of baked oatmeal, and have since then, gathered a wonderful collection of baked oatmeal recipes.
If you’re new to baked oatmeal, you’re in for a treat. They’re a great make-ahead breakfast that can be quickly reheated each morning for a filling and healthy start to your day. Although it takes a little effort, the preparation is very simple – you just stir everything together, then pour it into a casserole dish or muffin cups, and bake. It bakes up soft and moist, more like a muffin than porridge.
The only problem with baked oatmeal is that it makes a rather big batch that sometimes goes to waste since I’m the only one who really loves it.
I’ve seen several recipes lately for oatmeal baked in muffin cups, making perfect single-serving portions, and decided to give it a go. With 2 very very ripe bananas on the counter, I thought a “banana bread” baked oatmeal would be fun to try.
Skinny on Baked Oatmeal Muffin Cups
I used the baked oatmeal recipe from my Simply in Season Cookbook as my starting point, swapping out the applesauce for mashed bananas and adding a bit of baking spice. I loved the way the little personal-size baked oatmeal cups turned out and have enjoyed them for breakfast several times this week.
The rest I plopped in a Freezer-safe bag that I tucked into the freezer. Now, when the mood for baked oatmeal strikes, I can pull one out and heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes!
Having healthy food ready and waiting in the fridge and freezer makes sticking with the Weight Watchers Plan so much easier and is one of the keys for helping me stay at goal.
dairy free – substitute your favorite non dairy milk: soy, almond, coconut, etc.
vegan – substitute non dairy milk for the milk and unsweetened applesauce for the egg.
fruity – add a cup or so of your favorite fruit – chopped apples, peaches, berries, cherries, cranberries, crushed pineapple, etc.
desserty – add ingredients to mimic your favorite dessert – pumpkin pie, carrot cake, oatmeal cookie, peach cobbler, apple pie, chocolate covered cherry, chunky monkey, hummingbird cake, etc.
This is definitely the kind of recipe you can get creative with. Enjoy!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar**
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- 2 medium bananas, mashed
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly coat 9 of the muffin cups of a standard 12-muffin cup tin with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the milk, bananas, oil, egg and vanilla until well blended.
- Add the milk mixture to the oat mixture and stir well.
- Divide the mixture evenly among the 9 muffin cups.
- Bake until done, about 25 minutes.
**To make work for Simply Filling you can skip the sugar or substitute your preferred artificial sweetener.
These were good as is. I'm also going to experiment with other additions including mini chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, peanut butter, chopped nuts and ground flax. (But not all at once, of course.)
*PointsPlus® for baked banana oatmeal muffin cups calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Here’s an individual banana baked oatmeal (3PP) topped with 1/2 a sliced banana (0 PP), strawberries (0 PP), a drizzle of maple syrup (1 PP), 1/2 cup coconut milk (1 PP) and a tablespoon of sliced almonds (1 PP) – a filling satisfying breakfast for 6 PointsPlus value…
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*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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