I don’t love oatmeal…we all know this. I tried, really I did, for so long to like it! Mixed with bananas, almond milk, gobs of nut butter and preserves. And that’s all fine and good, but let’s face it: not for me.
I’m tired of pretending to be an oatmeal lover. I need to be me.
I will admit that I actually do love oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cake (recipe to be posted soon!), and other forms of oatmeal in baking. So yesterday morning when nary a breakfast food was to be found in our house I decided to go for it. I was going to make baked oatmeal. And by golly, I would like it!
Since I have zero experience in baked oatmeal, I went with this recipe since it allowed for frozen fruit, the only kind I had on hand. I followed it to the letter with the exception of the butter.
Really guys, this is Heather! It really is! I didn’t have butter! No lie…
Anyway, I also didn’t add the prescribed fruit and chopped up some frozen cherries instead. The result was a moist yet crumbly little oatmeal muffin…and I think that we all know anything in muffin form means you can eat more. AND it’s oatmeal…totally good for you!
(recipe from Taste of Home and adapted for on-hand ingredients)
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups chopped fresh or frozen cherries
Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the dry and stir til mixed. Fold in the fruit (Note: if you’re using frozen cherries, keep them frozen so they don’t discolor the oatmeal too much). Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and no longer wet from the egg mixture. Let cool slightly before attempting to remove from the tin. Please note that I did not use paper liners, although that would have been very helpful! I highly recommend using them if you have them on hand.
Word on the street is you guys liked the Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Friday…and here’s a chance for you to win some! Just head over to Steph’s Bite by Bite where my cookies are being auctioned in her Online Bake Sale! Just takes a minute and all proceeds go to help the fight against Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, and Myeloma.