Baked Cherry Oatmeal Cups

by Heather on January 31, 2011

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!

BAKED CHERRY OATMEAL CUPS

(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.

 

Delicious!

So am I now an oatmeal convert for life?  Not likely, but I will DEFINITELY be making this recipe again.  Nothin’ like having dessert for breakfast!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 KeepItSweet January 31, 2011

The oatmeal cup is so cute! Can’t wait to see your oatmeal cake:-)

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2 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 31, 2011

Hey, if this is you being you, then BE YOU!!! :-)

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3 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2011

Looks great!!!

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4 Cookin' Canuck January 31, 2011

I am not an oatmeal lover either, but these I could do. Great idea!

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5 Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 31, 2011

Love these-perfection! Way to be you!

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 31, 2011

I’ll take on of these for breakfast :) Looks perfect!

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7 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 31, 2011

Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods ;)

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8 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 31, 2011

Yum! I’m also really excited for the oatmeal cake you mentioned! I feel like that idea rings a bell in my mind… a DELICIOUS bell, as if I’ve had a version of oatmeal cake before, but I can’t remember where!

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9 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 31, 2011

Love that. Plus, it makes oatmeal much more portable for breakfast on-the-go.

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10 Jessica @ How Sweet January 31, 2011

Awesome idea for oatmeal!

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11 Amy @ Second City Randomness January 31, 2011

I have been searching for a good baked oatmeal recipe. This would probably be awesome for me (as a single household) because I could half it and still have breakfast made for a good part of the week already…

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12 Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 31, 2011

This looks fantastic!

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13 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods January 31, 2011

Grrrl…those are some mean looking oatmeal cakes! Yum! I too am oatmeal challenged, but I could get behind something like this.

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14 Maria January 31, 2011

Love this recipe!

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15 Salah January 31, 2011

mmmm those look gooooood :-)

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16 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) January 31, 2011

I’m so with you…I DO NOT like oatmeal. I was afraid I was the only one!

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17 S☀S January 31, 2011

Aahhh these are so cute!! They look like they would make the most perfect portable lunchtime snack, too. I’m definitely a big fan :)

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18 oatsandspice January 31, 2011

What a great idea – I am going to have to try these asap! They look amazingggg! :)

Your blog is so cute! I love it and can’t wait to read more… I just started my blog about two months ago – it is so addicting :) Check it out if you get a chance: http://oatsandspice.wordpress.com

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19 jordan January 31, 2011

i have always hated oatmeal too! that texture is gnarly as foo but these look yum in the tum. thanks.

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20 Emily January 31, 2011

I’m totally with you–cannot stomach a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast (my husband eats it every day) but LOVE baked oatmeal. I make a big 9×13 now and then, generally with walnuts and craisins/dried cherries. I never considered using frozen fruit or baking it in muffin tins–you have such great ideas! Baked oatmeal is really fun to make when you have company for breakfast. Add drinks, fruit salad (or bacon, who am I kidding?), and milk to pour over the oatmeal if you wish, and you’re all set! You can also prep the oatmeal the night before and bake in the morning. Who knew I had so much to say about baked oatmeal?

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21 Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 1, 2011

I love making oatmeal cups, and freezing them for breakfasts on the go!
My favorite combination is banana and chocolate. :)
Because who doesn’t love a little chocolate for breakfast?

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22 The Food Hound February 1, 2011

I just found your blog from Pioneer Woman, and I love it! I love your story! I’m an RD and trust me, you didn’t miss much :) I started blogging as an outlet to feed my love of food and cooking since I don’t get to do that at work by always telling people what NOT to eat (knowing they’re going to eat it anyway, *sigh*) I’m TOTALLY with you about not liking oatmeal, in fact I posted about it: http://food-hound.blogspot.com/2010/11/oatmeal-confessions-and-fantasy-muffins.html

Can’t wait to follow your site!! Love your pics, too– you’re quite skilled in photography!

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23 Megan February 1, 2011

I have wanted to try baked oatmeal for some time now And the muffins are totally the way to go! LOVE IT!

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24 alisueonthemove February 5, 2011

I made the cherry oatmeal cups this morning and they were AMAZING!!! I am hooked, I think that I am going to try them with pineapple next. Thank you so much!!

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