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!


(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.



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!


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.

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