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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