Aren’t these adorable? That’s not even all of them either. I want to say I got more like 24. The nice thing about these is they can be frozen. I just make sure to pull one out the night before so it’s thawed and ready to eat the next morning. I love eating oats but hate eating oatmeal. I always get on little oatmeal kicks where I start eating oatmeal but sadly they only last a few weeks at most. I just get bored of it. So I love finding new recipes to incorporate oats into my diet on a regular basis. So here is the recipe:
Recipe not mine, adapted from original
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups applesauce, unsweetened
- 5 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
- 1 banana, mashed (I just skipped this part because of my fear of banana)
- 2 3/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 6 packets of sweetleaf stevie or 1 1/2 teaspoons stevia powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional toppings: raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips
NOTE: I am not one to use stevia or sugar replacers. Instead, if I don’t want to use white sugar, I often use dates as my “sugar”. I discovered not long ago that dates are quite sweet and will work as a nice sugar substitute plus offer added nutritional benefits like fiber. So in this recipe, I believe I used about a cup of dates instead of the stevia. Just make sure you remove all the pits otherwise your teeth will be in for a rude surprise. When using dates, I just throw them in a food processor before adding them to the recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and Stevia (or whatever sugar you are using) together in a bowl.
- Add in oats, salt, baking powder, flax and cinnamon and mix well with wet ingredients.
- Finally pour in milk and combine.
- Spray a 12 and 6 capacity muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
Pour mixture evenly into muffin tin cups.
- If using toppings add them onto the tops of muffins now. If using fresh or frozen fruit, drop it right into the batter.
- Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool and enjoy or freeze them in gallon freezer bags.
These came out great! As you can see from the picture, I topped half of these with almond slivers and the other half with dried cranberries. I popped them in the freezer and whenever I want one for breakfast, I pull one out the night before. Just beware that these are quite filling. I can only eat half of one in one sitting. And on top of that, that little half keeps me full for a good 3-4 hours which is saying a lot. I typically eat every couple of hours but with these bad boys, I find myself not wanting to eat for quite awhile. But every person is different. I am pretty petite so my stomach is quite small. Just adjust your portion accordingly 🙂
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