I keep seeing all of these great pins with baked oatmeal in them! It sounds SO perfect for me!
Why would I get so excited about baked oatmeal?
See, I work from home, and literally every day Monday through Friday, I take one kid to school and come home with the other one. (such a loving way to refer to my kids! bahaha)
I usually walk in the door, get kid #2 squared away with toys or coloring, I turn my coffee maker on…and then…I get sucked into working. Now listen, I love my work. So when I say “sucked in” I don’t mean that in a bad way…
…Just that I forget about actually making breakfast…or if I do realize I’m hungry, I’ll grab something
quick unhealthy to eat real fast with my coffee. Not a good idea!
I’m one of those people who MUST remember to eat PROTEIN with coffee in the mornings, or I absolutely experience that creepy, sugarfilled high …
and awful, sicky, pukey, hungry, crashy feeling a few hours later.
Enter: Baked Oatmeal Excitement!
So I was searching for baked oatmeal pins to find the best recipe.
Listen, if I’m gonna meal-prep, I wanna make sure I’m putting great quality ingredients in my body too…not just patting myself on the back for not grabbing a pop tart instead!
Let’s be real here, they’re all pretty much the same. And they all include relatively healthy ingredients. Oatmeal can’t really go wrong on the health spectrum.
It’s filling. It’s protein packed. It’s full of fiber. It’s easy to mix up so you get variety.
Baking it ahead of time takes it to a whole new level 😉
But one thing I noticed about almost all of the baked oatmeal recipes were that the OTHER ingredients were sometimes not the best options.
Now those things aren’t awful. I’m not a total spaz!
But I knew I could make a version of Baked Oatmeal Cups that were better for me!
So I adapted a recipe that I found here to swap out a few things that will really up your health value in this recipe! 😀
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1/2 c raw honey
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1½ cups almond milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts,etc.)
You then literally just mix all ingredients (minus toppings) in a big bowl, fill your muffin cups (I like to use the foil ones!), drop toppings on, and bake for 30 minutes at 350.
By swapping whole eggs for egg whites, canola oil for coconut oil, brown sugar for honey, and milk for almond milk…You up the healthy factor of these little breakfast delights by a million!
These little puppies are packed with protein (oats, almond milk, AND eggs), pack a punch of GOOD oils, taste insanely delish, and keep you feeling full all morning. (If you want even MORE added protein, try adding this.)
Oh, and doing them this way makes them easy for big and little hands to grab on the way out the door when you’re late for school…not that I know that from experience or anything. 😉
Seriously, baked oatmeal cups to-go…your life will never be the same.
What toppings will you use?