Because, oatmeal.

It’s no secret here how much I dig oatmeal.  Oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal in my smoothies, oatmeal on the go muffins, oatmeal and wine…

(It could work, no?)

This recipe is a bit of a game changer.  Mostly because it’s so simple to make, only really two ingredients, and it feels like a treat, but it’s healthy!

And oatmeal!  More oatmeal.

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Two Ingredient “Cookies”

Ingredients:

  • Two ripe bananas (the browner the better!)
  • 1 cup of oatmeal

Additions:

Just making these cookies with two ingredients is perfect, but you can (and as seen above, I DID) add in a couple other fun things!

Some ideas:

  • Cinnamon!  I love cinnamon, and always add it into my oatmeal, so this one is good here
  • A dash of vanilla
  • Um, chocolate chips (as seen above).  Because chocolate chips and oatmeal, how can you go wrong?
  • Peanut butter, or PB2
  • Hazelnut butter
  • Raisons
  • Nuts
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Chia seeds

Super Easy Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mash up the bananas really good.  Add in vanilla here if you are going to be crazy and go for that addition.  I suggest it!

3. Add in the oats!  Mmmm oats!

4. Throw in any other additions you feel like here.

5. Put these babies on a baking sheet, however big or small you’d like to make them, and bake for about 10-12 minutes until a little springy to the touch.

And enjoy!  These “cookies,” with the two ingredients are probably about 400 calories for a whole batch. One afternoon, my husband and I split a whole batch, which is a healthy afternoon snack, or could be a really easy grab and go breakfast, or just a little something to nibble on before a work out for some energy.  Adding in the chocolate chips feels decadent and it’s still something you can do and feel pretty damn good about because the base of the “cookie” is healthy and clean, with no added sugar or fat.

Try these babies out and let me know what you think!  Super easy and so yummy.  You’re going to find yourself willing your green bananas to go brown fast!, just so you can whip a batch of these up!

Do you have a recipe for a healthy sweet something, that sounds like it would be not so great for you, but actually is?

 

In the morning…

One of my favorite breakfasts to make, especially over the weekend when I have a little more time, is oatmeal!  Usually during the week I will make a smoothie with water or almond milk, some frozen banana and berries, spinach, and protein powder.  Since it’s been so freaking freezing lately, these mornings it’s been a little tougher than normal to get down a cold smoothie!

Another go-to staple for me has always been oatmeal.  Since my husband and I moved (into our first home!- more on that soon!), my commute has increased significantly (hello recent addiction to Serial), and I have to leave a lot earlier for work in the morning.  So, I’ve been trying to think of ideas of breakfasts that I can take on the go.  Last week I made a mug of oatmeal to bring with me in the car.  That multitasking endeavor can be classified as a big fat fail, needless to say!

Tonight I made a batch of baked oatmeal muffins, a snack that will be easy to bring with me on the go, something I can heat up right before I go, or eat as-is.

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These are yummy and filling, and make your kitchen smell delicious!  They have no added sugar (or don’t have to- you’ll see I added a little maple syrup) and are low-fat and healthy little nuggets that you can make ahead of time, and even freeze to use throughout the week.

Here’s what I did…

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk (you could use regular milk, soy milk, you pick!)
  • 2 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup (or honey, or light agave)- add more or less depending on how sweet you like it

Toppings (or fillings!):

For my muffins, I decided to mostly focus on fillings rather than toppings.  I was trying to make them as easy as possible to transport, so I went for things inside the muffins instead of on top.

There’s so many different toppings or fillings you could choose to add!  Raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, walnuts or almonds, more banana, coconut, Nutella, hazelnut spread, protein powder… the options are endless!

For mine, I made a few of each with:

  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of homemade blueberry jam (this is one of my most favorite peanut butters)
  • A handful of strawberries
  • A handful of blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and fill muffin tins with cupcake liners- spray the liners with cooking spray or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients- banana, egg, applesauce, vanilla, & almond milk.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix up the dry ingredients oats, cinnamon, baking powder, chia seeds, & salt
  4. Toss the dry ingredients into the wet, stir until well mixed.  Add in your maple syrup (or sweetener of choice).
  5. Pour about one tablespoon of the yummy batter into each muffin liner, add whatever fillings you’re feeling at the moment, and then fill the rest of the liner with batter.
  6. You could add a little extra toppings onto each muffin at this point.  I skipped this step but here is where you’d do it.
  7. If you’re feeling sassy, you could sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar for a little crunch and some more sweetness.  I also omitted this step as I was trying to keep the sugar on the lower side.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, until your kitchen smells like heaven and a toothpick comes out clean (except on the peanut butter ones- those will come out gooey and you might end up tooth picking more than once, just to sample some more peanut butter…).

Dig in!  These are clean and healthy, low in sugar, fat, and calories.  I don’t know the exact nutritional info, but I would guess, depending on your fillings and toppings, that these would run about 150-200 calories each.

What’s one of your go-to’s for a healthy breakfast?  How about when you need to grab something on the go?