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?

 

6 thoughts on “In the morning…

  1. This looks awesome! My boyfriend is always looking for snacks he can take to work so this would work perfectly for him. I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast myself, but I have a little more time in the morning than he does. It would be great to have a stash of these in the freezer. I’m terrible about having snacks available to grab if we’re going to be out for an extended period of time. Usually we end up buying something or going out to eat and that’s bad for our waistlines and our bank account.

  2. Yum! I always make this; in fact, I make it almost every weekend for grab and go breakfast during the week. I have taken to just throwing whatever trail mix, dried fruit or leftover fruit we have right into the mix. Some of my latest favorites have been pumpkin filling, dried coconut, dried apricots and pecans. I also like to toss a bit of flax seed as well as chia. Also, I use steel cut oats and do a half and half ratio of water to milk, since I sometimes eat mine at home with milk. When I am feeling super frisky, I throw in a few chocolate chips too! I figured out the calories and generally one serving is around 200 calories depending on size and/or amount of nuts/dried fruit, which tend to be a bit higher in calories.

  3. Yum! Those look so good! I eat oatmeal with a banana every morning. It’s such a great breakfast and is pretty filling. I always eat mine while reading blogs and drinking my first cup of coffee. But these would be good to make for the mornings when I am running behind as I could easily bring them to work.

  4. Emilie- They’re really great for on the go! Let me know if you end up trying them out!

    Travel Spot- Sounds good! I haven’t delved into steel cut oats yet… I’ll have to try them out!

    Lisa- LOVE oatmeal!

  5. Those sound delicious! I have to try these!
    I usually have (overnight) steel cut oats pretty regularly which I bring to the office and heat up there, but this would be a nice alternative!

  6. These look so yummy! Gonna try these for sure.

    I usually keep a high protein granola bar for on the go mornings. But I try and keep that to a minimum as it really messes up my whole day. 😉

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