How are you doing with those new year’s resolutions?
For those of you who have resolved to eat a good healthy breakfast each day, here’s an idea for you…Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups! Remember that Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal recipe I shared last year?
Well, this is another version of that, but this one is banana and it comes in a cute little cup form.
Call it portion control or grab and go; cups work so well for this recipe. While they are not muffins per se, they sort of look like a cross between a muffin and a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.
My kids love muffins and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and that just leads to loving these as well.
My son is all about having “real” food for breakfast. I’ve talked about it before, but he is just not down with having cereal or oatmeal for the first meal of the day. As he’s gotten older, the groans have gotten quieter, but I can always see the disappointment in his face if breakfast isn’t what he was hoping for.
Part of it is that I’ve spoiled my kids with hot healthy breakfasts and part of it is that I hit the wall on eating cold cereal for breakfast before they were born. So I didn’t serve it often. They grew up eating hot healthy breakfasts instead. Sometimes I treat them with splurgey choices, but most days, there’s a lean protein and whole grain carb on the table each morning.
My daughter will happily eat both hot and cold cereals, but I prefer it when we eat the same breakfast. These cups work for everyone. They’re great for the oatmeal lovers like my daughter and me; we’ll eat oats any way I make them.
For my husband and son, who would prefer something other than oatmeal, these cups flirt with muffin-dom just enough to appeal to them.
Baking up some oatmeal is a much healthier option than opening up a sugar laden packet of flavored oatmeal; and because you can make it ahead, you won’t have to wait for the water to boil if you’re making the stove top version.
You can store these in the refrigerator and eat them cold, or heat them up in the microwave and eat them warm, as is, or just like oatmeal, with milk and toppings.
They are especially good warm because the mini chocolate chips get all melty and delicious. I think the flavor is best when they’re warm.
Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups are a welcome option whether I serve them for breakfast or offer them up as an after school snack. That’s the great thing about baking up oatmeal in a muffin pan, it looks like a fun thing to eat.
When I have some ripe bananas hanging around, I might make Banana Bread Snack Cake or Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Nut Muffins. When I’m looking to get a head start on a warm, hearty, healthy breakfast option, I make Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups.
Who knew oatmeal could be so cute? Okay, maybe cute isn’t the right word… but hey, I didn’t hear a groan or see a single disappointed face when I set these babies down on the table earlier this week #chocolatechipsforthewin
Eating a good healthy breakfast every day?
That’s one resolution that just got easier.
Check out the pumpkin spice version of this delicious baked oatmeal. In this recipe, I just baked it all in one pan!