Baked Oatmeal “Muffins”
Makes 12 muffin-sized portions.
Warning: These may look like muffins, and muffins make people do that annoying NOM NOM NOM thing, but don’t let appearances trick you into thinking these are some kind of indulgent food. They’re portable, single-serve oatmeal thingies that are shaped like muffins: Easy, beyond healthy, and only around 100 calories each.
I make one or two batches per week, and my wife and I eat them for breakfast or for a post-gym or afternoon snack with a cup of coffee. I’ve made 36 different versions of this recipe—past versions have included yogurt, eggs, quinoa, pumpkin, quick oats, steel cut oats, Dutch cocoa, coconut flakes, hemp milk, soy milk, Amish milk, blueberries, craisins, blackberries, nutmeg, and cardamom (but not all together). Anyway, this one is the best, aka. “The Classic”.
2 medium ripe bananas (spotty, not those pale yellow ones that taste like a potato)
½ cup applesauce
3 packets Splenda (Use Stevia, Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar or nothing. I don’t care)
2 ½ cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
½ cup raisins
1 teaspoon coconut oil, +extra for greasing the tin
2 cups almond milk (Get Blue Diamond brand if you can)
12 Hazelnuts (walnuts, cashews, or pecans work too)
1- Preheat oven to 400F. 2- In a large mixing bowl combine bananas, applesauce and sweetener. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash until smooth. 2- Add oats, cinnamon, vanilla, dates, raisins, coconut oil and almond milk. 3- Mix until fully combined, but a little soupy. 4- Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil. Using a spoon, fill each of the cups with the mixture. 4- Top each with a Hazelnut. 5- Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (or longer if your oven sucks).
MIX IT UP: Replace dates and nuts for new flavor combinations, such as blueberries & walnuts, date & coconut flakes, shredded apples & walnuts, Craisins or dried cherries & pecans, cocoa powder, cinnamon, & walnuts (“The Rugelach”), or just say Fuck it and add chocolate chips like you really want to.