Cavalcade of Cupcakes: Third Stop, A Turn for the Healthful

Welcome to the third and final stop on the 2010 Cavalcade of Cupcakes! The Triple Lemon Heaven cupcakes were rich, tart, and decadent. The rainbow cupcakes were a hit with kids and parents alike, and were also very rich and sweet. Two days of that much sugar demanded something a bit, how do I say this, healthier.

I've been baking oatmeal-based breakfast and dessert type snacks for as long as I've been nutritionally conscious, so about the last 5 years. I know how much some of us love our bowls of oatmeal in the morning, but not every morning has the time (or desire) to make a batch of stovetop oats, no matter how many people say "just get up 20 minutes earlier!" I'm sorry, I love my sleep!

Since this was the case, I started making baked oatmeal "cookies" and "muffins" as a grab-and-go breakfast option to enjoy in the car on the way to work. Not that I can't enjoy a bowl of oatmeal in the car (yes I have), it's just not easy. I've recently rediscovered how lovely these breakfasts are, and of course, you can adjust the recipe to suit your tastes. I'm calling these cupcakes, but in all honesty, they're oatmeal muffins!

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Baked Oatmeal "Cupcakes"

Makes 12 "cupcakes", 3 cupcakes per serving

Divide recipe by 1/4 for a single serving "cookie".

Ingredients

* 4 c. rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking, NOT instant)

* 2 bananas, mashed

* 4 egg whites

* 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

* 1 tsp. baking powder

* 1/2 c. nonfat milk or yogurt

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Allow to sit about 15 minutes for oats to soak up the wet ingredients. Scoop into a 12-hole muffin tin or form into cookies on a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 400* until the tops are crispy and cupcakes are firm, about 20 minutes.


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One glorious serving of the entire batch

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These are satisfying, easy to make, healthy, and DELICIOUS! I loved topping mine with a bit of plain nonfat yogurt and strawberry, though nut butter or actual frosting would be delicious as well.

I hope you've enjoyed the Cavalcade of Cupcakes!

I'm glad I thought to make these too, since camp starts again tomorrow and I'll need easy breakfasts! I have a few guest posts lined up, as well as a cool giveaway, and a couple of easy recipes as well. Many of your favorites from last year will return, including the "Camper quote of the day" and "Wednesdays in Numbers".

I'm always looking for guest posts as well, so if you're interested, email me at guest-posts@imadedinner.net with your post and pictures, and it'll go up on those super-busy-exhausting days.

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday, and #TGIM!


P.S. Sorry for the lack of Cute Food Saturday yesterday! It was a crazy morning and the day got away from me!

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19 Responses to Cavalcade of Cupcakes: Third Stop, A Turn for the Healthful

  1. Holy oatmeal! Those look so good!
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  2. shelly says:

    I am going to try those oatmeal “cupcakes” right now!
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  3. Ahhh, such a good idea!!! Yum!
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  4. Pearl says:

    they look great, mara!
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  5. What a great grab-n-go breakfast!! I must try this 😀
    Mary @ What’s Cookin’ with Mary´s last blog post ..Sun Dried Tomato Basil Hummus

  6. Lauren says:

    Okay, these are by far my favorite!!!! Oatmeal cookies/cake/cupcakes would be my favorite flavor and these look outstanding!!!! Ugh, I’m drooling. 🙂
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  7. Jacquie says:

    I love oatmeal and these look so fun as a cool alternative to a hot bowl during the summer months… yum!

  8. Kristina says:

    yes, these look fabulous… and I LOVE that a serving is THREE !! 🙂
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  9. Sabrina says:

    If you soak steel cut oats overnight then you only have to throw em in the microwave for a LOT shorter amount of time! I throw em in for 2 put some frozen bananas in there and throw em in for another 2 and they are perrrrfect!

  10. Wei-Wei says:

    SUCH a perfect on-the-go breakfast. Combines whole grains/carbs (oats), protein (egg whites), and even fruit (bananas)! Maybe mix in some peanut butter or some nuts and you’d have fats, too, making it seriously the perfectest breakfast ever. I am SO making these! I’m gonna mix in some chopped walnuts, too 😉

    Wei-Wei
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  11. Marianne says:

    These would be great once I’m back at school, having my early mornings and long public transit commutes. Do you think I could use 2 eggs instead of the 4 eggs whites? I’d rather just use whole eggs – yolks have lots of good stuff in them!
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  12. Cara says:

    These look great! I can’t wait to try them! I might add some dried cranberries in too!

  13. Katie says:

    These are PERFECT, Mara! I have to try them.
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  14. Yay for healthy desserts. I’ll feel less guilty when I have more than one serving 🙂

  15. Christina says:

    Wow, how awesome, I’ve never seen this before!
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  16. Leigh says:

    I just made these tonight – so good and hearty! I added ground flax seed for a little extra nutrition and will probably add a little more cinnamon and maybe play around with other spices next time but I love these! They will be my go-to for those mornings you just can’t seem to get everything together. thanks!

  17. Crystal says:

    These look soooo delish!!!
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  18. Moe says:

    I tried to make these just how you said and they came out not so great, sorry to say. I did tweak it the next day, adding some peanut butter, honey, and more cinnamon. Not so bad then! I’d imagine some raisins would go well in there too.

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