Berry Oatmeal Cups

http://greenlitebites.com/2008/09/21/berry-oatmeal-cups/
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I fear calling this idea a “muffin” as it really is more of an oatmeal cup (whatever that is!). The idea comes from Robyn’s Core Muffins recipe posted on BlogToLose. I’m glad I tried them they are a great breakfast idea, especially when you are on the run. Make a batch on the weekend and have grab-able oatmeal all week long!

The toddler liked everything about them except the blackberries. I had to use a frozen mixed berries as I didn’t have any other fruit options at home. He’s just not a fan of blackberries. So every time he’d hit one he’d ask me to eat it. It was kind of funny. He did devour two the morning we made them, although he had a hard time waiting for them to cool, as you can see in the photo. I love pouty toddler pictures!

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The only thing I changed from the original recipe was using Stevia instead of Splenda. You could also use honey, or really skip all together if you don’t like your oatmeal too sweet, the bananas add a nice flavor. Berry Oatmeal Cups

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp Stevia or 1/4 cup splenda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbps Baking powder
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups frozen blue berries or mixed berries [still frozen]

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix all ingredients except the berries together, and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the berries.

Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with with non-stick spray. Divide batter into 15 muffin cups. They should be just about filled.

Bake 20-30 minutes, you’ll see the edges just starting to brown.

The muffins may stick when hot but are removed easily when cooled for a bit.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
15 1 Muffin
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
110 2g 3g old: 2 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 0g 15g 4g
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50 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Tricia

    Roni,

    I’ve been meaning to say thanks for answering my eating out but in question. You really helped me make sense of it. I was WAY overthinking it!

    One more question for you…have you ever used Agave Nectar? I picked some up the other day because someone said that it was a great sugar substitute but I’m a little intimidated as to how to use it. Thanks!

    ~Tricia

  2. Robyn

    Thanks Roni! I was actually “guessing” that they were 2 points (for flex), but thanks for figuring it out for me! Glad you liked them. These are now a “staple” in my house! Love ‘em!

    Nina…those ARE all core ingredients…so are ZERO Core points!

    Robyn

  3. Tricia

    I made these yesterday with 1TBsp od Agave Nectar. They were wonderful!! Husband and kids love them! Thanks again Roni!

    Do you think you could use chunky applesauce instead of the mashed bananas to mix it up a little?

  4. Amber

    I made these for my fam this morning and they all loved them. We ate them hot and poured milk over them. I also added 1 Tbsp of flaxseed which added a nice nutty flavor and extra crunch.

  5. Antigone

    These are so good and soooo easy. My preschooler loved helping.
    Some notes: I didn’t have enough bananas so I used the baby’s jar of banana baby food and a jar of berry banana baby food since I didn’t quit have 2 cups of frozen fruit. They were so delicious and portable. My preschooler was able to take them in the car on the way to school.

    Thank you so much for ALL you do!

    ~Antigone~

  6. Antigone

    Oh yeah…and I used the silicon muffin cups that are popping up everywhere in stores. They work wonderful! Even the cheap ones. I bought a Wilton set and then a $1 set from the dollar bins at Target and they both worked. They made making muffins so easy and mess free.

  7. AlyssonM

    An additional yummy way to enjoy this recipe:
    1) Make the recipe in mini (I used a mini-muffin pan to make 24 instead of 15 – 70 calories each then, right?),
    2) Warm up some more frozen berries (20-25 sec in microwave),
    3) Place one of the mini-muffins in a small individual-size ramekin,
    4) Pour plain, low-fat or fat-free(and organic, if you can find it) kefir around the base of the muffin to make it into a little island, and
    5) Top the muffin with the warm, juicy berries you defrosted.

  8. Jill

    Roni – these were really good! I actually crave them! I made them with mixed berries, but next time will try just blueberries. Question – how long do you think these would keep in the fridge? Have you tried freezing them?

  9. roni

    Jill – They keep for at least a week int he fridge. I’d place them in an airtight container.

    Haven’t froze them yet. Actually, I have to make them again! It’s been too long! When I do I’ll freeze them and report back. :)

  10. Megan

    Tried these this afternoon with a few changes. I used agave instead of Splenda, and used 1/2 skim milk, 1/2 low fat sour cream, and 1/4 cup almond meal, along with some lemon zest, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yummy! They’re a little moist with all of those blueberries, but it tastes great. Thank you!

  11. Tasha

    With 6 children, it is hard to please everyone. This recipe did the trick. We will be repeating this a couple times a week from here on out. We nixed boxed cereals last year, and I am always looking for variety in oatmeal. The fact that these are only 2pts a piece make me a happy mama. Thanks!

  12. Nichole

    I love these muffins and make them on Sundays. I had strawberries that were going bad so I used them all in this recipe and it ended up being 3 cups, which in turn made 17 muffins. I then started calculating the points and if I use 3 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs, and the 3 cups of berries it will be 1 point per 17 muffins made. Anyone tried the egg whites instead? I will let you know how it works out! Thanks!

  13. Sarahlynn

    I hadn’t seen this! Thanks Roni! I ended up doing leaving out the chocolate chips and not adding berries, but using unsweetened almond milk and adding honey. SO good! My brother who hates anything “low fat” or good for you, LOVED them!

  14. Marla

    These look like a great idea for the hubby. He gets up for work at 2:30am and is way too tired to think about making breakfast. By the time he has 2 cups of coffee, it’s time to drive to work. Not to mention he’s crazy about oatmeal, lol.

  15. Sarah

    Roni,

    I needed to use up a couple “older” banana’s and stumbled across this recipe! I swapped the Stevia/Splenda for 2 Tbsp of honey and they were fabulous. Even the husband, who swears off “healthy food,” oatmeal and most fruits, loved them! He said, he had it with chocolate soy milk for breakfast! He actually ate breakfast! Baby steps!! :) I’m so proud. Thanks for all the fun ideas… you should print a cookbook!

  16. Marla

    I make these for the hubby at least once a month. He loves them. When I made a batch last week I forgot to put the sweetener, but it didn’t matter, he loved them just the same. He’s so happy to have these for a breakfast of oatmeal-to-go at 3am.

  17. Jessica

    Love these…the blueberries pop in your mouth and are so refreshing. SO FILLING and I make these once a week in our house!!!

  18. Bridget

    mmmmm…I made these “muffins” this morning & added 1/2 cup of ground flax for added fiber & used unsweetened almond milk. We had wild blueberries in the freezer that my husband picked last summer. I ate 2 & froze the rest to take to work for my breakfast at morning coffee break. Thanks for always creating new ideas.

  19. Heather

    Is there a way to substitute the stevia or splenda w/ brown sugar? I don’t have any of the other 2 on hand. What would the measurement be?

  20. Marla

    Heather, I make these every week. Sometimes I forget to put a sweetener and don’t realize it. I’ve used brown sugar before, about 2 tablespoons.
    Oh, just read the comment about the ground flax seed. I’ll try that one this week. Thanks Bridget!

  21. Heather

    Thank you! I actually read the comments and put in 2 tbsp. honey as someone else had suggested and they turned out great!

  22. Skys

    I made your oatmeal cups and posted my little changes to my website of course with a link back to you. But I tried it with applesauce and grated apples and they were YUMMY!!! I like the oatmeal apple and brown sugar packages back in a day so I had to try it… I told the family it was a super moist granola cup!! (ps my daughter isn’t big on things that have nuts in them. she eats nuts but not with her food as she would say!!) She loved this!! I think they might disappear here too… the berries one went fast

  23. Kellie

    I made these a few weeks ago with Blueberries! :) They were delicious! When I made them I substituted 1 egg with flaxseed and used 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce instead of bananas…they still turned out great. I made them again this morning and used frozen peaches, only used flaxseed (no eggs), and 1 cup of applesauce. They turned out good too…not as sweet as the blueberry ones. I also had to cook them about 10 minutes longer…it might have been because of the flax or maybe cause the peaches are juicier…I don’t know. There were still good!

  24. alyssa

    Roni,
    Do you think it is possible to add some protein powder or something to bulk up the protein and make them a heartier snack? I am ok to bake when I follow the exact recipe but I am not good at adding and altering the recipe. Any ideas for me? Thanks!

    Alyssa

  25. Marla

    Once I added 2 scoops of protein powder. Another time I added 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. Both times it was a little drier than usual but that could probably be fixed by adding a spoon or two of milk or water. It was still good either way. Have you read all the comments? There’s a lot of good stuff in there from posters.

  26. roni

    Alyssa – Haven’t done it but like Marla said, they may get drier. You could off set with a bit of applesauce. Start with one scoop and see how it changes the texture. If they are dry, add a 1/4 cup of applesauce to offset.

    I hope that helps!

  27. Joanna

    Just made these with almond milk, steve, and fresh blueberries. Turned out great, but next time I will make them sweeter.

  28. roni

    I haven’t and I’m not sure they will work. Maybe, if you soak them for much longer? Honestly, I’m not sure. I’ve had the best result with Old Fashioned.

  29. Jeanette

    I am neither a Banana nor a applesauce kind of girl but I really like this recipe is there any suggestions that I can use instead of these two options? Or better yet I am not sure why people put mashed bananas or applesauce in baked goods if I can get an explnation of that then I can figure out how to fix it. Clearly I am not a “health food” gal so thanks for working with me :-)

  30. Elsie

    Yum! Excited to try this, but I don’t keep any kind of milk in the house and would rather not buy a carton for just one cup. Water should work, right? That’s what I use to make oatmeal usually… I’d just have to up the sweet a bit, maybe?

    1. roni

      Sorry, I have it set up to only print one pic but some browsers aren’t working correctly. I’m aware and it’s on my list of things to fix. In the mean time you can always copy and paste to word or another text editor. Sorry about that!

      -Roni

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