I love oatmeal. I love it so much I eat it everyday. Okay almost everyday. Eventually you would think that this would get boring, but man, oatmeal is so delicious and versatile! And it keeps you feeling full and warm on cold days. It even taste good on hot days! I’m not talking about your soggy, pasty instant oats either. No, it’s gotta be real rolled oats. They’re just so good for you and delicious!
Anyways, a few months ago, I started to think about how I could change up my morning oatmeal routine. Every morning, I cook a bowl of oatmeal and add a few chopped almonds. I’m boring, I know. But I don’t like the uncertainty of trying to decide what I’ll eat in the morning! But then I got adventurous. I started adding cinnamon. Vanilla. Apple slices. And these were born. Sometimes I toss in some chopped nuts. Some times a few pieces of dark chocolate. What ever tickles my fancy on Sunday night might go in the mix. These are like apple pie for breakfast. Guilt free apple pie.
The best part is not only are they delicious… they are healthy to boot! Yes! No oil, no added sugar! I even toss in a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed to make them EXTRA healthy. Make a batch on Sunday night and put them in the fridge for easy to grab breakfast of snack all week.
- 2 cups rolled oats, divided
- 2 medium to large pink apples (I use Gala or Fuji)
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
- **Also chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts are yummy in these and sometimes I skip the cinnamon and add two tablespoons of cocoa powder instead.***
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- In food processor or blender, grind 1 cup of the oats for 1-2 minutes.
- Core and roughly chop the apples. Set about ½ of an apple aside and chop it into slightly smaller chunks. You won’t want puree these bits, so add them last.
- Add the remaining apple and hot water to the oats in the food processor. Blend for about 2 minutes, until the mixture is relatively smooth (you aren’t looking for applesauce smoothness here, just not chunky).
- Add egg white, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and flaxseed. Mix until well combined.
- Stir in remaining 1 cup of oats and the ½ of an apple you set aside. Don’t blend this! Just stir until well combined.
- Spoon mixture into muffin tins. I find it’s easier to just do unlined tins, but you can line them with paper to make them easier to travel with.
- Bake for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from tins. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.