These simple little baked oatmeal cups are the perfect way to enjoy a healthy breakfast on the go!
I am by definition a morning person. I actually enjoy waking up early to get started with my day. I find it pretty easy to pull myself out of our cozy bed when my alarm rings at 6:15 – the promise of coffee and an hour of peace and quiet all to myself is a pretty big draw.
Let me paint a picture for you…
6:15 and I wake up to the birds chirping outside my window. The sun is shining as I happily roll out of bed, throw on a sweater and skip down the stairs to enjoy my morning coffee. Hubs is almost done cooking up his famous eggs benny (my fave!) and we get to enjoy a lovely (and quiet) breakfast together while our little man is still sound asleep in his cozy nest upstairs.
Now, if this sounds too good to be true…
well, it’s because it is.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy an hour to myself each and every morning, and that part really is as glorious as it sounds. In fact, I actually go to bed looking forward to it each and every night. Is that weird?
I stretch that hour out as long as I can.
But, then I pay it.
7:15 and it’s time to pour down the last few sips of coffee, hit the shower and get ready for my day. I still have 45 minutes before I have to leave for work, Carson is still asleep, things are still relatively peaceful.
Then, all of a sudden, I step out of the shower and it’s like stepping out of a time machine … I have 20 minutes to get myself ready, get my kid ready and get our butts out the door.
All hell breaks loose. It never, ever fails.
Obviously, with such limited time now, I’m going to have to prioritize what I can actually manage to do in the 20 minutes I have left. Rushing around like a mad woman (and hating myself for letting this morning become so chaotic), I somehow manage to get us both dressed (priority #1) and looking relatively presentable and we’re on our way out the door without a second to spare. I’m sad to say that food is the not the priority here, but what kind of Mom would I be if I just dropped my child off at the babysitter’s with an empty stomach? It’s inevitable – Carson ends up eating a PB&J sandwich in the car as we pull out of the driveway – now we’re officially two minutes late, but at least he won’t have to starve until lunch.
Clearly, there must be a better way.
The obvious answer would be to tear myself away from the computer 10 minutes earlier. And I’m working on that. Promise.
But lately, I’ve also been supplementing with these …
yummy little oatmeal cups, 100% ready to just grab and go! A healthy breakfast that everybody likes and it literally takes just a second to grab!
I’m telling you, these have completely revolutionized our mornings! Okay, part if it may be the extra ten minutes I give myself to get ready now, but who isn’t happier with a full belly too?!
BAKED OATMEAL CUPS
1/4 cup of canola oil
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of applesauce
1 1/4 cups of milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups of rolled oats
2 tsp. baking powder
*your favourite toppings* (I used chopped apples and walnuts)
one. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
two. In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs and brown sugar until all of the sugar has dissolved. Then, add in the applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, mixing well. Finally, stir in the oats and baking powder until well combined.
three. Fill each muffin cup to the top (these won’t expand much as they bake) and top with your favourite fruit, nuts or even a few chocolate chips, pressing them down into the batter.
four. Bake for 30-35mins. Enjoy!
SO easy to make, these sweet little oatmeal cups are such a simple and tasty way to enjoy a healthy breakfast on the go!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!