Last night, I got the urge to eat a baked good. Â I went to Starbucks to study in the afternoon with David and I stared into the case of baked goods and pleaded with myself that I didn’t need a big, fat, sugary, yummy pastry. Â Now that I’ve made you all think about pastries, here’s a very healthy alternative! Â Without further adieu, may I present “boatmeal” as Katie on Chocolate-Covered Katie calls it? Â Her blog is fabulous. Â It’s ALL about healthy desserts.
I followed her recipe (modified because I didn’t have the staple…chocolate chips in the house) for Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal.
Banana Baked Oatmeal Cupcakes
6 tiny cupcakes
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 packages of stevia (you can use 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup as well)
- I banana mashed in food processor Â or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (60g)
- 1/4 cup milk, creamer, juice, or water (I used a little less than 1/4 c. of almond milk)
- 1/8Â tsp salt
- Optional: unless you like the taste of fat-free baking, add 1-2T oil, vegan butter, or nut butter (If oil, scale the milk back a little. If vegan butter, scale theÂ saltÂ back a little.) Â I used 1 1/2 Tbsp. of oil.
- Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon (If you like cinnamon in chocolate chip cookies)
Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet. If using a banana, mash in food processor. Â Pour mixture into a 6 cup cupcake pain or you can use a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Â Cook for 20 minutes, or more until itâ€™s firm. Finally, set your oven to â€œhigh broilâ€ for 3-5 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Donâ€™t forget to spray your ramekins first if you want your cakes to pop out.
My husband and I decided that these little babies definitely did the trick for the craving for a baked treat. Â I think that drizzling honey on the top of them before baking and letting it “bake in” would be a delicious addition or of course (like the recipe calls for) adding chocolate chips! Â There are so many different versions of this recipe that I’m going to keep going with it! Â It only took me about 30 minutes including baking time, so they were extremely quick and easy as well.
Overall, A+ recipe. Â Try them and tell me what modifications you make!
P.S. Where is all this night time productivity coming from?? Â Oh yeah, probably the
kegs cups full of green tea, yerba mate, and chai tea I’ve been drinking the past few days.