Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Continuing on with my summer love affair with blueberries….here is another recipe I tried this week. These muffins turned out so delicious and moist, this recipe is a keeper!

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

I found this recipe on my favorite food blog, www.skinnytaste.com and was thrilled that they were not only healthy but also pretty low in calories as far as baked goods go. 🙂

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

    1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 tbsp honey
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    2 egg whites
    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly spray with oil.

Place oats in a food processor or chopper and pulse a few times. Soak oats in milk for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine brown sugar, agave, apple sauce, vanilla, egg whites, oil and mix well.

In a third bowl combine whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and whisk to combine.

Combine oats and milk with sugar, applesauce mixture and mix well. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon into the muffin tin and bake for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin.

Nutrition information for one blueberry oatmeal muffin

Nutrition information for one blueberry oatmeal muffin

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Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love most about summer is the abundance of fresh berries! I love to bake with them and try new and interesting recipes.

And I also have a passion for quick breads, in my house they’re called quick not because they are easy to make but because of how quickly they are gone!

I picked up several boxes of strawberries this week because they were on sale, and I love them! So I started searching for ideas on what to do with them besides just stuff my face with fresh strawberries for a couple of days before they spoil.

This is one of the things I came up with, from one of my favorite recipe blogs, Skinnytaste.com. I modified their recipe slightly by using gluten-free flour for half of the flour, I may try this again with all gluten-free flour as well to see how it turns out. The recipe as shown here turned out delicious!

I really liked the idea of roasting the strawberries first, so most of the juice bakes out of them and doesn’t make the bread too moist.

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

Ingredients:

    1-1/4 cup strawberries, quartered
    3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
    2 TBSP unsweetened apple sauce
    3/4 cup gluten-free baking flour
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or use 1-1/4 cup flour, any variety you prefer)
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 TBSP butter, softened
    1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
    2 large egg whites
    1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray loaf pan with baking spray.
You can use one standard sized loaf pans, or two min-loaf pans.

Place the cut up strawberries on a baking sheet (lined with foil, or paper), roast them for 20 minutes, remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the egg whites, mashed bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix. Fold in the strawberries and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan(s). Bake on the center rack in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 30 minutes before removing the loaves. Bread should be at room temperature before slicing.

Storage:

Wrap in plastic or foil and store in refrigerator for 5-7 days (it will probably be eaten up before then anyway!) Or wrap well and place in a freezer safe bag and store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Makes 16 servings

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Baked Oatmeal with blueberries & bananas

Oatmeal, in my opinion, is one of life’s perfect foods! Delicious, filling, nutritious and low-calorie. It’s easy to make, and you can do a million things with it.

Oatmeal is also one of my favorite comfort foods. When I was a little girl, my mom used to cook oatmeal for me. She made the real “old-fashioned oats” that you cook in a pan (come to think of it, they didn’t even have instant oatmeal at that time, since, microwave ovens hadn’t been invented yet….yes yes, I know, really showing my age here!) Mom would plop the cooked oatmeal in a bowl, sprinkle some brown sugar on it and pour milk in it until when you stirred it, you ended up with something more like oatmeal soup. This thin, milky consistency is what I’ve grown accustomed to and it is soothing not only to my tummy but also to my soul.

My husband, on the other hand, has never been a fan of oatmeal. Or fruit. So, when I came across this recipe for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas, I was concerned I would be the only person in my household who would eat it. This situation has, in the past, kept me from trying many baked or crock pot oatmeal recipes that I found intriguing as I hate to go to all the effort and have it be something that doesn’t feed my whole family.

This particular recipe looked so good to me that I decided I really needed to try it, even if I would be the only one to eat it – it just looked THAT good!

Delicious warm out of the oven, and just as tasty reheated later in the microwave!

Delicious warm out of the oven, and just as tasty reheated later in the microwave!

The verdict? My husband agreed to try it. He liked it. I made it again the next week and he had a second helping! Then I tried other varieties of the recipe like strawberry-rhubarb, and just strawberry (both, also with bananas). I loved them all. Jim tolerated them, but began asking me to make the blueberry version again. This has now become a staple in our house, I make it almost every Sunday morning. We have it together for breakfast on Sunday, then I have enough left over that I can heat up a piece of it for breakfast all week before leaving for work.

This dish is simple to prepare, has very few ingredients. It does not use any added sugar, but instead uses honey as a sweetener. I personally like to use all organic ingredients – but I’m sure you can make this with any variety of the ingredients that you have on hand. This recipe is also very easy to adapt to any type of fruit or berries you may have at the moment.

Baked Oatmeal with blueberries and bananas:
Modified from: www.skinnytaste.com

Ingredients for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas

Ingredients for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas

Ingredients:

2 medium ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1-1/2 cups blueberries (or one pint, or however many you have on hand!)
1 cup uncooked organic quick cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use any variety of milk you prefer)
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9″ x 9″ glass baking dish with non-stick spray.

Spread the sliced bananas in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, top with half of the blueberries.
Drizzle 1 Tbsp of the honey over the fruit, sprinkle with 1 tsp of the ground cinnamon. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, the remaining 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and the salt. Stir lightly to mix.

In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining honey, the milk, egg and vanilla.

Remove the bananas and blueberries from the oven. Sprinkle the oat mixture over top, using your fingers to spread it out and even it out a bit. Then pour the milk mixture over top of the oats, distributing evenly so all of the oats are moistened.

Sprinkle the remaining blueberries over this mixture then top with the rest of the walnuts.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. After baking, allow to cool and set for just a minute or two, then cut into 6 servings, or 8 if you’d like to cut down the calories a bit more or if you have a bigger crowd to serve. Cover leftovers (if there are any!) and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl

Whisk up the milk, egg, honey and vanilla

Wisk up the milk, egg, honey and vanilla

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (147.5 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.0g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 33.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Sugars 10.2g
Protein 4.0g
Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 2% • Iron 10%
* Based on a 2000 calorie die