We can all agree that breakfast is important. Right? I mean, we’ve all read countless articles filed with scientific jargon that stresses the value of kickstarting your metabolism with a healthy morning meal.
And, yet, the struggle is real. For a lot of us, breakfast is the longest 4-letter word in our vocabulary. What do we grab for the family (let alone ourselves!) while the sleep dust still sits in our eyes and the caffeine drip hasn’t quite made its way through the cobwebs? In my house, this challenge is particularly complicated as I have an elite athlete who not only devours calories like a ravenous bear, but due to her schedule, has to eat a lot of her fuel on the go.
After many long Google searches and countless recipes that required way to much early morning manipulation for my blood, I came across the jackpot! We call these nuggets OOG, because we love acronyms in our house. It’s our “thing”. But they are more commonly referred to as Oatmeal On the Go or Baked Oatmeal (#notasmuchfun), and they are nothing short of a miracle.
These little muffin-like beauties are packed with healthy protein and fiber and are the kind of morning meal that will “stick to your bones” and get you to lunch without annoying 10am munchies.
As if that weren’t enough, they are also endlessly customizable to the tastes and preferences of your home. Some love almond butter, some need to be eased in with some old fashioned PB. Go ahead, swap it out! Some love raisins, other are chocolate chip purists. To each their own!
Here’s the recipe I use to create these morsels .. it’s adapted from a great blog on healthy eating, My Whole Food Life.
Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Mix remaining wet ingredients. Add oats, flaxseed and protein powder and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and raisins until distributed.
Grease a muffin tin and scoop mix until about 3/4 full. I use a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop and get about 8-9 muffins out of this recipe.
Bake 15-18 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.
I store them in the fridge and give them a 25 second “nuke” as we head out the door.
SOOOO yummy, and kid tested. Thank you, OOG, for keeping me sane in the morning!