So many mornings we are running late for school and I will quickly throw instant oatmeal into the more! My kids LOVE these and they can choose whatever toppings/flavors they want.

You can eat them like a muffin for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or you can eat them like oatmeal by simply putting in a bowl and stirring in a little warm milk. I store leftovers in the freezer, take one out the night before to thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave for about 60 seconds.

makes 12 servings
adapted from

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups applesauce, unsweetened
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup honey
2 1/2 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup chai seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Optional toppings: blueberries, raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and honey together in a bowl.
Add in oats, chai seeds (if using), cinnamon, baking powder, salt and mix well with wet ingredients.
Finally pour in milk and combine.
Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Divide mixture evenly into muffin tin cups. I used a 1/4 measuring cup, measure just a tad under 1/4 cup to make 12 servings.
Add the toppings...
Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool and enjoy or freeze them in gallon freezer bags.

My daughter chose blueberries, my son chose chocolate chips (of course), I sprinkled pomegranate seeds on mine (after baked) and my husband chose brown sugar.

As many of you know, I am passionate about nature and wildlife and I am constantly looking around to see nature in action. The other morning I saw it! I saw a coyote hunting a rabbit right in front of my living room window...

I first saw a coyote slowly walking around outside my house and then he suddenly took off after a rabbit. I grabbed my camera as fast as I could and I managed to catch the very end of the hunt. 

It is odd to see a coyote right in the middle of the city where I live, but apparently a small coyote pack has found the perfect spot in a wooded area right in my backyard. Every night at about midnight they start yipping and yelping, it is an eerie sound. My dogs are constantly on the lookout and so am I!

***Coyote Hunting Photos***

One of the pups all grown up...


Andrea and Mike Passantino said...
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Anonymous said...

Just made these! Very good! I think they had a little too much cinnamon in them, however, and needed a little more sweet. I will try next time with less cinnamon, and perhaps a little natural brown sugar in them. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

Anonymous said...

I'm about to try these, hoping the kids like them for a quick easy breakfast! Do you freeze them in cupcake liners?

À LA GRAHAM said...

Yes, freeze in the liners

À LA GRAHAM said...

Yes, freeze in the liners

Anonymous said...

I take offense at your 'suggesting' I do the same as you.

The Davies said...

Not sure my last comment went thru...Did you bake with any of the toppings on? The chocolate chips obviously don't looked baked, but I couldnt tell on the blueberries. Just curious, thanks!

À LA GRAHAM said...

Yes I baked with all the toppings on except the pomegranate seeds I added after it was baked.

expectingmom2011 said...

When you wanna have some from the freezer, do you let them thaw in the fridge over night and them microwave them before eating or thaw- grab and go?

Nikki McCormick said...

this is making more than 12....maybe 24??

Faith, family, farm; here we grow. said...

Can you make without the honey? Or do you have a suggestion to sub it out? Would like to feed to my 9 mo old ��

À LA GRAHAM said...

Sure, try maple syrup or no sweetener at all.

Princess Poo said...

So they aren't eaten as muffins? You say add milk as in into a bowl with the oatmeal muffin? I'm sorry I was a little confused. Either way, sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

I too am confused. Do these turn out like muffins or are they more like a microwave oatmeal?

À LA GRAHAM said...

You can eat them either way. When they come out of the oven we eat them like muffins. I will store leftovers in the freezer until ready to use then thaw in the fridge overnight and microwave in the morning. Some mornings we eat them on-the-go as muffins and sometimes if we are not in a rush we will put one in a bowl and pour a little warm milk on them, stir and eat as oatmeal.

Anonymous said...

How necessary is the applesauce? Any suggestions for an ingredient to use in place of it?

Anonymous said...

they were great, thanks! Wondering if you know the calorie content?

Anonymous said...

I made these last night and they were amazing. taste even better this morning. Thank you for sharing.


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