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Monday Munchies - Oats Aren't Just for Oatmeal

If you are like me, oatmeal would probably be your last choice when it comes to breakfast food. It's not that it tastes bad, it's just that I don't particularly love it. Today, I am sharing my favorite recipes using oats that aren't your typical breakfast oatmeal.

Breakfast Granola Fruit Tart with Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 5 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt (whole fat)

  • 4 cups mixed fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a mini tart pan or muffin pan.

  • Mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, melted oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon until thoroughly coated.

  • Press the mixture into the tart pan using the back of a spoon to evenly press the granola up the sides.

  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately press the granola sides down to form more of a cup, with the back of a spoon. The shell will puff up in the oven so it is important to reshape the crust while it's still hot.

  • Allow it to cool completely before removing. Gently remove the cups and fill with yogurt and fruit. Enjoy!


Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (whole fat)

  • 2 medium ripe bananas

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I recommend Muscovado)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners.

  • Add all ingredients, except chocolate chips, to a blender or food processor and process on high until the oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  • Pour batter into muffin pan and bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted, comes out clean. Let the muffins cool and enjoy!

  • The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.


Greek Yogurt Papaya Boats

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium papaya, ripe

  • Plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1 banana

Directions:

  • Slice the papaya in half lengthwise and spoon out the seeds. Scrape out enough flesh to create a small well (keep the inside to eat later).

  • Fill each side with yogurt, fruit, and granola. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with a pinch of chia seeds (if desired).


Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 cup granola

  • Raw honey

  • Chia seeds

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 2 cups diced apples

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cups milk (almond, coconut, whole milk)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Direction:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.

  • In a small bowl, soak the raisins in warm water for about 5 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the apples, pecans, raisins, then set aside.

  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the dry mixture and stir to combine.

  • Pour everything in the greased dish and bake for an hour or until golden brown. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy some or all of these recipes! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time,

Amanda