Nature Muffins (baked steel cut oatmeal muffin)

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Nature Muffins - Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
Nature Muffins – Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Look through my recipes.  See a trend?  Well, yes. They ARE all healthy and delicious. Thank you for noticing!  However, none of my recipes involve baked goods.  It’s not that I don’t love delicious baked goods.  I do!  But honestly, baking is not my forte.

Just about every time I bake, the delicious goodness sticks to the pan.  I’m just not good at baking. Serious props to those great-grandmothers who master baking when just walking across the kitchen floor caused a cake to fall.  I don’t know how you did it, but if you’re listening, you didn’t get enough respect.

It’s All in the Muffin Pan

However, this week, I got a Keliwa Silicone Muffin pan.  I had never cooked in silicone before but became a pretty good fan after using silicone ice trays to make my homemade veggie broth. And, I use silicone oven mitts and trivets, so I know it stands up to heat well.  Since the company offered me a free pan, I figured it was worth the effort to at least try. See the results for yourself.

Boring Breakfast Routine

David’s felt bored with our typical breakfast choices and, frankly, so have I.  And, I didn’t want to break in my new pan with something as unhealthy as muffins or cupcakes.  And I wanted something quick and easy.

Even though these delicious “muffins” contain a sweetener, they are not your typical overly sweet oatmeal muffins you find at your local coffee shop.  Since they contain no flour, they are more like baked steel cut oatmeal.

Make these delicious Nature Muffins (baked steel cut oats) on Sunday and enjoy a quick, ready to eat, healthy breakfast every morning during the week. These muffins refrigerate well. Just heat and enjoy.
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Since they contain no flour, they are more like baked steel cut oatmeal. These robust dynamos have a nutty, earthy flavor with a light sweetness.

David compares them to granola bars – only better.  The consistency isn’t hard, crunchy, chewy or too soft, but is firm and holds together.

The Birth of Nature Muffins

When my son took one look at the pan of baked steel cut oatmeal, he dubbed it “Nature Muffins.”  We thought the name fit well, so it stuck.

Nature muffin (steel cut oatmeal muffin)
Nature muffin (baked steel cut oatmeal)

I used a hearty non-GMO steel cut oatmeal (McCann’s) for the base. And an organic fruit and nut mix with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruits, almonds and brazil nuts (which I chopped) for the filling and the topping.  My favorite mix comes from Nuts.com.

Also, I also used agave syrup, but feel free to substitute honey.  Agave has a lower impact on blood sugar than honey, so it’s my preference.

To make them last longer, store them refrigerated in a zippered bag.  When you are ready for breakfast in the morning, just heat one up for breakfast with a cup of coffee and a Greek yogurt – and you’ve got a complete meal!

Come to think of it; these muffins are almost like a bowl of oatmeal on the go – without the sticky mess you’d get if you spilled it in your car.  Yuck. I don’t want to think about cleaning that up!

Nature Muffins (baked steel cut oatmeal muffin)

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

Yields: 12 muffins

Make these delicious Nature Muffins (baked steel cut oats) on Sunday and enjoy a quick, ready to eat, healthy breakfast every morning during the week. These muffins refrigerate well. Just heat and enjoy.

  • 1 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pear sauce (substitute unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups soymilk (substitute your favorite here. Coconut milk is great!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking steel cut oats (I used McCann's Quick Cooking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup agave 
  • 140 grams of your favorite trail mix, divided.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, except nut mix.

In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix very well.

Fill each muffin tin about 1/3 with oatmeal mixture.

Divide 1/2 the nut mixture between each muffin cup.

Fill the cups with the remainder of the oatmeal.

Sprinkle each muffin with the other half of the nut mixture. Gently press each with the back of a spoon. This helps ensure it sticks to the muffins as it bakes.

Bake for 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 179
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 36 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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  • Kimberly C Dickerson (@kimcdickerson)

    July 18, 2016 - 10:23 pm

    I love to bake so I’m always happy to find new recipes to try. Steel cut oatmeal is awesome by itself so I’m sure these taste delish with the added ingredients.

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 19, 2016 - 11:41 am

      You can literally make this with anything you would normally put in your oatmeal. It’s like hand heald oatmeal – without the mess.

  • Renz

    July 18, 2016 - 8:38 pm

    Baking is not my forte either. It requires a patience I don’t have apparently lol. I have those silicone pans too… These look really good. My mom loooves using steel oats.

  • Shanéy Vijendranath

    July 18, 2016 - 5:00 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’d love to make a batch for afternoon tea. 😛 I love my tea,… Want to try making them with coconut milk though.

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 19, 2016 - 11:42 am

      Coconut milk (or almond milk) would be delicious! Or if you’re wanting something sweeter – chocolate almond milk!

  • Gloria Duggan

    July 18, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    These sound so healthy. I love steel cut oats…the texture is great and the taste is so nutty.

  • tiarasandtantrums

    July 18, 2016 - 11:48 am

    I’m not a great baker either! My grandmother was amazing – but me, I don’t think I take time to bake as baking is all about correct measuring and I’m all about just pouring! ☺These muffins look so delicious though!

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 18, 2016 - 12:56 pm

      They are – and very easy – even for the baking-impaired!

  • Shauna S

    July 18, 2016 - 7:40 am

    These look super healthy. I never used soy milk before. The silicone pan seems great. I like that it doesn’t stick at all.

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 18, 2016 - 10:22 am

      You can use regular milk, or coconut milk, if you prefer 🙂 They are healthy and delicious – and the pan is wonderful!

  • Nicole

    July 18, 2016 - 7:32 am

    These look amazing! I have never cooked with steel cut oatmeal before. These are a perfect breakfast for those busy mornings!

    • Alicia Taylor

      July 18, 2016 - 10:23 am

      I prefer steel cut oats because they are less processed than regular oats. And, yep – perfect for busy mornings.

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