Partially because I’m post-bariatric (tiny tummy), partially because it’s healthier, and partially because I’m a snacker by nature, I like to come up with healthy snacking options that offer nutritional value. I very rarely sit down to a proper, large meal, but instead I opt for snack sized portions spaced throughout the day. it keeps me feeling full and satisfied, and it satisfies my innate desire to nibble. Constantly.
So this morning, I made a bunch of healthy nibbles using a new recipe. I introduce to you Baked Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cups. This recipe made a hefty portion of 24, so I’m going to freeze most of them. I don’t use the microwave much (but I’m a toaster oven goddess), so that’s how I’ll reheat. It will also help them maintain that slight crust that I’m enjoying.
Here’s the recipe. It’s super quick and easy to make. I don’t have silicone baking cups, though I might invest in a set. These popped out of my pans easily, though.
- 4 ripe bananas, smashed.
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups skim milk
- .5 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon (I went heavy on this)
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Either lightly mist your muffin tins with baking spray, or use the baking cups. Your choice.
- Mix bananas, eggs, milk, and brown sugar worth a whisk until blended.
- Add baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon. Mix.
- Add oats and chips (you can sub for a cup of fruit here to mix it up, if you like, but that will change the nutritional info. I love chocolate, so chocolate it is.
- Portion out evenly across 24 portions. Bake 25-30 minutes.
- Serve warm. Once cool, you can wrap in wax paper and a freezer baggie, removing extra air, and freeze.
When I ran the recipe through MyFitnessPal, it gave me different nutritional values than on the original site, so I’ll provide those here.
I was pleased with these. They have a satisfyingly crunchy and chewy dense texture. They’re perfect little snack-sized pick-me-up with some nutritional value to them.
Give them a try and let me know what you think.
Oh, and on an exercise note, I’m already falling short on my goals for this week. I was aiming for a 7 day gym week, but the more I read, the more I’m inclined to give myself one rest day a week. All the health literature indicates that you lose more when you have a rest day planned each week, so I felt like a slacker this morning, sleeping in until a luxurious 7am! It’s not such a bad thing, though. My heel is raw and sore, so a rest day seemed in order anyway.
Back at it tomorrow.