I love rolled oats…I have them for breakfast every morning and use them regularly in my baking. I’ll sometimes even cook up porridge for dessert in winter time…it’s warm, comforting and way healthier than pudding or cake. Having them cooked/prepared the same way every day can get a little boring though, so finding new ways of using oats is always awesome. I found a recipe for an apple peanut butter oat slice and decided to alter the recipe slightly and add some extra ingredients. (The original recipe is here: http://happyhealthymama.com/2012/11/apple-peanut-butter-snack-bars.html )
These are packed full of both fresh and dried fruit, and are moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I think you could vary the recipe in many ways and they would still turn out pretty well. The original recipe cooked them in a lamington tin and then cut up once cooked – I think making them in muffin tins is way easier, and they’re a little crumbly, so this seems to hold them together well. They’re super easy to mix up and don’t take long to cook. I made a batch of 12 and I’ve already eaten 2, so I don’t think they’ll last long!!
Healthy fruit & oat muffins
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried fruit (I used sultanas, dried cranberries and diced dried apricots)
1 apple, cored and grated (leave the skin on!)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter (or any nut butter of choice)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
2. Add oats, dried fruit, grated apple, cinnamon and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat the peanut butter and honey in the microwave for 40 seconds and add to oat mix. Add banana and egg and stir until combined. Spoon mixture into muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops and edges are golden brown. Cool for half an hour before running a butter knife around the edge of each muffin to remove from tin.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Can be frozen and reheated in the microwave.
You could always use less oats and substitute other ingredients like desiccated/shredded coconut, quinoa (cooked or puffed), chopped nuts, sunflower seeds etc or add LSA mix, flaxseed or chia seeds.
You can add whatever dried fruit you like – it would be delicious with dates, figs, prunes, currents, raisins or dried apple. I think you could also use other fruits in this dish – try pear instead of the apple, add cherries, chopped peach, apricot or plum. You could always add some extra antioxidants by adding dark chocolate chips…because antioxidants are important!!
Get experimental – there are a million possibilities – just have a go!
Let me know if you make these and any variations you try – I’l be interested to see what other people come up with! 🙂