Healthy Apple Fritter Baked Oatmeal

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Healthy Apple Fritter Baked Oatmeal

a photo of a serving of apple fritter baked oatmeal topped with a thick white glaze.

I’m am obsessed with apple fritters. I am obsessed with baked oatmeal. So I mashed the two together in a healthy apple fritter baked oatmeal and it is rockstar status!

Our first Saturday morning without an ounce of errands or unpacking and we needed a good, old fashioned family breakfast and surprisingly one of the kiddos had asked for oatmeal so obviously I had to go all out.

Oh dear, so begins another obsession. Get ready, folks because I’m about to start creating 50 different versions of baked oatmeal recipes.

What flavor combination would you like next?

 

When we had finally settled into a new city back in August I was dragging my feet to get cooking again. I’d barely cooked real meals all summer due to packing and now most of our kitchen stuff is in a storage unit and it’s been hard to find the motivation to get going again. But alas, I also detest not having sit down family dinners or eating out all the time, so I put on my big girl pants and totally eased into it. No jumping in when you’re exhausted from life, am I right?

What better way to ease in than to make breakfast for dinner recipes?

This healthy breakfast recipe is the perfect solution and came about from me winging it with random pantry ingredients. But my goodness, when you have both a 16 and 6 year old raving over OATMEAL you know you’ve found a winner! 

 

Ingredients for Apple Fritter Baked Oatmeal

In the next section, I’m going to go into how to make this simple breakfast recipe, but first thing’s first, here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Old Fashioned Oats – old fashioned really do work the best, instant oats get too soggy and steel cut outs don’t soften up enough
  • Eggs – bind the baked oatmeal together
  • Milk – you can use any kind of milk you want
  • Apple Butter (or Applesauce) – apple butter adds a little extra richness and buttery flavor, but applesauce works just great too
  • Maple Syrup – pure maple syrup is preferred
  • Vanilla – adds the best flavor
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice – all the warm fall spices that go so well with apples
  • Salt – enhances all the flavors
  • Baking Soda – gives the baked oatmeal some rise and fluffiness
  • Golden Raisins – regular raisins will work fine too, I just prefer the flavor of golden raisins
  • Sliced Almonds (optional) – sometimes I include them and sometimes I don’t, they add some nice crunch and protein
  • Minced Dried Apples – be sure to get dried apples

For the Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar – all the swe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Baked Oatmeal Mug Cake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Baked Oatmeal Mug Cake

a photo of a mug full of baked oatmeal peanut butter and chocolate mug cake and someone is removing a spoonful of cake from the middle.

Oatmeal mug cake loaded with peanut butter and chocolate chips…for an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, look no further!

Over the years, I have learned that I feel so much better throughout the day if I start with a high protein breakfast. I joined the baked oatmeal trend and have been obsessed with trying different combinations of flavors. It’s no surprise that peanut butter and chocolate was a combo that had to make it on the blog.

This mug cake is loaded with 34 grams of protein and is a hearty (and outrageously delicious) way to start the day! And just for the memories, this mug cake recipe and our chocolate chip cookie version pretty much saved my life after the bike crash. I couldn’t eat normally for so long, and these mug cakes were the perfect way to get loads of protein.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Choc Chip Mug Cake

These ingredients are so simple and likely ones that you’ll already have at home which is always a winner! This is meant to just be an overview of the ingredients needed. For all the details and full measurements, scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Banana: adds moisture and natural sweetness to the cake
  • Peanut Butter: adds flavor and protein
  • Egg: helps with the structure of the cake and adds more protein
  • Oats: go with old fashioned oats or quick oats
    • NOTE: Steel cut oats will not work in this recipe
  • Protein Powder: we have been using vanilla but I’m sure it would be great with chocolate or peanut butter protein powder too
  • Milk: any type of milk will work, use almond milk and make it dairy free!
  • Baking Powder: gives the cake some rise and fluffiness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: you can mix these in or just sprinkle them on top after baking
  • Peanut Butter Chips: totally optional but they are a delicious addition

Substitutions

If you aren’t down with using bananas in your mug cake, here are few ideas for substitutes:

  • Applesauce
  • Zucchini
  • Apple Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Canned Pumpkin

You’ll want to use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of these.

Possible Variations

Skip the chocolate chips and add a dollop of jam on top. It will be like eating a breakfast pb & j.

Add chopped peanuts for more peanut flavor and added crunch.

Slice up some bananas and add them on top.

Add flaxseeds or chia seeds for even more added nutrition.

Drizzle with caramel or top with a scoop of ice cream. Ok, this may have entered the dessert zone, but it just feels right!

What to Eat with a Mug Cake

Peach Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

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Peach Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

a photo of a piece of peach coffee cake topped with a streusel topping and a creamy white drizzle.

This Peach Coffee Cake with streusel topping is the perfect recipe for late summer. Moist vanilla cake, juicy peaches and crunchy cinnamon streusel. Make it with fresh or canned peaches – either way, you’ll love this easy coffee cake recipe.

Late summer is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is hot, the sun is shining, and grocery stores are full of fresh summer produce. As a child, my parents would typically plan our family vacations in late summer – so it always meant that we’d get a little extra spoiled too.

Of course, nowadays summer is a lot busier than it was back then. But in late summer I always try to make it home for a visit. We’ll sit on the back deck reading and relaxing, and it’s always good to have a perfect summer treat to enjoy at the same time.

And that’s exactly what this Peach Coffee Cake is for. It’s a moist, perfectly soft, buttery vanilla cake. Then there’s a layer of juicy peaches, cinnamon streusel topping, and a drizzle of vanilla glaze.

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Before You Begin…

As always with baking, get your oven preheating and then pull out the butter to start softening and the buttermilk to come to room temperature. Then get started on the cinnamon streusel topping first.

What Do I Need for Peach Coffee Cake?

All of the ingredients for this recipe are straightforward, pantry and fridge staples except for the peaches. Grab those fresh juicy peaches, and here is what else you will need…

Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread [+ Video]

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Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread [+ Video]

Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread is one of my new all time favorites! ohsweetbasil.com

This easy zucchini banana bread is studded with chocolate chips and packed with flavor! Enjoy it warm from the oven, or freeze a loaf for later!

Recommended Equipment

Before You Begin…

Spray your bread pans with cooking spread and then take a paper towel and wipe the spray off the top inch of the pan, all the way around. This will help the batter “catch” the side of pan and then poof up in the middle. Your loaf will be both gorgeous and delicious!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

Did you ever play school when you were growing up? I totally did and I was pretty darn sure I was going to grow up to be a teacher. I didn’t. But I did grow up to be a banana bread lover. Not sure what that has to do with being a teacher, but it’s the truth.

Zucchini bread on the other hand, gross. I did not like the texture as a kid at all. I refused to eat it, which must have been so much fun for my parents. And then I slowly forgot about it until I became a food blogger. If there’s one thing pinterest doesn’t need more of it’s quick bread recipes, so obviously I chose to give you all one.

Not true? Well, either way I decided it was high time I tried this whole zucchini bread thing again and guess what, I was a total chicken about it. I mean, I couldn’t just jump in right? I’m a toe dipper in the pool for heaven’s sake! I needed a slow start so what better thing to try than a chocolate chip zucchini banana bread? And guess what? It’s so blasted delicious I’m going to try a zucchini bread tomorrow. All by myself. If I hate it, I’ll give it away to the neighbors, ha!

Zucchini Banana Bread Ingredients

As with most quick breads, this chocolate chip zucchini banana bread requires mostly pantry staples:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Cream of tartar
  • Salt
  • Canola oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Mashed banana
  • Grated zucchini
  • Chocolate chips

How to Make Zucchini Banana Bread

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together the egg, sugar, and oil.
  3. Whisk the grated zucchini into the egg mixture.
  4. Add in a little of the flour mixture, followed by some of the mashed banana. Continue alternating between the two until everything is added to the batter.
  5. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Turn the batter into a loaf pan and bake until done.

How to Store Zucchini Banana Bread

To maximize the shelf life of banana zucchini bread, cover with foil or plastic wr

Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

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Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

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If you want a simple and delicious high protein breakfast (27g!) that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, then you have to try this protein chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal in a mug!

I’ve seen the recipes for oatmeal in a mug, aka mug cake, a slightly healthier mug cake, haha, but I wasn’t loving a lot of the recipes. It turns out that they all had a piece of a puzzle and merely needed to all be put together! This healthy baked oatmeal in a mug has a little protein powder which gives extra flavor and nutrients without overcomplicating the recipe.

Whenever we have a busy day or I’m not in the mood to cook I’ll make a little baked oatmeal and let the family pick out their toppings. It’s like pancake night, but less sugar!

Speaking of, if you want to go all crazy with this protein breakfast recipe you can totally mix up the flavors and add-ins (see ideas below).

Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

Here is a brief overview of the ingredients needed for blended baked oats. This is meant to be a quick snippet of what is included. For all the details, scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Banana: adds natural sweetness and moisture
  • Egg: binds all the ingredients together
  • Oats: You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats since you blend it up. I prefer old fashioned because it’s been processed less. You could also use oat flour if you prefer (since that’s what we are making when we blend these oats up). Use a scant 1/2 cup of oat flour. NOTE: Steel cut oats will not work for this recipe.
  • Protein Powder: You can use any flavor you want. Vanilla is my favorite for that true chocolate chip cookie flavor. We have been using coconut flavored protein powder lately which is also yummy because that’s what we have right now.
  • Milk: any type of milk works great…whole, 2%, 1%, fat free, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Baking Powder: gives the mug cake some rise and fluffiness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors

Substitutes for Banana

I know that there are strong feelings about bananas out there, so if you aren’t a banana fan or you don’t have any, here are few ideas for substitutes:

  • Applesauce
  • Zucchini
  • Apple Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Canned Pumpkin

You’ll want to use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of these.

Ideas for Toppings and Mix-Ins

You don’t have to stop at chocolate chip cookie flavor! The possibilities are endless! You can change the flavor of protein powder you use as well as the toppings or mix-ins you add. Here are a few ideas to customize your own baked oatmeal in a mug…

  • Chopped nuts – pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.
  • Nutella
  • Caramel
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Chopped fruit
  • Nut butter – peanut butter, almond butter, etc.
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