Recipe first, blather second. (I don't know how to do those fancy schmancy recipe layouts so bear with me.)
Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal Cups
2 tablespoons melted butter (I used salted butter)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup of packed brown sugar (plus a little more, I made mine a heaping 1/3)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 muffin pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan and set aside (or use a silicon muffin pan).
- Mix together all ingredients - except oats - until well combined.
- Add oats to wet mixture. Then spoon into muffin pans, keeping an even amount of liquid to oats in each cup.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until set.
- Let cool completely if you want portable oatmeal cups, or eat warm.
- Store leftovers in the fridge.
- Makes 11-12 muffin cups
First of all, this is NOT turning into a cooking blog because come on. If you've read me at all you know me and cooking have a tumultuous relationship. Second! I can't stand when I go to look for a recipe and there is a long post before the recipe talking about memories with their grandmother, and the wonderful smell in the kitchen, and blah blah blah, cooking with my family, blah blah. I just want the fricking recipe! So I put all of my long, unimportant-to-your-life drivel at the end of the recipe. Because I'm real, people. I know your pain.
OK. So a local coffee shop has these oatmeal cup things that aren't oatcakes and aren't oatmeal muffins and aren't oatmeal breakfast bars, and they basically taste like flavored oatmeal-to-go. Like little condensed oatmeal blocks you can hold in your hand. Obviously, I'm obsessed. And I can't find a recipe. *sad face*
But baked oatmeal is the closest so far! The recipe above is my own take, cobbled together from a bunch of different sources. You could basically flavor these oatmeal cups anyway you want by substituting the orange juice with milk or another liquid. I'm still working on a denser texture, so I may update this recipe, but these are really good for a basic grab-and-go oatmeal breakfast. I have them in a bag in the fridge and I microwave them 20-30 seconds before eating. They are also super tasty fresh out of the oven, but put them in a bowl because they won't hold their shape until cooled completely.
To serve family style instead of cups, just throw the ingredients in a baking dish and cook 30 minutes or until set.
I actually love this idea as a make ahead and serve to guests sort of thing, too. I haven't tried freezing them yet, but I suspect they'll be fine. Since I'm not big on cooking, when I actually get around to cooking, I like being able to make enough that I can just grab the finished product later. It's called "conservation of laziness resources". :)
P.S. Must love oatmeal.