Recipe Review: To-Go Baked Oatmeal

Original recipe from The Wholesome Dish.

Now that I’m out on my own where nothing’s within walking distance, I have to learn how to survive by grocery shopping and not depending on running to a quick fast food joint when my stomach starts rumbling. Also, picking up snacks at Wal-Mart is neither budget nor health friendly, so I needed to find something else to do with my downtime.

A few years ago, I tried these to-go baked oatmeal treats, and decided that I really liked them, and promptly never made them again. I think I remember dismissing them as “too time-consuming,” but honestly, it takes about three minutes to stir everything together and another half hour to get it baked through.

I will say that these treats are extremely soggy. If I were to go back and do it again, I’d probably add another cup of oatmeal to it to help absorb the liquid. You think three cups of oatmeal would be plenty, but the batter is so liquidy that it just doesn’t absorb it all. Actually, I’d either cut down on the amount of milk present or I’d add more oatmeal.

Because the batter has so much liquid, the treats themselves turn out soggy and mushy. It also makes the treats stick to your fingers when you try and eat one. This is a real shame, because they’ve got a good flavor to them. You’ve got the cinnamon hint, and then the taste of whatever toppings you choose to put on them. I chose strawberries (because I had an entire box to get rid of before they spoiled) and chocolate chips (because who doesn’t like chocolate?). I’ve tried blueberries on these before, too. I will say I prefer the chocolate chip ones, but if you like dried fruit, more power to you.

This recipe makes exactly 18 muffins, if you use the recommended scoop of 1/4 cup of batter per muffin cup. I actually bought the 12-cup muffin sheet about thirty minutes before making the treats, because all I had was a 6-cup and no way was I going to let my oven run for that long! It’s too hot for that.

These treats are really filling — I bring about three of them to work with me every day, and that lets me have a bit of a snack between breakfast (which I eat around 6:20 a.m.) and lunch (which I eat around 1:15 p.m.) so I’m not starving and not at risk of over-feeding myself.

In short, they’re easy to make but they’re soggy. I would give these a three-star rating, but if I can figure out how to make them not soggy, that would push them all the way up to a four-star rating. I would also say three stars because it all depends on what toppings you put on these. They’re okay by themselves, but adding in toppings really helps you get some more flavor to them.

Pros:

  • Quick
  • Filling
  • Cheap to make
  • You choose the topping!

Cons:

  • Soggy
  • Messy/Sticky
  • You need toppings or else they’re kind of bland

What’s your favorite oatmeal treat? Do you have something you enjoy eating as a snack that’s relatively healthy but still filling? Let me know in the comments!

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