These Double Chocolate Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Muffin Cups are a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!
Heads up! This post was originally published June 2012. Photos were updated August 2017. Enjoy!
Certain moments in motherhood break my heart. Little pieces of time that are etched into my memory, seemingly never to be erased.
We went to the zoo this weekend. On the way there, as Luke napped and Tim and I chatted quietly in the front seat, Meghan suddenly burst out, “Mommy! The sun is coming out!”
I wish I could take back my knee-jerk reaction, a quick “shhhh!” because I knew her shrill tone would wake Luke, a light sleeper.
The moments following stay with me. A big swallow, her lips slightly turn downward, quick eye blinking to hold back the tears that fill her eyes.I touch her knee, “It’s okay,” I say. But it’s too late. In her face, the disappointment.
She’s disappointed because she thinks she did something wrong and she thinks she upset me. She didn’t. I just reacted to her voice.
The success of the zoo trip was dependent on Luke having a nap in the car, so of course I wanted him to sleep. But she didn’t do anything wrong. She was just excited to point out the sun was peeking through the clouds and wanted to share her excitement with her parents.
These moments stay with me, tend to fill my mind in the empty minutes of the evening, like when I’m trying to get back to sleep after a middle of the night feeding. (Yes, I still have those.)
But Meghan won’t remember that car trip or that moment. By the time we got to the zoo it was forgotten in the anticipation of tigers, giraffes, and polar bears. We had a fun afternoon and I don’t think my “shhh” entered her thoughts.
The next morning, she saw me putting one of these double chocolate strawberry baked oatmeal cups on a plate, and her eyes grew wide.“What’s that?” she asked, happy anticipation spreading across her face.
Her excitement was palpable when I told her it was chocolate. For breakfast.
This basically is dessert for breakfast. We don’t do it often. But we do it sometimes, and I know these are the happy moments she’s going to remember. And so am I.
I am loving these baked oatmeal cups. True, this one is chocolate-y and therefore dessert-like. Don’t let that fool you into thinking this isn’t a healthy breakfast option. Maybe not for everyday, but with rolled oats, milk, and egg, it’s got some nutrition packed in there.
There will definitely be more variations of the baked oatmeal cup coming out of my kitchen. I’m loving that the individual portions freeze well. Just pop one in the microwave for a minute and you have an on-the-go breakfast option for those busy mornings when preparing something just isn’t going to happen.
And if chocolate for breakfast isn’t really your thing, these are great snacks or even dessert. Chocolate+oats+warm bites of strawberry=heaven. Really. You’ll want to give this one a try, friends.Print
If you love baked oatmeal, you’ll love some of my other recipes! Here are some of my family favorites.
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