Breakfast Blueberry-Oatmeal Cakes

Breakfast Blueberry-Oatmeal Cakes

30 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2014

This oatmeal-meets-muffin-tin cake recipe is perfect for having a healthy breakfast available on busy weekdays. Make a batch on the weekend and keep them in your freezer. For a grab-and-go breakfast, reheat the oatmeal cakes in the microwave for about 40 seconds.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1½ cups low-fat milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen


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  1. Combine oats and milk in a large bowl. Cover and let soak in the refrigerator until much of the liquid is absorbed, at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Stir egg, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into the soaked oats until well combined. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups (about ¼ cup each). Top each with 1 tablespoon blueberries.
  4. Bake the oatmeal cakes until they spring back when touched, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a 10 minutes. Loosen and remove with a paring knife. Serve warm.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Wrap airtight and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Equipment: Nonstick muffin tin with 12 ( ½-cup) cups
  • Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 oatmeal cakes
  • Per serving: 264 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 24 mcg folate; 34 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 12 g added sugars; 176 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 150 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 219 mg sodium; 277 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 30

April 16, 2017
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By: tahlia
This is a great recipe, I've made it at least three times now. I don't use the oil, mostly because I forgot to but they turn out just as good. When I first gave them to my kids they weren't as excited about them because they were not really sweet. But we laid off excess sugar and I made them again and they loved them. I think the modifications with bananas and apples sound good too. I always use whole milk and add in some ground cardamom.
April 12, 2017
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By: Trista Moody
I am very eager to try this recipe. Be sure though, that if you list this as gluten free, then you specify to use certified gluten free oats as not all oats are gluten free.
March 06, 2017
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By: Vicky
I soaked the oats overnight with the milk, a very ripe large banana and a half of a cup of raisins to plump them. I didn't have blueberries but felt the raisins would add more sweetness so used them instead. I omitted the oil completely. I also omitted the cinnamon as wanted the banana to be highlighted. I used 4 t vanilla, 1/4 c. brown sugar and only 1/4 c. of syrup. I wanted the calories to be under 100 per muffin and got there doing it this way as each of 18 muffins had 96. I have made them twice now and love the flavor with the banana. I added 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the first batch but not the second. I prefer them with nuts. I baked them for 35 minutes as they were not cooked in the middle at 25 or 30.
February 20, 2017
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By: Kathryn
I read the other reviews, and made the following changes: Mashed one ripe banana, mixed into milk and oatmeal and let that sit for 8 hrs. Used some chunky applesauce instead of oil. Mixed in 1/8 cup of ground flaxseed. Mixed 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon and coarsely chopped walnuts, and sprinkled it over the muffins after placing the blueberries on. Followed all other instructions. With these changes, the muffins came out lightly sweetened and absolutely delicious.
January 15, 2017
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By: ASabo
I love the fact that these aren't too sweet. I'm not looking for a blueberry muffin, I'm looking for a easy to make and healthy snack, and this fits the bill perfectly. I make them just as written all the time, but I think the key is to use pure maple syrup (none of that maple flavored corn syrup they pass off as syrup). I'm going to try adding chopped walnuts the next time - sounds like a great idea.
October 12, 2016
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By: jenniferi
I love this - great basic recipe that can be modified easily based on your available fruit/nuts/etc on hand! Since it's fall and I had no berries, I used some apples that were looking bad (chopped up, sauteed in a little butter) - my kids loved them! I used quick oats and they worked fine w/o waiting overnight. Second batch, I burnt the apples (oops!) so used frozen bananas and peaches. Also added flax meal to the mix. My mistake this time was substituting 1/4C turbinado sugar for the maple syrup (cuz syrup is expensive, we were running low), assuming the bananas would add enough sweetness - NOPE! They DID keep the cakes moist (as i left out the oil), but my kids didn't like them as much as the first batch, and I assume it's because they weren't as sweet.
March 13, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty and healthy So, after making them as directed, I've hit upon a few tweaks that work better. First, I heat the milk for 1-2 minutes in the microwave and then add to the oats, which soak it up in no time....maybe 20 minutes? Second, I agree they are not sweet, which is actually a good thing since we all need to learn to eat less sugar....In an effort to give a bit more sweetness, I mix one tablespoon of brown sugar, another teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of walnuts or chopped almonds. I sprinkle this on the top do each muffin gets some crunch and a bit more sweetness and it works great! These freeze great and easily defrost in microwave. They can then be reheated in a toaster over at 350 for ten minutes. Perfect. Pros: Berries and oats! Can there be a better combo? Cons: Gotta work around the soaking....
February 22, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Moist and delicious I just finished making these and they turned out great. I read other reviews and was a bit hesitant but I'm glad I went through with it. I soaked the oats for about 8 hrs. There was milk left after soaking, but don't be worried by this. Once you mix in all the other ingredients and put it in the muffin pan, even with some of the liquid, it'll get cooked. I substituted brown sugar for the maple syrup and also added blueberries to the oatmeal (based on other reviews). They were moist and full of flavor from the blueberries, cinnamon and vanilla. I would definitely make these again. Pros: Healthy, moist, easy, flavorful
June 22, 2015
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By: auntie_peggy
Does benefit from some tweaking... The basic recipe is good and I love the idea of hearty breakfast muffins. I added some chopped walnuts, unsweetened coconut, a ripe mashed banana, and a TON of cinnamon plus some nutmeg. I didn't want to increase the maple syrup so I added a tablespoon of xylitol to bump up the sweetness. I also used a lot more blueberries and mixed them in the batter. Next time I will experiment with grated apple & / or carrot instead of blueberries.