Baked Oatmeal Cups (Bird’s Nests)

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My four boys are just about getting too old to appreciate anything cutesy I try to make with food.

When they get up in the morning, they bound into the kitchen, excited to see a big pile of bacon on a tray with a dozen scrambled eggs and mountain of pancakes.  Does it really matter to them if I tried to arrange the food in such a way as to make the platter look pretty?  Do they even care that I woke up extra early, and lovingly mustered all of my artistic ability to form the pancakes into the shape of the country of India?  After all, we’ve all been enjoying our studies about William Carey and his missionary efforts there.  Who wouldn’t have fun smearing butter all over Calcutta?  I figured they’d be thrilled!

But no.  They don’t care at all.  They just want me to hurry up and pass them the maple syrup and while I’m at it, another slice of bacon.

I’m telling you, I am sooooo unappreciated around here.  From now on, I think I’ll just flip some boring ol’ round pancakes straight off the griddle and onto their plates ten feet away.  I’ll skip the serving platter.  I won’t mess with a lovely presentation of fruit arranged on a plate in the shape of a clown face.  They can just stuff their faces with “normal” food for all I care.

Hmmph.

Now that I’ve thrown a fit that is so becoming of a grown-up, I suppose I should now confess that my intentions and my artistic abilities are not even close to being able to pull off much of the above.  I’ve never really attempted to make pancakes into the shape of India - or any other country for that matter.  Incidentally, I did turn out the state of Texas once, but that was totally an accident and as usually happens when I have not gone out of my way one little bit, my boys were actually quite impressed.

“Whoa Mom!  You made a Texas pancake!  Can you make me a Maryland and an Idaho next?”

I obviously got right on that, but ended up instead with a lopsided gourd and another pancake that resembled the fuzz under my couch.  I gave up at that point and figured they could chew the pancakes into the shapes of their requested states, because really, have you ever tried to pour Florida onto a griddle with a spoon?

This leads me to the special breakfast I made recently in an effort to be cute.  It is spring after all.  Doesn’t the idea of eating a bird’s nest for breakfast sound simply delightful?

Okay fine.  We can just call these Baked Oatmeal Cups.  Either way, these are easy to throw together and are versatile enough to add variety and meet your family’s taste preferences.

Baked Oatmeal Cups (or Bird’s Nests if you’re feeling cute)

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sucanat or honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
Topping choices:  mini chocolate chips, raisins, other dried fruit, coconut flakes, apple chunks

Mix together oats, sucanat, salt and baking powder.  Stir in eggs, milk, and melted butter.  Scoop batter into 12 paper lined muffin cups.  Sprinkle toppings of choice into the center of each cup.  Bake in a 350° for about 30 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown.   These are easier to eat with a fork, unless you like cleaning partial bird’s nests up off of your table and floor.

If you prefer, simply spread the mixture into a 9×9 inch baking pan.  Bake in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes.

Do you try to be cute when you cook and bake at your house?  And how do those efforts go over for you?  Ever tried to make India out of pancake batter?

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  1. Tiffany says

    I recently discovered your site and have really enjoyed it. This morning, I made these for my family and they were a big hit!

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  2. Kelly says

    Could these be stored for later use in the week?? Would you put them in the refrigerator or freeze them?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, either the fridge or the freezer would work. :)

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  3. Christa says

    Thanks for this recipe! I made it for the second time this morning, and I just LOVE them! So delicious with apple and cinnamon on top.

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  4. Jennifer says

    I made these this morning and there are only two left. I put semi-sweet chocolate chips on top and they turned out great! My picky teenage daughter ate two (after adding more chips). I am trying to switch to a Real Food diet. My daughter is not thrilled about this (she is a hard-core processed food teen). I’m glad I found a recipe we both like.

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  5. Rachel says

    Have you ever tried using xylitol in your baking and do you think it would work in these muffins? Thanks so much

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    Laura Reply:

    I’ve never tried it. :)

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  6. says

    Just tried this and the kids really liked them! Thanks for another great recipe.

    I was out of butter and protective over the last stick so we used oil and it worked fine. Also, we soaked all except the eggs and baking powder overnight, then added them in the morning.

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  7. Sheila says

    Would regular thick rolled oats be okay for this or should they be quick oats?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That should work well. :)

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  8. Leanna says

    I made these and, while the flavor was great, they came out super dry. I am NOT talented in the kitchen — is there something specific I may have done wrong, or something I can do to try to remedy it next time?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I would try to bake them for less time or add more liquid. Maybe even doing both depending on how dry they were. :)

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  9. Rebecca says

    Oooh…made these this morning and we really liked them – we were thinking about monster cookies (peanut butter and m&m cookies) while we ate them. Do you think it would work to add peanut butter and how much would you add?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That sounds amazing! You could add it as a topping and use as much as you like.

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  10. Joy says

    You are such a hoot!!!
    I would have waaay too much fun if we lived close to one another.
    Moms have to have a sense of humor. Or we would cry all the time.
    I remember my son bragging about something bad he had done, and I had no reaction at all, whatsoever!
    He turned around to tell a guy sitting near us, ‘woah, you took that better than I thought you would’. He asked, “Mom? Are you ok?” But, I thought oh hunny, I could cry and yell and freak slam out. What’s the point. You just want my attention. So, I might as well just sit there and listen.

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  11. Becky says

    do you need the paper cups or could you butter the muffin tins?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, you could butter the muffin tins if you prefer. :)

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  12. Barb says

    I made these with a few modifications…I used 1c. rolled oats and 1c. steel cut oats for some texture, vanilla unsweetened almond milk instead of milk and unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. I then mixed in some cherry flavored craisins and chocolate chips.
    They were incredible!!! I will definitely make them again and again, trying different mix ins each time.

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  13. Ilyssa says

    Anything I can use in place of eggs or omit them??

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    Laura Reply:

    I think they would be crumbly if you omit the eggs, but I’m not sure how to replace them. I’ve heard flax can be an egg replacer??

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  14. Jen says

    Do you ever skip the cups and bake it in one baking dish? Do you adjust the time at all for this?

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    Laura Reply:

    Just, I just added the specifics for that. Thanks for reminding me that I hadn’t included that info!

    I spread it into a 9×9 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

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  15. Sherry Hillman says

    Love these. I have a grandson allergic to eggs . I replaced the eggs with bananas. 1/4 cup of mashed bananas for an egg. I also did not have honey , I used maple syrup. They were delicious. You can also use applesauce as a replacement for eggs , but I didn’t try that yet in this recipe. Thanks for this great recipe.

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  16. Kara says

    How about frozen berries or fresh fruit (thinking frozen strawberries or blueberries or fresh apples)

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    Jen Reply:

    I add frozen blueberries all the time. It is actually my favorite version of this. I will also add a little vanilla and cinnamon when I do blueberries. I am sure strawberries would be great too.

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