I've written about the importance of breakfast few times on this blog and I still can't stress it enough. Whether or not you eat breakfast (and what you include in it) will set the stage for your day nutrition-wise. It may even prevent you from unhealthy snacking later on (which can help with weight management). For kids, eating a healthy breakfast is paramount for their school day--it will help them concentrate and focus throughout the day as well as keep them energized all morning. Oatmeal is the number one go-to breakfast in our house during the winter months. What I love about it is that it's nutritious, filling, and minimally processed. And if you think outside the box a little bit, your kids won't get bored of the same old oatmeal (which gets boring for us parents too).
Oats are loaded full of nutrition and boast many health benefits. They are very high in a certain type of soluble fibre called beta-glucans, which has been shown to help with controlling appetite, boosting immunity, improving digestive health, and decreasing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (controlling blood sugar level and warding off insulin resistance). The soluble fibre in oats also lowers bad cholesterol levels and can help to control blood pressure levels.
Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a muffin-tin.
In a large bowl, mix together eggs, bananas, milk, packed brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until blended well.
Mix oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt together in a seperate bowl.
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add chopped apple and combine until well blended.
Fill muffin-tins almost to the top (they don't expand too much)
Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
This recipe was adapted from my Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal recipe
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