This is one of the easiest breakfast ideas, and it’s so quick, it’s perfect for those busy mornings. My youngest son has never met a blueberry that he hasn’t liked, so this breakfast is perfect for him, and the use of cinnamon and brown sugar, makes it sweet, but not unhealthy, which is a great balance.
Who knew you could make baked oatmeal, right in your own air fryer?
Today, I was testing my new Air Fryer by Instant Pot, called the Vortex.
You only need a few ingredients, some fresh fruit and you are already on your way.
What really works well in this recipe is the use of rolled oats.
If you aren’t familiar with oats, there are three main types, steel-cut, rolled and instant oats. The main difference in all three types is really just the level of processing each oat has gone through. The result of how much the food company has processed your food affects the cooking time of each oat.
Steel-cut oats take the longest to cook, that is because they have been chopped from the whole oat. It has the texture uncooked of being similar to rice. It is a very hearty oat. I haven’t experienced much with cooking steel oats in the Air Fryer, but they do wonderfully in the Instant Pot.
The second type of oat that is the type we are using today is rolled oats, they are the ones that you probably grew up eating. They are processed until they are soft. They require a shorter cooking time than steel oats, and they are traditionally served in oatmeal, cookies, granola bars, and other common breakfast foods. Since they start off soft, they are perfect, for cooking oatmeal in the air fryer. As they require less cooking time.
The third type of oats is quick or instant oats. These are the ones that are already precooked and dried, they are the ones you ate, that came in packages, ready to eat, that you just added water to. Do you remember those? I think I had those almost every day as a child.
This recipe that I am showing you today, is easily changed out for other fruits, especially as the summer is coming, and your choice of fresh fruits, will increase.
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This was the muffin tin that I used, I had it for a long time because it was small enough to fit in my GoWise, Secura and other air fryers, that had baskets
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- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Optional: Serve with yogurt and fresh berries
Start by combining the ripe banana with the oatmeal.
Mix in the applesauce.
Add the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and mix well.
Spray your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Scoop your mixture into the greased muffin tin.
Set your temperature for 330 degrees F and the time for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes check and see if the oatmeal has a golden brown color. Once, it does check it with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, remove it from the air fryer oven or basket.
Give it a few minutes to cool slightly, so it's easier to pop them out of the muffin tin.
Garnish with yogurt and fresh berries.
Plate, serve and enjoy!