My amazing little girl is turning 4 years old tomorrow and I can hardly believe how fast time flies! One of her most favorite things in the world is sprinkles, so every year for her birthday I always try to come up with a 'sprinkle' heavy (funfetti) dish in her honor.
Well, alright... so funfetti and sprinkles are a few of my most favorite things in the world as well. I mean... what's better than eating a rainbow? I like to imagine that it appeases my inner child for a while.
One thing my little love doesn't like is oatmeal in any form or fashion outside of a granola bar. So, I had the notion that perhaps if I added a ton of sprinkles to some oatmeal... she might be a little more receptive to the blissful breakfast treat that I am so fond of.
Much to my dismay, she didn't find this birthday oatmeal to be humorous or appealing. The others in the house here found the oatmeal to be quite delightful; a bowl full of happy!
Yum! Look at all that baked oatmeal and sprinkle goodness.
I think next time I may try to add a few white chocolate chips for a touch more sweetness and to sort of play on the idea of 'frosting' on a birthday cake. Sounds great, right? Hindsight is always 20/20!
Skinny Baked Funfetti 'Cake Batter' Oatmeal
Servings: 9 • Size: 1 'Square' • Calories: 150.1 • Fat: 3.2 g • Carb: 24.5 g • Fiber: 2.3 g • Protein: 6.6 g • Sugar: 10.9 g • Sodium: 112.7 mg
1 1/2 C. Fat Free Milk
6 Oz. Fat Free Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 C. Unsweet Applesauce
1 Whole Large Egg
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp. Sweetener (I used Stevia in the Raw.)
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 C. Dry Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/3 C. Rainbow Sprinkles (Jimmies)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray the inside of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with non-stick baking spray; set aside.
Whisk the milk, yogurt, applesauce, egg, brown sugar, sweetener, vanilla and cinnamon together in a large bowl until well combined.
Add in the oats, baking powder, and baking soda.
Stir until just combined.
Pour the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish.
I like to prepare to this point and then let mine sit overnight in the fridge, letting the oats soak up all of the milk and flavor. I just remove the dish in the morning and continue on with the directions as listed below.
Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, carefully remove the foil and sprinkle the sprinkles over the top.
Adding the sprinkles now (instead of earlier) helps to keep them from bleeding their color and turning mucky!
Continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes (without the foil) or until the edges and top are starting to become browned.
Remove the dish from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Cut into 9 equal pieces and serve warm!
I like to top with milk or more vanilla greek yogurt and sprinkles!
Note: You can cover and store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days, but the sprinkles may begin to 'melt' slightly and not look quite as pretty.