Fitness-Friendly Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal

Posted on 05/01/2012 by doc__holliday
*alright, let's try this again, shall we:

Hi everyone! Name's Kate. I'm from Canada! (I love how international this page is, by the way--I see it predominantly has posters and readers from Australia! Awesome! I just returned from Perth. Love your country!) I also like to bake! A LOT.

I am, however, a fitness-freak. Baking treats and lifting weights generally don't go hand-in-hand so I'm always on the lookout for fitness-friendly, healthy desserts that actually taste yum. Due to the nature of my profession (I'm a circus artist), I have to keep close watch on my macro-nutrient ratios which means I can never get enough protein... so you'll see from recipes that I've tweaked, or, recipes that I've developed, I like to have a LOT of protein. :)

There are a few recipes I want to post for you guys to balance out all of the sugary, buttery desserts (which are awesome, yes...but if you bake/eat treats as much as I do and want to keep a set of gloriously chisled abs, not so much...), but since I don't really do the baking-blog thing, I have yet to take real photos of my culinary achievements in the kitchen. I did, however, take a picture of my breakfast the other day because it looked so darn yum. Mind the fact that the pic was taken by my cellphone. I promise they'll get better.

The breakfast? Baked oatmeal. But.. not your typical baked oatmeal. Baked oatmeal that is high in protein and tastes just like a cinnamon bun. This is SO yum (and surprisingly so sweet for something that is low in sugar--probably from the sweetner found in my protein powder) that I'll probably make it for dessert instead of breakfast from now on:


1/3 cup rolled oats (I used the extra thick kind!
1/4 cup unsweetened applesuace
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder*
1 tsp 'apple pie spice blend'**
1 tbsp raisins
*I use IsoFlex Whey Protein powder.. it actually tastes good
**This is my own recipe, modified from Tosca Reno's spice blend; to make a big batch you need:
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cloves

Preheat your oven to 375F. Grease a ramekin dish. (If you don't have a ramekin, you can use a muffin tin) Combine the oats, spice, applesauce and water. Fold the raisins in. Bake for 15 minutes, or until it's bubbling and firm. Then, at the last moment, broil for about 2-3 minutes (it gives your oatmeal a nice crust).

I usually eat it straight from the ramekin, piping hot, with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top!

If you're interested in the nutritional profile:
254Cal; 2g fat; 30g carbs; 4g fibre; 9g sugar; 31g protein.

There ya have it.
rhiannon_666 1st-May-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reposting! I hope we'll see many more recipes from you: we don't get many healthy options posted here so they are most appreciated.

I'm glad you enjoyed Perth! I'm from Melbourne and I'm yet to visit there, but hope to soon. Interesting to note that most of our members and readers are American -- according to our stats nearly 60% of the hits are from the US. Then it's UK, Canada then Australia. :)
doc__holliday 2nd-May-2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
I do appreciate and understand the importance of structure; but to be honest, I was a bit soured by the experience of being rejected on my first post. Perhaps you can make concessions for future first-time posters and ask them to clean up their post once it's been "approved". It takes a self-confidence push in the first place to make a first-time post and my concern is that other people would be turned off for good and that would be a shame to lose enthusiastic contributors, especially considering how LJ is waning in popularity. :)

Thanks for approving me this time and I do look forward t making further positive contributions.
rhiannon_666 2nd-May-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you feel like: my first post here was rejected when I joined the comm a few years ago. I'd neglected to read the rules first and my picture was over the size limit. I know it can be disheartening to have a post rejected and I know some people don't repost afterwards, both new and old members. But we can't have rules and then let certain posters be an exception to them. I hate having to reject first-time-posters more than anything. But if you let it through the comm gets messy and it becomes unfair to other members.
doc__holliday 3rd-May-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Well, in other communities, I've seen the rule where first posters are accepted but given a week-window to amend their post. Failure to do so will result in a deletion. Ultimately, it's up to your discretion, but perhaps you will consider that as an option. That way, everybody wins and nobody 'gets away' with anything.
nightchild01 1st-May-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Neat recipe! I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks! Also, I totally gushed with excitement to my fiance that someone who's a circus artist posted here.
doc__holliday 2nd-May-2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
Lol. It's the hardest way to make an easy living, that's for sure!
nightchild01 3rd-May-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
It seems like it would be really hard but it's also really cool.
applestory 1st-May-2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this! I was looking for a healthy dessert recipe too! And I absolutely love oatmeal!!! So I'm loving your recipe! I hope you can post more!!! ^^
doc__holliday 2nd-May-2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
I sure hope I don't get rejected more!

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doc__holliday 2nd-May-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
You n' me both. It can be quite a struggle looking for *YUMMY* food that fits within dietary needs, sometimes! :)
sororcula 1st-May-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
This looks great, thanks for sharing!
trex_in_boots 1st-May-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Okay I love you right now♥

This looks so amazing & pretty darn perfect and yummy I must add. AND IT'S ONLY SIX POINTS FOR WEIGHT WATCHERS...yeah totally in love with you :P

Thank you for posting this, I'll defiantly being adding this and trying it soon.
doc__holliday 2nd-May-2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
I do not know this "Weight Watchers" system, but, I'm happy to hear it fits within your caloric budgetary needs! Most of my desserts that I've modified/developed are low carb-low calorie. Glad you like it!
kmazzy 2nd-May-2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I can't decide whether to try this or not! I love love love oats but I am pretty happy with my oatmeal & protein powder & spices NOT baked! (Also I am impatient in the morning and in a hurry to get my breakfast in!)

I'd love to see some more recipes though. I have recently started experimenting with recipes using protein powder as I am also keen to get more protein into my meals. :)
caitlen 2nd-May-2012 10:16 am (UTC)

You just made my entire winter :)

Perth is great! I grew up there, but live on the other side of the country now (somewhere COLDER since I love Canada! really! Lived over there for most of a year.) but do visit at least once a year.
doc__holliday 3rd-May-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Seriously, when I was bodybuilding over the winter, it's ALL I ate for breakfast. Now that I'm leaning out, I just eat it for dessert when I can't handle the need for sugar any longer. :)
aceswilde 5th-May-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I am basically commenting because i love that you balance a hat on your nose.

Going to try this recipe, though, cause I'm also looking for protein recipes!
aceswilde 5th-May-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
p.s yay canada!
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