Who says you can’t have cupcakes for breakfast?

shesfit-blogpic-oatmealStudies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies also show that Americans are constantly on the go. Combine the two, and you have some ‘hangry’ busy people! Why not take breakfast with you? These Oatmeal Trail Mix Cupcakes from the blog Chocolate Covered Katie are delicious, practically bite size, good for you and filling. What more can you ask for aside from cupcakes for breakfast?

2.5 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cup over-ripe mashed banana OR applesauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/16 tsp uncut stevia OR 2 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup, agave, or honey
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries or raisins, chopped small
2 tbsp wheat germ or flaxmeal (or oat bran)
1 1/3 cup water (If using the liquid-sweetener option, scale water back by 3 tbsp)
1 1/2 tbsp oil OR more applesauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 380 F, and line 11-12 cupcake tins. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir very well. In a separate bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients. Mix wet into dry, then pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. Broil 3 additional minutes, then let cool. If you let them cool overnight, they will no longer stick to the liners. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated.