Healthy, whole grain, protein loaded bites of heaven! These Oatmeal Muffins are like a handheld bowl of oatmeal goodness, all wrapped up in warm pumpkin spice flavors. Perfect for a healthy breakfast on the go.
There's probably an unwritten rule against writing when you're tired and emotionally spent. Regardless, bare with me a moment, while I wear my heart on my sleeve.
The last time I wrote about these Beebo Bites AKA Oatmeal Muffins, I shared a story of my boy being bullied. Today's perspective is a bit different, but still heartbreaking for this tired mama.
Being a kid is hard. Being a mom of a kid going through hard times just might be even harder. My kids seem to heroically bounce back from being teased, while I continue to cry inside and wish desperately I could prevent all these challenges they face.
While I enjoy the peace in my home when my kids are at school, letting them face the real world and battle the challenges of friends, bullies, school work, etc without me is rough. I want to be there making sure they are kind, that they eat something besides string cheese for lunch, that they listen and respect authority, and front and center in my mind today – that they resist peer pressure like the true warriors I tell them they are.
My son shared an experience with me, where he was surrounded by kids nearly twice his age that “double dog dared” him to say all the naughty words that they told him to say. My 6-year-old son, surely flattered by all the attention he was getting, succumbed to their game and relished in the reactions he got every time he did as he was told.
Well, the feeling didn't last and he walked into our home with his head down and tears in his eyes, as he told me what he had done. My initial reaction was to punish him, but as I listened, I realized that how he felt was punishment enough and that he was, in fact, the victim in this situation. I took hope in the fact that he knew he had done wrong and that he wanted to be braver the next time.
Tell me all you wise mamas out there! How do you stand it??? How do you even let your kid out the door every morning???
It hit me harder than ever how important our roles as mothers are. Courage, honesty, kindness, respect . . . it's our job to teach all of these things and what a tough job that can be when kids are often surrounded by examples that are anything but.
As I reluctantly let go of my anger and mama bear reflex to go pound down some neighborhood doors, I realized this situation helped me see that I had failed to fully prepare my kids for the peer pressure they were inevitably going to face for the rest of their lives.
This time it was bad language, but oh how much worse it may get.
The next morning I scrambled to find inspiration for our breakfast time talk. I came upon this short clip about having the courage to stand alone, to make good choices, even when no one else supports you. I got chills from head to toe and tears fell down my face as I realized the goodness that I could create from this incident.
Our talk that morning and the determination I witnessed in my kid's faces is permanently etched in my mind. The realization that they had the freedom to choose their actions and the support of family, friends, and angels to back them up, made them stand taller and more proud than I've ever seen them.
Life lessons are hard. This is surely not the last incident and they will likely become much more serious as they get older. My greatest desire as a mom is that they will take these lessons to heart and when such moments arise, they will remember how it felt to burn with the confidence that I witnessed that morning and be able to rise above again and again.
Let us teach our kids kindness. Let us raise courageous warriors that have a sure-fire ability to make their worlds a better place.
So on that note, let's raise a symbolic Beebo Bite to being the best mamas we can be, to feeding, raising, and teaching our kids with all the love and patience we can muster in our sleep deprived, overworked state. Never was there a better fight to fight!
Shall we talk about this recipe? It would be a shame if we didn't. It's a top ranking recipe in my home right now.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE HEALTHY PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL MUFFINS
- Healthy, whole grain, protein-rich fuel, packed into a cute little portable oatmeal bite
- Chocolate. Glorious, beautiful chocolate
- Pumpkin. Yep, you're eating veggies for breakfast and liking it
- Pumpkin + spices + chocolate = the ultimate trio
HOW TO MAKE BEEBO BITES AKA OATMEAL MUFFINS
- Mix up your wet ingredients
- Add your dry
- Sprinkle in the brown gold AKA mini chocolate chips
- Divide that batter into your handy silicone trays
- Stack mason jar lids on the bottom tray
- Place the second tray on top
- Cook em' up
- Cool em' down
- Bask in all the praise these orange beauties get you
BENEFITS OF OATMEAL
I talked a lot of specifics in this Instant Pot Oatmeal 101 course, but basically, oatmeal is loaded with protein, fiber, and antioxidants which means I'm sending my kids out the door supercharged to conquer their day.
Because I want to serve oatmeal often, I've had to keep it creative: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Blueberry Beebo Bites, Banana Custard Steel Cut Oats (YUM!), Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats, and the famous Mason Jar Oats (plus a bakery flavor version).
FOR THE LOVE OF BEEBO BITES
Enjoy this Pumpkin version of Beebo Bites! May you have feelings of love and kindness fill your soul every time you make them. Thanks for listening! You guys are the greatest!
- Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins
- Make sure you are using a certified Gluten Free brand of oats, like Bob's Red Mill, then substitute the wheat flour in the recipe with almond flour or oat flour (FYI: it's cheaper to throw your oats into the blender and make your own oat flour). We prefer the oat flour texture, but the taste of the almond flour version was so yummy!
- Swap out the chocolate chips for dried or fresh fruit. I'm thinking a Pumpkin Cranberry or Blueberry Oatmeal muffin would be so good!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH HEALTHY OATMEAL MUFFINS
- Crio Bru, that is all, no need to consider any other option
- Okay, maybe fruit. Fruit is always great
TOOLS/INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE INSTANT POT PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL MUFFINSPrint
Instant Pot Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins AKA Beebo Bites
Warm, pumpkin spiced oatmeal muffins perfect for an easy breakfast or for packing in lunch boxes. It's like on the go oatmeal!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 14 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl whisk eggs, pumpkin, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add quick oats, flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and chocolate chips then stir just until combined.
- Generously spray the 2 silicone molds with non-stick spray. Using an ice cream scoop (about 1/4 cup), divide the batter into the molds.
- Stack one of the filled molds on top of a trivet. Place 3 – 4 narrow mason jar lids on top followed by the second silicone mold.
- Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker pot and place the trivet and filled silicone molds inside.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. When cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
- Let the oatmeal muffins cool if needed for handling. Using a butter knife or spoon, scrape around each oatmeal bite to release it, then turn them over onto a cooling rack or plate.
- Enjoy warm, as is, with a side of maple syrup, or this amazing chocolate syrup for dipping. Also perfect for on the go.
- Store extras in the refrigerator. Delicious chilled or warmed up. Freeze beautifully, as well.
- When you first take the lid off the pressure cooker, the muffins are going to appear wet. As long as they don't look like wet, undercooked batter, let them cool on a rack. The extra moisture will evaporate
- Note that the texture of these is not a muffin or a bowl of oatmeal. It's literally like a combination of the two with it being light, like a muffin, but moist and chewy like oatmeal
- I've substituted the flour with both oat flour and almond flour with great results. The almond flour is a bit different in texture but still really good
- Old fashioned rolled oats can also be substituted for quick oats, but will be slightly more dense
Keywords: Instant pot breakfast, kids lunch box, pumpkin spice oatmeal