These Oatmeal Muffins are named after my son and are very near and dear to my heart. They are a perfectly sweet bite of portable oatmeal and an absolute joy to eat for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.
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This recipe was originally published in February 2018. I'm updating the recipe with some details to make them even more tasty, but the story of my son I've left as is. Enjoy!
These BeeBo Bites are named after my son. I have twin boys and one of them is loud, curious/mischievous, and lives and breathes for attention – be it positive or negative. The other one, however, is mostly quiet, thoughtful, and naturally desires to be good and choose the right. His nickname is BeeBo.
I waited for him to get off the bus one day and watched as his strong, brave face melted into tears at the first sight of me. All he could choke out was “the kids were so mean to me today” as he cried into my shoulder. My mommy heart ached more than I could stand.
Eventually, he told me that a kid had teased him in class and then proceeded to gather more kids on the bus to tease him all the way home. Oh, how the mama bear in me wanted to go break down some doors!
Strangely enough, this incident is where this recipe began.
This recipe came to me in the early hours of the morning while everyone was still asleep. I had pulled out ingredients with the intent of making something involving oatmeal, but I was too busy thinking about how I could start BeeBo's day off right.
As I racked my brain of how to make everything all better for him, ingredients and measurements instead seemed to pour into my mind.
What came out of my pressure cooker that morning was the cutest, fluffiest, most moist and portable oatmeal bite I've ever seen. I knew my kids would love them.
But I hadn't solved the problem yet on how to bring a smile to my sad boy's face and how to renew his confidence to go face the world. That was when inspiration hit. I would call these Oatmeal Power Muffins, BeeBo Bites. I would dedicate this recipe to him because he is strong and capable of meeting this new day with fearless power.
As the kids gathered around the table I told them of my new creation and I wish I had a picture of the smile that spread across my son's face when I told him this recipe was named after him. The fact that everyone loved them and kept making comments like, “Wow, BeeBo, you taste good” (followed by lots of giggles) “BeeBo bites are the best breakfast ever” “Can I take Beebo Bites to school for lunch” was just icing on the cake.
Despite the fact that these bites are simply the most amazing, delicious, and healthy form of portable oatmeal, they are also a roundabout method of helping my boy get lots of positive attention that lifts his spirits in a way that just my words of comfort can't.
I learned that day that being a mom is never black and white and my “techniques” may work one day and wreak havoc the next.
And sometimes, just sometimes a broken heart can be mended by simply naming a yummy little oatmeal muffin after a boy in need of a self-esteem boost.
Parenting tip learned by heavenly inspiration, as most best ideas are.
Now let's talk more about these muffins
WHY YOU WILL LOVE OATMEAL MUFFINS IN THE INSTANT POT
- Is it a muffin? Is it oatmeal? It's a combo of both! The texture is very unique. The best way I can describe it is soft, cushy, handheld oatmeal
- Loaded with protein from eggs, yogurt, oats and a dash of antioxidant rich blueberries. Nice knowin' ya to-do list, you're gonna be nonexistent by noon!
- Perfect on-the-go breakfast for kids and adults alike, more on that below
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY OATMEAL MUFFINS
- Mix up your wet ingredients
- Stir in your dry (don't over mix!)
- Stir in blueberries
- Use a cookie scoop to divide batter into silicone trays
- Stack bottom tray with mason jar lids
- Stack the second tray on top (this keeps them from sitting directly on top of each other which would prevent the muffins in the bottom tray from rising)
- Cook for 10 minutes
- Let cool slightly
- Use a knife to scrape around the edge of the muffin, then turn onto a cooling rack
GLUTEN FREE OATMEAL MUFFINS IN THE INSTANT POT
I did a gluten free deep dive in this Oatmeal Muffin post comparing almond flour, oat flour, and Bob's Red Mill's gluten-free flour blend. They are all slightly different in texture, but we loved them all. My favorite was the oat flour, my kid's favorite was the GF Blend. If you follow a gluten-free diet or just want a yummy spin on the original, give them a try!
HEALTHY BREAKFAST ON THE GO (OR LUNCH!)
I absolutely love these glass containers. They have a leak-proof seal around the exterior as well as down the middle. This makes it so I can pack a couple of Denver Style Egg Bites with salsa on one side, and Oatmeal Muffins and fruit on the other side without the dreaded smell or ingredient transfer happening.
The containers are leak proof, dishwasher safe, and microwave friendly. They are seriously amazing!
LUNCH BOX IDEA FOR KIDS
I don't particularly like sending my kids to school with glass containers, so for them, I use these bombproof Bento Boxes. I'm in my third year of these and they are still going strong. It's hard to find a good leak proof kid lunch box, so I was thrilled to find these!
One of their favorite lunches is a hard boiled egg, fruit, carrot sticks, and 2 or 3 Oatmeal Muffins. That's a lot of solid nutrition there, even if they toss the carrots.
VARIATIONS OF HEALTHY OATMEAL MUFFINS
- Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins AKA Beebo Bites
- Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins
- Sky's the limit! Raisins, strawberries, peaches, chocolate chips, etc
Now go make somebody in your life a bit happier with a hug and a BeeBo Bite. Their day will be ever brighter!
And if you try these, let me know what you think. I'd love to tell my son that there are others out there loving his BeeBo Bites!
MORE INSTANT POT OATMEAL RECIPES – OUR FAVORITES!
- Instant Pot Banana Custard Steel Cut Oats
- Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oats
Get your hands on this Ultimate Guide for Perfect Instant Pot Oatmeal. It's a great reference for how to cook old fashioned oats, quick oats, and steel cut oats in the pressure cooker.
TOOLS/INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE INSTANT POT BLUEBERRY OATMEAL MUFFINSPrint
Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins AKA BeeBo Bites
Healthy, whole grain, blueberry packed Instant Pot Oatmeal Muffin. Perfect way to start the day!
- 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 thick Greek yogurt (see notes for how to substitute with homemade)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (add an extra 2–3 tablespoons of brown sugar if you want it sweeter)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh, thawed frozen, or freeze-dried)
- In a large bowl combine eggs, yogurt, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add quick oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and stir just until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
- Generously spray the 2 silicone molds with non-stick spray. Using an ice cream scoop (that measures about 1/4 cup), divide all of the batter into the molds.
- Stack one of the filled molds on top of a trivet. Place 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 bites cool if needed for handling.
- Using a butter knife or spoon, scrape around each oatmeal bite to release it, then turn them over on to a cooling rack or plate.
- Enjoy warm as is or with a side of syrup for dipping. Also perfect for on the go.
- Store extras in the refrigerator.
- Delicious chilled or warmed back up from the fridge. Freeze beautifully as well.
- For a gluten free version, use oat flour, almond flour, or a gluten free 1:1 flour. More details on that in this recipe for Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins
- Old fashioned rolled oats can also be substituted for quick oats. It will have a slightly denser chew
- If your muffins are coming out too moist (which is common if you're using a thinner or homemade yogurt), add an extra 1/4 cup of flour.
- To cook only 1 tray at a time, increase the cook time to 12 minutes
- Swap the blueberries out for chocolate chips, raisins, strawberries, nuts, etc. Anything you like in a muffin, you'll love in an oatmeal muffin
Keywords: instant pot, oatmeal muffins, blueberry muffins
This recipe has potential as the taste profile is there, but they are dry and have a different texture compared to oven baked. I honestly don’t know why anyone would make muffins in an IP except for situations where one might not have an oven. In my case, we have a boat that we want to anchor offshore with off-grid/solar power and it doesn’t have an oven so an IP is handy in this situation.
Modifications I will try next time:
– adding 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
– reducing the “bake” time by one minute and possibly the natural release by another minute and see what happens. If that works, I might add another minute and see what the optimal time is.
I’d be interested to know what the instant thermometer read is on this muffins for the current recommended time. I read that 210 F is the optimal internal temp. Anything higher, and they are likely cooking too long.
This recipe is great but I cannot stand how food comes out of the Instant Pot with that rubbery texture. I just can’t get past it. Lol! Do you have tips on making it in the oven in muffin tins?
Sara, Haha, no worries, I get what you’re saying! I think you could bake them like a muffin in a tin or in the silicone tray. I’d go with 350°F for 10-15 minutes, is my guess. It might be more like 15-20 though, I’d have to experiment to know the right time!
I followed recipe exactly, using thawed frozen blueberries. I only had one silicone mold so cooked in 2 batches. Bites in batch 1 rose too high, maybe I overfilled? Batter seemed wet, yet there was only enough batter to fill 4 of the mold’s 6 holes for batch 2. While they tasted good, both batches came out very moist, jiggling wet out of mold, with a slight gelatinous texture. Not sure what I did wrong. Maybe I should have tossed berries in flour? Maybe I needed to add 1/4 more flour?
Danielle, I’m guessing it was the blueberries. The frozen blueberries just seem to create too much moisture, I’ve never had the best outcome with them. My sister has to add an extra 1/4 cup of flour to this recipe, maybe it is an altitude thing? I would try fresh berries (or chocolate chips, raisins, chopped apples, etc) and add extra flour. I bet that will fix the issues!
Made these with Namaste gluten free flour and they came out great, kids loved them! Thank you!
Elizabeth, thank you for letting me know! I get asked that often so it’s great to have a resource.
My daughter has an egg allergy but I’m interested in making these muffins. Do you think applesauce would work instead of the eggs? Or I’ve also used a flax egg before, if you have any experience with that. Thanks for any suggestions!
Amanda, I haven’t tried it, but I suspect a flax egg would work potentially. Let me know if you try it! I’m not sure about the apple sauce being a good substitute since the eggs add lift to the muffins. Worth experimenting though!
I bought the silicone molds because these looked so cute! They are kinda funny little muffin balls…but taste good! My bottom layer got a little wet on top (condensation, maybe?) But they are cooked through. any tips on how to avoid the wet tops?
Kami, My bottom layer always gets a little moist, but I don’t stress it. You could always cover them with foil if you’d like. I think that would work okay!
William D Leahy Jr says
Does anyone have a recommendation for muffin pans that would be suitable for this recipe? I have a 6 quart Instant Pot. Thanks!
These muffins are amazing!! Covering the blueberries in a light flour coating was a perfect idea, they are scattered throughout and burst with juice. I would like to add some bananas next time, what do you recommend on amount and cook time? Thank you so much for sharing this with us 😊
Stephanie, I just chop up the same amount of bananas and swap it for the blueberries. Or I’ve even used mashed bananas in place of yogurt before. It’s so versatile. I’m excited you liked them! We make these all the time.
Stephanie Shepperd says
If I wanted to keep the bananas and blueberries together do I omit the greek yogurt then? Do you use the standard 3 ripe bananas? Thanks for answering my questions, I’m already making my sending batch today 😂
Yes, if you’re going to do mashed bananas, just replace it for the same amount of greek yogurt. That sounds so good, now I want to try this out!
I have a 3-quart Instant Pot. I would really like to see tips included showing me how to modify recipes for 3-quart pots. The guessing method I’ve been using has produced some interesting results, for sure. Perhaps the majority of Instant Pot owners have a 6- or 8-quart, but not everyone does. I am an older single woman whose days of cooking for a large family are long gone. Thank you!
Hi Ally, Yes, I agree, a 3 quart would need adjustments in times for some recipes, as I expect might be the case with these Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins. I don’t own a 3 quart IP so all of my testing is done in a 6 quart since I know this is the size that most people will have. Perhaps I will write a blog post all about how to modify recipes for a 3 and 8 quart…I’ll keep it in mind!
Suzanne Cam says
I have a 3 quart and an 8 quart Instant Pot and would absolutely love it if you did a blog post for modifications. Modifying for the 8 quart is easy bcuz the time doesn’t usually change, however, with the 3 quart there are time differences in cooking.
If you do a blog post, please can you send me a link?
I want to try these this week. Do you have a good recipe for wheat bran muffins?
Thanks for all that you do. Please speak with the bus driver as to what is happening to Beebo. Bullying is a horrible thing. I even though if Beebo was to take a muffin for everyone on the bus that would soften the mean kids. I wish you all the best!
Marilyn, to be sure I talked with the bus driver and the principal. The principal since has made regular visits to the bus and it’s made a huge difference, thank you so much for your love and concern! I have never tried with bran, but now I’m curious. Bran muffins have a tendency to be dry, so now I’m thinking the Instant Pot might be the perfect way to keep them moist.
Do you really mean one tablespoon of baking powder? Or is it teaspoon? Thanks!!
Jenna, Yep, one tablespoon. I know it seems like a lot, but when you “bake” in a pressure cooker, it helps to add extra baking powder. It works!
I would also like to see a wheat bran muffin recipe for the egg bite molds. Maybe banana or yogurt would help keep them moist. I can’t wait to try this recipe and the pumpkin ones.
Tari, that’s a great idea. I haven’t thought of testing that. But now I will! Thanks for the idea 🙂
I made these today & they are delish. One question I have is all the blueberries went down to the bottom of the cup instead of being spread throughout. I used frozen ones. Any suggestions on how to keep that from happening?
Dawn, I’ve found that frozen sink a bit more than fresh (and slow the cook down a little too), but tossing them in some flour before you bake them helps. I’m glad you loved them! We make these often.
You mention if one wants to cook only one silicone tray, we need to increase the cooking time to 12 mins. Why is that? I thought it would be less time.
Also, can we use the silicone cover that comes with the molds? would that change the time at all ?
Jennifer, the surrounding heat helps to cook them faster, it took me a few times to figure that out 🙂
I never cover these because they need room to rise so you can leave the lid off. Enjoy!
Marci, if they cook faster wouldn’t the time be less not more ? You state for 2 trays cook for 10 mins but for 1 tray 12 mins. See why I am confused?
Jennifer, For example, when I cook 3 mason jars of oats, they are cooked perfectly. If I cook only 1 jar, it’s underdone. The surrounding food helps everything to cook faster. That’s why if there are 2 trays in there at the same time, everything cooks quicker vs if there is only 1 tray. Does that make more sense?
absolutely. thanks for responding and clarifying.
I’ve made both versions and love them. I serve them heated with applesauce. The instructions don’t indicate the Instant Pot mode to use in cooking. I’ve steamed them assuming that was needed because of the water and that’s how I make egg bites. Was that a correct assumption?
Cindee, Aren’t they great!? I love the apple sauce idea, I’m going to try that. Look at step 6, it says to do high pressure. So I pressure cook these, not just steam them. Does that make sense?
Hi, I don’t have white whole wheat but I do have whole wheat flour. Would I need to adjust the recipe in any way? Thanks!
Hi Bobbie! Whole Wheat flour might be a tad more dense and the wheat flavor will be stronger, but if you’re used to that, it’ll work just fine.
Great timing as I just picked blueberries! I will be making these today. It’s great how most of your recipes feature ingredients that I already have on hand.
Linda, We are kitchen soul sisters 🙂 I hope you loved the oatmeal muffins!
These look awesome and what a sweet story, too! Question – you just mention ‘thick Greek yogurt’ – should i be plan, or vanilla? I know there’s usually a huge sugar content difference that I assume would impact the recipe outcome. (I don;t really eat Greek yogurt but will buy some for this and other recipes. 🙂 )
Miki, Plain or vanilla will work! It just can’t be too watery and thin. You could likely decrease the maple syrup a bit if you use the vanilla yogurt.
Donna Hammond says
These are fantastic–I haven’t had one cold yet, but ate two warm and wow! I used fresh raspberries. I only had one egg mold, so I waited and have put the rest of the batter in a couple of custard cups. Since they waited 20 minutes, I’m not expecting them to turn out well, but I figured, what the heck.
Donna, how did they turn out? That would be great to know since I get that question a lot. I’m glad you liked it!
I commented before, but I wanted to add that I make these quite often so I mix up the dry ingredients in several Baggies to save time. They can be frozen or not. If someone doesn’t have the egg bite molds, I wonder if these could be cooked like regular pancakes. We LOVE this recipe. Thank you. They’re good the next day cold too. We dip them in maple syrup.
Barb, that’s a fabulous idea, I need to do this too. You have me so curious about the pancakes now. They would probably make an excellent oatmeal pancake on a griddle! I’m going to try this sometime!
I don’t actually see the recipe on here. Am I missing something?
I was wondering the same thing! I’d love to make them! says
What a sweet story!
I’m so sorry! I’m not sure what happened there, but it’s back. Thanks for the heads up!
Hi Marci I made these today and I really like them.
I had to use white flour because that was all I had. I
Did add brown sugar because my family is so picky.
They were VERY moist one tray fell right out but the other one stuck. I may not have buttered them enough. They are still great and I will definitely make them again but do the almond flour. I didn’t have the
Jar rings the bottom layer looked funny, I eat them
Question for you, how can I keep the moisture from getting into the bites? If I don’t cover with aluminum foil they are wet
Frances, you can try covering them with foil, I feel like they dry out as they sit on the cooling rack, so I never do. They’re meant to be a bit moist, kind of like “muffin meets oatmeal” sort of thing, but if you’d like them dryer you can decrease the yogurt or add 3-4 T extra flour.
I am a follower and I enjoy your site but all of your recipes are for an instant pot. Could you please show how to make some of them in an oven for those of us who do not own an instant pot. Hard to believe that I’m the only person not to own one. Thanks.
Pat, I completely understand! However my site is specific to the pressure cooker as you mentioned. My recipe testing and creating is done with the pressure cooker so I can’t always give directions otherwise. I promise you will love pressure cooking if you decide to buy one!
I have made these several times now, following your recipe, and we love them. My only problem is they come out very wet, and rise quite a bit over the top of the silicon tray ??
Looking at your recipe picture, they are all perfect in size, and look to be dry, I can’t see big gooey blueberries (which I think is what makes mine so wet) do you use fresh or freeze dried?
Samantha, I’ve used fresh or freeze dried. My sister has the same issue and says that adding an extra 1/4 cup flour takes care of it. You could reduce the blueberries to 3/4 cup as well. Let me know if you try it.
Delicious and easy-to-follow recipe! I am new to the instant pot – this is only the third thing I have tried (potato soup was my first and egg bites have been made in several varieties). Thank you for a wonderful recipe to make use of the silicone mold. I like to have more than just one thing to make with my kitchen tools. I went straight for the chocolate version, using mini dark chips and they are fantastic- so yummy that I couldn’t wait for them to cool and burned my tongue just a little. LOL
Pilar, I totally can relate to the burned fingers and tongue experience with these, haha! I have several recipes to use the molds, try the cornbread muffins next! I’m glad your experience with the Instant Pot has been good so far, it’s a spectacular appliance.
These BeeBo Power Bites are awesome!
I received two egg bite molds for Valentine’s day and couldn’t wait to try this recipe. Since I didn’t have Mason jar lids to stack the trays I only made half a recipe and modified the recipe to ingredients I have on hand: old-fashioned oats for quick cooking oats; vanilla yogurt for Greek yogurt; 3 TB honey for pure maple syrup: all-purpose flour for wheat flour; and raisins for blueberries. I still used eggs, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract so I hope they still qualify as “BeeBo power bites”! 🙂
The batter was very thin so I will make some Greek yogurt and use it the next time to see if that helps. Probably because it was so thin I ended up using both molds. (The width of my molds are 6 1\4 inches.) I placed a trivet between the molds and put the stacked molds on a trivet with handles. When they were done I opened the lid and the bites in the top tray had risen almost half an inch while those on the bottom didn’t. Once both trays cooled a bit, the bites in both trays were level with the molds though the ones on the bottom had lines from the trivet for that “grilled” look.
Despite the height differences, both types tasted the same and the texture was the same as well. They popped out of the molds very easily and didn’t need to be loosened first. Also, my raisins were from last year, but they softened considerably in the pressure cooker and tasted like they were fresh.
I can’t wait to make these again!
Ann, I’m so glad you made it all work for you! I do think a thick Greek yogurt works best, but it sounds like you got the hang of it. So many flavor possibles for sure!
Can I use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour?
Kim, yes, that will work great!
OMG! These were wonderful! We love the texture of them. I just had 1 egg bite cooker, so I cooked 2 separate batches and that worked great. Kohl’s have these on sale now, and tomorrow I will have 30% off and will buy a 2nd one. I’ve tried many of your recipes and loved them all. Thank you. Sorry your son had a bad day!
Barb, I’m so glad you loved them! I didn’t know Kohls sold the silicone molds, I’ll have to pass that along. Thank you for mentioning him. He’s the toughest kid I know. Definitely has tougher skin than I did as a kid!
Just tried these last night – used rice flour instead and also regular rolled oats and seemed to work fine. I think this is a good base and it can easily be adjusted for my families taste preferences.
Martha, thanks for letting me know about your ingredient swap. People oftentimes ask me what other flours can be used, but I hadn’t tried rice flour.
FYI 2 bites being 1 serving is equal to 5 WW points.
Donna, Thanks for that! I had someone ask me and I wasn’t sure
So tasty and quick and easy. I most definetly will purchase a second silicone mold. This recipe is a keeper.
Have made these and gdaughters an wife absolutely love them(#128077#) Thank you I’m a big fan
Bill, I’m so thrilled to hear that! Nice to see a man comment around here 🙂
Marci, can I substitute anything for the maple syrup?
Andrea, Yes, sugar, honey, brown sugar, agave. . . I believe they will all work just fine.
I have made these twice. Both times when I get them out of the IP they are puffy and by the time they cool they shrink and become dense. Is that what they are supposed to do? Have you ever baked them in the oven? I make them with chocolate chips and my boys love them. But they always ask about Beebo. They want to know how he got that name and what his real name is? And also if the bullying stopped. My 9 yr old was very upset for him.
Stacey, I just got chills from head to toe. What caring boys you are raising! Tell them his name is Will (we call him Strong Will because he was born not breathing and surprised all the medical staff). There were perhaps a few more bullying episodes but his twin brother had is back and it made all the difference. In regards to the Beebo Bites, they are definitely lighter right out of the pressure cooker and become denser as they cool. It kind of reminds me of oatmeal how it thickens as it cools. That said, I warm leftovers up in the microwave and we still love them. I just pulled a batch out of the freezer this morning in fact for breakfast and we’ll warm them up and eat them with a side of vanilla cashew cream dip (that recipe coming soon!)
We ate a whole batch in 3 days. We love them. I’m going to try adding banana like someone posted earlier. Do they need to be refrigerated? I didn’t 😳 but I read a comment about it. My boys liked hearing about Will, but still want to know how he got the name Beebo? Thanks!
Stacey, I store them in the fridge, but honestly, I’m not completely sure if they have to be or not. I just tend to be a “better safe than sorry” type. The name Beebo came from my daughter. She was 2 when they were born and for some reason she called him Beebo and it stuck 🙂
Do you have a link for your glass divided containers and your silicone molds? I looked but didn’t see! I love those!
I added an extra link next to the picture of the containers, but there is also a link right above the recipe. They are still my favorite!
may be a dumb question, the nutrition facts says serves 6, is that per 1 oatmeal bite? or 6? I’m also on weight watchers so also trying to figure out how many points for one.
Jessica, Good catch! I meant to say 7 servings because each tray makes 7 bites. So the serving would be 2 Beebo Bites. I fixed that in the nutrition facts. Tammy, that would make the saturated fat be 4.5 grams instead
Sorry, forgot to post link on my previous comment
these look yummy, I tried adding the nutrition into my weight watchers app but need the Saturated fat could you please let me know what it is TIA
Tammy, looks like it’s 5.2 g
E’s Mom says
These sound amazing, but we have allergies to eggs and wheat in the house. Any suggestions on substitutes?
E’s Mom, I’ve used a gluten free flour blend as well as oat flour as a substitute for the wheat, but I’m not as familiar with how to substitute eggs successfully. If you try something and it works, let me know! I’ve had others ask me about this one as well.
this website has suggestions for vegan egg substitutes
Mary, Thank you! I’ve never tried this, let me know if you do.
This recipe looks amazing and I will be trying it… very soon! I just bought my first silicone mold… and only have one. I wonder if there’s any harm in letting the mixture sit during the cooking of the first batch. I guess I’ll find out. I’m sure I’ll soon be ordering another… Thanks for sharing this!
Dorthy, that will work just great! You’ll love them!
Hi, I’m new to this site, but I just wanted to point out I made this recipe and it’s become one of my go to recipes for breakfast although I used old fashioned rolled oats because that’s what I had on hand, but they are a little dense and next time I will try quick cooking. Regardless, the reason I am posting is because I always (in my head or aloud) refer to them as Beebo bites! Just wanted to let him know.
Cathy, I love the fact that you took the time to let me know this! I will pass on the word to my Beebo. It always makes him smile, thank you! And yes, they are definitely lighter with quick oats.
Bella Roberts says
Marci I havent got my silicone pans yet could I use small ramikins for this recipe I sounds delicious and am dying to try it
Bella, yes, that should work great! There’s been a couple people do it with mason jars. I would keep the time the same. Enjoy!
Bella Roberts says
Hi Marci love the sound of this recipe Was wondering I dont have the silicone pans yet could I use small ranikins instead and would I cook the same amount of time. Am drying to try them Thanks
Hi! Can I use Balkan-style yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?
Karen, I’ve never tried that type of yogurt, but I’ve used a few different kinds so I suspect it would work great!
Can aluminum foil be used in between trays instead of lids?
Andrea, Like make aluminum balls to space them out? Or are you wanting to cover them with foil? The beebo bites need some room to expand so as long as there is some space between the 2 trays, you should be good to go.
I don’t have mason jar lids so was wondering what I could use as substitute….
Andrea, if you have racks tall enough that could stack the second layer, that would work. Look around your kitchen and see if you can think of something else. It took me awhile to figure out the lid trick after I tried several other things! You could always cook one at a time as well. Let me know if you figure anything out!
Any thoughts on substituting with banana (perhaps to replace the maple syrup?) I recently made an amazing stove top oatmeal that ONLY had oats and banana (and water of course). Basically puréed the banana until smooth. I love the idea that we were getting the sweetness from just the banana rather than syrup and would be interested to know if you think it would work in this instance as well?
Katie, That will absolutely work! I love it that way, but I don’t mind things being minimally sweet. So if you’re used to that, you will love it.
I’m temporarily dairy free for my newest baby – what would you recommend as a substitute for the yogurt? I’m thinking applesauce and protein powder? (Always looking to sneak in extra protein while I’m nursing – I’m not always good at getting enough!)
Katherine, I substituted the yogurt with homemade applesauce last week and it worked perfectly. It was a thicker applesauce, but I would think store bought would work great. I was going to experiment with pumpkin puree and mashed bananas as well. Protein powder is a great idea! Who has time for a well balanced meal with a newborn :). Enjoy your baby!
Whoops! I didn’t mean to submit the above comment yet. Anyway, I don’t find the moisture to be a bad thing or the texture from the almond flour. I love the recipe and the portability of these bites! Thank you for sharing the recipe and your story. These will be a staple for me for something relatively healthy, filling and easy.
Audrey, Thanks for letting me know your thoughts! My kids really like the almond flour version I tested a couple weeks ago as well. I’m so glad they’ve become a staple in your home as well 🙂
Love these and the story. I made them with almond flour and old fashioned oats and stored in the refrigerator. To that end, they’re moist from being refrigerated
Made this recipe tonight but unfortunately they turned out soggy. Not sure what could have gone wrong? but they still tasted nice:)
P.s. I used Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup honey instead of maple syrup.
Tanya, I tested them out with 1/2 cup of syrup today and used yogurt that wasn’t thick like greek yogurt and mind were a bit soggy on top. I may adjust the recipe to say to add 2 T of brown sugar instead of extra maple syrup if a sweeter bite is wanted. I’ll play with that tomorrow, but that is what I’m suspecting is going wrong when people say they are too moist.
I only have regular oats, not quick-cook. Can I whirl these is a food processor to break them down a bit so that I can use them? Or, so Can I just substitute them as-is?
Susan, I’ve substituted as is and they have a bit more of a chew, but are still really good. The food processor idea is a great idea, but if you could definitely try it either way.
Hi Marci, can I just use foil to cover the first tray instead of mason jar lids?? And then put the second tray on top
Patricia, I use the lids to give some space between the trays so the bottom layer can rise. I think if you did the foil, they would still taste good, just might be squashed a bit.
Thank you says
Can I use honey in these instead of maple syrup??
Brandy, I never have, but I believe it would work great! Well actually, I believe I made a chocolate chip peanut butter version with honey. Sorry! I can’t remember for sure. I’ve made them so many times!
Sandy Freel says
I am 81 and just found this recipe….with in about 15 mins. I had stuff all together and made them..WOW…yum yum..I love the story also
Sandy Freel says
I tried to give it a 5 but it would only take the one….:-(
Sandy, I’m so glad you loved them! It’s my families favorite breakfast/snack right now!
These sound good but I am not a fan of maple syrup..can another kind of syrup be used…Thank you
Beverly, yes, I’ve used honey and golden syrup as well. Both good!
Hi! I followed the recipe exactly, and used the same silicone trays, but my bites came out soggy. I had to finish baking in my oven. Any suggestions?
Lynn, They definitely shouldn’t be soggy. Did you use regular yogurt instead of greek? That could maybe make them more soft. How much syrup?
Hi! Where did you buy that glass container with dividers! I’ve been looking for that kind for my meal prep as I dont want to use plastic containers. And what brand of silicone mold do you recommend best? Thanks!
Karen, All the links are in the post itself! The glass containers are the best, I LOVE them! And I use the silicone containers at least 3 times a week on BeeBo Bites alone! My kids will eat those for any meal of the day.
I am wondering if anyone has ever replaced some of the eggs with mashed bananas? I am thinking it would be great to do a banana chocolate chip version?
Megan, I know there were some people on Facebook that didn’t want eggs in theirs so they were going to substitute it with applesauce or bananas. But if eggs aren’t an issue for you, I would substitute mashed bananas for the yogurt instead. That would be so good!
I would learn sign language. I have taken a few classes, but I want to SERIOUSLY learn to sign.
Lucy Torndahl says
If I had a month to learn something new, I would love to learn to smoke food and to build a wood burning bread/ pizza oven!
Lucy, that is genius! I would love that!
It would probably be learning how to bake. I am a pretty good cook, but I can’t bake. I can even ruin a package of refrigerated Pillsbury cookies!
I am currently taking watercolor classes, but think I would persue my culinary passion. I consider myself an excellent cook, but there is always something to learn. Would love to teach cooking to small groups.
Arlene, I dream of doing a kids cooking class from my home! My goal is to do a summer camp this year and have my daughter be the chef and I her sous chef :). I think it would be so much fun!
Go for it Marci. I am 73 and running out of energy. That sounds like so much fun and you certainly would make a positive impression on young minds. Most children now a days are so absorbed in technology and never communicate with their friends other than texting. IMO.
SOUNDS LIKE A GO TO ME.
Arlene, all right! I’ll do it! I’ll start making note of recipes that would work well now so I’ll be ready when summer vacation hits. Thank you!
Proud of you!
I would want to learn to crochet. I feel like that sort of thing has been left behind in the age of technology. Would love to learn old school hobbies!
Woodworking here too… I can’t believe how many people have said this!
Hugs to Beebo and yay for the support of a loving family for the win!
Lindsay, I’ve been surprised by all the wood working as well! I would have never even thought of it and now I’m curious what everyone is loving about it so much ????. I’ll give BeeBo and the rest of the crew a hug from you ????
If I had a month to learn a new hobby it would be quilting. Can’t wait to try this recipe.
I can’t wait to make these for my two boys! If i had a month to learn a new hobby, I’d love to learn how to crochet!
If I had a month of free time I would want to start learning the guitar together with my sweety #wearetherockband
Nils, I would absolutely love to have guitar skills! I tried in my teen years and sadly gave up after a couple weeks.
Oh, there are just so many things to learn that it is hard to choose. Learning a new language is definitely a good one but I’d like to learn playing the guitar. I’ve already bought one three years ago but haven’t gotten to play it yet. There is always something else that needs to be done first. Although it is important to take some me-time regularly…
Nicole, Always something! I would literally have to be put in different house and be banned from cooking and cleaning to literally take a month to learn something new. But how cool would that be 🙂
Hannah G says
If I had a free month, I’d learn self defense.
I would have a really hard time choosing one thing!!! 🙂 I would really love to learn woodworking…I would love to make/redo furniture, or trim around the house.
I would also really love to learn to play the guitar!
Thank you for your beautiful blog! I have learned so much and it is SUCH a joy to read – I feel like family here. 🙂
p.s As a mom of 2 boys…bullies stink!!! 🙁 I feel your pain and just keep trying to teach mine what is right and love them a ton to try and overshadow that meanness from others. We even pray for the bullies together in hopes that it gives my boys strength and feelings of empowerment. 🙂 Stay strong!!!
Allison, you inspired me! I’m going to take that approach with bullies. What a great way to teach compassion. Thank you!
Hopefully it wouldn’t take a month, but I’ve always thought learning calligraphy would be fun. I certainly wished I had the skills back when I was addressing all those invitations for my daughter’s wedding. Oh, and tell your son a little kindness can go a long way with bullies. Those boys are acting out because they’re hurting in some way on the inside. Maybe sharing some BeeBo Bites with a friendly note attached would warm their hearts and stomachs all while showing them that God still loves us even when we don’t act in very lovable ways. :o)
Sandy, Thank you for that amazing advice. I really needed to hear that! It’s so easy to want to defend my son, but what a great opportunity to show a child that God loves everyone and we should too. Beautiful words! Thank you thank you!
I know it sounds crazy, especially since I’m almost 80, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to weld. I do flat metal collages, but would love to be able to do them in a 3-dimensional way.
Maryse, do it! What a great hobby!
Nancy m says
If I had a month to learn a hobby I would like to work and learn how to restore antique cars ????.
I would totally learn carpentry as I have wanted to do that for years.
If I had a month to learn a hobby I’d like to learn to make stained glass pictures.
Elaine, Good one! I would love to do that!
If I had a free month (what’s that?!) I would love to learn to crochet!!
Victoria, Haha! Right? I’m lucky if I get a free hour!
If I had a month devoted to learning a creative skill, I would learn printmaking and screen-printing.
If I had a month to learn something new it would be sign language. My friends have a hearing impaired son that I would love to be able to communicate with.
Debra, I didn’t even think of that one! I always wanted to learn it in high school, that’s a good one.
Aubri Andrus says
I have 2 sets of twins and a singleton in the middle. Isn’t it interesting how two kids that are the exact same age and did everything together, yet they’re so different?!! This story just breaks my heart. I have such a hard time with people being mean to my sweet kids. I’m intrigued by the things that you’re creating in these silicone molds! If I had a month of free time (I would miss my kids cuz they for sure wouldn’t be there! Haha!), but I would love to learn how to arrange flowers!!
Aubri, 2 sets of twins! My goodness you are a champion in my eyes! My boys are so different. I pray that they always recognize their strengths and not feel inferior with the differences in weaknesses. When my boys were babies, 1 hour of free me time was glorious!
I would like to learn to play the cello and be in a band like the Lumineers!
A new hobby…I think it would be learning to use the embroidery feature on my sewing machine ~ there is definitely a month’s worth of learning there! I have to share that my son’s nickname was Beebo when he was little. He had the sweetest most compassionate heart and still does at 35. He is in his second year of law school and felt called to go because he has such a heart for those who need help. He intends to practice public law and often volunteers in the local jail teaching life skills. Hugs to your Beebo!
Tamara, Oh my I had to grab me a kleenex. I loved what you wrote. If I can teach my kids kindness, I’ll consider myself a success as a mother!
If I had a month of free time, I would begin to learn to speak Hindi. I love the Bead Bites recipe and just need to get the silicon tray. I also love so many of your recipes. Thank you for taking the time to create them and post. <
Lyttle, Never thought I’d hear someone say they want to learn Hindi! There must be a good story behind that! Thank you thank you for your kind words!
Wow, a month to learn anything! That would be tremendous. I think I would learn to crochet….my grandmother crocheted every night sitting in her blue chair ending the evening with Johnny Carson. Yup, that is what I would do so when I am an old lady I can sit in my chair and crochet! LOVE your blog btw…..It’s my favorite and you and your sister remind me of my daughters. Thanks!
Mary, That would be a dream wouldn’t it :). My grandma sewed me prom dresses and I wish I had her skills. And thank you, blogging with my sis has been one of the most amazing and unexpected blessings in my life!
One more thing – thank you for sharing your story. I know it touched every mother’s/grandmother’s heart.
I’ve read everyone’s comments to get inspiration of what I’d do if I had a month to learn a hobby and I was more than inspired! I want to do what everyone else said – quilting, piano, Adobe Illustrator, – those might be my top three – oh and learning a language. I guess I need more than a month too.
Kris, Haha, I wish we could guarantee ourselves 1 month of each year to learn a new hobby! I love that there are so many mothers and grandmothers around here!
If I had a month, I think I’d like to learn photography. I know some but I’d really like to know how to get good shots and all.
These oatmeal bites sound amazing. I’m sure they went a long way into cheering up your sweet boy. (My son is the same way). You go, momma!
Cecilia, I wish I could dive into photography more as well! There’s so much more to learn.
Beebo Bites do sound good, and a good treat for a little boy, or anyone. That would bring out the mama bear in me, too. I was very little, and at school I was sometimes picked on, no reason, who knows. I think it made me a kinder person, not that I would ever foist that on someone for a benefit later in life. I remember my mom calling the principal once when some boys held me down on the ground at recess in second grade.
Rosie, Thankfully you could rise above it all! If nothing else, I hope my children learn kindness and respect from me.
If I had a month, oh, I would love to learn to play the flute. I did buy one when I was younger, but I couldn’t afford lessons, and found it wasn’t easy to learn on your own. I still can’t afford lessons, in fact, I recently looked it up. I search youtube for flute duets, solos, with violin, etc., they don’t have to be professional for me to like them.
Rosie, What a great idea! Youtube can be such a great resource.
I never thought of that. I’ve watched so many flute youtube vids you would have thought that would have crossed my mind! Thanks for the idea!!!!!!
Carol G says
If I had a month of free time, I would love love LOVE to learn to quilt. I can sew but never took up quilting and am in awe at the beautiful work quilters do. Someday I hope to get brave enough to jump in and give it a try.
Beebo’s story just melted my heart, Marci. My oldest grandson was bullied when he was in grade school for something he had no control over. Fast forward…this same young man who was so hurt rose above and as a senior in high school is a few steps away from earning his Eagle Scout badge. Your son is going to be 1000 times the person those other kids will ever be. Beebo will do great things with his life….I just know it.
Goodness gracious…decisions, decisions. These delicious bites of oatmeal blueberry delight that have the PERFECT name, your Banana Custard Steel Cut Oats from yesterday, or the Denver Egg Bites…what to do, what to do? I’ve gotta try them all. Just ordered the silicone molds-can’t wait!
Carol, I’ve just cried my way through all these comments. To watch your kid bravely go face the world again and again is scary and inspiring all at the same time. I pray for them multiple times a day. I have no doubt my boy has the potential to be an amazing human being and he’ll learn so much from the hard times. And yes, make all the recipes! They are all so delicious! I get so excited to post new recipes, next weeks are just as amazing!
I think I would want to learn a foreign language. I know it’s not exactly a hobby, but I would love to have Traveling as my hobby, and I think language skills would make it easier (and so would money and time…)
Mandy, I would love a language skill! I fear my tired mommy brain isn’t even capable of it anymore!
So sorry your son was bullied! For my daughter’s Masters Thesis she developed a DVD series and one was on Cyberbullying. It’s called Adina’s Deck. Watch for cyberbullying, too. It can be just as, or more vicious than “live” bullying!! It’s awful!
As for a month of learning a new hobby, I’d love to learn to quilt! I’ve sewn for years but never dipped into quilting!
Barbara, I love that there a people like your daughter making others more aware of it! Thank her for me.
I will! She loves to get comments from students, teachers, therapists and others who have used her DVD! Take a look at the website. It’s possible your daughter’s school has shown it! If not, tell a counselor or teacher about it.
Thank you! I’m also a Nurse Practitioner in a pediatric clinic, this would be something great to bring there as well.
Yes, the DVD is appropriate for many different settings. The website is: adinasdeck.com if you want to pursue it! Thanks for all your comments.
It would be swimming for me too (*embarrassed*)!
Such a sweet story about your little boy – thanks for sharing!
Christina, I watch graceful swimmers with so much awe! I wish I could do it!
Sue Holthaus says
Do you heat your eggs up in the same container as the fruit?
If I had a month to learn a hobby it would be Adobe Illustrator, so good for my brain, so much to learn.
Sue, I’m assuming you’re talking about the glass containers? I take the fruit out, then heat up the rest. I would also love to master Adobe!
With a full month to learn something I would learn to spin wool into yarn….. recipe looks so good!
Do you heat up your egg bites with the fruit in your containers?
If I had a month to learn a new hobby it would be Adobe Illustrator. It’s good for my brain, but so much to learn in so little time!
Is there a way to make them without having the silicone trays?
Cindy, I think mason jars would work or silicone muffin liners. If you try something else, let me know!
With a full month to learn something, I would learn to speak Spanish. We live in a community where many people are from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala and I would love to be able to talk to them in their native language! I would then use this to help young mommas learn English so they could help their children in school.
Helen, I Love it and you are amazing!
Sherry Lee says
If I had a month and money to afford equipment…I would love to learn machine embroidery.
Love the oats recipe too!????
Such a hard choice! I want to learn how to do so many things better. I think I would start with woodworking, followed by refinishing furniture and then sewing. Guess I need more than one month.
In my wildest dreams, I am a potter. I throw clay on a wheel, and with just my hands, I create a bowl, or vase, or cup. In real life, I have never even seen raw clay. With a month (and an unlimited budget–ha!) to devote to a new hobby, I would love to try my hand at pottery.
Anne, I would LOVE to do that as well! I’m adding that to my list
I would take piano lessons.
Karen in Breezy Point says
I’ve had swimming lessons too and still cannot swim! I do a great dead man’s float though–lol! If I had a month to learn something, it would be watercolor painting. That’s something I have admired in others for years, but haven’t tried yet.
Karen, hahaha, maybe I’ll give up on swimming and do watercolor with you then!
I would love to learn how to make glass jewelry! That is my dream in life! And thanks for making me cry first thing in the morning! Be strong BeeBo! Your aunt loves you!
Maegan, That’s a good one! I would love to do that. He’s so excited that people are loving his BeeBo Bites. It makes him feel so special!
A month to learn something new……. Sign Language. I’ve always been fascinated by it. I know the very basics and can sign White Christmas but that’s it. I’d love to be fluent in it.
Tell your son that bullies bully because they can. No other reason. I was bullied all through elementary school – I had 1 friend the entire time. I stayed inside at recess. In middle school I decided I didn’t care anymore and when the bullies tried starting with me, I’d smile say hello and keep walking with my chin up. Eventually they moved on because they stopped getting a reaction from me. To this day, it still hurts but I’m a better person.
Of course those bullies now want to be my friend, but darn, I’m too busy for you!
Nicole, I have chills all over. What a brave soul you had to be to do that. I think back to some of the things that challenged me in school and it about breaks my heart knowing my kids will come across these things as well. I always tell them that home will always be a place of safety and love and if nothing else, I can guarantee that.
If I had a month to learn a new hobby it would be sewing! My mom used to make us the cutest little skirts and bows, I’d love to do the same for my girls
My new hobby would definitely be ballroom dancing!! Took a semester class once in HS and had a blast. Even went to homecoming with one of my class mates and danced like Cinderella all night. Can’t remember a single step anymore and my hubby would laugh in my face if I suggested taking classes together. HA!
Laurel, Hahahaha! Don’t tell my husband, but I dated a guy in high school that made me feel like a graceful Cinderella even though I had no clue what I was doing. My husband wouldn’t take me serious for a second if I suggested ballroom dance classes!
I would love to devote a month to learning the art of working with glass … glass fusion, glass blowing, and maybe leaded glass panels!
One month would give me time (I think!) to learn the carpentry skills I’d need to build the sauna I’ve always wanted! I took woodshop class in 9th grade (the only girl, and the only one in class who decided to make a complex onlay-technique tabletop using walnut, padauk and maple), and had a father who was a master carpenter before he passed away. He would be proud to know I had gotten back into it!
Kara, 3 words: YOU GO GIRL! And a high five, fist bump to go along with it!
Jessica Bosnic says
I would love to learn some basic carpentry skills. I love watching those home shows and wish I had spent more time paying attention during shop class in school. I love the satisfaction of creating something in the kitchen and think it must be the same with woodworking.
Barbara Godfrey says
If I had a month to learn something new it would be watercolors. I’d love to learn to paint with watercolors. I have always loved the art form and the luscious colors. I haven’t painted since I was in elementary school – unless finger painting with the kids and grandkids counts! LOL!
Barbara, I never even knew I liked to paint until I had kids and did it just to entertain them. So it totally counts!
Barbara. Sign up for classes. When i retired that is what I did. Still taking classes. Love it. It is relaxing and creative. AND FUN.
Barbara Godfrey says
Arlene – I would love to but I am not retired. In fact I have just launched into a new career to support my hubby and I while he is back in school pursuing his 2nd Masters degree and then this time next year he will be well into his Doctorate! I recently signed a contract to teach English to children in China and I’m taking classes to get certified in that as well. Water color painting will have to wait for awhile! LOL!
ARLENE Murphy says
You are one busy lady. In time…
I have always been interested in teaching English online! Care to share your experience so far?
Barbara Godfrey says
Liz – I LOVE it! There’s no need to speak Chinese (Mandarin). All you need is a 4 year degree in anything and experience teaching children. The experience could be Sunday school, home school, after school sports, Girl/Boy Scouts etc. The kids are great. They respect teachers in China! The company I work for has expanded to other countries besides China, so I have taught children ages 4 – 17 from China, Korea, Switzerland, Japan and Australia so far. Shoot me off and email and I’ll answer more questions for you. [email protected]
If I had a month to learn a new hobby? wow! It is difficult to imagine a free hour, let alone a free month–BUT, IF I DID, I would be up to my elbows in clay because I have always wanted to learn how to make beautiful (or any) pottery! Since I was 8 years old, I was smitten with beautiful thrown pots, mugs, bowls, etc and would love to make my own.
and by the way, it would have been hard to contain my motherly wrath with those kids who were mean to your son! Bullies drive me nuts. You are one sweet mama
Karen, when we get our free month in life, lets do this together! Thanks for your kind words, my heart is so full after reading all these comments of support and dreams. Love it!
That sounds like the perfect plan!!!