Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal

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An easy recipe for a healthy, low-calorie oatmeal that’s packed with protein and actually tastes like dessert!
 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

I bit off way more than I could chew on Tuesday. I overslept, adrenalin waking me up in a heartbeat when I spotted the clock flashing the time—2 hours later than I expected. I spent all morning and afternoon running around in circles faster than our dog when she chases her tail, desperately trying to catch up and speed through my “To Do” list. I needed 5 more sets of hands and an extra 24 hours in the day… That must be how it feels to be a mom!  

 

At 9 pm, with a batch of yeast treats finally rising in the oven (recipe coming soon!) and Olena’s turkey chili simmering on the stove, I nearly suffered a heart attack for the second time that day… I ran out of maple syrup, something incredibly crucial to my photo shoot the following morning. I breathlessly begged my guy to watch the pot as I grabbed my keys and sprinted out the door.

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

I arrived at Trader Joe’s with just minutes to spare before they closed and dashed around the store with a red shopping basket dangling from my hand, recklessly chucking in ingredients. At the end of my race, I picked the shortest—yet slowest—line and stood there, frustrated by the slowpoke college girls flirting with the cashier and constantly worrying that the chili would bubble over. (Yes, my guy was supposed to keep an eye on it, but with the temptation of the NBC Olympic Primetime Coverage showing the men’s skiing half pipe…)

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

As I impatiently hefted my basket from one hand to the other, snippets of the cashier’s conversation drifted my way. “Yeah, I was a pastry chef,” he casually mentioned.

 

“Why’d you stop and come work here?” the girls inquired.

 

“Because I wanted to like my life.”

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

At any mention of baking, my sensitive ears go on high alert, like a dog listening for squirrels in the park. Although the teenagers changed the topic, I brought it right back up when I reached the register.

 

“So you were a pastry chef?” I inquired, and we started chatting while he scanned and bagged my items.

 

Despite his laid-back tattooed, pierced, and bushy bearded appearance, it turned out that he studied at one of the three elite vegan/vegetarian pastry schools in the nation and was immediately hired at the #10-ranked restaurant in the country. He eventually quit and wandered halfway across the US to our sleepy little town, but he still owns molecular gastronomy equipment and plays around with creating fruit juice caviar in his spare time.

 

Basically… I want him to be my new best friend. (I just haven’t quite figured out a way to go about that without being overly awkward. Any ideas?)

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

Just like that cashier’s life story, this Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal is colorful, fun, and bound to bring a smile to your day! Its sweet, buttery taste tricks you into thinking you’re acting naughty and eating dessert for breakfast, but your waistline will still thank you—it clocks in at under 175 calories and packs in 9 grams of protein!

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

This super simple recipe only requires 4 ingredients: oats (gluten-free if necessary), milk, sprinkles, and my secret weapon… Butter extract. With its rich warm flavor, butter extract makes just about anything taste like cake batter! Almost every grocery store, as well as Walmart and Target, sells it for a rather inexpensive price. It’s shelf-stable and keeps for ages, so I highly recommend buying a bottle. (And then you can make this amazing cookie butter and these addictive sugar cookies too!)

 

When choosing sprinkles, I suggest using jimmies (the long thin ones) as opposed to colored sugar or nonpareils (the tiny spherical ones). The latter two tend to bleed and create a rather unappetizing gray color, whereas jimmies generally do not. And if rainbow isn’t your thing, try chocolate or a holiday-themed mix instead!

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

When I cook oatmeal, I almost always turn to the microwave. As long as I watch the bowl and open the door whenever the oats threaten to bubble over the rim, there’s a lot less to clean up! (Yes, I’m lazy and don’t want to wash a bowl and a pot from the stove.) But make your oatmeal with whatever method you feel most comfortable. You could even combine everything but the sprinkles the night before and make overnight oats instead!

 

Once the oatmeal finishes cooking, stir in the butter extract and allow the bowl to thicken for a few minutes before adding the sprinkles. This reduces the chance of them bleeding into the oatmeal. Then dig in and enjoy!

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

After my first spoonful of this Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal, I literally thought I was eating dessert for breakfast. The warm buttery flavor… The thick cozy oatmeal… The cheerful rainbow sprinkles… They totally fooled my taste buds and my stomach, but I never felt bloated or bogged down later in the day (like during middle school when I actually snuck cake for breakfast—but shh, don’t tell my mom!).

 

Guys, you really should try this for breakfast. ASAP. Then wash it down with a skinny chocolate covered strawberry frappuccino.

 

Just sayin’… It’s the best healthy breakfast of champions!

 

This healthy oatmeal tastes exactly like funfetti cake batter but has 9 grams of protein & under 175 calories!
 

Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal

Yield: 1 bowl

Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal

This thick buttery oatmeal really tastes like cake batter! The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to feed more than one.

1/3 c old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
2/3 c skim milk
1-2 tsp rainbow jimmies (the long, thin sprinkles)
sweetener, to taste

  1. Add the oats and milk to a bowl and cook on HIGH in the microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. (Alternatively, cook on the stovetop over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed.) Stir in the butter extract, and let the oatmeal sit for 1-2 minutes to thicken. Sprinkle the jimmies on top and serve immediately.

Notes: For a vegan version, substitute your favorite non-dairy milk OR water.

To make an overnight oats version, mix everything together except the rainbow sprinkles in a bowl with a lid, and refrigerate overnight. Add the sprinkles in the morning just before eating.

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Comments

  1. Melissa says on February 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I think children everywhere are so very happy you’ve created this breakfast (at least the children I know are!)

    As far as the pastry-chef turned Trader Joe cashier goes, maybe you could bribe him with this oatmeal? Or tell him you need help with a recipe??? Ask for a guest blog post? (maybe he’ll become a food blogger, than YOU could say, I remember when he started….)

    • Amy says on February 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      You’re so sweet Melissa; thank you! :) I love your idea about asking for a guest post. I’d love to find out how to make that fruit juice caviar he mentioned; maybe I could ask about that. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says on February 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I am afraid of pastry chefs because I think they’ll think I’m stupid, ha. :) You’re brave to actually interact with one! This looks SO good. It would make me eat my oatmeal. :)

    • Amy says on February 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! :) I’m right there with you. I bake regular chocolate chip cookies and call it a huge accomplishment, whereas they can probably create puff pastry and macarons in their sleep. But I’m a sucker for molecular gastronomy; it brings out my nerdy chemistry background!

  3. Katy says on February 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This oatmeal looks like such a refreshing recipe and a nice change to my normal bowl. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Amy says on February 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Katy! I needed to change up my usual oatmeal too. As much as I love cinnamon, cake batter was definitely a fun change!

  4. jennifer prod says on March 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    this is genius – healthy and delicious — i’m going to make it this weekend!

    • Amy says on March 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I’m always looking for an excuse to eat more dessert. ;) I’m excited to hear what you think of this oatmeal!

  5. Heather says on March 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Could I use almond milk instead of skim milk? Since I’m lactose intolerant.

    • Amy says on March 9, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Yes!! That’s perfectly fine. :) I really hope you enjoy the oatmeal Heather!

  6. Heatherthe says on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Just wondering if butter extract is the same as ghee?

    • Amy says on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Not quite! Ghee is clarified butter, whereas butter extract is a clear liquid similar to vanilla extract but with a more pronounced butter flavor. You’ll find it on the same shelf as vanilla extract on the baking aisle!

  7. Julie says on April 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Uh, Yum. Then Yum again. Then Yum one more time! Buying sprinkles tomorrow!

    • Amy says on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks Julie; I really hope you enjoy the oatmeal! Come to think of it, my sprinkle stash is getting a little low… Too many of these desserts for breakfast! ;)

  8. Erin says on May 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    OH. MY. GLORIOUS. This is definitely one way to drag a mama out of bed in the morning! I’ve never heard of butter extract before, but I just hopped on amazon and ordered some. Can’t wait!!! Thanks Amy!

    And for check-out guy? Umm…ask if he’d ever consider a small group baking class? A bunch of girls oohing and ahhing over his baking AND making some extra cash? He can’t say no. ;)

    • Amy says on May 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I really hope you enjoy the oatmeal Erin! I only recently discovered butter extract, but it’s been really fun to experiment with. And I’d definitely take a class on molecular gastronomy if the guy offered one — that stuff is so cool!

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