Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal

Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal

Have you ever heard of Oatmeal Monday?  No?  Well, I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago.  I’ll tell you all about it after this recipe.

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  • One 20 oz. can pineapple slices in juice (both the slices and the juice will be used)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup vanilla protein powder (or oat flour)
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5.3 ounces (1 single-serve container) pineapple Greek yogurt

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Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

After hearing various people make general complaints about scrolling for hours to reach the recipe at the bottom of a blog post, I’ve decided to start with the recipe and follow with a story.  You can read my opinion about recipe locations below, and I would love to read your opinion in the comments!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Oatmeal


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar (more or less to taste)

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars


Is there a more classic combination in the USA than peanut butter and jelly?  Our children are raised on the sweet sandwich from an early age, and we have translated those flavors to many other treats.

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Apple Cinnamon Bites

Apple Cinnamon Bites



Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.

To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games).  In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.


Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared.  I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.



  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra sugar, for topping


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahernheit.
  • Combine milk and lemon juice.  Let sit while completing the next two steps.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together first seven ingredients (flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
  • Stir in applesauce and diced apple.
  • Add vanilla to milk and lemon juice mixture.
  • Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture until completely combined into a sticky dough.
  • Coat brownie pan and insert with nonstick spray.  Evenly spread dough into the pan.  Press the insert into the pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Set oven to broil.  Sprinkle sugar over pan and broil for two minutes.
  • Let cool completely before removing from pan.
  • Eat and enjoy with a glass of milk!


Adapted from “(Relatively) Healthy Oatmeal Scones” by  slicedpeaches.



Personal Sweet Potato Casserole With Oatmeal Topping

Personal Sweet Potato Casserole With Oatmeal Topping


What would Sweet Potato Week be without a recipe for sweet potato casserole?

What would Kat’s 9 Lives be without oatmeal?

You may never know the answer to those questions.



For the sweet potato filling:

  • 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

For the oatmeal topping:

  • 2 tbs oatmeal
  • 1/2 tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • sprinkle of cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly coat a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray
  • Mix together all ingredients for the filling and scoop into the ramekin
  • Bake for 5 minutes
  • Meanwhile, mix together all of the topping ingredients
  • Remove the sweet potato filling from the oven and top with oatmeal mixture
  • Return the ramekin to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!


Plum-Tasty “Baked” Oatmeal

Plum-Tasty “Baked” Oatmeal


Sometimes recipes get lost/forgotten/ignored in my drafts folder.  This is one of them.  I think I made this recipe over a year ago, but I honestly don’t remember.  I just know that I was looking through drafts earlier this week and rediscovered it.

The truth is, I don’t even really remember making plum oatmeal.  When I glanced at the pictures in the post, I had to scroll to the ingredients to figure out what I had put in it.


Apparently, though, it tasted really good.  Here’s what I originally wrote (over a year ago) as a preface for this recipe:

“Just try a bite, and you won’t be able to stop! This warm, sweet oatmeal is one of the best oatmeal recipes I have ever put together.  To make things even better, it only takes about 5 minutes to make because it is “baked” in the microwave.”

I guess that I am going to have to take my own word for it 🙂



  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup milk of choice
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 plum, chopped (I used the other half for topping)
  • juice of 1 lemon wedge (or 1/2 tsp. lemon juice)


  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave on high 1.5-2 minutes
  • Let cool, if necessary
  • Eat and enjoy!


Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}

Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}


Happy end of March!  This month, I have invited Claudia (A.K.A. The Breakfast Drama Queen) to be my closing comrade.  Here’s what she has to say:

Hi there! I’m Claudia from The Breakfast Drama Queen, and I’m delighted to be a guest on
Kat’s 9 Lives.

Kat gave me the exciting opportunity to write about anything – anything!
As I’m currently studying law and have a degree in economics, I could
give you a lengthy discussion on monetary policy or negligence law. But
I wouldn’t be that cruel. So instead I’m going to talk about one of my
favorite foods in the universe, baked oatmeal!

Baked oatmeal is like a breakfast cake. Best of all, it’s so easy to
recreate your favorite desserts as healthy baked oatmeal breakfasts!

Some of my favorites include…

Black Forest Baked Oatmeal
German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal


and Banana Upside Down Cake Baked Oatmeal


Not surprisingly, my blog is becoming overwhelmed by baked oatmeal

Depending on the recipe and baking times, it can be chewy like a cookie
or soft like a muffin (or somewhere in between). So, here are a few of
my tips for making dessert-worthy baked oatmeals.

1. Fruit/Vegetable Purees
There’s nothing like some pumpkin puree, mashed banana or applesauce to
add moisture and volume to baked oatmeals. Alternatively, try adding
some grated apple, carrot or zucchini.

2. Toppings
Just like cakes, baked oatmeals can be jazzed up with a range of
toppings. I often top my baked oatmeal with nut butters or coconut
yogurt. Actual frosting works too!

3. Removing Baked Oatmeal from the Ramekin
Ordinarily, I’d recommend just eating baked oatmeal out of the ramekin
(unless you bake them in muffin pans). It’s easier and faster this way.
However, they do look pretty if you make the effect to remove them from
the ramekins and place them on a prettier dish.

If removing the baked oatmeal from the ramekin, the first thing to do is
make sure it’s cooked enough. This seems obvious, but don’t we all
forget things early in the morning when we’re feeling impatient and
hungry? The baked oatmeal should be dry on top and a little bit firm to
touch. Wobbly or doughy baked oatmeal will collapse if you try to remove
it form the dish.

Next, let the oatmeal cool in the ramekin for at least five minutes.
Yes, the wait is hard. But it’s 120% necessary. Loosen it a bit by
running a butter knife around the circumference of the baked oatmeal.
Then invert it onto a plate (or, if you’re game, your hand). Invert the
oatmeal again so it’s the right way up.

But as I said, this is just for aesthetic reasons. Most days I’m so
eager to eat my oatmeal that I won’t wait five seconds longer than
necessary and simply eat it out of the baking dish.

4. Chocolate Chips
Seriously, add them. Life is better with chocolate.

And that’s all I have to say about one of my favorite breakfasts. Are
you a baked oatmeal fan?

Thanks, Claudia, for sharing these great tips–they were much more interesting than an economics lecture!  I also am an oatmeal enthusiast, and I am definitely guilty of impatiently eating baked oatmeal before it has cooled.

For more oatmeal fun, check out Claudia’s site or look through the numerous oatmeal recipes that I have posted (including Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal).

I hope that you had a wonderful March!