Triple Berry Oatmeal Cups and Complex Migraines

Puzzled by the title . Found it too complex ;-) This bake and migraine has a connection indeed and will be revealed as you read further down the blog. I do admit that the connection is very "attention seeking " but in my defense will say that it was done in all honesty. What happened was that last week I woke up with severe vertigo ..unable to even stand let alone walk. The best way I can describe it is  like rolling in a barrel down a hill. The constant nausea didn't help things one bit . Hubby rushed me to ER ( second visit in two months due to somewhat similar symptoms) where thankfully after an unremarkable MRI was diagnosed with complex migraine. Since stress is one of the triggering factors , he doctor suggested a visit to the beach.
So , that's how we found ourselves on the outer banks of North Carolina the following weekend. Surrounded by family and beautiful view of the coast , needless to say that I felt relaxed and recharged, We spent a merry day at the beach and followed that with a very informative visit to the Wright brothers museum the next day . Will carry very fond memories of this trip . I thoroughly enjoyed this family outing  albeit for all the copious amount of junk food that was consumed. Being away from home on a vacation means that healthy food options are somewhat limited  or maybe we don't want to tax ourselves finding them. Anyways, to get rid of all sloppy eating and cleanse the body , decided to bake something healthy . You get the connection now . Great ! Knew you would figure it out .

( View from our hotel room ...calming isn't it...even manged to get me in the baking mood..will be sharing that recipe in another blog post)

Tripe Berry Oatmeal Cups : Makes 12 

Ingredients

2 1/4  cups instant oats
1 cup room temperature milk 
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup ( I used even less )
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder( optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
berries for toppings ( any combination)

Method
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl , put the dry ingredients like baking powder, oats, walnuts and salt.


In a separate bowl , whisk together all the wet ingredients - milk, applesauce, maple syrup , oil and vanilla extract  till well blended.

Now add this mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and mix the two  with the help of a spatula.
Fill the muffins liners with the mixture making sure that they are 3/4 th filled. Filling them with a scoop ensures equal sized muffins
Add the topping - sliced strawberries, blueberries or raspberries . Dry fruits make good toppings too.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until set.
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy as a healthy snack .

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