Make sure your meal prep for the week includes these fun Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls that the whole family will love!
People ask me all the time where I get ideas for my recipes. Most of the time, an idea comes to me while looking at other recipes on Instagram or Pinterest. Sometimes, it’s a dish I have at a restaurant. These Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls? Inspired by a product I bought at Whole Foods!
I’m always looking for new quick breakfast items for Norah. She loves overnight oats, scrambled eggs, waffles, fruit, and pancakes, but I wanted something full of nutrients that I could prep and freeze for future use (I knew my groggy morning self would appreciate it.). I found these Go Oats Blueberry Oatmeal Bites when ordering groceries and I loved the concept so much I had to recreate them.
I’ll definitely buy them again and try other flavors, but I’m so glad that I can make them when I have a little extra time on the weekends! They’re simultaneously creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside with a sweet pop from the blueberries. I absolutely love how customizable these are. The flavor combinations are endless!
Once you get the hang of them, try swapping the bluebs for grated apple, mashed banana, or other berries! I think a coconut mango version has to be on the horizon for me. Yum!
What are your go-to make ahead meals for mornings? I’m always looking for a tasty time-saver when it comes to breakfast!
Looking to add something savory to your breakfast? Try my Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage!
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup oat milk or other milk
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1/3 cup Panko crumbs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Pour the water and oat milk into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add the oats and salt to the pan, stir, and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
- Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring often until the oats are thick and cooked through.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries.
- Allow cooling completely before moving on.
- Preheat air fryer to 350ºF
- Place egg, panko, and flour in three separate bowls. Using 1 1/2 tbsp cookie scoop, make a ball with your cooled oat mixture.
- Dip oat ball in the flour, then the egg, then the panko crumbs until evenly coated.
- Place in the cooking basket in the air fryer. You may need to cook in batches.
- Fry for 12-14 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden brown.
Freeze after coating but before frying. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.