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Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls

Make sure your meal prep for the week includes these fun Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls that the whole family will love!

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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!

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Looking to add something savory to your breakfast? Try my Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage!

Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls

Air-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls

Yield: 20 Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Make sure your meal prep for the week includes these funAir-Fryer Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Balls that the whole family will love!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Pour the water and oat milk into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the oats and salt to the pan, stir, and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  3. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring often until the oats are thick and cooked through.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries.
  5. Allow cooling completely before moving on.
  6. Preheat air fryer to 350ºF
  7. Place egg, panko, and flour in three separate bowls. Using 1 1/2 tbsp cookie scoop, make a ball with your cooled oat mixture.
  8. Dip oat ball in the flour, then the egg, then the panko crumbs until evenly coated.
  9. Place in the cooking basket in the air fryer. You may need to cook in batches.
  10. Fry for 12-14 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden brown.

Notes

Freeze after coating but before frying. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Diana

Monday 29th of March 2021

I can't wait to make this! It looks so good. Can I make this with the same amounts but just without blueberries?

Paige

Monday 5th of April 2021

Absolutely! They should turn out just the same. I hope you enjoy them!

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