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Air Fryer Breakfast: Bananas Foster Oatmeal Bakes

These little oatmeal breaks should become one of your go-to breakfasts. They are fast, easy, and loaded with protein, fiber, and potassium. They also are really, really good. In fact, if you want to sleep in, I recommend teaching your significant other or kids how to make the little bakes (the bakes do not have rum in them!). The little bakes are that easy! I use ramekins for my bakes, but you can also use small cake pans, if you prefer, and add a few minutes on to the cooking time. The bakes get their protein from eggs and cottage cheese. Oatmeal provides the fiber. And for sweetness, a bit of brown sugar provides a nice, caramel-like taste. Sometimes I add sugar only to the top of the bakes, which is actually sweet enough for me, as the bananas provide natural sugar and sweetness. Nonetheless, the brown sugar in the batter isn't excessive. These really are nutritious as well as tasty little breakfast treats.

Air Fryer Bananas Foster Oatmeal Bakes -- Makes 4

2 large bananas

1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese

1/2 cup of "quick" oats (regular oatmeal, not old fashioned or instant)

3 large eggs

1/4 cup of brown sugar, divided

Coat 4 small (3 or 4-inches round) ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. Slice one of the bananas and divide the slices evenly among the ramekins, placing the slices in the bottom of the ramekins. In a mixing bowl (I use a quart measure), add the cottage cheese, oats, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar and mix or whisk them well. Divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins, covering the banana slices. Slice the remaining banana and divide the slices evenly among the ramekins, placing the slices on top of the oatmeal batter. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar evenly over the banana slices in each ramekin. Place the ramekins in the air fryer (2 or 3 at a time, depending on the capacity of your air fryer) and cook the bakes for 10-15 minutes at 320 degrees or until set and deep brown on top. Let the bakes cool for a few minutes before serving them. You can eat the bakes from the ramekins or flip the bakes out onto a plate, which ever you prefer.

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