I'm constantly on the hunt for delish protein packed snacks for Poppy and these are IT!
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These Baked Oatmeal Cups are loaded with apples and almond butter and they're perfectly sweet but not too sweet. Plus they freeze beautifully and can be packed into lunches for your kiddos! Feel free to swap out the fruit for whatever you have on hand. Or swap the almond butter for any of your favorite nut butters or sunflower butter if you're avoiding nuts.
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Baking Powder
- Ground Flax Seed
- Vanilla Extract
- Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- Almond Butter
How to Make Baked Oatmeal Cups
Preheat the oven to 350º F and line muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
In a large bowl mix together the oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In another bowl mix together the milk, honey, flax seed, vanilla extract, apple sauce, diced apples, cinnamon and almond butter. Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add the oat mixture to the bowl with the apples and stir until evenly combined.
Scoop mixtures evenly into muffin tin with liners and bake for 35 minutes or until the center of the cup has set. Cool and enjoy!
Variations and Substitutions
Old Fashioned Oats - It's important that you use old fashioned rolled oats and not quick oats. If you want to make this Oatmeal Cups recipe gluten-free just be sure to use gluten free oats.
Milk - Feel free to use any kind here. If you want to make this Oatmeal Cups recipe dairy-free use almond milk, oat milk, or your favorite non-dairy milk.
Honey - You can substitute honey for maple syrup.
Almond Butter - Swap out for any of your favorite nut butters or sunflower butter to make this recipe nut-free.
Apples - When it comes to baking with apples, the rule of thumb is to use firm varieties since they’ll hold up better while baking. I like to use a mixture of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples to balance the tart and sweet flavors but feel free to use any other firm apples you have on hand.
Tips & Tricks
For a quick breakfast freeze these easy baked Oatmeal Cups individually in zip top bags for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.
What happens when you bake oatmeal?
When oatmeal is baked it resembles a hybrid between a muffin and bread pudding making it a great easy breakfast option.
Should you put egg in baked oats?
Eggs serve as a binding agent in baked oats and provide structure. This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe calls for ground flax seeds instead which is a great vegan substitute.
Why is my baked oatmeal gummy?
The most common reason baked oatmeal is gummy is because of underbaking. It doesn’t hurt to get a cheap internal oven thermometer to make sure your oven is running properly! Trust me – it’s the best $7 you’ll spend.
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What you’ll need:
Almond Butter Apple Oatmeal Cups
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups milk of choice
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup diced apple
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
- In a large bowl mix together base dry ingredients: oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
- In another bowl mix together the remaining base wet ingredients: milk, honey, flax seed and vanilla extract.
- Stir in the apple sauce, diced apples, cinnamon and almond butter. Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Combine the dry mix with the apple cinnamon bowl!
- Scoop mixtures evenly into muffin tin with liners.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until the center of the cup has set. Cool and enjoy!
- Almond Butter Baked Oatmeal Cups stored in an air-tight container will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- Freeze individually in zip top bags for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.
Can I omit the flax seed? Or is there any alternative if I don’t have flax seed?
Mmmmmm. So many delicious little tastes and textured in these. The perfect grab and go!