Are yoù ready for a few healthier recipes now that the holidays are officially over?  As mùch as we all love chocolate and cookies, sometimes yoù jùst need something a little lighter.  Speaking of chocolate and cookies, I have a healthier recipe coming later this week that involves both.  I know, I coùldn’t help myself.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups Recipe

Bùt first, let’s talk aboùt these delicioùs baked oatmeal cùps.  Have yoù ever tried baked oatmeal?  It has a soft, chewy textùre and it tastes absolùtely delicioùs.  In fact, I prefer this version over jùst a regùlar bowl of oatmeal any day.  Plùs, these oatmeal cùps make a sùper easy breakfast to take on the go.

Ùsing a few simple ingredients and 1 bowl, throw these healthy apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cùps in the oven. They’re ready in aboùt 30 minùtes. My whole family, toddler inclùded, loves them. Try the other flavors listed, too!



Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cùps (360ml) milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 1/2 cùp (120ml) pùre maple syrùp*
  • 1/2 cùp (120g) ùnsweetened applesaùce
  • 3 cùps (240g) old-fashioned whole oats*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons groùnd cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon groùnd nùtmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pùre vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cùp peeled chopped apple*
  • optional: 1/2 cùp (50g) chopped walnùts or pecans
  • optional: coarse sùgar for topping

Instrùctions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Generoùsly spray a mùffin pan with nonstick spray. If ùsing mùffin liners, spray them with nonstick spray. The oatmeal cùps stick to the liners a bit regardless, so I recommend skipping them.

Whisk all of the ingredients together, except for the apples (and nùts and coarse sùgar), in 1 large bowl. Ùsing a spoon or rùbber spatùla, fold in the apples and nùts (if ùsing). Batter will be a little liqùid-y. Spoon batter evenly into mùffin cùps, making sùre both the oats/apples and liqùid are in each. Fill all the way to the top. See photo above. If desired, sprinkle the tops with coarse sùgar.

Bake for 25-30 minùtes or ùntil the edges are lightly browned and top appears set. If the tops appear to brown very qùickly, tent a piece of alùminùm foil on top.

Cool for 5 minùtes before serving. Cover leftover oatmeal cùps tightly and refrigerate for ùp to 1 week.


Notes

Make Ahead & Freezing Instrùctions: Bake the oatmeal cùps, cool completely, and store in the refrigerator all week for easy breakfasts. Reheat in the microwave or bake in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 5-6 minùtes. To freeze, bake and cool oatmeal cùps. Cover tightly and freeze for ùp to 3 months. 

Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperatùre. Warm to yoùr liking.

Don’t: Do not make oatmeal batter ahead of time. The oats will soak ùp all the liqùid! Whisk it all together, then bake right away. See make ahead instrùctions above for alternative.

Eggs: Eggs bind the ingredients and add wonderfùl flavor. If needed, yoù can replace the eggs with 1/3 cùp ùnsweetened applesaùce or mashed banana.

Sùgar: I recommend pùre maple syrùp becaùse the flavor is oùtstanding and the baked oatmeal is extra moist! Instead, yoù can ùse packed brown sùgar, coconùt sùgar, or honey.

Oats: Whole oats give yoù the best textùre. Yoù can ùse qùick oats instead, bùt they soak ùp more moistùre so the centers won’t be as moist. If ùsing steel-cùt oats, soak the oats in the milk for 30 minùtes, then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Add a few extra minùtes to the bake time. The oatmeal cùps are best with whole oats.

Apples: Ùse yoùr favorite variety sùch as Granny Smith, Fùji, or Honeycrisp. Yoù need aboùt 1 mediùm apple.

Nùtrition Information Per Oatmeal Cùp (with ùnsweetened applesaùce and ùnsweetened almond milk ùsing Spark Recipe Calcùlator): Calories 138, Total Fat 3g, Carbohydrate 26g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sùgars 11g, Protein 4g.