These kid and adult friendly Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups are a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack! They’re full of healthy ingredients, gluten-free and have a vegan option as well.
Let’s talk breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. I don’t know if that’s because after doing my morning run, going to the gym, then showering, I’m pretty much starved and want to eat everything, or if I just happen to love it more than lunch or dinner. Either way I look forward to sitting down and having breakfast every day. My husband on the other hand doesn’t eat breakfast 99% of the time, unless of course I make a special trip to get him donuts on a Friday. I honestly don’t know how he does it. I would be a hangry beast if I didn’t get my breakfast and wouldn’t be able to get anything done because I’d be consumed with thoughts of food.
I realize though that there are those non-breakfast eaters in the world, although I will never understand them. For those of you who are breakfast eater or those who are trying to become breakfast eaters, you will appreciate these Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups! I have the luxury of working at home, meaning I can eat whenever I want and as slow or fast as I want. For those of you with a commute or kids I realize that’s not always an option, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on what I think is the most important meal of the day. Instead of skipping breakfast or hitting up the drive-thru make these Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups, freeze them, then grab one whenever you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to make something.
The oatmeal cups are gluten free, dairy free, vegan and downright delicious! To keep the oatmeal cups dairy free I used Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original Unsweetened. I loved using the unsweetened almond milk in this recipe because there’s no added sugar and only 30 calories in a one cup serving. To make them vegan I made a flax egg and used coconut oil instead of butter. Honestly, I didn’t miss any of the eliminated dairy products in these and I doubt anyone would notice unless you told them.
The oatmeal cups are spiced with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and allspice. Orange zest adds a wonderful flavor that pairs great with all the apple chunks studded throughout the cups. The oatmeal cups can be eaten as is or you can top them with a dairy free yogurt and maple syrup for a bit more sweetness. If keeping them vegan and dairy free isn’t a concern for you, I highly recommend adding a dollop of creamy plain Greek yogurt along with the maple syrup. Enjoy!
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
- 1 3/4 cups Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened Almond milk
- 1 flax egg (stir together 1 tablespoon flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water, let it sit for 10 minutes)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 cup diced apples (I used a Gala and Granny Smith)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
- In a medium sized bowl make your flax egg.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- Once the flax egg has set, whisk in the almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla and orange zest.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the oat mixture and stir together until combined.
- Add in the diced apples and stir until combined.
- Scoop the mixture evenly into each muffin cup then place it on the middle rack of the oven.
- Bake the oatmeal cups for 20-25 minutes or until they are set.
- Remove the oatmeal cups from the muffin tin and let them cool on a wire rack.
- Serve the oatmeal cups as is or top them with maple syrup and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or dairy free yogurt.
- If you plan to freeze the oatmeal cups, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap then place them in a single layer in a freezer bag.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 238mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk. As always all opinions are my own.