Hi friends! It’s about time I published a non-workout post (I think this is the first one in January–what the what?!). Baked oatmeal cups are a great option if you’re looking to prep a breakfast that you can have on hand to eat all week (these never last a whole week in my apartment though–Joe eats like 6 a day haha). Apple + cinnamon is one of my favorite oatmeal flavor combos and I just love how the soft, baked apples in these contrast with the crunch of the toasted pecans on top. You can totally omit the nuts though if that’s not your thing.
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 apples, peeled and chopped
- (optional) Crushed pecans for topping -- you can also use almonds
- Place 1 cup of the oats in a food processor or blender until you have an oat flour. This step is optional but I find the texture of the cups is less crumbly when you do this.
- Mix together the dry ingredients in a big bowl (oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder). Stir in the almond milk and set the bowl aside to soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Peel, core and chop the apples. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup and apple sauce.
- Once the oats have soaked, mix in the wet ingredients and apples.
- Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased muffin tin (I spray with olive oil). 1/4 cup per cup is perfect. Press crushed pecans on top of each if you're going to add the nuts.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
With the leftovers, I store them in an airtight container and when I want to enjoy one, I'll reheat in a toaster oven instead of the microwave. I recommend cutting them in half first and then heating so that they warm all the way through. My boyfriend enjoys eating them cold though so test it out!
And before I end this post and send you off to enjoy what’s left of your weekend, I wanted to highlight an old recipe that I recently gave a little photography makeover. This Apple Feta Quinoa Salad is great on its own or as a healthy side dish (add a filet of your favorite fish on top and voila!).