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Customizable Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups

January 25, 2019

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Customize, bake and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!This recipe nearly led to a nervous breakdown. It also led to the easiest, most-filling breakfast of all time, but a nervous breakdown nonetheless.

Protein powder and I have an odd relationship. We kind of like each other, don’t quite understand the purpose of one another and neither of us enjoy the process of baking together. And yet I still have it in my home at all times.

I’ve said in the past that I’m not a huge protein powder person. Our complicated relationship plays a huge role in that, but mostly I just don’t find myself needing it. I can almost always get enough protein from whole foods with every meal.

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!But with breakfast, I struggle. In the summer it isn’t so bad because I usually stick to fruit and greek yogurt or maybe a protein shake. But in the winter, I want ALL THE OATMEAL. But let’s be real oatmeal is only filling for about an hour…no matter how much peanut butter you top it with.

I want my oatmeal, and my protein and I want to eat it too.

So I set out on a mission to create a higher protein oatmeal that could easily be packed for breakfast on the go. Admittedly, I rarely eat breakfast on the go (unless it’s from my kitchen back into bed..) but at least 80000 of you have requested easy breakfast recipes that can be packed ahead of time and I’m certainly not complaining if I don’t have to stand over the stove in my pre-coffee phase so I happily obliged.

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!What resulted were these Customizable Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups. Round 1 was not my fav. They were a little tough, which is basically always my experience with baking with protein powder. I thought about turning the towel in but then I thought about all of your shinning faces, and I got back to work.

I’m kidding. I’m just too stubborn to quit.

Round two resulted in these babies which taste delightful but I can’t get over the fact that they kind of look like muffins.

If you’ve interacted with me in the last couple of days, you’ve probably been asked if they look like cups or muffins. I still can’t decide, but the thought was literally keeping me up at night so I had to flip a coin.

Cups it is! But whatever you want to call them, they are delicious, easy to make, ultra-customizable and pack a serious punch with 11 grams of protein in each cup.

How To Make Protein Oatmeal Cups

Baking these oatmeal cups is similar to making muffins with a few swaps to increase the protein. The main protein punch comes from whey protein powder and greek yogurt.

The rest is all pretty straight-forward with rolled oats as the base, cinnamon and sea salt for taste and eggs and applesauce to help bind the protein cups together.

The customization is really up to you. I offered a few suggestions below but feel free to mix-in your favorites. Make them your own!

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Customizable Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3 scoops protein powder (about 29 grams each)*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • toppings: chocolate chips, blueberries, peanut butter etc…

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, greek yogurt, coconut oil, honey and almond milk.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  5. Grease a muffin pan very well with coconut oil.
  6. Divide batter evenly among muffin tin.
  7. Stir in toppings of choice into each one.**
  8. Sprinkle hemp seeds evenly across cups.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes (mine took 18 minutes).
  10. Let cool for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  12. *These freeze well. I take two out in the morning and microwave it for 20-30 seconds.

I use North Coast Naturals 100% ISO Whey in Vanilla **I did one row with 2 T of chocolate chips, 1 row with 1/4 cup of blueberries and 1 row with 1 tsp of peanut butter drizzle on each cup.

Looking for a protein-packed breakfast you can make your own? These Customizable Protein Oatmeal Cups are healthy, have 11 grams of protein and are a great on-the-go breakfast for everyday #proteinpacked #oatmealcups

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  • Reply
    Janine
    August 12, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    These were delicious. I used vanilla premier protein powder 3 scoops, chobani plain greek yogurt, and instead of blueberries I used raisins and they Customizable oatmeal protein muffins turned out excellent, so delicious and yummy. In my fitness pal I added all the ingredients I used and it came to 191 calories each.

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    Jennifer
    October 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    What could you use to substitute for the almond milk (coconut milk?)? My daughter has a tree nut allergy. Thanks!

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    andi
    August 19, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Delicious! I substituted 2 ripe bananas for the applesauce and used mini chocolate chips. Mine need to bake for 30 minutes to become golden brown on top, but they are crazy good.

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      Andi
      August 19, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      I forgot to say that I also omit the honey because the bananas are sweet enough and my protein is actually a shake with some sweetness. I add the coconut oil last rather than with the wet ingredients because it hardened up when it hit the cold milk.

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    Yvette Heryford
    June 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Curious if you have a calorie count on these?

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    Paula
    May 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Am I just missing your nutritional info? I would really like to see that on your wonderful recipes!

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      Kristi
      July 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Exactly!! Kinda weird that you would be called the Healthy Maven and not have an Nutritional Info on the recipes….If I have to get it on my own I would make my own recipe 🙂 I guess that’s just me!! (and you, haha)

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    Haley
    February 25, 2019 at 11:04 am

    My favorite without no doubt is the peanut butter one.

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    Mary
    February 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    This recipe is absolutely amazing!! I ate 3 for breakfast and was completely full and satisfied until my lunch. Do you have the nutritional value for per each cup? Or at least the amount of calories in a cup? I appreciate it! Thank you 🙂

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    Destry L Maynard
    February 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Hi there. Do you have any nutritional values for these. I am diabetic and have to watch my sugars.

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    Kristin E
    January 20, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I made these today and was really disappointed after reading so many great reviews. I make oatmeal muffins all the time, but they aren’t the healthiest. I thought this would be a great, healthier alternative. I found them to be extremely dense and the center seemed almost slimy. I even tried to put butter on them but just couldn’t eat them, and my family didn’t like them either. This recipe might be too extreme of a switch, we probably need something that’s in between what I usually make and these. I really wanted to like them. 🙁

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    Rita
    January 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Is this a mini muffin pan or regular size muffin pan?

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    Julie
    November 10, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Do you know how much G protein is in each cup?
    Just made them for my son for easy breakfasts and they are a big hit! ?

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