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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

Ingredients

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  • 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
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    February 16, 2015 at 7:06 am

    these look wonderful, something i need to get on board with.

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 16, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Mmmm. You should totally make a bacon one 😉

  • Reply
    Lauren
    February 16, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Loving the addition of the hemp seeds – I try and whack those into loads of things for extra protein! These are going to be great for school snacks in 3 hour lectures boom!

  • Reply
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    February 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Whatever they’re called, they’re beautiful and sound delicious too!

  • Reply
    Mary Frances
    February 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    You know you’re a food blogger when recipe names stress you out! These are totally cups and they’re totally adorable. I’m darn glad you stuck with that protein powder because these are just what I need! Thanks for taking the pain out of baking with protein powder for the rest of us, you’re a dear Davida! 🙂

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    Shannon
    February 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    these sound fab! But I am wondering if you have any suggestions for egg & dairy free substitutions? I think I could use gelled chia seeds to sub eggs. Maybe coconut yogurt for the Greek yogurt? Maybe I just answered my own questions lol! I think I will try!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Muffies, cups, whateva… I’m loving these. The hemp seed addition is on point!!

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      Ellen Campbell
      June 8, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Just looking at your flourless chia cookies,- is there something else I can use instead of almond butter? I have a
      daughter allergic to all nuts, treenuts, peanuts. Thanks!

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    Miss Polkadot
    February 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Lucky us that you’re stubborn! I’ll admit I’d have been likely to give up after the first fail because I get discouraged when it comes to kitchen fails easily, Mostly because every failed dish has to be eaten and it’s just me around here. Imagine a whole not-at-all-tasty cake needing to be eaten when I’d rather go for a second trial …

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    She Rocks Fitness
    February 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Lately I have been ALL about green smoothies, because Greek yogurt has been making me feel super bloated…I just made a batch of Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats for the week, so that’ll be on the list too. I haven’t made muffins in FOREVER…Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Georgie
    February 15, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Love that you can so easily customize! It’s perfect for people like me who are cripplingly indecisive. NOW I CAN HAVE IT ALL.
    Totally going to make these for snacks when my Whole 30 is over <3

  • Reply
    Lee
    February 15, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I really hope. Some how. There are some of these left when I get in tonight!

  • Reply
    Madeline
    February 15, 2015 at 5:46 am

    These look so wonderful, and exactly the recipe I was hoping to find to make today so I can take these to work! I don’t have protein powder on hand, but will try Maca powder and see how they turn out 🙂

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