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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
    Lisa
    May 25, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Ive tried to find nutritional info for these muffins , I other than 11grams of protein each , could you tell us how many calories, fat, carbohydrate ,sugar levels?

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    MSUcarol
    May 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I am really loving your recipes, but why you don’t include the nutritional info. with them?

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    stacie
    April 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I am wondering what the T means?
    2 T of coco oil and hemp seeds?
    whats a T?

  • Reply
    Liz
    March 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love food that can be made in easy to handle form for eating on the go!

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    Cat
    February 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I hear you on the protein powder relationship! like to think I have a kind of booty-call relationship with it. Sometimes, it takes my fancy, but I won’t have it again for a week or two.

    On a less x-rated note, I love the look of these! Can you be diplomatic and call ’em cuffins?

    Probably not because that’s a stupid word…

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    February 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Yum! I love keeping little bites and muffins like this in the freezer for a quick snack or breakfast!

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    Lucy
    February 19, 2015 at 3:53 am

    First attempt at these didn’t go to plan after leaving them in the oven for 25 minutes to long. A little black and crispy!! Second go and they are DELICIOUS! Thanks!

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    Heather
    February 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    These are by far the best muffins I have made. I susbititued the dairy with the solid coconut milk on the top of the can, and used applesauce in place of the coconut oil – they are super duper yummy! Must freeze or I will eat them all 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I have s complicated relationship with protein powder too- mostly my stomach hates it! But these look delicious 🙂

    Also, just realizing I missed the meet up! I didn’t get the emails confirming when it was and I guess I spaced on checking in about it 🙁 if you plan another one though please count me in!

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    Charlotte
    February 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

    These look amazing!
    Could you recommend a substitute for the applesauce? It’s tricky to get hold of here in the UK!
    I was thinking maybe half a small banana or an egg?

    Thanks!

    Charlotte

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      Danielle
      March 10, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Make your own applesauce! It’s so much easier than you think 🙂

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    Consuelo | Honey & Figs
    February 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Call ’em what you want, they actually look delicious (and super cute!). I’m not one to have breakfast on the go either, but I would happily accept to have a couple of these under laying in bed under my blanket (is there any other way to have breakfast or?)… they sound SO good!
    Have a nice week gal! xxx

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    Julia
    February 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I’ve never baked with protein powder and I’m so glad you troubleshooted the whole thing for me, because these breakfast cups look marvelous! And I LOVE how customizable they are. Just brilliant, girl! So glad all of your efforts panned out. 😀

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