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Meal Prep Friendly Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups


The classic apple cinnamon oatmeal flavor combo shines in these meal prep friendly baked oatmeal cups. They are slightly sweet, filling and with a smear of nut butter, the perfect breakfast on the go. 

If you could pick one oatmeal flavor, what would it be? 

For me, it’s always apple cinnamon oatmeal. Probably because it reminds me of one of my favorite desserts – apple pie. There is nothing better than apples cooked down in cinnamon with a touch of maple syrup. The sauteed apples become sweeter and the maple syrup thickens to a decadent sauce. 


One of my favorite morning activities on the weekend is to make apple cinnamon oatmeal by sauteing apples, cinnamon and maple syrup, then adding it to slow-cooked oatmeal. 

It’s like a steamy bowl of cozy fall that comforts you as you start your day. 

Not every morning allows for this slower routine, so we are turning the classic dish into meal prep friendly oatmeal cups! 

This recipe calls for all of the same ingredients that you would use for a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal, but we’re letting the oven do most of the work. Plus, bake it once and you’ve got a healthy breakfast on hand for the week. 

apple cinnamon oatmeal cups ingredients

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Of course, you could freeze these meal prep friendly baked apple cinnamon oatmeal cups to have as backup when you need them, too. 

For the apple filling, you could either add everything into the bowl at once, or you could take a few extra minutes and saute the apples ahead of time. To do this, heat a little bit of coconut oil in a pan, add the apples and saute until softened, then add the spices and maple syrup and continue cooking until slightly thickened. 


When ready to eat, warm the baked apple cinnamon oatmeal cups in the microwave and top with a smear of nut butter for a little extra protein and healthy fats.

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Meal Prep Friendly Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This meal prep friendly version of a classic oatmeal flavor pairing needs to be on next week’s menu plan: Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups. They are slightly sweet, filling, and with a smear of nut butter, the perfect no-cook breakfast. 


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, ground flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir to combine. Add the almond milk, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well. Fold in the diced apple. 
  3. Evenly divide the oatmeal mixture among 12 muffin cups that have been lightly greased with cooking spray. Top with extra apple pieces and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and the oatmeal cups spring back when touched. 
  4. Allow the oatmeal cups to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to a few months. 


To bring out the flavors even more, saute the apples in a little bit of coconut oil, then add the cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Continue cooking until slightly thickened. 


  • Calories: 118
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 88mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

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5 Responses

  1. This recipe is so delicious!! It makes me feel like it’s fall even though it’s 90 degrees… so so good!

    1. Hi Veronica, great question! The role of the flaxseed in this recipe is to act as a binder, as it works to absorb moisture and help the muffin stick together. If you don’t have flaxseed and eat eggs, you can replace with 1 egg. Or, you can use equal parts chia seeds if you have these on hand. Otherwise, you can try leaving it out! The almond flour doesn’t do a very good job of absorbing liquid, so it probably won’t be the best substitute here.

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