I am so excited today because we’re kicking off our (almost) annual Pumpkin Week! We’ll be sharing a brand new healthy pumpkin-tastic recipe each day over the next five days. Today, we’re starting off with these meal prep darlings—Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups.
Pumpkin season is one of my favorite times of year to spend in the kitchen because I absolutely adore developing recipes with pumpkin. It is such a versatile and healthy ingredient. It can be sweet or savory, baked or raw. It can be used for dinner or, in this case, for an easy grab-and-go breakfast!
Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups are Meal Prep Friendly
Sometimes baking with oats can render a dry, cardboard-like texture, but not here! Thanks to the moistness of the pumpkin, these grab-and-go breakfast cups are tender and cakey.
Make sure to bake up a batch of these oatmeal cups during your weekly meal prep. They last in the fridge for up to five days, and will last in the freezer for much longer—up to three months. Eat them cold, at room temperature, or warmed in the microwave or toaster oven with a little bit of nut butter on top. Yum! They are great for breakfast or easy snacks. I really like pairing a baked oatmeal cup with a piece of fruit for an after-school snack for my kindergartener.
What Makes These Baked Oatmeal Cups So Great
The inspiration for these oatmeal cups came from me trying (and failing!) to recreate a bakery snack from my college days—oatcakes. I still haven’t achieved the perfect oatcakes I know and love (which is more of a soft granola bar texture), but along the way, I landed on this amazing baked oatmeal cup. It’s not an oatcake, but it is glorious all on its own!
These Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cups are soft, tender, and hearty—just like your favorite bowl of morning oatmeal! It’s just a whole lot more portable. (Have you ever tried to eat a bowl of oatmeal while driving? I have. It wasn’t pretty.)
These Baked Oatmeal Cups are Naturally Gluten-Free and Free From Refined Sugar
Grab yourself a bag of gluten-free rolled oats, and make up these baked oatmeal cups for you and all your gluten-avoiding friends. They are naturally gluten-free! These oatmeal cups are also naturally sweetened using maple syrup. They are just lightly sweet—so feel free to up the amount of maple syrup by a tablespoon or two if you like a sweeter oat cup.
Customize your Oatmeal Cups with Mix-Ins
I like these oatmeal cups just as they are, but if you’re looking to fancy it up a bit, feel free to fold your favorite oatmeal mix-ins into the batter. Chopped walnuts, raisins, and mini chocolate chips are all amazing!
Happy Pumpkin Season, friends. Enjoy!