As Labor Day marks the unofficial start of fall, I can’t help but get a little excited about all things pumpkin and spice. Before I get in over my head though, I have been savoring these last glorious days of gorgeous weather here in Chicago. We are still putting our new bikes to the test riding around the city and even rented some kayaks to paddle along the Chicago River for the first time yesterday. So fun! These apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups were the perfect quick breakfast for fueling my end of summer activities.
The recipe for these apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups makes 6-7. Make a batch on the weekend for a simple grab and go breakfast you can eat throughout the week. These oatmeal cups are chock full of fiber to help you feel full all morning thanks to the oats, wheat germ, and apple. What is wheat germ? Wheat germ is the nutrient packed part of wheat that helps it germinate and form into a plant. Unfortunately, it is often removed when wheat is processed into white flour which means all those nutrients are lost too. The great thing about wheat germ is that it can easily be added to a variety of baked goods as well as smoothies, oats, cereal, yogurt, and more. Just 2 tablespoons of wheat germ provides 4 grams of protein, 20% of your RDA for both vitamin E and folic acid, and at least 10% of your daily needs for vitamin A, zinc, and phosphorus.
To serve, reheat the apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cup in the microwave for 30 seconds. Top with yogurt or almond milk, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can also eat them as is like you would a muffin. I’ll usually pair it with a piece of fruit or even a green smoothie. Either way, you’ll have a healthy, satisfying breakfast that you can take on-the-go. They are best stored in the refrigerator, but also freeze well too!Print
Arm yourself with a healthy breakfast option even when pressed for time in the morning by making a batch of these apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups over the weekend.
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup Kretschmer wheat germ
- 1 egg
- 1 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup shredded apple (~1 apple)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients listed above and stir well to combine.
- Grease a muffin tin. Divide oatmeal evenly between 6-7 muffin tins. (Fill to the top of the muffin cup.) Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top of oatmeal springs back when touched lightly with your finger.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from muffin tin.
- To serve, reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave and top with yogurt, milk, or maple syrup.