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Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips & Almonds

These banana baked oatmeal cups are easy to make, provide loads of nutritious ingredients, and are a great breakfast item to grab on the run!
banana baked oatmeal cups

This is a variation of our healthy baked oatmeal cups base recipe. These banana baked oatmeal cups are easy to make, provide loads of nutritious ingredients, and are a great breakfast item to grab on the run!

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Culinary Tips for Banana Oat Muffins

Use ripe bananas for sweetness and texture. If your bananas are still yellow with green tips, and you really want to make this recipe, try roasting them! Roast with the peel on, then allow to cool slightly before removing. You can also microwave them to soften, but note that the flavor won’t be quite as sweet. Microwave with the peel off for best results.

When you mix all of the ingredients together, some liquid will pool at the bottom of the bowl. Try to evenly distribute it when portioning. You might scoop the oats and then pour any remaining liquid on top of the cups.

Toast the nuts for a more complex flavor.

The darker the muffin pan, the quicker the baked oatmeal cups will cook.

Serve baked banana nut oatmeal cups warm or cold.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Bananas: substitute equal parts unsweetened applesauce, mashed sweet potato, or pumpkin puree.
  • Milk or Milk Alternative: use any milk or milk alternative of your choice. We have used cow’s milk, cashew milk, soy milk, and almond milk, and all yielded great results. We recommend plain varieties to reduce added sugars.
  • Honey: substitute agave, maple syrup, cane sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.
  • Almond Extract: substitute or add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Oats: old fashioned, rolled, or quick all work. We don’t recommend using steel cut oats in this recipe.
  • Almonds: substitute peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or any other nut/seed of your choice. Use toasted nuts for best flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips: use mini, regular size, or chunks. We recommend dark chocolate for best nutrition.

Recipe Variations

Add cup of peanut butter to the batter to make peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups.

Want to make vegan baked banana oatmeal cups? Substitute the honey for another sweetener, use a dairy-free milk alternative, and use vegan chocolate chips.

Add a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, apple pie spice, nutmeg, or cardamom for a touch of spice.

Need some oat cup recipe inspiration?

Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out some of our favorite baked oatmeal cups variations!

  • Bananas: substitute equal parts unsweetened applesauce, mashed sweet potato, or pumpkin puree.
  • Peanut Butter: any nut butter will work in this recipe, but they just won’t be peanut butter oat cups anymore! Look for no sugar added and low sodium natural varieties. Creamy and crunchy are both great options.
  • Milk or Milk Alternative: use any milk or milk alternative of your choice. We have used cow’s milk, cashew milk, soy milk, and almond milk, and all yielded great results. We recommend plain varieties to reduce added sugars.
  • Honey: substitute agave, maple syrup, cane sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract: omit if not available.
  • Cinnamon: substitute pumpkin pie or apple pie spice. 
  • Oats: old fashioned, rolled, or quick oats all work. We don’t recommend using steel cut oats in this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips: use mini, regular size, or chunks. We recommend dark chocolate for best nutrition.

Peanut Butter Oat Cup Variations

Add toasted pecans, almonds, or roasted peanuts to the mix or sprinkle raw nuts on top.

Add a dash of ginger, nutmeg, or cardamom for a touch more spice. 

Need some baked oatmeal cup recipe inspiration?

Check out our baked oatmeal cups base recipe to learn how to create this recipe to your taste. Or try out some of our favorite variations!

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Are Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups Healthy?

Yes! These homemade oatmeal cups are a great way to start your morning or are a healthy snack. This recipe features bananas, oats, almonds, and dark chocolate.

Bananas

Bananas contain prebiotic fiber, vitamins, and minerals – important for digestion, steady energy, and metabolism. Greenish bananas are firm and higher in prebiotic fiber. Brownish bananas are soft and higher in natural sugar, making them a bit sweeter.

Oats

Oats are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Carbohydrates are important for energy and focus. 

Almonds

Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Almonds in particular are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health.

Dark Chocolate

Cocoa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The darker, the better. Dark chocolate chips are usually at least 60%, but look for versions with higher cocoa solid percentages for even more nutrition!

Baked Oatmeal Cups Serving Suggestions

Banana baked oatmeal cups are a great on-the-go breakfast. Pair with nut butter, a smoothie, Greek yogurt, or eggs for an added protein boost. Oatmeal cups are also a great addition to a packed lunch, a satisfying treat, or an energizing pre- or post-workout snack.

How to Store Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked oatmeal cups will store in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for 7 days.

We also love wrapping these banana oatmeal muffins individually in plastic wrap, dropping them in a freezer bag, and storing them in the freezer (for up to three months) for busy mornings. Thaw overnight or defrost in the microwave for easy oatmeal cups to go!

Looking for more healthy whole grain recipes?

Try out these other base recipes, and always, have fun customizing to your taste!

Whole Grain Pancakes Base Recipe

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

Whole Wheat Muffins Base Recipe

Stovetop Oatmeal Base Recipe

Homemade Granola Base Recipe

banana baked oatmeal cups

Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips & Almonds

This is a variation of our healthy baked oatmeal cups base recipe. These banana baked oatmeal cups are easy to make, provide loads of nutritious ingredients, and are a great breakfast item to grab on the run!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 oat cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large ripe bananas (~1 cup mashed)
  • 1 ½ cups milk or milk alternative
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add milk, honey, and almond extract. Whisk to combine.
  • Add oats, almonds, and chocolate chips to wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Use a ¼ cup measure to place a heaping scoop into each cup. Bake 18-20 minutes or until set and edges are slightly brown.
  • Allow oatmeal cups to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy!

Notes

The darker the muffin pan, the quicker the baked oatmeal cups will cook.
Keyword Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

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