This is a variation of our healthy baked oatmeal cups base recipe. These peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups with chocolate chips are easy to make, provide loads of nutritious ingredients, and are a great breakfast item to grab on the run!
Must-Know Culinary Skills
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Culinary Tips for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cups
Microwave the peanut butter for 30 seconds to make mixing easier.
Whisk the peanut butter with the rest of the liquid ingredients and spices to guarantee no clumps, but don’t worry if you see small flecks of peanut butter. They will melt once cooked!
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.
The darker the muffin pan, the quicker the baked oatmeal cups will cook.
Serve warm or cold.
- Oats: old fashioned, rolled, or quick will all work. We don’t recommend using steel cut oats in this recipe.
- 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.
- 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.
- Honey: substitute agave, maple syrup, cane sugar, or brown sugar.
- Cinnamon: substitute pumpkin pie or apple pie spice.
- Vanilla extract: omit if not available.
- Chocolate chips: use mini, regular size, or chunks. We recommend dark chocolate for optimal nutrition.
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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 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!
Use these pieces of kitchen equipment for recipe success:
- Mixing Bowl
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Muffin Pan
- Silicone Baking Cups
Are Peanut Butter 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, and peanut butter.
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 are whole grains, making them rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Any variety of 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. (1, 2)
Learn about the different types of oats here!
Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health.
Oat Cup Serving Suggestions
Banana peanut butter 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
Store peanut butter banana oatmeal cups in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for 7 days.
Baked oatmeal cups are also easy to make ahead and freeze! We love wrapping them 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.
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Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 2 large ripe bananas (~1 cup mashed)
- 1 ½ cups milk or milk alternative
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray or line with muffin liners.
- Warm peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add peanut butter, milk or milk alternative, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Add oats and chocolate chips to banana mixture. Stir to combine.
- Using a ¼ cup measure, place a heaping scoop into each cup. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and edges are slightly brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy!