Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cups made with old-fashioned oats, diced apples, and yummy spices. This grab-and-go breakfast is a delicious fall treat.
I am always looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas to help us get out the door in the mornings. We love our homemade pancakes on the weekend but, on busy school mornings, grab-and-go is the name of the game.
My kiddos are big fans of small batch chocolate chip muffins and Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, and in the fall I like to make them these simple cinnamon apple oatmeal cups. It’s like baked oatmeal in individual servings.
Another great thing about these apple cinnamon oatmeal cups is that I typically have all of the ingredients on hand. I use almond milk to keep them dairy free, but you can substitute for your favorite milk or milk alternative.
For this recipe, you will need:
- old-fashioned oats
- large apple
- pure maple syrup
- almond milk
- apple pie spice
- baking powder
- vanilla extract
Apple Pie Spice
Apple pie spice is really easy to make yourself. I generally have all of the fall spices already on hand for my other seasonal favorites like pumpkin bars, chai applesauce, and homemade pumpkin pie. You can also purchase pre-made apple pie spice or substitute 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and a 1/4 tsp all spice for in these oatmeal cups. You could also use pumpkin pie spice for a similar flavor.
Mix up a batch of your own fall spices and use it in these yummy apple recipes:
Delicious Apple Recipes
- Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Caramel Apple Dip
- Chai Spiced Applesauce
- Apple Compote French Toast
- Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
- Slow Cooked Pecan Spiced Apples
- Pumpkin Apple Butter
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Applesauce
How to Make Oatmeal Cups
This recipe is perfect for busy mornings. The hardest part is chopping up the apple, after that it’s a one-bowl wonder. I use this large cookie scoop to portion my oatmeal cups into the muffin tin.
- Combine all ingredients except diced apples and mix well.
- In a well-greased cupcake tin, fill each cup fully.
- Top with apples and press slightly into each cup. Sprinkle with course sugar if desired.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
- Enjoy on their own or with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Substitutions and Suggestions
- I use almond milk to keep these dairy free, but you can also use cow’s milk or another milk alternative.
- Eggs can be substituted for flax-seed eggs or any egg substitution.
- For a different flavor profile, use maple or almond extract instead of the vanilla.
- Sprinkle coarse sugar on the tops for a little extra sweetness – I love this trick for bakery style muffins.
- For more of an apple flavor throughout, stir the apples into the oatmeal mixture before filling the cupcake tin.
More Delicious Oatmeal Recipes
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 large apple diced (about 1 cup)
- ½ cup applesauce
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 ½ cup almond milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except diced apples. Mix until incorporated. (Mixture may seem runny, this is normal.)
- In a well-greased cupcake tin, fill each cup fully. All of the mixture should be used.
- Once all the cups are filled, sprinkle a generous amount of apples onto the tops of each filled cup.
- Slightly press the apples into the mixture. Follow up with coarse sugar if you’d like for a crunch and extra sweetness.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees. Oatmeal cups should be a golden brown color.
- Enjoy on their own or with a little maple syrup!
- You can use another milk alternative or cow’s milk instead of almond milk.
- See notes in the post about substituting apple pie spice.