Next to the overnight oats, I think these Baked Berry Oatmeal Cups are the easiest make-ahead breakfast out there! If I don’t have a plan, I’m a complete mess in the morning. I will run and grab anything that is in front of me and then I end up overeating. 🙁 Can anyone relate? Seriously, I become moody and irritable without a plan. Who knew that the lack of planning can play that much impact on your overall mood?
Baked Berry Oatmeal Cups
These oatmeal cups are not only the meal prepper’s best friend, but they are also nutritious and versatile. You can put virtually any fruit in them to bake each week. It is much more fun to have something different than having the same old breakfast every single morning. Let your imagination run wild here! I love a great “grab and go” breakfast!
The two I’m making are blueberry almond and blueberry, raspberry, white chocolate. I’m currently really loving blueberries so I tried to incorporate them into both of these baked oat cup recipes!
I made one batch of the oatmeal cups and divided them into two for the different toppings.
You can also split it up and fold in the berries rather than poking them in from the top, like I did in this recipe. Both ways work but I needed to poke from the top so you all could see what was in each cup! There are no steadfast rules here.
I do add a tad bit of sour cream to these. I learned that trick from Martha Stewart’s Banana Bread and fell in love. Ignore the ratings! This bread is to die for!! It is delicious!!! So I got hooked on adding a bit of sour cream to my baked goods and it really makes them moist!
How to Make Baked Oatmeal Cups?
These are easy to make and taste so good that you will want to add them into your breakfast rotation.
Combine the old fashioned oats, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in one bowl and stir.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, sour cream, honey and melted butter. You can see in the photo that part of my butter is not 100% melted and that is ok. It just needs to be really runny so it can mix into the dry ingredients without having separation.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix. Fill into muffin pans that have been well sprayed with nonstick spray and cook at 350 F for 18-20 minutes. When they come out of the oven, I like to slide a knife around all of them to loosen them up so they don’t stick to the pan. After about 5 minutes, I take them out and allow to cool on a rack. Remember to cool on the rack so that the cups will cool evenly.
Can I Freeze Berry Oatmeal Cups?
Once the oatmeal cups have cooled completely, place them on a baking sheet to place in the freezer for several hours to freeze. Remove from freezer and place in a freezer grade ziplock bag. To ensure that they won’t get frostbitten, you can also wrap them in foil or a cling wrap and then place in a ziplock bag.
They will stay fresh for 3-4 weeks.
To defrost, take them out of the freezer the night before to allow them to start to defrost. In the morning, place on a plate and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Depending on your individual microwave, you may need a bit more. Test after the 30 seconds to see.
Other Tasty Add-ins
- Pineapple, mangos and coconut
- Chocolate chips and coconut
- Chia seeds and fruit
- Mix in a bit of instant coffee to them. If you do this, add in a little bit of oranges and make it a “mocha valencia” version named after Starbucks drink!
- Mix in a bit of instant coffee and add chocolate chips for more of a mocha version.
- Strawberries and banana are natural combination
- Bananas and pecans for a banana bread flavor
- Layer peanut butter and jelly in the center for a PBJ version
The options here are really endless and I hope you get the idea that you can do anything and to have fun making these!
Can I Use Muffin Liners?
I don’t suggest it. When you spray the muffin cups you are helping to create that crispy outside exterior you see in the photos. If you chose to use the muffin liners, you would lose that. Just remember to spray generously.
Can I Substitute a Different Milk?
Absolutely! We love making our own almond milk and coconut milk as they are both so creamy mixed with oats. This time, we chose to use regular 2% milk to show that it will come out perfectly using a dairy milk. But those that love the nut milks out there, we are with you! Go ahead and use them with no concerns in this recipe.
How to Meal Prep These?
Baked oatmeal cups are fantastic for meal prep. Make them on a Sunday and they will keep until Friday in a ziplock bag. Separate them into smaller bags for a grab-and-go from the refrigerator. Heat them up for 30 seconds in the microwave for a warm and filling breakfast.
Easy Baked Berry Oatmeal Cups
- 3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbs honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbs baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup berries blueberries and raspberries
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray muffin pan with cooking spray or use muffin liners.
- Combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir.
- Combine the honey, vanilla, 2 eggs, milk, sour cream and butter into a bowl. Stir.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Gently add the berries so you don’t crush them.
- Divide into 12 muffin cups evenly.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, depending on your oven. Check at 18 minutes first and add a minute or two, as needed.