These Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups are naturally sweetened and packed with fibre, flavour and even protein! Perfect for an easy and healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack during the week!
It's come to my attention that so many people are still skipping breakfast. Now as someone who goes to bed dreaming of breakfast and wakes up starving I will never understand how people can function without a meal in the morning.
BUT I do completely understand that mornings can be hectic! A typical morning in my house includes people running around trying to pack lunches, make coffee and grab whatever they can in the fridge for breakfast.
Which is why I have come to LOVE easy, make ahead breakfast options.
These Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups are definitely my new favourite breakfast. They are so easy to make, require only a few ingredient you probably already have in your kitchen AND they taste just like the moist, flavourful banana bread you grew up eating.
I have no time for breakfast, how can I start meal prepping?
This is a question I get asked ALL the time. People always say "if I don't have time for breakfast how are these breakfast ideas helpful?" To which my answer is always: meal prepping! Believe me, I am not a meal planning/ meal prepping person. I find the idea of spending time making food I won't actually be able to eat yet very sad. HOWEVER I do think it can be such a time saver especially for breakfast!
If you are looking to start meal prepping my biggest advice would be to start small! You don't need to prep every single meal for the week. Chances are if you try to do that you will get overwhelmed and never want to meal prep again. Personally I love choosing one breakfast option to prep every week because I know for me breakfasts are when I usually have the least time to make food.
That is why these Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups are PERFECT. All you need is one bowl and 10 minutes of preparation time and then you can do whatever you want while these bake. Once they're done just pop them in the fridge or freezer for the easiest breakfast on busy mornings.
Now that I've convinced you to make these oatmeal banana chocolate chip muffins. The next question I normally get asked is: "but is one oatmeal cup really enough for breakfast?"
Personally I love eating two of these Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups, warmed up with a little butter and a side of yogurt. I find this is the perfect breakfast to fuel me through the morning, plus it's a quick and easy balanced breakfast.
Other ways I like to enjoy my oatmeal cups:
- Crumbled on yogurt or a smoothie bowl
- Topped with peanut butter
- With a side of fruit
- One cup as a great on-the-go snack
What ingredients do I need for these Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups?
Silicone baking cups- Although these aren't *technically8 an ingredient I always recommend using silicone baking cups! Not only does your batter not stick to them, they are also environmentally friendly and can be reused! You can find my favourite ones here!
Oats- Quick, minute or rolled! Any oats will work for these oats cups.
Collagen Powder- I have a stash of collagen powder that I love adding to breakfast recipes like this one for a little protein boost! However it is totally not necessary another option is vanilla protein powder or an equal amount of oat flour or additional oats!
Cinnamon: For that warm, comforting flavour we all know and love in our favourite banana bread.
Eggs- I use a full egg for these oatmeal banana chocolate chip muffins. This helps to find together the oats with the spices and other dry ingredients. If you are vegan or are unable to consume eggs feel free to substitute with a flax egg. You can make a flax egg by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoon water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes.
Banana- Natural sweetness and a moist texture are what the addition of bananas adds to these banana bread oatmeal cups (not to mention you can't have banana bread without bananas! If you are a banana hater try these apple pie oatmeal cups instead!
Peanut Butter- I use peanut butter because I love it HOWEVER any nut or seed butter will work! Just be warned the taste may SLIGHTLY be changed depending on the flavour of your choice.
Maple Syrup- I chose to use maple syrup in these baked oatmeal cups because it's what we had on hand and I like the subtle maple touch it brings. However I have tested these banana bread oatmeal cups with honey and they turned out perfectly as well!
Chocolate Chips- I personally believe no banana bread is complete without chocolate chips. Which is why I HAD to add chocolate chips to these. However they are optional if you aren't a 'chocolate in the morning' type of person.
Additional mix ins: dried coconut, chopped pecans or walnuts would all be AMAZING in these!
PS. I love seeing my recipes in action! If you decide to make these Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups don't forget to share them with me on Instagram- @nourishedbynic or leave a comment below!
Banana Bread Oatmeal Cups
- 2.5 cups oats
- ¼ cup collagen *see substitutions below
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 cup milk
- 1 medium banana mashed
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 12 cavity muffin tin.
- In a large mixing bowl combine oats, collagen, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add in your maple syrup, milk, mashed banana, peanut butter and egg and stir well. Add your chocolate chips and mix once more.
- Divide your batter evenly among the cavities of your muffin tin (recipe should make about 12 baked oatmeal cups). *I typically pour about ¼ cup of batter into each cavity.
- Bake for about 24-27 minutes or until the top is brown.