A Simple Meal Prep Breakfast Staple!
Ever feel like you’re too busy in the morning to make time for breakfast? It’s so easy to get in the rut of grabbing a coffee and bar to go, or even skipping breakfast. But eating a poor breakfast (or no breakfast at all) can lead to energy crashes mid-afternoon and increased hunger throughout the day.
This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is great because it can be quickly prepped in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Plus, this recipe is full of nutritious ingredients that your body will love! After eating this you will feel satisfied, refreshed, and have the proper amount of energy to get you through whatever the day has in store. Continue reading to learn more about this sweet breakfast treat!
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used unsweetened cashew milk)
- 1 large egg beaten
- 4 tbsp maple syrup more for extra sweetness
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana mashed
- 1 apple chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins optional
- 4 scoops collagen peptides or unflavored protein powder of choice optional
- Toppings of choice: Greek yogurt, maple syrup, nut butter, or chopped nut
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 8×8 inch baking dish with olive oil spray.
- Mix all dry ingredients (old fashioned oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and collagen peptides) in 8×8 inch baking dish.
- Add milk, beaten egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, mashed banana, apple, and optional raisins. Stir to combine. Scrape the edges to release any dry pieces. Mix well.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the center appears set.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice including Greek yogurt, maple syrup, nut butter, or chopped nuts.
- Meal prepping in advance? Enjoy cold or heat up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Serve with toppings of choice, listed above.
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Plain oatmeal to me is what a blank canvas is to an artist…bland and unfinished. There are SO many different combinations of ingredients you can add to oatmeal depending on the time of year, flavor cravings, and your mood. Need some mix-in and topping ideas? See below and after experimenting I’d love to hear your favorite combo!
- Fruit (frozen or fresh): The options are endless here. Berries, sliced banana, diced apples, diced pears, sliced peaches, and cherries are my personal favorites.
- Nuts and seeds: These healthy fats help keep you full while also providing a source of fiber. Sliced almonds, pistachios, chopped walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and so much more. They help give oatmeal an extra “crunch” and change in texture.
- Nut butter: My personal favorite topping of choice! When picking a nut butter, look for one that is mostly made out of just the nuts. My go-to’s are peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. Allergic to tree nuts? Swap out one of these for a sunflower butter!
- Extracts/spices: These can help give oatmeal more of a “sweet” taste without adding a lot of sugar. My personal favorites to add are almond extract, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. But don’t let me stop you there! Feel free to get creative by adding nutmeg, ground cloves, or more creative extracts such as coffee or chocolate.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt can add extra creaminess to your oatmeal while also providing a great source of protein! Try to stick with plain Greek yogurt to avoid any unwanted added sugars. You’ll get enough flavor from the other mix ins above, I promise!
- Protein powder or Collagen Peptides: I personally like to stick with an unflavored protein powder to help avoid the “chalkiness” that many protein powders provide. Unflavored collagen peptides are a fan favorite because they mix well in both cold or hot foods/beverages.
- Step One: Lightly coat an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Step Two: Mix all “dry” ingredients together in baking dish.
- Step Three: Add in “wet” ingredients and mix well.
- Step Four: Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until the center appears set.
- Step Five: Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice including Greek yogurt, maple syrup, nut butter, or chopped nuts.
Meal prepping in advance?
Enjoy cold or heat up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Serve with toppings of choice, listed above.
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