Looking to switch up your meal prep routine this fall? Try these baked pumpkin oatmeal cups! Quick and easy to make and kid-friendly for lunch boxes.
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I know you’re a huge fan of baked oatmeal cups. Aren’t you? I mean, the chocolate chip banana ones I shared a few months ago are pretty popular here on Savory Nothings.
I know I only just told you about the blackberry cobbler ones too, but now that Labor Day is over and we can all wear sweaters and boots and put pumpkin spice over everything, I couldn’t keep this baked pumpkin oatmeal a secret any longer.
You’ll need them this fall because they will make your life so much easier.
Every morning you’re running late. Every time you don’t know what to tuck into that lunch box (because, ugh, how can you be out of bread again?!).
And every single time you have kids whining because they’re SO hungry, and you need something filled with good energy pretty much on the spot.
Make a double batch and tuck them away in the freezer alongside a stash of both pumpkin waffles and pumpkin pancakes – you’ll have some on hand all season long for each and every scenario I just described.
Don’t overbake them
They’ll still be a bit soft when you take them out of the oven, but the oats keep soaking up some liquid as they cool.
If you bake them until they’re very firm, they’ll be dry once they’re cooled. They should be set, but not too firm to the touch to be perfect.
Either use no liners or silicone liners
Paper liners aren’t too good with these I’ve found.
I usually stick to no liners, but if you like to add a pop of color and something to prevent them from getting totally squished in a lunch box, you can use some silicone liners.
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Use whatever add-ins you like
I love making them with pecans or walnuts for myself and my husband, but if I make them for my preschooler and one year old I typically leave them out.
I hear miniature chocolate chips are pretty delicious instead, but you could also go plain or use cranberries (which are pretty delicious in regular pumpkin oatmeal as well)… Whatever you and your kids love.
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups oats
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, miniature chocolate chips, cranberries…
- Heat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan with silicone liners OR by slightly greasing them.
- Whisk together the pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil, maple syrup, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl.
- Fold in the oats and chopped nuts.
- Evenly distribute the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until set. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.