Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups

These baked pumpkin oatmeal cups are the perfect solution for busy mornings. Make a batch during your weekly meal prep and eat them throughout the week!

If you’ve been following EBF for a while you’ll know that I’m in love with all things pumpkin and tend to go crazy for all the pumpkin flavored/scented stuff this time of year. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin soap, all the healthy pumpkin recipes! If it has pumpkin in the name, I’ll probably like it.

Three baked pumpkin oatmeal cups on a plate. Oatmeal cups are topped with walnuts and chocolate chips.

Anyhow, I’ve already gone through two cans of pumpkin this month (for pumpkin protein bars and pumpkin oatmeal) so I’ve decided it’s time for another pumpkin recipe.

My latest pumpkin creation is a remake of one of my favorite on-the-go breakfast recipes, these baked oatmeal cups. I used my base recipe as my guide, tweaked it a little and came up with a delicious pumpkin flavored version that’s studded with chocolate chips.

Four baked pumpkin oatmeal cups on a plate and one on the table next to the plate. Oatmeal cups are topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

What’s great about this recipe is that you can dress up the oatmeal cups just the way you like them, similar to a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal.

I actually made three different versions — one with walnuts, one with raisins and one with dark chocolate chips. All three paired really well with the pumpkin spice flavor and now that I think about it, I could have just included all three mix-ins in the cups for a fully loaded version.

These baked oatmeal cups taste just like a batch of thick, chewy oats to me. Isaac doesn’t really eat oatmeal and he said that they remind him of kugel. I would have to agree with that as well. Either way, they’re good and perfect for a quick breakfast on-the-go. Since they’ve already been baked, all you have to do is grab one and run out the door. Another added benefit… you can freeze baked oatmeal cups too. I’m going to make a batch to freeze so I can have them on hand when the baby arrives.

Bowl with mixture of the baked pumpkin oatmeal cups. Mixture includes pumpkin, oatmeal, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

Key Ingredients in Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups

  • old fashioned oatmeal – make sure you get old fashioned oats and not quick oats!
  • pumpkin pie spice – you can make your own using my recipe, but most grocery stores carry pumpkin pie spice as well.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – I like using almond milk in my baked oatmeal recipes, but any milk works
  • canned pumpkin – make sure the ingredient list is just pumpkin… don’t accidentally grab pumpkin pie filling because it has sugar added
  • pecans or walnuts
  • chocolate chips or raisins – I obviously prefer chocolate chips, but you can also add raisins. Either (or both!) are great!

Four baked pumpkin oatmeal cups on a plate. Oatmeal cups are topped with walnuts and chocolate chips.

How to Make Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F, prep your muffin pan by lining with paper or silicone cupcake liners. I have the silicone liners and love them!

In a bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: the oats, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk your wet ingredients together: the pumpkin puree, egg whites , vanilla, coconut oil and stevia. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in the almond milk and stir until combined. Gently stir in the mix-ins of your choice and then scoop the mix into the muffin cups! Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing from the muffin pan.

For the vegan version, you’ll want to make 2 flax eggs by combining 2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 Tablespoons of water. Let it gel up and then add it into the wet mixture instead of the liquid egg whites. Also, just be sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free or use raisins.

For serving, I like to cut the cups in half and heat them in the toaster oven so they crisp up a tiny bit. I prefer to serve them warm but they’re delicious at any temperature, especially with a spread of almond or peanut butter.

More Pumpkin Recipes to Try:

If you try these baked pumpkin oatmeal cups please be sure to leave a comment with a star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Four baked pumpkin oatmeal cups on a plate and one on the table next to the plate. Oatmeal cups are topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Description

These pumpkin oatmeal cups make on-the-go oatmeal so easy! The pumpkin spice flavor is delicious and perfect for fall.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ⅓ cup liquid egg whites (or 2 flax eggs)*
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup*
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (use dairy-free chocolate chips for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl mix together oats, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together pumpkin, egg whites, vanilla, coconut oil and maple syrup until combined.
  4. Dump dry ingredients into wet ingredients; mix well. Pour in almond milk and stir until combined.
  5. Gently stir in your mix-ins (pecans, walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips).
  6. Scoop mixture evenly into muffin cups using a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Batter should fill 9-10 muffin cups.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the center of each baked oatmeal cup is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about one hour before removing from muffin pan. The oatmeal cups will set as they cool and if you try to remove them from the pan too soon, they will fall apart.
  8. Store cups in a sealed ziplock bag in the refrigerator (for a week or so) or freezer (for 2-3 months). If you freeze them, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in a toaster oven or microwave for 30 seconds the next morning.
  9. To serve, I like to cut them in half, reheat in the toaster oven and spread on a layer of almond butter. They can also be eaten at room temperature or straight from the fridge. They’re tasty at pretty much any temperature!

Notes

  • For vegan cups: make the flaxseed eggs, whisk together 2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 Tablespoons of water. Set aside to gel and use this instead of the egg whites. And be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips or raisins.
  • If you don’t have egg whites and want to use large eggs, use 2 large eggs instead of the 1/3 cup of egg whites.
  • For lower sugar cups: use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla liquid stevia instead of the maple syrup.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 185
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 5g

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    73 comments
    1. Lisa
      November 10, 2020 AT 8:39 pm

      Can these be stored at room temperature?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 10, 2020 AT 9:56 pm

        Yes, they’ll last about 3-4 stored at room temp.

    2. SommerAnn
      November 7, 2020 AT 10:30 am

      One of my favorite pumpkin recipes! I love how easy they are to grab for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 7, 2020 AT 7:22 pm

        So glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Sommer! 🙂

    3. K
      October 28, 2020 AT 8:24 am

      So easy to make and so good!!!!

    4. Maria
      October 25, 2020 AT 6:27 am

      Hi there I want to make these not sure how much of the pumpkin puree I need, I know it says I can but I have two different sizes of these.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2020 AT 12:05 am

        Hey Maria – It says 1 cup of pumpkin puree. 🙂

    5. Sarah
      October 19, 2020 AT 4:46 pm

      My batter came out really thin (I think my pumpkin pure must be more liquidy?) and so I only added 1.5 cups of almond milk. And the batter because crazy thin! I should have stopped at 1 cup milk. So I added another 1/4 cup oats. They ended up making 16 muffins and I cooked them for just over 25 minutes. Turned out great! Probably could have left them in for a minute longer, but I’m leaving them out in the kitchen to dry out a bit before I store them in the fridge.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 20, 2020 AT 2:09 pm

        It’s possible your pumpkin puree could have been more liquidy. This batter is definitely supposed to be a bit more liquidy than normal batter, but either way I’m glad these oatmeal cups turned out for you, Sarah. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    6. Kari
      October 14, 2020 AT 8:13 pm

      These turned out delicious!! So moist. I didn’t have almond milk so I used coconut milk (from the can) and they still came out great. I also used eggs instead of egg whites.
      Thanks for the recipe, this is one of my favorite go to pages to find new things to try!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2020 AT 2:34 am

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Kari. I’m so glad these pumpkin cups were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    7. Vanessa
      September 16, 2020 AT 7:26 pm

      Mine came out a bit like mushy. Is this how they are suppose to be? I guess oatmeal like texture?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 16, 2020 AT 8:24 pm

        They definitely shouldn’t be mushy. Did you change anything about the recipe? They might have just needed a few more minutes to cook.

    8. Katie
      August 22, 2020 AT 10:31 am

      Another wonderful recipe by EBF! I made these as a staple for my mornings throughout the week and they did not disappoint. I would toast them in the toaster oven and serve warm with cashew butter on top! Unsure what I did but I ended up with a lot more batter than the recipe said I would – but they were wonderful regardless!

    9. lex
      April 6, 2020 AT 2:12 pm

      Hey, all i have right now is quick oats 🙁 would the recipe not work if I used that instead?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2020 AT 10:37 pm

        Hey Lex! Yes, you can use quick oats! 🙂

    10. Taylor C
      January 4, 2020 AT 5:51 pm

      I found this site on Instagram and have been making these oatmeal cups for weeks! I don’t keep pumpkin spice on hand so I just make my own with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice (same thing). I also buy chia for many things so I use them instead of flax and they still come out great! Great recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2020 AT 12:34 pm

        Yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Taylor. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    11. Victoria Helle
      November 18, 2019 AT 2:07 pm

      Hi! Do you think i could add some plant based vanilla protein powder to this?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 19, 2019 AT 2:31 pm

        Hi Victoria, I think that would be just fine. Depending on how much protein powder you add you might need to add more liquid. Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

    12. Don Schuldes
      November 1, 2019 AT 3:36 am

      Love this recipe gonna make these tonight, thanks for the great recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2019 AT 4:08 pm

        Woo-hoo! So glad you enjoy this recipe, Don. 🙂

    13. laura kasha
      October 14, 2019 AT 3:16 pm

      what can be substituted for egg whites? Flax or chia seed egg sub?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 15, 2019 AT 1:10 am

        Hi Laura! I would use flax or chia seed eggs in place of the egg whites. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (or ground chia seeds) with 6 tablespoons of water, let “gel” up for 5-10 minutes and then add to recipe at the same time you would normally add the egg whites. Let me know how it turns out for you!

    14. Sonia
      October 14, 2019 AT 8:56 am

      Can I use whole eggs instead of egg whites?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2019 AT 9:00 am

        Yes! I’d do two eggs in place of the 1/3 cup of egg whites.

    15. Lelania
      October 10, 2017 AT 1:04 am

      Can I use regular whole cow’s milk, or will the fat content throw the whole recipe off? I live in a country where it is impossible to find anything other than whole cow’s milk.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 10, 2017 AT 9:17 am

        Hi Lelania. Regular cow’s milk should work fine! Let me know if you try the recipe. 🙂

    16. Laura
      January 3, 2015 AT 3:18 pm

      I had this recipe flagged for more than a year and finally made them just before Thanksgiving. Now,I can’t stop! I make them with raisins, top them with peanut butter, and have one for breakfast. They were a hit with my parents too, one of who claims “not to like health food.”

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2015 AT 3:47 pm

        Yay! I am so pumped that you finally got to try the oatmeal cups! Isn’t it such an awesome feeling when you can get folks that don’t “like healthy food” to eat and enjoy something healthy. It’s basically why I do what I do. 🙂

    17. Lillian
      November 5, 2013 AT 9:06 pm

      I have made these twice and they’re a huge hit at my home!! Tried them with dried cranberries and nuts. Another batch I made with chocolate chips. AWESOME recipe, love how good, easy and healthful they are!! Thank you!!

    18. Heidi
      October 11, 2013 AT 2:23 pm

      What could you substitute for the liquid stevia? I cannot find it. 🙁

      1. Lillian
        November 5, 2013 AT 9:09 pm

        1/3 cup of maple syrup

    19. susan
      October 7, 2013 AT 8:12 am

      Just made these yesterday…sooo delicious! Will definitely make again. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2013 AT 10:25 am

        Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for trying the recipe Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed them and plan to make them again sometime.

    20. Julie
      October 3, 2013 AT 8:50 pm

      Hi! I just stumbled upon your website and WOW! Your recipes look amazing and right up our alley. 2 questions – for your baked pumpkin oatmeal cups, would steel cut oats work ok or do you recommend regular? Also, we tend to use chia powder/seeds instead of flax – have you ever substituted those? thanks again, can’t wait to continue reading your recipes!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 3, 2013 AT 10:35 pm

        Thanks Julie! I’m so glad you found me. I’d recommend regular rolled oats for the cups but you could certainly try steel cut oats if you’re feeling up to testing it out. 🙂

        I use chia powder and seeds all the time too. They should work great as a sub for the flax in the oatmeal cups recipe.

        1. Julie
          October 7, 2013 AT 8:54 pm

          I made them with the rolled oats (and chia substitute) and YUMMY! Filling too 🙂 My husband and 21 month old have been enjoying them as well…can’t wait to make more of your great recipes. Thanks again!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            October 7, 2013 AT 9:02 pm

            So glad they turned out well! Thanks for coming back to share your review. I really appreciate it.

    21. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      September 25, 2013 AT 7:47 am

      Oh my goodness these sound so delicious!! (And I spy a lamplighter mug!!) I’ll have to try these soon!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 3, 2013 AT 9:39 pm

        Yup! I love their little bike logo. 🙂

    22. jennifer prod
      September 24, 2013 AT 11:29 pm

      this looks absolutely delish — going to make for my next brunch (i’ll ping you!)

    23. Kelly V.
      September 24, 2013 AT 6:18 pm

      I just made these on my day off today & they are delicious! We’re having house guests this weekend so excited to share with them too 🙂 thanks!

    24. Christine (The Raw Project)
      September 24, 2013 AT 3:48 pm

      Wow, these look wonderful, thanks! I never get tired of pumpkin recipes for the fall!

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