Need an easy breakfast to prep for the week? Try these Healthy Lemon Chia Baked Oatmeal Cups! They’re perfect for on the go or when you need something quick! This post is sponsored by my friends at Bob’s Red Mill.
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I can’t believe we are already one week into 2018. The year is off to a pretty great start.. and as far as I’m concerned it’s only getting better! Last week I gave my notice that I would be leaving my job to pursue my website + business… which means MORE delicious food + healthy tips coming your way! (I’ll be writing more about this next week – so stay tuned.)
Even though my routine is about to be totally flipped upside down (like hello, NEVER taking off my pajamas… Kidding… not really?), I know some things won’t change. Whether I’m heading to work in an office, or I’m working from my couch with my uber-cute coworker, Ziti – I’m still going to be prepping my meals to stay on track!
Meal prepping was what really changed how I thought about food and nutrition years ago when I started eating better. I always thought I didn’t really have time for cooking a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – I would be wasting hours in the kitchen!
I was right in some aspects… I don’t have 3 hours to spend in the kitchen every day, and even when I am doing this full time, I know I won’t either! The reality is that most people don’t have time to spare to hang out in the kitchen stirring their oatmeal in the morning or roasting their dinner to perfection at night.
Most of us are really busy! We have families, activities, work obligations.. the list goes on and on. But the thing is – those should be our excuse for not eating healthy, they should be our motivation!
When you meal prep – you usually take 1-2 hours out of your week, and make meals that you can enjoy the entire week. Whether it’s grilling up a bunch of chicken, chopping up all of your veggies, or making something like these Healthy Lemon Chia Baked Oatmeal Cups for breakfast for the week – it actually saves you time in the long run!
Oatmeal has always been one of my favorite breakfasts. Especially this time of year when it’s FREEZING (literally, it’s 7 degrees outside right now – I just checked!) I need something warm + hearty that will keep me full all day.
But let’s be real – who has the time to stir oatmeal over the stove in the morning when you have 52 million other things to do and you want to get out the door?! Not me! That’s why these little oatmeal cups are amazing!
The key to making these muffins really satisfying is what you add to them. Bob’s Red Mill has a huge variety of nuts and seeds that can be added in for flavor and nutrition.
Obviously you have to start off with good quality oats. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats have 7g of protein per serving, and almost 24% of your recommended iron serving. I love that they’re thick cut because they add a nice texture to these cups.
For a little nutrient boost- I picked chia + flax seeds – two of my favorite things! Chia seeds are packed with protein/omega 3’s and almost taste like little poppy seeds in these muffins.
Flax seeds are also packed with omega 3’s and have been aid to help with digestion. Both of these seeds add extra protein and healthy fats to help make your breakfast that much better!
I think that once you try meal prepping – you’re not going to want to go back! It will 100% make your life SO much easier.. and I mean.. who doesn’t want to eat delicious Lemon Chia Oatmeal for breakfast?!
Ingredients for Lemon Chia Oatmeal:
To make this oatmeal you’ll need:
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Thick Rolled Oats
- baking powder
- coconut oil
- citrus zester
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Chia Seeds
- Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax Seeds
- maple syrup
- collagen peptides
- silicone muffin liners
- muffin tin
If flax or chia really aren’t your thing – Bob’s Red Mill has a ton of other options for adding into your oatmeal. You could do unsweetened dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.. the options are unlimited! No matter what you add in – you’re going to love all the extra free time you have in the mornings when you don’t have to cook breakfast any more!
Storing & Serving Oatmeal Cups:
Storing: Do not store this healthy baked oatmeal at room temp. It likely will get moldy or stale if you don’t refrigerate it. This baked oatmeal will last in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Freezing baked oatmeal: Bake and freeze your oatmeal. You can individually wrap it to make it easier, or allow them to freeze on a baking sheet and then put them in a ziploc bag or container so they don’t stick together. Baked oatmeal will last about 3 months in the freezer.
Other healthy oatmeal recipes:
If you love oatmeal check out these other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes.
Healthy Lemon Chia Baked Oatmeal Cups
- 2.5 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Thick Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Organic Chia Seeds
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons collagen peptides optional
- Preheat oven to 400
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined
- Place in greased muffin tins (I love the silicone liners linked below) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops of the oatmeal cups are lightly browned
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week