Baked Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cups make a delicious breakfast on the go, a pre or post workout snack or a nutritious dessert!
I first made oatmeal cups when I was putting quite a few miles on my running shoes and wanted to keep my diet low fat. I was burning so many calories and thought that I would ruin all my fitness effort by fueling up on fatty foods.
I’m much more relaxed about food and fitness. I’ve slowed my roll with the running and workout schedule, get more sleep, and eat everything in moderation, but I never missed the butter or oil when I eat these oatmeal cups, so I’ve kept it out of this recipe.
This is one of those recipes that you can get very creative with. I’ve experimented with the ingredients by adding chopped walnuts, dried fruits as well as whatever fresh fruit is in season like Peach with Banana.
There are so many variations that are sooo good together! Cherry and chocolate is scrumptious!
There isn’t any refined sugar added to this simple recipe, so the chocolate, cherries along with the bananas are what sweetens these oatmeal cups, so pick bananas that are super ripe or add extra chocolate chips!! I have also made these with gluten-free oats.
These make great between meal snacks and are the perfect fuel to eat right before or after a workout. I pack a couple up and take them with me to eat at my desk at work.
Well, that’s my intent. They usually get eaten about a mile into my commute 🙂
Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cups
- 3 ripe mashed bananas
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or cows milk)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup cherries chopped
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
Gluten-free oats can be substituted for regular oats.
Joy @ Joy Love Food
Chocolate and cherries are such a great combination, these oatmeal cups sound wonderful, I wish I had one for breakfast right now!
Very clever way of using Cherries. I like them in oatmeal cups. This is definitely my new way of eating brunch.
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
I agree that chocolate and cherry are a lovely combo, quite classic but underplayed really.
Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
Fabulous recipe. I just got a big box of cherries yesterday and they are so ripe and juicy…perfect for a recipe like this.
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
Ahh, the cherries in these photos are killing me! I am from Oregon, but have been living in Malaysia for 5 years– and this summer I didn’t get to go home (I am almost 9 months pregnant– no a great time to be on a 30 hour flight). I saw cherries from Washington at the store yesterday– $25 for a 1.5 pound bag! I just can’t do it– because I know they will taste like they’ve traveled 8,000 miles.
But I can substitute, that’s for sure 🙂 I’ve been wanting to make baked oatmeal cups, and this recipe is all the ingredients I like to use. I am sure these will come in handy for those first few months of breast feeding!
The Food Hunter
Definitely trying these!
I really like a cherry/chocolate combo! I think I could get my kids to actually eat these healthier muffins!
Debra @ Bowl Me Over
What a perfect treat for breakfast – it sounds so yummy and healthy, love this!
Karen (Back Road Journal)
Chocolate and cherries are a great combination and your muffins sound delicious.
Just the kind of healthy snack I need for a quick pick-me up.
These will definitely hit the spot, Norma! Hope you’re having a great day!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
What a fun and delicious summer recipe! I love that you baked them in muffin liners! Yum!
You need to spray the liners since there isn’t any added fat in this recipe. They’re more portable in their own wrappers 🙂
Healthy little snack any time of the day and nice that there is no added sugar. Sharing, pinning and sending smoke signals!!!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
These sound fabulous! What a perfect little breakfast or afternoon snack. 🙂
Thanks! These are my favorite snack for anytime!