When you're having one of those mornings — you know, the frantic ones when you oversleep and forgot to set the coffee the night before and can't find your right shoe — breakfast is often overlooked. You figure it'll be easier to grab a muffin at the coffee shop near your office, right? Wrong. It's easier to grab one of these baked oatmeal cups!
Now, oatmeal is generally a pretty healthy thing to begin with, but these oatmeal cups are super healthy — they're vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. The real star here is the date paste. A purée of pitted dates and warm water, the thick date paste naturally sweetens the oatmeal cups, helps bind everything together, and adds fiber.
The base recipe calls for almond butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, which give these oatmeal cups great flavor already, but the author also suggests some great topping combinations, like almonds and dried cherries, chocolate chips and sea salt, and cranberries and pepitas. Switch up the toppings so you don't get bored!
The key to having one of these oatmeal cups ready at all times is to make a batch (which yields 12!) when you have some free meal prep time. You can store the baked (and cooled) cups in an airtight container for up to a week, or you can freeze them. A hearty, wholesome breakfast at your fingertips? Now that's smart.
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