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Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups make an easy, make-ahead breakfast or snack that is heart healthy and filling. Steel cut oats are mixed together with Greek yogurt, applesauce, cinnamon and apples to create a delicious oatmeal cup.
BAKED APPLE CINNAMON STEEL CUT OAT CUPS
I know one of the things I struggle with when it comes to my family is having quick breakfast and snacks on hand for those busy days. During the week when my kids need to catch the bus for school things get pretty crazy in our house.
Between making lunches, feeding everyone and getting everyone ready for the day breakfast time can be difficult. One of the most important things in my opinion when it comes to starting your day is to have a healthy, filling breakfast like today’s Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups.
For me personally if I don’t eat a healthy and filling breakfast I pay for it when 10 rolls around. Of course children need a good start to their day in order to concentrate and do well in school. It helps set the foundation for their learning. Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups uses Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oatmeal as the base of the oatmeal cups along with Greek yogurt, applesauce, warm spices and apples.
Hodgson Mill and I have partnered up today to share these Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups with you featuring their whole grain steel cut oats. Baking with whole grains is heart healthy.
Whole grains also have fiber which is one of those important nutrients no one gets enough of, but can make a huge difference in so many ways – it can help promote heart health, as well as your digestive health. Whenever you bake, you can use whole grain flours or meals. Add a little, or a lot – whole grains will add flavor, texture, and better nutrition no matter what!
The majority of people don’t get enough fiber, which is vital for heart and digestive health. Whole grains are a key source of fiber and these Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups are a good way to get those whole grains in your diet.
Whole Grains are specially produced to retain all parts of the grain – often grains are refined to remove the nutritious bran and germ, which are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. White all-purpose flour is generally refined this way. For those of you that are gluten-free, never fear – you can still boost your whole grains, and it’s just as important! Brown rice is whole grain; and some other good options that are usually available include Oats and Oat Flour, Quinoa Flour, Corn Meal, and Buckwheat Flour.
When I make these oatmeal cups I like to freeze half for later. They are a great breakfast or snack that you can quickly pop in the microwave. When you serve these try drizzling some maple syrup over top or offering fresh berries or bananas to accompany the oatmeal cups. My kids go crazy over these.
Another way that I use these Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat Cups is in lunch boxes. These are a nice option when packing your child’s lunch and fit perfectly in those cute bento-boxes. I like to pair mine with some fresh cut vegetables, fresh fruit and yogurt.