Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups

These lightly sweetened 100% whole-grain Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups make the perfect breakfast on-the-go or afternoon snack! So moist and delish with a smear of nut butter.

plate of oatmeal cups with gold knife

plate of oatmeal cups with gold knifeWhen people tell me they forgot to eat breakfast, I get…confused. Like totally, completely, utterly, extraordinarily bamboozled.

Wait. What do you mean, you forgot? Did you forget to brush your teeth, too? Were you blind all day because you forgot to put your contacts in that morning?

What about getting dressed? I hope you remembered that one.

Ok. I know some people don’t have monstrous appetites in the morning. And perhaps pressing the snooze button ranks higher on the priority list than pancakes.

But look! Today I’m here with the most DELISH solution. Banana Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Cups for your face!

For all the confused souls who let breakfast slip their mind, this breakfast meets snack recipe was made for you. I love how they’re pre-portioned so you can grab a couple for an easy peasy breakfast on-the-go. You just have to remember to make them, people. Can you do that for me?

Healthy. Portable. Easy. Lasts all week. Freezer friendly. We can do this, yo!!

muffin tin of oatmeal cups

muffin tin of oatmeal cups

Let’s customize.

Baked oatmeal is also splendid because you can totally do you. And don’t you forget about my Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal and my Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal for more breakfast splendor!

  • Make it chunky monkey style! Swap almond butter for peanut butter and add chocolate chips for a real morning treat.
  • Amp up the protein: Use two eggs instead of the flax and add a couple scoops of your favorite protein powder or a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds to the batter.
  • Feeling low-sugar: Leave out the maple syrup completely and use extra ripe bananas for natural sweetness.
  • Make it an oatmeal bake: Trying to ditch the muffin tin? You can make this in a 9x13inch baking dish, too. It’ll take longer, so keep an eye on it!

Are rolled oats gluten free?

Oats do not contain gluten. This gets confusing because they are often processed in facilities that do process grains with gluten, which means risking cross-contamination. If you are avoiding gluten for personal or health reasons, be on the lookout for rolled oats that indicate they’re certified gluten free on the label.

Beware that steel cut oats and old fashioned oats won’t work here. Sick to old fashioned!

hand holding oatmeal cups with peanut butterhand holding oatmeal cups with peanut butterTips for grating zucchini

That;s right…we’re slamming veggies for breakfast. Hallelujah.

This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of zucchini and we are not squeezing the water out like a lot of recipes call for. We’re actually relying on their natural moisture. A small zucchini will get you closer to a cup, so I recommend a medium one. Just think how many paper towels we’re saving!

Since zucchini vary so much in size, definitely grate it and then measure out the correct amount. I weighed it to add more clarity and it was about 7 ounces. Freeze any extra for smoothies!

No need to peel the zucchini—more fiber and nutrients, please. Just wash it and trim the ends. I like to use a box grater over a plate. Or maybe you’re lucky and you have a box grater with an attachment that catches the goods at the bottom? Blessed.

Fabulous tools for oatmeal baking

plate of oatmeal cupsplate of oatmeal cupsStorage 101

This recipe makes over a dozen baked oatmeal cups, making breakfast a breeze! 

  • You can store leftover baked oatmeal cups on the counter for a couple days but then you’ll want to transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. In order to reheat, simply warm in microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  • You can also freeze leftover oatmeal cups for busy mornings and transfer them to the refrigerator the night before so they’re ready to go in the morning. I like these glass containers for meal prep.

Craving more oatmeal greatness? I gotchu covered.

Pretty please let me know how this banana zucchini baked oatmeal cups recipe turns out for you by leaving a star rating and/or comment! I hope you adore it as much as I do.

You’re a breakfast person!!

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These lightly sweetened 100% whole-grain Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups make the perfect breakfast on-the-go or afternoon snack! So moist and delish with a smear of nut butter.



  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a muffin tin (I used two, you can also pour the extra batter in a dish for an oatmeal bake) with cooking spray or line with silicone muffin liners.
  2. Place flax and water in small bowl. Stir and set aside to “gel.” Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with a fork. Make sure they measure to be 1 cup. Add grated zucchini, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond butter, maple syrup, and flax mixture, stirring to combine.
  3. Add oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and add-ins of choice. Stir until just combined. Spoon mixture into muffin cups (I use a muffin scoop), filling to the top. You will have leftover batter if only using one muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 23-28 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Store cooled oatmeal cups in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. These freeze well, too!

This post was originally published on August 27th, 2015 and was updated on April 21st, 2021.