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Need a quick and easy back to school breakfast on the go? Look no further! These Make Ahead Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Cups are just what you need! Easy to make, nutritious, and oh so tasty! You’ll be satisfied til lunch!

Individual Baked oatmeal cups with cranberries in cupcake liners.

Make Ahead Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

The kids will be going back to school in the next few weeks. I know for many of you, you’re already down with your new routines. But trust me when I tell ya, you are going to want to add this gem of a recipe to your morning routine. Or rather, your evening routine.

Baked Cranberry Oatmeal cups on a board with a glass of milk.

At our house we have some kids going to school, and some that are home schooled. Don’t ask me why, that’s probably another blog post! haha! But either way, whether you’re kids need to catch the bus by a certain time, or you just want an easy breakfast, you’ll love these. There’s something about oatmeal, it just sticks with you. Then the kids aren’t asking for a snack an hour after breakfast.

Not sure about oatmeal? No worries. These baked oatmeal cups taste just like a delicious cookie! I think both you and your kids are going to love it!

Close up image of make ahead Cranberry Oatmeal cups.

Oh, and they freeze great too. So, you could bake several batches, and individually freeze them to last you awhile. When you’re ready to serve, thaw and warm up in the microwave or oven.

What you need~

  • rolled oats
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • dried cranberries
  • eggs
  • milk
  • butter
  • applesauce (unsweetened)
  • vanilla
Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal: Oats, milk, butter, eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cranberries.

What to do~

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients
  2. Combine all the wet ingredients
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Bake in a paper lined muffin tin for 30 minutes, until golden brown
Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal being mixed in a bowl.


  • You can use fresh or frozen fruit in place of the dried cranberries (blueberries are another favorite of ours).
  • You can make this all in one 8×8 pan as well if you don’t want to do individual servings.
Oatmeal mixture in muffin pan wells prior to baking.

I hope you enjoy these whether you’re eating at the table or on the go!

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make ahead cranberry baked oatmeal cups

Make Ahead Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

A delicious, stick to your gut, baked oatmeal on the go! Make ahead and freeze for an easy breakfast anytime.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 192kcal


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup Craisins or other dried fruit
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, butter, applesauce and vanilla.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spoon into paper lined muffin tin, and Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. These healthy muffins look so flavorful, would love to give them a try for breakfast, thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Chellie, these look great – a nice change of pace for breakfast! I’m featuring your recipe tomorrow night at Best of the Weekend! Hope to see you there!

  3. I can’t wait until it cools down to try these! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

  4. What a great breakfast or snack option for back to school. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  5. These look great for back to school time. I should make some for my husband who starts teaching again at the end of the month!