These cinnamon apple oatmeal bites are a great handheld breakfast or snack. They store well and are a perfect mess-free way of serving oats!

Apple oat bites served with applesauce and raspberries

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I love serving oatmeal in bite-size form. Not only is it less messy, but it is so convenient, especially during a busy week. I make berry oatmeal bites and mango oatmeal bites for the boys pretty often but wanted to try something with a different flavor profile. Hence, these cinnamon apple oatmeal bites were born!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Here is what you’ll need to make these cinnamon apple oatmeal bites:

Ingredients to make apple oatmeal bites. Specifics provided in recipe card.
  • Rolled Oats: I love baking with rolled oats as they are packed with nutrition! Certified gluten-free rolled oats make these oat bites gluten-free. I do not suggest using quick oats or steel-cut oats in this recipe as they may make the bites too soggy or too chewy.
  • Milk: I use whole milk, but dairy-free alternatives also work in this recipe.
  • Applesauce: For the main apple flavor in these bites. Be sure to use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Maple Syrup: For added sweetness to these bites. You can adjust the amount of maple syrup added in to make them more or less sweet. You may also omit it altogether for a younger baby. If omitting, they won’t be as sweet since the applesauce alone doesn’t provide much sweetness, but a young baby likely will not mind!
  • Egg: Used as a binder to help hold the oat bites together.
  • Cinnamon: Provides an extra warm spice and subtle sweetness.
  • Baking Powder: Leavening agent for the bites.
  • Apples: For a little added sweetness and apple flavor! I used a Fuji apple in this recipe which is naturally sweet and crisp, but other varieties work as well.

PROCESS

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and egg until combined.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Let the oats soak up the wet ingredients for a few minutes as you prepare the apple.
  4. Peel and chop the apple into small pieces. Add the apples to the mixture and fold them in to combine.
  5. Spoon in a tablespoon of batter into a mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Let them cool completely before removing them from the pan.
Steps to make apple oatmeal bites. Specifics provided in recipe card.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Let the oat bites completely cool and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. To freeze, store in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag once cooled for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply microwave the muffins for 20-30 seconds, or until warmed through!

Apple oat bites served on a wooden cutting board.

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Eggs: You may replace the egg with a flax egg. To make a flax egg, combine 3 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes until it forms a gel-like texture.
  • Milk: You may substitute the milk with a dairy-free alternative, such as oat milk or coconut milk.
  • Apples: The apples may be replaced with finely ground nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips!
Apple oat bites served with applesauce and raspberries

RECIPE NOTES

  • The mixture may seem liquidy, but it will firm up as it bakes. Try to let the oats absorb some of the liquid for 3-5 minutes before transferring to the muffin pan. Also, try to make sure that there is an equal ratio of oats to liquid in each muffin cup. Allow the bites to cool completely before removing them from the muffin tray.
  • This recipe makes 24 mini oat bites. You may make regular-sized oat bites by adding a few more minutes to the total bake time.
  • I like to use a silicone muffin pan to bake these oat bites as they pop out easily without any sticking. If using a regular mini muffin pan, be sure to coat with a cooking spray beforehand.
Apple oat bites served on a wooden cutting board.

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Apple oat bites served on a wooden cutting board.

Apple Oatmeal Bites

These apple oatmeal bites are a great handheld breakfast or snack. They store and reheat well and are a perfect mess-free serving of oats!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple bites, oatmeal bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 oat bites

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 small apple

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Mix the dry ingredients (rolled oats, cinnamon, and baking powder) in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and egg until combined. 
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Let the oats soak up the wet ingredients for a few minutes as you prepare the apple.
  • Peel and chop the apple into small pieces. Add the apples to the mixture and fold them in to combine.
  • Spoon in a tablespoon of batter into a mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Let them cool completely before removing them from the pan.

Notes

  • The mixture may seem liquidy, but it will firm up as it bakes. Try to let the oats absorb some of the liquid for 3-5 minutes before transferring to the muffin pan. Also, try to make sure that there is an equal ratio of oats to liquid in each muffin cup. Allow the bites to cool completely before removing them from the muffin tray.
  • This recipe makes 24 mini oat bites. You may make regular-sized oat bites by adding a few more minutes to the total bake time.
  • I like to use a silicone muffin pan to bake these oat bites as they pop out easily without any sticking. If using a regular mini muffin pan, be sure to coat with a cooking spray beforehand.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Apple Oatmeal Bites
Amount per Serving
Calories
37.14
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.74
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.24
g
2
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.17
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.22
g
Cholesterol
 
7.5
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
15
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
44.15
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
6.65
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.71
g
3
%
Sugar
 
2.78
g
3
%
Protein
 
1.13
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
25.09
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
0.31
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
19.83
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.28
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made these for my daughter who has an egg allergy. I used aquafaba ( chickpea powder) as an egg substitute. she LOVED them. They were gone in three days and have become a staple in our home! Thank you.

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Would you mind sharing how much of the chickpea powder you used? My babe also has an egg allergy.

      Thanks,
      Brittney

  2. 5 stars
    These are delicious and so easy to make! I made them in a regular muffin pan and they were the perfect size for my almost 2 year old. These were a hit and I’ll definitely make them again.

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