Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups {gluten free} {nut free} {vegan option}

The only label that I have ever given my diet is my current label: “real food eater”. Not the catchiest name but whatevs: eating unprocessed whole foods that work best for me and my body. People get really hung up on labels. “OMG she says she eats paleo but she just ate quinoa and quinoa is sooooo not ‘paleo.'” These comments kinda drive me nuts. I guess food bloggers put themselves out there but seriously people? Focus on yourself and keep your eyes on your own plate. I would never say I eat “paleo” (and never have) because people would freak out because oats are not paleo.

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Finding what foods work best for you and your body takes continual trial and error and a paleo template has helped me figure this out. And I think that’s what the true definition of paleo is anyways: eat real, nutrient-dense food that works best for the individual. Are oats nutrient-dense? Not really. But I think that they work for me, are pretty delish and make one heck of a treat. And treats are certainly part of my real food approach.

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There are many real food enthusiasts in blogland. Like Andrea, over at Pencils and Pancakes, who just wrote an eCookbook featuring over 25 recipes that are real food approved: gluten free, processed sugar free and delicious. I am so impressed at her hard work and dedication to put together this eCookbook. Not sure how she had the time to do so while maintaining her inspiring homestead that I am insanely jealous of.

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Just because you aren’t eating high-fructose corn syrup anymore doesn’t mean your life sucks. It’s still delicious – as Andrea will show you through the many recipes in her eCookbook or as I can show you with these banana chocolate chip oatmeal cups. I tweaked my PB&J Baked Oatmeal Cup recipe to create these guys… because everything is better with chocolate.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups

Adapted from my PB & J Baked Oatmeal Cups

Ingredients (Makes 10 cups)

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium ripe bananas)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey (vegan option: maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats (be sure to use certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Place 10 greased/oiled (I use coconut oil spray) paper muffin cups (or use silicone) into a muffin tin and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, mix banana, sunflower seed butter, honey and vanilla until combined.

4. Mix in rolled oats.

5. Mix in almond milk.

6. Gently fold in chocolate chips until combined.

7. Drop batter (1/4 cup measures) into muffin cups.

8. Bake for 30 minutes, allow to cool and enjoy or freeze in a sealed container for a few weeks.

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Click here to purchase your copy of The Pencils and Pancakes Real Food eCookbook and hop on the real food train – come on, all the cool kids are doing it!

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the Pencils and Pancakes Real Food eCookbook free of charge but as always all opinions are my own. 

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What do you think of “keeping your eyes on your own plate”? 



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20 thoughts on “Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups {gluten free} {nut free} {vegan option}

  1. I definitely think we should all keep our eyes on our own plates! I know I took a risk with the “paleo” label but it hasn’t bitten me yet! Food is a really personal thing, and, although it’s great to get ideas from others experiences you just can’t compare theirs to your own.

    These looks delicious, and I have no strong opposition to oats, or any opposition really :)

  2. Right back at ya girl! Firstly, you have never been anything but upfront and honest about your eating choices with a desire to help others with what you have found through your own trial and error. Secondly, it is YOUR blog and nobody needs to read it if they don’t want to. I like the info you share with your readers through your life’s journey. Labels make for an inflexible life that can strangle us. Following your blog and knowing your current eating and lifestyle, we all know where your at during this stage in your life and you look beautiful.

  3. I love this post! I completely agree. Majority of my lifestyle and food choices are the same as yours.. real unprocessed food. However, I sometimes enjoy corn tortillas or the occasion bowl of oats- but that’s what works for me. Everyone should keep their eyes on their own plate. Yay for fellow real food eaters! That is how I want to be described, screw labels.

  4. These look delicious and included all my fave things. I tried paleo and lasted like a week? I like my adult beverages on the weekends and oatmeal and peanut butter. I think my body is okay with it so who cares1

  5. I guess I claim to be Paleo-ish. I don’t think that’s a real thing, but it’s my thing. I still eat Greek yogurt and am by no means strict with my diet. I do it more because I am sensitive to dairy and gluten, so it just makes sense. Real food for the win! ;)

  6. Just wanted to thank you for having healthy options that are nut free. A lot of healthy lifestyle blogs tend to not have many nut free options which is quite discouraging for people who live with allergies to nuts and peanuts especially when you want to be part of the healthy lifestyle “movement”.

    1. LOVE this article – thank you so much for sharing and so glad I’ve been able to help :) hope you don’t mind if I share this article on Facebook and Twitter!

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