Turtle Baked Oatmeal Cups

Putting turtle in the name of a dish that doesn't actually include any...well, turtle, may seem very strange. But, once you understand what it means- then you know that delicious things are ahead!

In baking- turtle refers to the winning combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. Yum!

In the early 1900s, a candy company based in Chicago created a newer version of chocolate dipped pecans. George DeMet added caramel sauce into the mix. These candies quickly become a huge success. The name reflects the shape these chocolate covered nut clusters take- a turtle's shell. Today, you can find an array of turtle pies, cookies, cakes and more! It's not hard to see why!

The only way to make it even better would be to add some toasted coconut! Hello, Samoas.

Chocolate Baked Oatmeal with Caramel and Pecans

Ingredients in Turtle Baked Oatmeal Cups

  • Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Applesauce 
  • Brown Sugar
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Flour (I use oat flour)
  • Milk (can use dairy free)
  • Old-Fashioned or Rolled Oats
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Optional: protein powder, mini chocolate chips

What does "turtle" mean in baking?

This refers to a combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. The original, candy version was created in 1916. It was a newer version of chocolate-dipped pecans. Some say these can resemble turtle shells. The pie version was created by a restaurant chain, the Velvet Turtle. Now defunct, you can still find similar pies in the freezer section by Marie Callender or Edwards.


Are baked oats good for weight loss?

They won't necessarily help you lose weight; however, they are healthy and could be part of a well-balanced diet. Oats contain carbs, fat, protein, and fiber. They are also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, they are often referred to as one of the healthiest grains!

Turtle Baked Oatmeal Muffins with Caramel Sauce and a Chocolate Drizzle

Turtle Baked Oatmeal Cups

With these turtle baked oatmeal cups, you can start your day with a healthy breakfast and a smile!



  • 2 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. caramel sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 c. old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. pecans, chopped
  • Optional: protein powder, chocolate chips


  • 1/3 c. caramel sauce
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips, melted
  • Optional- chopped pecans
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter/oil, applesauce, brown sugar, caramel sauce, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Carefully whisk in the milk. Then, stir in the oats and pecans. Next, pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish or 12 lined muffin cups. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after 20 second increments. Spoon caramel sauce over each oatmeal cup. Then, pipe or drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel. If desired, sprinkle with chopped pecans.


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