Baked Apple Oatmeal Protein Bombs and GNC PUREDGE Giveaway

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday again!

Which means we’re talking tasty stuff here on this blog.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been indulging in delicious cookies (both at work and at home) lately. With me teaching 2-3 cycling classes a week those are not hard to burn off, but what the what, right? 🙂

So. Since it’s holiday season and treats are mandatory, I’ve decided to make my treats healthy. HUGE thanks to GNC and their PUREDGE line of products for helping me create this recipe for Baked Apple Oatmeal Protein Bombs!

With this recipe in your recipe box this holiday season you’re covered if you want a healthy delicious breakfast or a healthy snack during the day. It’s not too sweet, guilt free AND packs an extra protein punch thanks to GNC PUREDGE complete protein:

baked apple oatmeal

Baked Apple Oatmeal Protein Bombs

baked apple oatmeal


  • 5 medium apples. Choose a softer kind like golden delicious.
  • ¼ fresh lemon
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter or ghee
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup uncooked steel cut oats or quick oats
  • 2 tbsp. GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein powdered formula in Natural Chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cut the top 1/3 off the apples and carve them out with a knife or a spoon to make bowls.
  3. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, add sugar and cinnamon and cook for a couple minutes.
  4. Rub the insides of the bowls with lemon, then brush with the melted butter mix.
  5. Put apples into a deep baking dish, pour the apple cider in and cover with foil.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes covered, uncover and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. While the apples are baking, prepare the oatmeal filling.
  8. Finely chop the leftover apple tops, set aside.
  9. Bring milk to boil; add leftover butter with sugar and cinnamon to boiling milk, reduce heat to medium and add GNC protein powder.
  10. Add oats and cook until softened.
  11. Remove oats from the heat, stir in chopped apples. Cover with a lid and set aside.
  12. Remove apple bowls from the oven and transfer onto a plate.
  13. Transfer the cooking liquid apple bowls were cooking in into a small sauce pan and cook until reduced, about 10 minutes.
  14. Divide the oatmeal between the apple bowls, pour the cooking liquid reduction over them and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  15. Enjoy warm or cold.

So this Sunday I tested this recipe on the boy 🙂 He’s always interested in new recipes I’m trying or creating and always asks me “What’s in it?”. So he did this time. After I told him these were baked apple oatmeal protein bombs, and what was in them, he said he’d never guessed they had protein powder in them. And that’s what I like about the GNC protein powder – no nasty aftertaste. Very few protein powders I’ve tried didn’t have it.

Now, on to fun part 🙂 I’m giving away two containers of GNC PUREDGE Daily Energy powdered formula (Natural Cherry Limeade flavor) to two lucky winners!

GNC Puredge

To enter the giveaway, just click through to the GNC PUREDGE website to check out the PUREDGE line, and comment on this post. I will select two lucky winners randomly and announce them next Tuesday.

Now link ’em up guys! I can’t wait to see what’s been cooking in your kitchen 🙂

tasty tuesday

Have a great week!


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DISCLOSURE: Thank you to GNC for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try GNC PUREDGE products! As always – all opinions are my own.


  1. Yum! This recipe looks delicious 🙂 I love apples! Thanks for hosting!
    Yuliya recently posted…Hanukkah cutting printablesMy Profile

  2. super creative recipe as usual! I haven’t tried GNC products in years but love to hear that it wasn’t chalky tasting. Limeade sounds good
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Wild n’ Nutty “Family” Holiday Salad-Meatless MondayMy Profile

  3. OH, using chocolate protein powder? I would have thought vanilla instead, and lemon juice? HOW INTERESTING, I am always learning something new from you Lena!
    Amber recently posted…Kickin’ Baked Chicken (EASY)My Profile

  4. This sounds delicious! And looks beautiful, I love the idea of using the apples as bowls.
    Chaitali recently posted…Tasty Tuesday – Lentil WellingtonMy Profile

  5. Sounds delicious!

  6. I have a bunch of apples that I need to use up! Maybe I’ll get creative.
    Andrea recently posted…5 Holiday Gift Ideas for TravelersMy Profile

  7. Yumm! Looks delish and healthy!
    Love Keil (MunchkinTime) recently posted…Creamy Turkey Breast Potato CasseroleMy Profile

  8. That recipe sounds delicious. I love protein powder and oatmeal, makes a great hearty breakfast on chilly mornings.
    Amy Lauren recently posted…Training for the Charleston Half Marathon (Dec 8-14)My Profile

  9. Yum! I want to try their peanut butter powder
    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted…Butterscotch Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies: The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014My Profile

  10. Very creative recipe, I’ll have to try it! I would love to try the powdered peanut butter or the watermelon energizer from this line. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. That recipe looks delicious-can’t wait to try it!

  12. These sound delicious! I’m not a huge fan of the golden delicious – think a gala or a softer red would work? 🙂
    Jennifer recently posted…Holiday gift idea round-up! (in case of procrastination)My Profile

  13. great recipe and giveaway!

  14. The PUREDGE line looks like one I’d be interested trying. Oh and your recipe is beautiful – I can almost smell the cinnamon stick from here. 🙂

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