Frozen Oatmeal Cups are a healthy, make ahead breakfast that take no time to heat up on a busy morning and will keep you full all morning.
Frozen Oatmeal Cups will be your best friend on busy mornings. They take no time to make and are packed with good-for-you ingredients that will keep you feeling energized all morning.
Unfortunately busy mornings are the reality for most and this couldn't be more true for many families with school starting. And while I am embarrassed to admit that sometimes oatmeal is too hard to make, sometimes it just is. Getting out the measuring cups, watching to make sure the bowl doesn't overflow in the microwave, cutting up fruit, and gathering toppings from the pantry can take way longer than I have. On those morning, I pull out these simple freezer oatmeal cups and we're good to go. A healthy breakfast in about two minutes.
The other thing I love about these frozen oatmeal cups are that they are incredibly versatile. There are so many different ways to make them and you can make multiple flavors all in one batch.
- Oatmeal: You can use regular old fashioned oats or steel cut oats for this recipe. I don't recommend using instant or quick cooking oats since they will get gummy after being cooked and reheated. And if you want to get really creative you can mix the oats with some whole grains like quinoa, sorghum, or farro.
- Liquid: Use whatever type of liquid you like with your oatmeal. I like a thicker, creamier oatmeal so I always use milk and usually opt for almond or cashew milk.
- Sweetener: I like to add the sweetener while I am cooking the oats so that it is evenly distributed throughout the oats. You can use brown sugar, honey, agave, or maple syrup. And for a more natural sweetener use mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree, or date paste. One trick is to look for baby food purees of different fruits. These normally have no added sugar and are a great way to sweeten oats and add flavor.
- Spices: There are so many different spices you can add to oatmeal. The most common are cinnamon and nutmeg but you can also use ground ginger, cardamom, turmeric, or cloves.
- Boost the nutrients: I am always looking to boost the nutrition of my morning oats so I pretty much always add chia seeds and flax seeds. You can also add protein powder, maca powder, cacao nibs, collagen, or any other nuts, seeds, or powders.
- Nuts and Nut Butters: Adding nuts and nut butters is a great way to add protein to your morning oats. Usually I add a good scoop of almond butter to the oats while I am cooking them or if I want to switch up the flavors, I just add it into the muffin cups before freezing. It will melt in the microwave and can be stirred throughout the oatmeal.
- Fresh Fruit and Dried Fruit: No matter how I have my oats, you can also rest assured there is fruit involved. Usually I opt for fresh fruit but sometimes I use frozen or dried fruit as well. Whatever fruit you choose, it can be added right to the oatmeal cup before freezing and it's fun to make a bunch of different combinations so you don't get bored with your morning oats.
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Here are some of the products I recommend using for this Frozen Oatmeal Cups
- Silicone muffin trays: Although you can use a traditional metal muffin tin for this recipe, silicon works much better since its easier to pop the frozen oatmeal singles out of the silicon molds. For traditional size muffins (about 1/4 cup serving each), use a muffin tray like this and for larger muffins, use the jumbo size (1/2 cup). You could also use silicon muffin or cupcake liners.
- Nutritional boosts: Some of my favorites are chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, cacao nibs, maca powder, and hemp hearts.
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- Add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 4-5 minutes until oats are soft. Be careful not to overcook since they will be reheated. If you are making steel cut oats, follow the cooking and liquid directions on the package.
- Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners. Fill each one half way. Add your toppings and fill in the muffin tin with the oatmeal. Adding the toppings in the center ensures they don't fall off after being frozen.
- Place in the freezer and freeze overnight. Pop out of the muffin tin, using a butter knife if needed, and place in a ziploc bag for storage. For a metal muffin tray, dip the muffin tin bottom in hot water to loosen up the muffins. This will make them easier to remove.
- To reheat, place 1-2 muffins (depending on the serving size you want) in a microwave safe bowl. Warm 2-3 minutes until warmed through, adding extra liquid if desired.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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