If you’ve been looking for the easiest breakfast ever – this is it. I feel like I’m always saying that to you guys, but I’m always on a mission to
find a lazier way to do things save time in the morning, so this is my latest idea.
These freezer oatmeal cups are portable (easy to take to work!), you can add your favorite toppings, and they can be made from leftovers!
I remember buying a box of steel cut oat cups from Trader Joe’s a while ago, and they were so handy, but I knew I could save a few bucks if I were to just make them myself.
You can go about making the oatmeal cups two ways…
1. Make a big batch of your favorite oatmeal recipe and freeze them all in one go.
2. Double the batch of your favorite recipe one morning, and freeze the leftovers in muffin tins.
I prefer the second option because I can only find one set of muffin tins (pretty sure my cabinet eats muffin tins, because I know I have more than one), and it’s a stress-free way to prep breakfast for the week ahead after serving breakfast on a weekend morning.
Making Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Make steel cut oats using your favorite method. Let cool. If you’d like to mix in any toppings, (like fruit, raisins, cinnamon, etc.) you can add this in before portioning into cups. Then portion the oatmeal into muffin tins. Freeze for at least three hours, or until solid.
I don’t grease the muffin tins, because I don’t want the extra “stuff” on the oatmeal cups, but I’m sure it would make popping them out easier. Definitely use a silicone muffin pan if you have one.
Tip – My favorite way to make steel cut oats is using my rice cooker! I don’t find the oatmeal setting to work well for steel cut oats on my rice cooker, so I use the “white rice” setting and it comes out perfectly every time.
If you want rounded tops, just add extra oats to the top and use a spoon to make a dome shape. I honestly just did that for the pictures. They look pretty while frozen, but it’s just going to look like a regular bowl of oatmeal in the end. 🙂
When you remove them from the freezer, press a spoon or a butter knife along an edge to pop the cup out of place.
If you’re having trouble getting them out, you can carefully run the bottom of the muffin tin under cold water, being sure to not wet the oatmeal cups (cover the front with a dish cloth), then use a spoon or butter knife to pop them out.
Transfer oatmeal cups into a freezer bag for storage.
Place two oatmeal cups in a microwave-safe bowl (or however many you’d like). Add in 2 tbsp. of water. Microwave for about three minutes. Break apart oatmeal cups. Stir in your desired amount of milk. Microwave for an additional minute.