Making oatmeal has got to be the most difficult thing to do ever. It’s definitely the most tedious breakfast food there is – requiring time, energy, thought, and absolute sweat-dripping labor over a stove for five entire minutes (because oatmeal won’t cook properly unless someone is staring at it in expectation). Life is hard. We should probably settle for pop-tarts. It’s the only way.
Don’t worry, friends. I’ve found a way to avoid performing this grueling task (and eating pop-tarts) in the mornings – and I’m here to share. I think we can all agree that the more we can avoid the challenge of putting water in a pot to boil, the better. Gather ’round, everyone. This tip will shave at least 1.4 minutes off your morning meal prep, so listen closely. Every 1.4 minutes counts.
Here’s what you need to do: You need to cook up a double or triple batch of oatmeal (you can do it, we’re all in this together, persevere, I believe in you). Once the oatmeal is done, go ahead and feed some to your family. Here’s where it gets good: After your meal, freeze the leftovers in muffin cups, topped with whatever delicious toppings your family likes. Like this:
The result is easy-to-store cups of frozen oatmeal which are ready to pull out and re-heat at any given time – preferably on those mornings. You know the ones I’m talking about.
But seriously, in all seriousness, because I am always serious – this really is a lovely way to help your children help themselves on a busy morning, and it really does save a tiny bit of time because the cooking of the oatmeal has already been done.
Now, if you get a little bit burned out on oatmeal and you’re still struggling with the urge to buy a pre-made breakfast in a box that promises to save you time – I suggest you consider the possibility of frying an egg. If I can do it, you can do it. There are also apples – a brand new innovative idea for breakfast that I’ve heard are great to grab-and-go. Who knew?
The Specifics of Making Approximately 24 Frozen Oatmeal Cups
- Boil 6 cups of water.
- Stir in 3 cups of whole oats.
- Turn the heat down to simmer the oats/water for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat once the water has been absorbed and the oats are soft.
- Stir in 1-3 Tablespoons of butter and 1-4 Tablespoons of sweetener like honey or sucanat as desired.
- Scoop prepared oatmeal into muffin tins (no need to grease the tins).
- Top oatmeal cups with any variety of fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
- Place filled muffin pans in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until oatmeal is frozen solid.
- Pull frozen oatmeal out of the freezer and allow it to sit on the counter-top for about 10 minutes.
- Use a fork or spoon to gently pop the frozen oatmeal cups out of the tins.
- Place the frozen cups into a labeled freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to three months.
- Re-heat by placing frozen oatmeal cup(s) in a small saucepan on medium heat until thawed and warm.
I love this idea (for so many reasons, as explained earlier) – but also because this allows for a variety of sizes of appetites. Little ones may just need one cup to fill them, whereas my sons would likely each pull out 2-4 to rewarm.
So now, go therefore and make yourself some frozen oatmeal cups. Your breakfast – and really, your entire life – is obviously going to be changed for the better because of this tip. Enjoy your extra 1.4 minutes of morning time. You are very, very welcome.
What do you think of this idea? I like the brainlessness of it. I like that the cooking is done so all that needs to be done is rewarm and serve. I love that my kids can do this themselves. Not every freezer meal is about saving time – sometimes it’s just about the comfort of having prepped food on hand for ease!
P.S. We also really love making Homemade Instant Oatmeal to have on hand.
Kudos to Cupcakes and Kale Chips where I first saw this fun idea!