Frozen Oatmeal. It’s the warm breakfast hug you didn’t know you needed. I stumbled upon the idea while looking for baked oatmeal recipes on Pinterest. I became intrigued. After finding a second post about it, I concluded this was a legit thing. Hopefully it would be a tasty thing as well.
The recipes I saw called for using way more oatmeal than I was willing to waste incase it became a “Pinterest Fail”. I have been scorned by Pinners in the past. I also had no urge to play freezer Jenga in my tiny freezer. I opted to cut the recipe in half.
That being said- math is so mot my forte, but I managed to make it work, only messing up the cinnamon portion. Was a little more cinnamon heavy than I like.
Serving size 2 disks, serves 6
- 1 full cup of steel cup oats. (Bob’s Red Mill- pricy but fits better in my fridge/freezer)
- 4 cups of water
- a couple grinds of sea salt
- 3 tablespoons of light agave syrup (instead of the brown sugar)
- a couple of palmfuls of pecans (for texture and for a bit of sweetness)
I brought water to a boil, added the oats and let that simmer for 20-30m. I left the kitchen while I waited. Don’t be me. Don’t leave. Stir frequently! Else, it makes a kinda gross film on top and you end up scrubbing stuck-oat-muck from your pan. Twice. Bleh.
At the end, I added the cinnamon, agave, and pecans. I gave a good mix. It was very brown. It didn’t look pretty. It looked like there was a possible toss-in-bin ending to this story. It tasted like cinnamon. Squishy warm cinnamon.
Using my trusty cookie scoop, I put 2 scoops in each muffin tin. Small freezers call for small pans. I opted with the 6 muffin tin type quickly spritzed with olive oil spray. I covered them in foil and let them cool in my fridge before placing in freezer.
I grabbed 2 frozen disks the next morning and took them into work. They remained frozen for my entire hour commute. Sweet.
I popped them into a microwaveable bowl for 1 min 30 sec. Came out all nice and warm. I like my oatmeal goopy, but if you prefer yours looser go ahead and drop some milk, water, or fancy-schmancy non-dairy milk in about halfway through the nuking process.
1 week of healthy breakfasts for ridiculously less money than the Starbucks version. Keeping my waistline thinner and wallet fatter, 1 frozen hockey puck at a time.