Frozen Oatmeal and Warm Hugs

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.

Frozen Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from Heart of Light and Popsugar

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.

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