Frozen Oats

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This recipe is simple and perfect to make in bulk and easily stored in the freezer--ready on demand. Whole grain old-fashioned oats are combined with nuts, berries, and dried fruits for a touch of sweetness. Exchange you sugar-laden instant oatmeal for one or two of these nutrient-dense and protein-packed cups. 

(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)


Frozen Oat Cups

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned, rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, dates, apricots, raisins, tart cherries however you like)
  • 1/2 cup chopped and toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts)
  • 1 cup fresh (actually frozen works better) berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries)

Instructions:

  1. Prep a twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin pan with PAM spray.
  2. In a medium pot or saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.
  3. Add oats and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Mixture will look soupy and thin.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in butter and cinnamon and transfer to a bowl.
  7. Once oat mixture has cooled off, stir in the dried fruit, nuts and berries.
  8. Spoon 1/2 cup of mixture into muffin pan and freeze x 3-4 hours until solid
  9. Transfer frozen cups to a freezer bag or airtight container.
  10. When ready to use, microwave one frozen cup, covered for 2 minutes.
  11. Add milk, peanut or almond butter, nut milks, fresh fruit, coconut, and a little brown sugar.