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