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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oatmeal Freezer Pucks


If you have read New Nostalgia for any length of time, you will know I am a huge oatmeal fan.  I eat oats in some form every morning for breakfast, and usually end up snacking on another form of them during the day.  I eat them raw, cooked, in smoothies, in breads, in cookies and muffins.  I love my oats!

In the summer, my favorite fast breakfast is raw oats, almond milk, and frozen raspberries.  I let it sit a couple minutes for the oats to soak and raspberries to thaw.  It is a great on-the-go breakfast when thrown in a small mason jar.  I sweeten it with date paste or maple syrup.  Yum.

Now that it is getting chilly outside, I want the comfort of a warm porridge in the morning.  I love steel cut oats and their slightly chewy texture, but did not like the amount of time they take to prepare in the mornings.

Enter Trader Joes.


I found already prepared steel cut oats in the freezer section of Trader Joes.  I loved how they came, frozen in pucks and ready to heat.  They had simple ingredients with no preservatives.  I loved everything about them, especially that they spurred on the idea of this post!


The price at TJ's is good, but I knew I could make them for much less money, and sugar.  So I did!


I bought Bob Mills Steel Cut Oats.  Any brand will do!


 Prepare according to package directions.  Let cool slightly.  Pour into muffin tins.  I did not grease mine, it was not necessary.


It made 6 large pucks and 12 small ones.  I had a couple leftover servings in the pan and ate 'em up!


Here is how I placed them in the freezer.  A simple cookie sheet in between the pans did the trick. 


I froze them solid, then took out of the freezer.  I filled my sink with an inch of warm water, let the bottoms of the pan soak in it for a couple minutes, then used a knife at the edge of each puck to pop them out.  They came out very easily. 


The small muffin pucks were the perfect size for my three lil' muffin girls.  They love helping themselves to a frozen oatmeal puck in the morning.


The larger size was perfect for me!  


Keep in freezer bags, and pull out when needed.  Microwave 2 minutes for large, 1 minute for small.  Stir.  Heat in additional increments of 30 seconds until heated through.  Serve with maple syrup & cinnamon, and whatever toppings you prefer!

 More Of My Oatmeal Loves:
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Oatmeal
Cinnamon Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal
2 Minute Steel Cut Oats (another fast way to make them)
Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread
No Cook, Overnight Chia Oatmeal
Oatmeal Fully Loaded
Chewy Granola Bars/Best Chocolate "Candy Bar"

22 comments:

  1. Like Merchant Ships featured this and I pinned it! Love this idea - gonna do it this afternoon!

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  2. Love it. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. The first steel cut oats I had were the frozen ones from Trader Joes. I love this idea because I tire of oatmeal daily when I make a batch. I am doing this soon.

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  4. you have converted me to steel cut oats, but I hated the time it took....now you have revolutionized my mornings....thank you

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  5. Genius! Good job! Dang-it I love everything about T;j.s!! :)

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  6. thanks for sharing! what a great idea. i just cooked my oatmeal to do this. it's cooling a bit and then i'm dishing it into my muffin tins. can't wait to have it this next week for breakfast.

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  7. hmmm... i may give this one a try!
    Pat

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  8. This is genius! I was looking online for the nutritional information for the Trader Joe's frozen oatmeal and found your blog. What a great tip - thank you!

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  9. I did it! My kids LOVE them too!

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  10. This is a wonderful idea! I usually make steel cut oats on day one and put the other 3 servings in the fridge. This is a great idea to make a larger batch and have them ready!

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  11. Loved this so much, I tweeted it! Thank you for posting!

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  12. My husband and I eat oatmeal every morning too. We love steel cut oats but they take so much longer to cook. I will be trying this for sure. Thanks!

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  13. We did this! I love it and posted about it here...
    http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-weve-been-eating-2.html
    I linked back to you!
    THanks Amy!

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  14. This is wonderful! I just bought the oats today from Trader Joe's and thought there must be a way to do this myself. I googled and here you are! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  15. Love this idea! I've wanted to make steel cut oats for breakfast, but 30 minutes, seesh! I'll pick some up the next time I'm out and about. Even better than 5 minute oats!

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  16. I stumbled on this page while looking up recipes for bob mills steel cut oats. Thanks for sharing this awesome tip!!! My family will definitely be eating healthier from now on.

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  17. Oh my gosh I knew someone else would think of this, I get the Steele cut oatmeal from trader joes all the time and I thought to myself i know i can make this for cheaper and so i did... and when i saw this i just had to look ... Great minds think alike lol

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing! I am going to start cooking my oats right now!!

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  19. These look awesome! Can you tell me how many batches you made to get that many? The back of the Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats that are gluten free say to make one batch uses 1 cup of oats and serves 4...just wondering how many you did to get that many in the freezer! Thanks!

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  20. You are so smart--look forward to making these because it is better/cheaper and I already have the ingredients!!

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  21. OMG this is brilliant! I bought steel cut oats because that was the only variety at the store that was gluten-free but hate taking the time to cook them in the morning. I may just cook it all tonight! Thank you!

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