My husband loves steel cut oats. He’d eat them every morning for breakfast. In fact he does. The problem is they take a little longer to cook than regular oatmeal. You can (and we do) buy pouches of single serve “instant” steel cut oats but that gets pricey and, like most convenience food, it creates more packaging waste than I’d like to see. But these make ahead, single serve steel cut oat cups solve that problem. I just do up a big batch of slow cooker oats, freeze them in muffin tins and when you need them you just pop them in the microwave and you have a nice hot, healthy breakfast. If you have access to a microwave at school or work these make a great lunch too. Just pop them in a microwaveable plastic or glass container in the morning and take them with you.
Freezer Single Serve Apple Oatmeal Cups
Makes about 18 portions
- 2 cups of steel cut oats
- 7 cups of water
- 2 apples, peeled and diced
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup
Place the oats,cinnamon, salt, water and apples in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook over high heat for 4 hours OR medium for 6 hours OR low overnight (8 hours). If you are cooking on high check the oats after about 3 hours to make sure they are moist enough. Add more water if necessary. When the oatmeal is cooked turn off the slow cooker and stir in the brown sugar or maple syrup.
Spray your muffin tins (you need about 18 cups) well with cooking spray. Fill the cups with the oatmeal.
Place in the freezer overnight so the cups freeze all the way through.
Once frozen pop them out of the freezer and allow them to sit for a few minutes to make them easier to get out. Use a butter knife to pop them out. If you find they are still too cold to come out (or you’re in a hurry) just put a little hot water in the bottom of the sink and dip the bottom of the pan in for a few seconds.
Place them in a freezer bag or plastic container and put them back in the freezer.
When you want to use them just pull one out of the bag, place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for one minute. Remove from the microwave and stir. If it needs more time just pop it back in.