If You Love Oatmeal, You Need to Know This 2-Minute Trick

My obsession for quick breakfasts and my love for steel-cut oats do not go hand in hand, that is, until this very moment. Since I'm way too hungry to wait around for 20 minutes for my oats to cook, this simple cooking hack has changed my life. It turns steel-cut oats into quick oats, so in less than five minutes, you can sit down to a creamy, satisfying breakfast that'll keep you full all morning long.

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All you need is some time on Sunday and a freezer. Just cook a big batch of oats on the stove and freeze smaller portions in a muffin tin. After they're frozen, pop the little oatmeal pucks into a freezer bag, and a week of healthy, fiber-full breakfasts is ready. Actually, Trader Joe's sells these in the freezer section, but this will be much cheaper. Plus you can customize the recipe by omitting the maple syrup if you're trying to go sugar-free, or adding chia or flaxseeds, pumpkin spice, mashed banana, or vanilla bean paste for extra flavor.

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When you wake up craving a bowl of warm deliciousness, just pop two (150 calories) or three (226 calories) into a bowl, microwave for a few minutes, and add your favorite toppings. The soft and chewy consistency is the same as if you cooked up a fresh batch, but in so much less time! Your mornings will never be the same — I don't know why I never thought of this before!

Frozen Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Yield21 cups; 7 servings
Calories75 calories

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness


    • 8 cups water
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 2 cups steel-cut oats
    • 7 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


    1. Bring water and salt to a rolling boil. Pour in oats, stir, and reduce heat to simmer, cooking for 30 minutes.

    2. Turn off heat and stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

    3. Lightly grease 21 sections of two 12-cup muffin tins, and pour in the oatmeal.

    4. Freeze flat for five hours. Remove pan from the freezer and allow to thaw for a few minutes. Using a butterknife, gently pop the oatmeal "muffins" out of the pan, seal in a freezer bag, and keep frozen.

    5. When you're ready to eat, place two to three in a bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!


    This recipe makes enough for seven breakfasts if you use three "oatmeal muffins" per serving.