Are you looking for a quick and easy make ahead breakfast that’s nutritious, delicious and fun? And one that even those with gluten allergies or sensitivities can enjoy, thanks to new Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal? Get the kids in the kitchen and let them customize their own DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups.
DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chex, who provided the product for this recipe and giveaway. I was compensated for writing this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I keep hoping the summer will last just a little bit longer. While most of the kids in the country are already back in school, here in New Jersey we still have a few more days before we dive headfirst into the start of a new school year, with all of the craziness that entails. For us, this year will be even crazier than ever. The Hubby will be starting his new job out of state on the same day as The Bug starts Pre-K4. And just a few days before that all happens, King Stuff is going to start at daycare a few days a week. This is equal parts awesome and awful. I mean, my baby!!!! Getting so big!
But with our house going on the market and preparing for an out-of-state move, getting these busy boys out of the house for at least a few hours a day, a few days a week is pretty much essential for me to maintain my sanity and some amount of cleanliness and order for when the realtor calls and say that someone wants to come over in twenty minutes. As if life wasn’t already busy enough, it’s about to get chaotic!
With the upcoming hectic mornings, I’m glad I can just pull some of these out of the freezer…
And then turn them into this tummy-warming breakfast…
DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups are a fun and fabulous way to bring a little creativity to breakfast, but all of the (not-so) hard work is done ahead of time, and not when you are trying to get everyone up and dressed and fed and out the door. And now with Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal, this versatile, totally customizable breakfast can be enjoyed even by kids and families who used to avoid oatmeal because it was difficult to find one that was gluten free. (Stay tuned. There’s a giveaway for you to sample some yourself!)
First, you need and eager helper or two…
Then you just cook up a big batch of oatmeal, divvy it up into some muffin cups, set out bowls of your favorite chopped up fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever else you like..
And get to work (naturally the kid goes for the chocolate first. Not pictured is when he dumped the entire bowl of chips on a single muffin cup)…
I’ll let you guess which ones I made and which ones The Bug was responsible for (remember my kabob issues?)…
Pop the muffin tins in the freezer…
Once they are frozen, pop them out of the tins and wrap ‘em up. Then all you have to do is pull out one or two of the frozen cups for each of the kiddies the night before, or even that morning, warm them up in the microwave, splash on some milk if you like…
Breakfast is served, even on the busiest of mornings!
And you know how I mentioned wanting summer to last a bit longer? One of my favorite things about making up these freezer cups, as opposed to just cooking up the oats on a daily basis or making up packets with dried fruit, nuts, spices or whatever else you may like, is that I was able to save a little of the summer fruits I love – blueberries, cherries, peaches – so we can savor summer flavors into the start of fall.
While my kids aren’t gluten free, as a mama with a wheat allergy, I am excited that Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal is bringing this warm, nourishing comfort food back to the breakfast table for everyone. Families with members that are gluten free know that Chex has been giving you cereal options for awhile now, right on your regular grocery store shelves. So it is great that they now are providing an affordable and trusted option that makes oats safe to eat again.
And if back-to-school nights and sports practices and club meetings mean that you don’t have a chance to put together these DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups, Chex offers individual packets of Original, Maple Brown Sugar, and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, and all of these simple, nourishing products has less than five ingredients on the label!
If you want some more ideas and inspiration, follow along with the gluten free goodness of Chex on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you want to try some Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal of you own, here’s your chance to win 2 bags of Chex Gluten Free Original Oatmeal, 2 of the Check Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal Variety Packs, and an oatmeal bowl. You have until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 3rd to enter. Open to U.S. residents 18 and over.
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What toppings would you put on your DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups?
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- 3 cups Chex Gluten Free oats
- ¼ cup brown or demerara sugar, or to taste
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups milk of choice
- pinch salt
- Assorted chopped fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, or other toppings
- Combine the oats, sugar, water, milk, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Redice heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes, or to desired consistency. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Spray two 12-cup muffin tins with cooking spray and set out toppings in bowls.
- Divide the cooked oatmeal between the muffin cups, and top each with desired toppings.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for several hours, or until frozen.
- Once frozen, pop out of the muffin tins, loosening with a butter knife or small spatula, if necessary and wrap in sandwich bags or plastic wrap.
- Remove desired number of cups (one to three per serving) from the freezer the night before or day you plan to serve them.
- Warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (longer if still frozen), and stir in a little more milk, if desired.
Need some more quick and easy (and gluten free) make-ahead breakfast ideas?
- Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars
- Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins
- Apple & Sweet Potato Egg Muffin Cups