Make Ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal cups are an easy make-ahead breakfast recipe that is a total time-saver for busy mornings. Perfect for meal prep, the kids can customize them with their favorite fruit and nut toppings! Delicious, healthy, and gluten-free, these are homemade freezer meals that the whole family will love.
Note: Originally published Aug 28, 2014. This post has been updated but it was written several years ago. However, I always like to keep the stories as reminders of those periods in my life. I hope you’ll indulge me even if the seasonal references are out of context.
Most of the kids in the country are already back in school. But here 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 is 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 hectic mornings ahead, I’m glad I can just pull some make-ahead breakfast oatmeal cups from the freezer. They make the perfect tummy-warming breakfast for my kiddos.
DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups
These DIY oatmeal cups are a fun and fabulous way to bring a little creativity to breakfast. Even better, the (not-so) hard work is done ahead of time, not when you’re trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door.
What do you need for make-ahead oatmeal cups?
- Quick-cooking oats
- Brown sugar
- Milk or almond milk
- Toppings – fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
How to meal prep homemade freezer breakfast oatmeal:
- Combine the oats, brown sugar, water, milk, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Cook several minutes to the desired consistency.
- Divide the oatmeal between the muffin tins and sprinkle on the toppings in whatever combination you like.
- Slide the muffin pans into the freezer.
- Once the oatmeal cups are frozen, pop them out of the tins and wrap them up in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or freezer storage bag.
- Store the oatmeal cups in the freezer.
How to reheat freezer oatmeal:
- Pull out one or two frozen oatmeal cups per person the night before and keep in the refrigerator.
- Warm them up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (longer if still frozen).
- Splash on some milk if you like.
Breakfast is served, even on the busiest of mornings!
Freezer Oatmeal Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe Tips:
- Freezer oatmeal cups can be made gluten free by using certified gluten free oats and gluten free toppings.
- Feel free to adjust the level of sugar or use another sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
- Do you know how I mentioned wanting summer to last a bit longer? Choose fresh summer fruits so that you can enjoy blueberries, cherries, and peaches well into the fall.
- When I first made these, I used regular muffin tins and had to pop them out with a butter knife. Now things like silicone muffin pans and silicone cupcake liners are much more common and make removing the freezer oatmeal cups much easier.
What are more ways to serve oatmeal?
- Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bake is a breakfast casserole you can make ahead of time.
- Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal is warm and cozy with a sweet and spicy kick.
- Raspberry Mocha Latte Overnight Oats are a cold and healthy way to jumpstart your day with a jolt of caffeine.
- Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars let you bring your oatmeal along with you as you head out the door.
What are more quick and easy (and gluten-free) make-ahead breakfast ideas?
- Mini Chocolate Banana Blender Pancakes can be stored in the freezer, so definitely make a double batch.
- Honey Nut No-Bake Granola Bars are perfect to make for grab-and-go breakfasts all week long.
- Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars are another perfect meal prep idea for last all week.
- Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins are always a hit with the kids.
- Broccoli, Potato & Cheese Egg Muffin Cups give you a good dose of protein that you can store in the fridge or freezer.
- Four Ingredient Fruit Yogurt Snack Hack make yogurt parfaits perfectly portable.
Make Ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Cups Recipe
These delicious, gluten-free freezer oatmeal cups are a meal prep breakfast that everyone in the family loves! An easy, kid-friendly recipe you can store in the freezer until you need a quick hot meal on a busy morning. The kids love that they get to customize their make-ahead breakfast with their favorite toppings. Mom loves having an easy, healthy, and quick freezer meal to serve.
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Make Ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Cups (homemade freezer meals)
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
- ¼ cup brown sugar or demera sugar, to taste
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups milk of choice
- 1 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.
- Reduce 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 or line with silicone muffin liners (or use a silicone muffin pan) 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.
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