Finding the right balance when it comes to breakfasts and school is something that’s going to be a challenge next year when Olivia goes to Kindergarten. To say that we are not morning people is an understatement and it’s not often that the kids are up before eight in the morning. Getting her out of bed, breakfast ready and dressed before school is going to leave me searching for ideas that are going to be quick, easy to make and delicious.
Frozen oatmeal can be defrosted quickly, and is available pre packaged from the grocery store, but I wanted to create a version at-home that was just as easy to make, inexpensive and in a delicious flavor that’s perfect for those cold winter mornings.
Freezer Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cups
3 1/2 cups of milk
4 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
Combine the milk, sugar, vanilla extract and salt into a pot and bring it to a boil (you could also use the microwave, heat until hot). Add the rolled oats and cook until they are soft. This is the basic recipe that I use when creating freezer ‘oatmeal pucks’ for quick cooking to replace the processed packages of oatmeal that are so quick to make.
Next, combine 4 tbs butter, 6 tbs brown sugar and 3 tsp cinnamon to create the cinnamon topping that’s going to be used on top of the oatmeal in a bowl and microwave for 35-45 seconds.
Transfer the oats to a greased muffin tin, using a wet spoon to press the oats into the muffin pan. Top each oats with 1 tbs of cinnamon sugar topping and put into the freezer to set. Remove when frozen and put into freezer bags to store. Reheat 1-2 minutes to serve for a quick and hearty breakfast in the morning, optional top with pecans or crushed almonds.
Yields 18 oatmeal pucks with cinnamon roll topping. The recipe can be easily doubled, and tripled for larger portions and once a month cooking for larger freezing options.
Violet could eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, Olivia on the other hand usually isn’t a big fan of oatmeal and demands a ham and cheese omelette more often than not. This recipe won her over with the rich oats cooked in milk, and created a real-ingredient option for those mornings when I want to keep her warm.