I do not like oatmeal. I never had. Oatmeal cookie? Sure. Oatmeal granola? Sure. Oatmeal? Blech! That is until I decided to reach outside of my comfort zone and try something new.
I don't have a lot of time in the morning so making something on the actual stove and not in the microwave is kind of out of the question. I have tried instant oatmeal packets and they have not brought me over to their side. Too processed, too much sugar, too artificial tasting.
Recently, however, I found a recipe on Pinterest (seriously, does anyone find new ideas
anywhere else?) for frozen oatmeal pucks and thought that maybe I should
try them. They would save time in the morning, they would be less processed and probably better for me overall. So I made them and, surprise, surprise, I really like them. I have amde a few minor changes from the original recipe, so I am going to post my version here:
6 1/2 cups water
4 cups rolled oats
1 pinch salt
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup real maple syrup
-- Bring water to a boil and add oats. Turn heat down to med and stir until thickens (it will thicken more as it cools) about 5-7 mins. Add butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup and stir. Taste and add more sugar or syrup to taste.
--Grease a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Fill tin with oatmeal almost to the top.
--Then put them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight until they are frozen little pucks! Take them out of the freezer and pop them out of the tin.
-- Store in a ziplock bag
To reheat: take 1 or 2 pucks out of the freezer and put them in a microwave safe bowl with 2-3 Tbsp of water. Heat for 3 minutes.
I like to stir in some flax seeds and some chia seeds and voila! I have a breakfast that really keeps me full until lunch.