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Freezer Friendly Steel-Cut Oats (Vegan)

I'll be the first to admit I never liked oatmeal even though my mom always tried to get me to try it. I was definitely a picky eater as a kid (Jake would tell you I still am, oops!). However, in the past year or so, I've gotten into oatmeal because its so cheap to make and I was getting tired of the toast or yogurt with granola I'd been making for work/school. During the week, I'd often use the instant pack of oatmeal because I rarely wake up early enough to make a batch of oatmeal before I run off to school. During the weekends though, I'll use old-fashioned rolled oats and cook the oatmeal on a stove top for Jake and I. While it doesn't take a terribly long time to do this, I wanted to see if there was a way to freezer meal prep this dish other than making overnight oats.

I've been seeing a lot of people post that they make oatmeal with steel-cut oats and then freeze them for later. I thought, "gee, that's genius!" So this past weekend I decided to give it a try. I love how easy it is to customize these. I made 2x batch so that I had a lot to freeze in individual portions. Finals are right around the corner so I can't wait to have these on deck as I get ready for my exams.

I ended up making mine vegan (used coconut oil to lightly toast the steel-cut oats and coconut milk to cook them) but you can easily use butter or any type of milk that you prefer as a heads up.

Full recipe and directions below.

Step 1: Roast steel-cut oats with coconut oil

I decided to make this recipe vegan. If you don't have coconut oil, you can also use butter. 

I found that roasting the steel-cut oats only adds another 2 minutes to the recipe but adds such a deep and delicious flavor.

Step 2: Add water and milk of choice. Season with cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 25-30 minutes.

The ratio ends up being 4 cups of wet ingredients to 1 cup of dry ingredients. I used coconut milk, but you can use any milk of choice. Add a dash of salt to the oatmeal and stir.

To add a bit more flavor to the oatmeal, I added a dash of vanilla extract and cinnamon. You can also add toasted shredded coconut for extra flavor if you are using a different type of milk other than coconut milk. A small dash of salt brings all the flavors together.

Once the mix comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Stir occasionally. 

Step 3: Once oatmeal has thickened, take off heat and add optional toppings. Let oatmeal rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

If you're making one variety of oatmeal, you can add the toppings directly into the pot and stir. Since I wanted to try different toppings, I poured the oatmeal into my Souper Cubes® trays and then added the toppings into each cube. 

For my oatmeal, I made four different types:

  1. Apple-cinnamon oatmeal
  2. Blueberry-coconut oatmeal
  3. Cinnamon-almond-raisin oatmeal
  4. Coconut-almond oatmeal

Looking back, I probably should have stirred the toppings into each serving of oatmeal so that it would be even easier to pop them out and place in a freezer bag without any loose toppings. Luckily I plan to go through these quickly so its not a big deal to keep them in the trays for now.

Step 4: Freeze in Souper Cubes® trays to enjoy for later

Step 5: To warm up, place in microwave for 3-4 minutes

When you're ready to eat one, pop one in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 3-4 minutes. I stirred it at the 2min and 3min mark. I also added a splash of coconut milk (you can also use water) to create steam in the microwave. 

Freezer Friendly Steel-Cut Oats Recipe

Original recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate


Makes 8 individual portions (roughly 3/4 cup each)

  • 2 cups of steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups, milk of choice (I used coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • Toppings: apples, coconut shreds, sliced almonds, raisins, chocolate chips, fruit, brown sugar, etc.


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter in a pot over medium heat. Once hot, add 2 cups of steel-cut oats. Stir for 1-2 minutes, until lightly toasted.
  2. Add 4 cups of water and 2 cups of milk. Stir. Add salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover with lid for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  3. Once oatmeal has thickened, take off heat and rest for 5 minutes.
  4. If you're making these for freezer meal prep, portion into Souper Cubes® trays. Add toppings to either the entire pot (if you're going to make just one flavor of oatmeal) or to individual portions of oatmeal. Cover with lid and freeze until solid.
  5. To heat up, place in microwave-safe bowl for 3-4 minutes. Add a splash of water of milk in the bowl to create steam. Stir after 2 minutes in the microwave. Enjoy! 

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