Freezer-Friendly Oatmeal Cups with Berries and Toasted Almonds

Don’t worry: Though these fruity oatmeal cups take six hours to set in the freezer, they require just 15 minutes of active prep time. Keep them in the freezer so they’re ready when you are. Just pop a couple of these in the microwave for a quick breakfast.

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup apple juice-sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
  • Unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan bring 5 cups water to boiling; stir in oats, date paste, sea salt, and orange zest. Cook, uncovered, over medium 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Watch carefully as the mixture may bubble up.) Remove from heat; stir in cranberries and cinnamon. Let cool 45 minutes. (Mixture will thicken as it cools.)
  • Line twelve 2 ½-inch muffin cups with foil bake cups or use silicone muffin cups. Spoon oat mixture into cups. Sprinkle with blueberries and almonds, pressing down lightly. Cover and freeze 6 hours or overnight until firm. Peel away foil from oatmeal cups or pop out of silicone cups. Transfer to freezer bags or airtight containers. Freeze up to 3 months.
  • To serve, place two frozen oatmeal cups in a small bowl; cover with waxed paper and microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring twice. Stir before serving and, if desired, top with milk.
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(5 from 3 votes)

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Robin

Why is the nutritional value not included?

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Robin, We are currently working hard to add nutritional information to all of our recipes. It'll be coming soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Marianne

These oatmeal cups sound amazing! I am a big oatmeal person, I am definitely going to try this recipe. It’s a nice change to just plain oats..

Sandy

Could I use paper cups for this?

Beck

I’m going to give these a try. However I don’t like unnecessary waste and don’t wish to purchase something I don’t need, so I will brush my metal muffin tins with coconut oil.

Lesa

Can you give the nutritional info on these please?

Joe DesBarres

What can I use in place of microwave?

Beck

Warm in an oven or leave out Over night to thaw.

lise

Awesome

Trish

Can you include the directions on how to covert dates into date paste?

Natalie Morgan

Google will help you Trish. It takes two seconds or you can buy it ready made.

Amy Mitchell

Yum

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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