10 Ways to Prep Oats for a Week of Breakfast

10 Ways to Prep Oats for a Week of Breakfast

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Sheela Prakash
Sep 29, 2018
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Not only are oats one of the most wholesome breakfast ingredients, but they also happen to be one of the most versatile ingredients. Beyond just a comforting bowl of oatmeal, they can be transformed into muffins, grab-and-go bars, and more. Utilize the humble whole grain in these 10 make-ahead recipes and you'll head into the week with ease.

1. How To Make DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

Making your own instant oatmeal cups allows you to break free of the usual maple brown sugar and apple cinnamon flavors to create your own unique mix-in combinations.

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2. How To Make Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker: The Easiest, Simplest Method

Making a big batch of oatmeal in the slow cooker is one of the most hands-off approaches to prepping oats for breakfast: Just dump everything in and let it cook while you snooze.

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3. Baked Apple-Oat Breakfast Squares

These naturally sweetened oat bars swap oil or butter for applesauce and are a great choice if you need breakfast on the go.

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4. How To Make Tender Baked Oatmeal Cups

It's worth baking a double batch of these oatmeal cups if you have enough muffin tins because they freeze ridiculously well and are a perfect grab-and-go option.

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5. How To Make Easy Muesli

A big batch of muesli keeps for a month and can be used so many ways. Try soaking some in milk to make overnight oats, stirring a bit into yogurt, or just enjoying it like cereal.

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6. How To Make Oatmeal on the Stovetop

The most tried-and-true way to use oats will never go out of style. Make a pot of oatmeal and it will last in the fridge through the week, so you can portion out a little at a time and reheat it.

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7. Morning Glory Overnight Oats

A blend of cinnamon and ginger plus hearty mix-ins like apple, carrot, raisins, and walnuts jazz up usual overnight oats and turn them into something reminiscent of this well-loved muffin.

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8. How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker

Steel-cut oatmeal takes quite a bit of time to cook, so reaching for the pressure cooker is a smart way to shave off time. Make a large batch and reheat servings through the week.

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9. Frozen Single-Serve Oatmeal with Almonds & Dried Cherries

This is an extra-clever way to prepare oatmeal for the week and then some. The frozen pucks will last for some time and you can take out one or two and simply defrost and warm them in the microwave.

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10. How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in Jars

Cook steel-cut oats for just three minutes, divide them among jars, let them rest in the fridge overnight, and come morning they'll be soft and chewy — it's a bit like magic.

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