Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oatmeal

February 6th, 2017—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed. 

Oatmeal in the Freezer.

It’s a Thing.

Yep, frozen oatmeal. When we first discovered it, we were surprised, too. A decade later, we’re no longer surprised by it; we are, however, just as delighted as we ever were. Why the delight? Simple, really. This is Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oatmeal. Steel cut oats are denser than rolled oats, and create heartier, chewier, some say more satisfying oatmeal. Making this type of oatmeal from scratch can take as long as 40 minutes – 40 minutes of constant stirring. And stirring. And still more stirring. Stirring, friends, is not terribly satisfying. However, by pre-cooking this product and putting it in the freezer, we’ve cut your prep time to about three minutes in the microwave!

Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oatmeal comes in a box of two individual servings, each with 150 calories and five grams of protein. When frozen, they look a bit like thick, oatmeal-colored hockey pucks. When you’re enjoying steel cut oatmeal three minutes or so after the craving hits, you may feel a bit puckish yourself. Each serving is a simple combination of oats, water, maple syrup, brown sugar, and salt. That’s it. It has some sweetness but it’s not too sweet; probably very similar to what you’d make if you started from scratch. Of course, you don’t have to start from scratch, because we took care of that for you. We do things like that. You know, to make your life easier. It’s fun.

You know what else is fun? Our price of $1.69 for each 16 ounce box of two servings. Because really, where else can you get two complete servings of a hearty, nutritious breakfast for less than two bucks? Only in Trader Joe’s freezers.  


Ingredients: Water, Steel Cut Oats, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Rolled Oats, Salt

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