Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats Copycat Recipe

Trader Joes Copycat Quinoa and Steel Cut Oatmeal

I made my first trip to Trader Joe’s!

Oh. My. Word. You’d think I’d never been to a grocery store before.

Everything looked good. Everything went in my cart. Because Trader Joe’s. 

One of my favorite purchases was the frozen Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Most mornings I’m packing lunches for the girls. So if breakfast can be quick and healthy, I’m happy!

If you’ve ever cooked steel cut oats, you know there is nothing quick about them! Most brands take about 45 minutes to cook. On a weekday, ain’t nobody got time for that!

My friend also bought a box Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oatmeal. When discussing our purchases, we both had the very same comment: we were expecting more than two bowls of oatmeal out of the box.

I don’t know why. The box isn’t very big.

What I do know is I liked it enough that I decided to try to duplicate the recipe at home – making sure there were more than 2 servings!

Frozen Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats

This Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats Copycat Recipe makes up a large batch which you then freeze into individual portions using a muffin tin. Once the oatmeal is frozen, let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes then remove the oatmeal and freeze until ready to use.

To make one full serving, heat two of the frozen oatmeal “pucks” like in the picture above. I weighed the serving at home and it comes to about 6 ounces. The Trader Joe’s serving is 8 ounces, so mine is a slightly smaller portion.

A quick note about the sweetener. The Trader Joe’s version says it is sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup. To keep this a whole foods recipe, I used only maple syrup.

The Trader Joe’s version is also very lightly sweetened. Use my recipe as a starting point. If you need more sweetener, you can add it after you’ve microwaved it.

Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats Copycat Recipe


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • maple syrup


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Cook the steel cut oats according to package directions.
  3. Once cooked, stir together.
  4. Spoon quinoa and steel cut oats into muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon maple syrup to each muffin cup. Add 1 tablespoon water to each muffin cup.
  6. Cover and freeze.
  7. Once quinoa and oatmeal is frozen, set out on the counter for about 15 minutes so you can easily remove it from the muffin tin.
  8. Place in a freezer safe container.
  9. To reheat:
  10. Remove 2 frozen oatmeal "pucks" and place in a microwave safe dish.
  11. Microwave for 2 minutes. Break pucks up using a spoon and stir. Microwave an additional 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes until heated through. Allow to stand 30 seconds before stirring and serving.

If you’ve had the Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oatmeals, give this a try and let me know how you think it compares! This has become my go-to breakfast, and I’ve found I’m making up a batch most Sundays to carry me through the week.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    How many servings does this make? Or half servings as may be the case?

  2. Hi Jennifer, This recipe makes about a 18 pucks. So if you use 2 pucks per serving, then 9. Or if 1 is enough for you, then 18. Hope that helps, Andrea

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