Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Our family goes through a lot of oatmeal. It makes an appearance at breakfast at least once or twice a week. More so in the winter when it's cold and Oatmeal in the Crockpot is my weeknight recipe savior. It requires I do nothing but dump all the ingredients into a pot the night before and I can rest assured the kids will get a nutritious hot breakfast the next morning.

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But even in the summertime my kids often ask for oatmeal, a request which boggles my mind, especially when we wake up and it's already 85 degrees outside.

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For a cool, fun spin on oatmeal during the hotter months, I pre-make these mason jars of oatmeal on Sundays for us to eat for breakfast over the next few days, and I must say they're pretty darn addictive. I let each family member personalize their own jar -- using nuts, berries, seeds, and more to make their own edible work of art -- and then put them right in the fridge. No cooking necessary. Overnight the cool milk and tangy yogurt soften the oats and meld together into this scrumptious creamy breakfast. The best part is that you don't have to do a thing in the morning except pull the jars out of the fridge and enjoy. And trust me, you will!

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Refrigerator Oatmeal (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole milk, rice, soy or almond milk
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Preparation

1. In a bowl, stir together the oats, milk, yogurt and honey. Pour into small mason jars and stir in desired accompaniments.

2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Serve chilled.

Accompaniments

1/2 a banana, mashed or sliced, mashed or chopped berries (this works great with frozen berries too) ,flax seeds, chia seeds, a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, dried fruits, chopped, almonds, walnut, cashew or pumpkin or sunflower seeds

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81 comments

  • Fiona

    Yum. This reminds me of bircher muesli - add some grated apple. I love the idea of making it in small jars that everyone personalises. We're renovating the kitchen soon so this will be a winner when our appliances (except fridge) are out of action.

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  • Ashleabelle

    Putting this into action this week. Now gotta get those cute mason jars.......what size are those (oz)???

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    • Ashleabelle

      Those are old jars, aren't they?

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    • Catherine

      These are 8 ounce jars!

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  • Amanda

    Can you substitute whole milk yogurt for Greek yogurt?

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    • Catherine

      Use any yogurt you prefer!

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  • Ellen Quinones

    We are not huge fans of Greek Yogurt here, can we substitute plain regular (or flavored) yogurt?

    to be honest my hubby hates oatmeal but my 2 year old loves it. I just wish there was a breakfast recipe for hubby that didn't involve oatmeal. He's on the go in the mornings and no time to cook up breakfast at 6am lol.

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can use any yogurt you prefer!

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  • Laura Degnan

    adding chia seeds the night before is also a great addition to this recipe. It makes the oatmeal thicker & chewier!

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  • Jen Marisi

    This is so funny. You basically listed everything in my kitchen, even the accompaniments. You always nail it Catherine! Much love for you from New Jersey

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  • Rebekah C

    How is this Dairy Free if you use a cup of yogurt? Any substitute for those that can't have yogurt?

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    • Marta

      use coconut yogurt or almond yogurt for those wanting a vegan version. pretty easy fix.

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    • Catherine

      It can be made dairy free depending on the ingredients you use! Try using soy or almond milk and yogurt!

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  • Pamela S

    Brilliant!!! Thank you so much. Making this today for tomorrow morning. Will also be a hit for my busy husband. Love it.

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  • Laurie Luck Smart Dog University

    This looks fantastic. I gotta try it. I'll set my husband up with some, too, as he frequently skips breakfast due to time.

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  • Brooke

    A vegan version?

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    • Kelly

      vegan version, use almond or soy milk and coconut or almond milk yogurt

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  • Ruth

    this is also a wonderful trick to use (soaking oats in milk overnight) when adding oats to smoothies to make them extra-thick and hearty

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  • Bambi Bittner

    Hi do you have the recipe for your crockpot oatmeal?

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    • Catherine

      It is linked in this post, but here it is in case you missed it! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/11/02/oatmeal-in-the-crock-pot/

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  • Michelle Geil

    Hi! Can I make this with oat groats? Thanks (-:

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried making it with groats and I'm not sure if they would get soft enough, but it is definitely worth a try!

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    • Jeff

      This is brilliant and that first pirtcue belongs in a frame. I also love that you mentioned how powerful a kitchen torch makes you feel. I totally get that feeling when holding my chef's knife. Although a kitchen torch is slightly cooler

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  • Gina

    How long do they keep in the fridge? Gonna try this vegan soon. Looks divine. Do you use fresh fruit or dried fruit?

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    • Catherine

      You can use either! They'll stay good about 3 days!

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  • Ann

    Do the ideas listed as \"Accompaniments\" get added the night before or morning of when eaten?

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    • Catherine

      The night before, in Step One!

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  • Misty

    Would 2% milk work and what about regular nonfat yogurt instead of Greek?

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    • Catherine

      You can use whatever kind of milk and yogurt you prefer!

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  • Heather Christo

    this is great. I am going to see how these fly with the kids!

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  • Fani

    Just made this with almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds and strawberries we picked this weekend. It is incredible! Can't wait for breakfast. Catherine, you are the best.

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  • TanyaC

    I make milk kefir & berry smoothies in large batches on the weekend. I portion them in small jars and my hubby chugs one before running out the door or takes it to the office. I have never thought about adding oatmeal and who would have guessed it doesn't need to be cooked like this?! Brilliant!!

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  • Joanne Moreira

    I read your refrigerator Oatmeal ? not sure about the cockpot. How long do I cook it in the cockpot? I love this receipt.

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  • Robin

    I'm totally doing this tonight! It will be a great surprise for my kids in the morning. My son loves oats and has been asking to eat our fruit all day. Now he can have both at once. I love it!

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    • Robin

      So my kids tasted it this morning. My son (I was right) LOVED it. He said, \"Mom, this is SO good!\" I love it and so does my daughter. I made some with fresh chopped blueberries, fresh chopped strawberries, and another one with mashed bananas. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Nyree

    Where are those jars from?

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    • Catherine

      They are 8 ounce mason jars!

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  • Nancy A.

    I made this last night and am eating one right now. All I can say is, it is delicious and I love it!! Will continue to make them, The different combination of fruits and such are endless!!! Thank you for such a yummy recipe that I can use for my breakfast every day! I love oatmeal like you.

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  • Prudence

    This is awesome! Made it for this morning. Have you ever used steel cut oats?

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    • Catherine

      I think they would come out too chewy!

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  • Vanessa

    What a great idea!! I love this and I know my family will too! Your blog is still my favorite year after year! Now I just need to get your cookbook!

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  • Voss

    So delicious

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    • Cindy

      ...\"unexpected flavors and sganrte looks results in a magical pie\" - just stumbled over your blog, just love it, just printed out a few recipes :)

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  • Tina

    Catherine, how much oatmeal do you end up with and what size glass containers are you using?

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    • Catherine

      These are 8 ounce containers! It comes out to about a 1 cup serving!

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  • Karrie

    I am so excited to try this. I had something like this on a cruise and loved it.

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  • Deatrice

    This was wonderful. At first my son didn't want to eat it because \"I want hot oatmeal\". After two days of watching me eat it he tried it and loves it. Great way to make sure we both get a good breakfast in the morning. When using flavored yogurt omit the homey; makes it a bit too sweet.

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  • Jen

    If you don't have mason jars, is there something else that we can use? Tupperware or a bowl, mug, etc?

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    • Catherine

      You can store this in any food-safe container you have!

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  • Ellen Quinones

    Does anyone know if this can be frozen?

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  • Rebecca

    This is very goid and I've made this the for the past few mornings. My only question is -- Why do you have it listed as \"dairy-free\" when it still calls for Greek yogurt? I just use more almond milk to make it dairy-free but I was initially very excited & then a little disappointed.

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    • Catherine

      It is listed in the dairy-free section because you can use any type of milk or yogurt you prefer!

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  • Kelly Williams

    Just made this and we will try it in the morning. But, I tell you, I get a strange feeling of satisfaction when breakfast is made the night before! That is a lot more sleep that I get in the morning. Love this idea - an awesome solution to the quick breakfast before swim team early in the morning.

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  • Vicki Happy Green Mama

    This is like muesli! But I like the idea of adding the yogurt. I am not a yogurt fan so this would probably get me to add it to my diet. Thanks for this! My kids will love it!

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  • Debbie Koscielny

    Sounds delicious...I am going to try this. Maybe my husband will eat it.

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  • Mia S

    Do you think it would be fine to make in baby food jars with the same 1:1:1 ratio (plus honey)?

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    • Mia S

      Nevermind, I overlooked that you mix it into a bowl 1st and then pour it in the container. Sorry, I got it!

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  • Lacy

    Love your site! Can this recipe be frozen? This sounds yummy!

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried freezing it, but I don't see why not!

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  • Karla

    I didn't have any honey on hand, so I pureed about ten strawberries to mix in. I'm excited for my little guy to try this in the morning!

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  • Kenzie

    Thank you so much for this recipe,just brilliant! My kids absolutely LOVE this, this is the only thing they want in the mornings now. I love that it is so easy to do and so good for them,breakfast in the mornings just became easier,thank you so much.

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  • tami32

    Really good and so healthy too, for both my son and me as well! Never would have thought to soften up the oatmeal this way but it turned out great! My 19month-old loved it too. Thanks so much for the great ideas, I just recently discovered your website and my son really seems to like almost everything I've tried so far! He's not terribly picky, but does have his days. Love how your recipes are so simple and not terribly time-consuming.

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  • HappyCappy

    YUMMY!

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  • LindaDF

    Yum-E!!! Made this with SO Delicious Greek style coconut milk yogurt and rice milk for a dairy free alternative.

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  • Dyan

    Honey is dangerous for babies.

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    • Josi

      Then, don't give it to babies, silly! Replace it with maple syrup, or no sweetner.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for letting me know!

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  • Krysta

    Would this work with quick oats?

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    • Catherine

      I think they would get too mushy after sitting overnight! So I would say no! :)

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  • Louise

    YUM YUM YUM!! I add cranberries, Dark Agave Nectar, Chia seeds and Pepitas and no matter how much I make, it is always devoured within 24 hours- I can't make it fast enough for the hubby & kids!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Omolayoa

    What a time saving delicious breakfast/dessert! I made this for my 16 month old, who can be picky about somethings, but loves oatmeal. I served it cold and she loved it, but prefers it warm. She gobbled it up for breakfast this morning. Your recipes have been a life saver. I will be trying the banana porridge as well. Did i mention, i loved it as well! 2 for 2 on your recipe that i have tried!

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  • Kelly

    Love this recipe! Can I just put a double batch in the fridge in a big bowl and put it in serving dishes in the morning? Thanks!

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    • Catherine McCord

      I think that would work! As long as all the oats are covered with the liquid and yogurt!

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  • Kay

    I've made this recipe several time already. My baby who is 16 months old and I prefer it warm, plus I don't like the raw taste of oat meal. Solution, I always heat it up for a minute and that does the trick! Yumm!!! I put it in 8 oz jars and freeze them after it's been refrigerate over night. Thank you for your recipe!

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  • Heather Choquette

    How many days are they ok to be in the fridge or is it just eat it all the next day kinda thing?

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    • Catherine McCord

      They keep for about a week in the fridge!

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