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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 )

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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...


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


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

    October 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

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

    • Catherine McCord

      October 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

      They keep for about a week in the fridge!

  2. Kay

    March 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    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!

  3. Kelly

    January 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    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!

    • Catherine McCord

      January 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

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

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  6. omolayoa

    July 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    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!

  7. Louise

    April 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

    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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  9. Krysta

    September 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Would this work with quick oats?

    • catherine

      September 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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

  10. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    September 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This blog stole your content They are w/ GoDaddy. I just filed w/ them – perhaps you should as well -thanks!

    • catherine

      September 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for letting me know!

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  12. Dyan

    September 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Honey is dangerous for babies.

    • Josi

      November 7, 2013 at 12:17 am

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

  13. LindaDF

    September 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

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

  14. Caroline

    August 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hi just wondering if this oatmeal has to be cold or if you can heat it up.

    • catherine

      August 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      You could heat it up if you wanted to! It’s pretty delicious cold, though!

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  16. Tara

    August 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This is the only way my 15 month old will eat oatmeal! I sneak in some ground walnuts, flax, and wheat germ, while she is focused on the wild blueberries- a big win! Plus, I love that I can make several days worth at a time. Thank you very much for the recipe.

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    July 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm


  18. tami32

    July 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    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.

  19. Kenzie

    July 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    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.

  20. Karla

    July 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    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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  22. Lacy

    June 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

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

  23. Mia S

    June 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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

    • Mia S

      June 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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

  24. Debbie Koscielny

    June 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

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

  25. Vicki @ Happy Green Mama

    June 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    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!

  26. Kelly Williams

    June 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    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.

  27. Rebecca

    June 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    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.

    • catherine

      June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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

  28. Ellen Quinones

    June 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Does anyone know if this can be frozen?

  29. Jen

    June 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

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

  30. Deatrice

    June 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

    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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  32. karrie

    June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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

  33. Tina

    June 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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

  34. s voss

    June 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    So delicious

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      February 3, 2014 at 12:37 am

      …”unexpected flavors and sganrte looks results in a magical pie” – just stumbled over your blog, just love it, just printed out a few recipes :)

  35. Vanessa

    June 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    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!

  36. Prudence

    June 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

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

    • catherine

      June 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I think they would come out too chewy!

  37. Nancy A.

    June 11, 2013 at 5:49 am

    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.

  38. Nyree

    June 10, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Where are those jars from?

    • catherine

      June 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

      They are 8 ounce mason jars!

  39. Robin V.

    June 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    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!

    • Robin V.

      June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

      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!

  40. Joanne Moreira

    June 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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

  41. TanyaC

    June 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    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!!

  42. Fani

    June 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    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.

  43. Heather Christo

    June 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

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

  44. Misty

    June 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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

  45. Ann

    June 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      The night before, in Step One!

  46. Gina

    June 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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

  47. michelle geil

    June 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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

    • Jeff

      February 4, 2014 at 1:30 am

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    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      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!

      • Tara

        June 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        It does work with steel cut oats. Just a little chewier. I prefer mine this way :)

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  48. Bambi Bittner

    June 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hi do you have the recipe for your crockpot oatmeal?

  49. Ruth

    June 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    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

  50. Brooke

    June 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    A vegan version?

    • kelly

      June 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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

  51. Laurie Luck - Smart Dog University

    June 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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

  52. Pamela S

    June 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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

  53. Rebekah C

    June 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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

    • Marta

      June 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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

  54. Jen Marisi

    June 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    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

  55. Laura Degnan

    June 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

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

  56. Ellen Quinones

    June 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    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.

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Yes, you can use any yogurt you prefer!

      • Mehmet

        February 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        This really is actlaluy my pretty first comment any weblog anywhere, Just joined the community, These are rather great tips for a first timer like myself. Thank You for the tips.

      • Ellen Quinones

        June 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        Awesome thank you. I often use clean jars (like the ones applesauce comes in) and containers saves from having to go out and buy them lol. Just one more question how many days will it keep in the fridge after making, and can it be frozen?

  57. Amanda

    June 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Can you substitute whole milk yogurt for Greek yogurt?

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Use any yogurt you prefer!

  58. ashleabelle

    June 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

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

    • catherine

      June 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      These are 8 ounce jars!

    • ashleabelle

      June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Those are old jars, aren’t they?

  59. Fiona

    June 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    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.