Overnight Fridge Oatmeal

Fridge Oats Tools

When I first saw this idea on an magazine advertisement for a common brand of oatmeal, I thought “No way! This doesn’t work!” But I tried it one day, then the kids ate it and before I knew it this became an almost weekly request by at least two of the three. (No one expects 100% agreement, do they? Actually my dissenter’s problem is he likes his oats sweeter, so we allow him to add a little more to his when it’s being made. It’s still very healthy!)

It is easy for me to churn out three or even five of these in a line for us the next morning, especially for a breakfast on the go. But it is also easy for them to make this — they just need to be planning ahead so it has overnight for the oats to soak and frozen fruit (often our staple) to defrost.

Note: It can even sit more than 24 hour period.

Makes 1 serving


2 cup “Canning” jar with lid (or same size container with lid)


  1. In jar/container, place following on top of each other, without mixing:
  • ½ cup regular oatmeal in bottom
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • ½ cup fruit (can still be frozen; just needs to be bite size – careful, banana can get brown and mushy)
  • ¼ cup more of yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons nuts or seeds, if you want (for example, chopped nuts, roasted sunflower seeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds)
  1. Put lid on jar/container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In morning, open, stir carefully, and eat out of container.

pdf version of recipe >> Fridge Oatmeal

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