Overnight Refrigerator Oats

An Easy Breakfast Treat

easy refrigerator oats for breakfast

I’m sure you’ve seen these refrigerator oats on other blogs or food sites. They aren’t anything new and amazing in the world. Just to my kids. I have been making these this week so they have a quick and mostly healthy breakfast before school and it turns out they were a hit! That rocks, because they are so easy too, and I can easily “customize” them so everyone has something they like.

The first batch had chia seeds, which my oldest will eat, my middle will tolerate and the youngest wouldn’t even try. Then I switched to ground flax. I win.

Then I was asked to make strawberry refrigerator oats. Well, since we’ve been gluten-free (we’re almost fully grain free, but, well, oats!) I haven’t really been buying or making preserves in the sheer quantity we used to use them, and we had no strawberry preserves shoved to the back of the fridge either. Want to know what I did have? Fig preserves, orange marmalade, apricot preserves, the last dregs of plum-vanilla preserves (from my batch a couple of years ago!), and more fig, peach, apricot, and blood orange preserves (not together, four separate jars) in the pantry. Oh, and I tossed a jar of crystallized blueberry preserves, and a similar jar of sour cherry. I found it really odd I didn’t have strawberry. So I made peach refrigerator oats. 

Overnight Refrigerator Oats
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
106 calories
24 g
0 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
78 g
7 g
15 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 7mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 8 or 12 oz jars - I used both wide mouth quart mason jars, which I found to be huge and 8 oz quilted jelly jars, which were just right. Recycled jars from other products worked too!
  2. ½ Cup steel-cut oats. I bet oat groats would be good too! Most recipes call for rolled, but I don't even buy those, and steel-cut worked out just fine
maple brown sugar oats
  1. 1 Tbsp chia seeds, or ground flax (whole flax seeds would work, but I prefer ground)
  2. 1 Tbsp maple syrup - the real stuff
  3. 1 tsp brown sugar or sugar substitute, but if you substitute, I'd add some molasses in, since that's the flavor you want from the brown sugar anyway
  4. ½ Cup almond milk or whatever dairy you use - unsweetened vanilla almond milk was relish!
peach oats
  1. 1 Tbsp peach preserves
  2. 1 - 2 Tbsp diced peaches. I used frozen, and each jar got roughly 2 peach slices, diced
  3. ½ Cup almond milk or whatever dairy you use
all other oats
  1. seriously, just throw some stuff in there. we've made all sorts, using everything from preserves to dried fruits to fresh fruits. flax seed, chia seed, protein powder, anything. really.
  1. Add everything to your jar in the order shown. Basically, oats, anything else that's dry, then wet, then milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight. I make these around 9 or 10 PM and the boys eat them around 6AM. Then the girl eats one around 7:45 if she eats at all. They keep for a few days without getting mushy. I've been told you can heat them in a pan of hot water. I suspect you can microwave them. We eat them cold.
  2. Seriously, you can toss anything in there. I even threw a tiny scoop of probiotic powder in there since my kids refuse to take the chewable probiotics.
  3. I'm thinking raisins in the next batch, and maybe some craisins for my oldest since he prefers them over raisins. Some cinnamon.
  4. I like to cut out processed sugar, but I do let some slide through (ahem, brown sugar) and preserves certainly aren't low in processed or natural sugars either. It's a balancing act.
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Kids can help with this too! It’s fairly neat. You would have to go out of your way to make a huge mess, barring spilling a completed jar. It’s all measuring, so yay learning! My kids love to help cook. This isn’t really cooking, but it is using cooking implements, so it’s a good intro to cooking for the younger set, and a good make your own damn breakfast for the older set.

Quick note – this just barely fits in the 8 oz quilted jelly jar. You have to wait for the milk to settle into the oats a bit; It will overflow if you pour too quickly! I found the pint jars to be much too big, you could easily double the recipe in those, but really, the ½ cup of oats is plenty for breakfast IMO.

*This post Overnight Refrigerator Oats was originally on Modified Motherhood.

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Jenn has been described as “the archetype of the next generation matriarch” – whatever that means. She resides in not-so-sunny south Florida. With her children working on being nearly grown, she dreams about living in a tiny house visiting every North American Punky. Jenn runs the technical aspect of Punky Moms. Whenever there is a tech problem, she fixes it. She is the great and powerful Oz.

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