A perfect little jar of Refrigerator Oatmeal!

Quick and easy healthy breakfast!

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off an exciting National Nutrition Month by marking the start of  National School Breakfast Week (March 4-8), a time that highlights the importance of promoting healthy choices for our nation’s children throughout the school day.  Refrigerator Oatmeal is the perfect answer!

A healthy yummy nutritious oatmeal jar!

I know my mornings are so busy and trying to fit in a good healthy filling breakfast is hard on most days.  I prepare most stuff on Sunday nights for the week or the night before.  For instance, I’ll make a little tofu scramble on Sunday night and then put it in to small containers so that I can just heat it up real quick and go!  Or make egg burritos and wrap each one up so they can heat up quickly as well.  It’s very easy to eat all those sugary cereals in the morning but why start your morning with all that sugar?  But people do it because it’s quick and easy.  I know, because that is what I used to eat.

But look how cute this breakfast idea is that I found on the site The Yummy Life!

Refrigerator oatmeal

These are so easy to put together and you can be creative and make your own Refrigerator Oatmeal mixtures!  Here is another great photo they had that shows how to start adding in the ingredients:

making refrigerator oatmeal

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Greek yogurt – I use Fage yogurt which is a greek yogurt and pretty easy to find in your local store.
  • Milk – I used unsweetened almond milk.  But any nut milk or coconut milk is fine.
  • Chia seeds or Flax seeds – I tend to use either one, depending on what I have.
  • Half pint mason jar – You can get a case of these for pretty cheap.  I love using these for lots of things actually.

So that is how you start the process.  Now is the point where you add in whatever else you like.  I made the Raspberry Vanilla Oatmeal but here is the whole recipe:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raspberries (cut the berries in half) or enough to fill jar

The Yummy Life also added a tablespoon of raspberry jam or preserves, I didn’t just because that added a lot of sugar that I didn’t want in there.  But if it’s not sweet enough for you, you can add in some Stevia, like a 1/4 teaspoon depending on how sweet you need it for your liking.  Just please becareful to not to put in lots of sugary items.  😉

Put all items into the mason jar except for the raspberries.  Put the lid on and shake it good baby!  Shake until well mixed.  Then remove lid and add raspberries by slowly stirring them in.  Put lid back on and refrigerate overnight!

So easy and yummy.  That will start you off on a well nourished day ahead of you.

Thanks for stopping by and loving that you’re eating to nourish~


  1. Pinned it! looks delicious. I would love to get in a better “make ahead breakfast” schedule, especially when we start full day school schedule next year.

    • Yeah I do love plan ahead meals. I have a lot of little containers so I can cook on Sundays and just grab and eat throughout the week. And then they’re portion controlled as well. I love Pinterest. The problem is I could sit for hours just looking through all of the pins and photos!

  2. Looks interesting, but do you cook the oatmeal or eat it cold? Can this be done with steel cut oats? Thanks!

    • Hi there!
      No you don’t cook the oatmeal and yes you eat it cold. It’s a great way to take it on the go as well! Steel cut oats are not recommended because they usually take longer to cook since they still have the bran layer and won’t get soft enough this way. So I just use rolled oats and they work great. Enjoy!!