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As a busy mom I try to prepare my meals in advance whenever possible. This ensures survival a.k.a being able to eat something homemade when wrangling 2 children before I head to work.

One day I stumbled across no cook overnight refrigerator oatmeal when randomly searching the internet. I don’t know how someone would even come up with no cook oatmeal, but whoever they are is a genius.


If you’ve never heard of no cook refrigerator oatmeal before you’re in for a treat. Basically what you do is mix your ingredients in a jar, throw them in the fridge overnight and TA-DA! The next day you have oatmeal, all without having to go near a stove.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal ingredients


I wasn’t sure if the texture of the oatmeal would be the same as cooked oatmeal, but it came out great. It comes out extra creamy from the yogurt and very flavorful.

I’ll still make oatmeal on the stovetop when I am craving hot oatmeal and have the time, but most of the time I make about 6 jars of the refrigerator oatmeal at a time so I can just grab and go.



I love this recipe because it’s so versatile, from the milk and fruit you use, to the add-ins. Let’s get started!

To make no cook refrigerator oatmeal take 1/4 cup of uncooked oats and pour them into your mason jar or container of choice. I like using 8 ounce mason jars because they are the perfect size and easy to seal, but a bowl with plastic wrap will work just fine.

You can use old fashion (rolled) oats or quick cooking oats for this recipe.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal mason jars


Next add 1/3 cup of milk to each of your mason jars. You can use skim milk, whole milk, and even almond milk.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal adding milk


Now add 1/4 cup of yogurt. I used Greek yogurt, but you can use plain/vanilla yogurt if you want. I’ve made refrigerator oatmeal without yogurt and it comes out good, just less creamy.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal yogurt add


Time to add your sweetener of choice. I squeezed about 1 teaspoon of honey in each jar.

You can also use brown sugar, artificial sweetener, or granulated sugar.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal sweetener add


This is all you need to create a basic refrigerator oatmeal. In the next steps you can add your flavorings and fruit of choice.

In the mason jars on the left I added 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in each and on the right I did 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in each.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal add ins


Close your mason jars and shake them until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal mixing


Place your cut up fruit into each jar and stir to combine.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal fruit add


Cover your oatmeal and place in the refrigerator. You can store your oatmeal in the fridge anywhere from 1 to 4 days depending on the ripeness and type of fruit you’ve added.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal complete




1/4 cup old fashion (rolled) oats / quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup milk (whole/skim/almond/soy)
1/4 cup yogurt (Greek/plain/vanilla)
1 teaspoon sweetener of your choice


1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons flax seed/chia seeds
1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes


bananas, raspberry, pineapple, peaches, blueberry, strawberry, apples, etc.


1) Add and mix the first 4 ingredients in your mason jar/container.
2) Add the add-in ingredients of your choice. Shake or stir to combine.
3) Gently stir in your fruit(s) of choice.
4) Place jars into the refrigerator overnight and enjoy the following day.



Peanut butter & banana

Peanut butter, cocoa powder and banana

Cinnamon sugar

Apple cinnamon

Peaches and cream

Piña colada (coconut and pineapple)


No cook refrigerator oatmeal has been a great way for me to incorporate more fiber into my diet. You can make this recipe as healthy or as gourmet as you want.

My favorite flavor combo is definitely the peanut butter and banana.


no cook refrigerator oatmeal pinterest


Have you made no cook refrigerator oatmeal before? If you have, what’s your favorite flavor combination? If you haven’t, which one do you plan on trying?



36 thoughts on “No Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Recipes”

  1. My daughter has been asking for oatmeal every day for the past 2 weeks. The amount of dirty oatmeal pots I have washes makes me tired. I am going to try this and see if it will fill her oatmeal craving or if it HAS to be hot oatmeal. You know, the brain of a 4 year old.

  2. LOL yes I completely understand I have a 3 year old. I try soaking the oatmeal pota but they are a pain. Maybe if they help you make it, you can also microwave a few seconds if you prefer hot

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