Clean Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a filling and nutritious breakfast to keep your kids energized and alert at school. And it’s not just a cold weather food! Try this no-cook cold version, and stock your fridge with easy, grab-and-go breakfasts for those crazy weekday mornings. The flavor combinations are endless, so try our cinnamon spice version, or create your own using whatever fruits, extracts, syrups, or nut butters your family enjoys. We recommend using half-pint mason jars with plastic screw-on lids for easy transport.

Clean Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ - ½ cup unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin puree
  1. Place first six ingredients in a half-pint jar. Tightly screw lid onto jar, and shake to combine. Remove top, add applesauce or pumpkin puree, and stir well. Refrigerate overnight, or up to 3 days.

Check out these other grab ‘n go breakfasts such as Oatmeal Bars & Breakfast Wraps. What is your favorite grab’n go breakfast?

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27 thoughts on “Clean Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal

        1. Heather Brown

          Heating chia seeds gently, such as warming the oatmeal in the microwave or on the stovetop, is not know to cause degradation of the omega-3 content.

  1. Stacy

    Can these be made without milk at all? I LOVE the idea, but can’t do the yogurt and milk portions. How about almond milk instead of regular milk? Do you have to have a yogurt?

    1. Heather Brown

      We have never tried it without yogurt, but if you do let us know how you like it! It should be fine to use another kind of milk like almond or soy.

    2. Tabitha W

      I very much prefer these without the yogurt! It works just fine — I add a little extra milk to even things out. Actually, I really don’t measure anymore, I just pour everything into a jar and go!

  2. Doreen

    This sounds interesting….I need something pre-made that I can take with me in the morning. Does it work just
    as well with quick-1 minute oats?

  3. Michael

    I am a subscriber to the low fat menu for two and i love it! i got tired of cooking the same things week after week (ive just gotten into cooking the last couple of years) so this helped me expand my knowledge of food and also gave me some great ideas on customizing old favorites. ive been really interested in the clean eating menu but i was wondering what the cost difference would be vs the low fat menu? i know you cant give specifics because of the different stores and the up and down prices of produce and meats. also, im aware it will cost more because of the fresh ingredients but i was curious as to how much more. the menu that im on now usually averages about $60-65. also, does this menu feature items that i may not find in my local grocery store? thanks

  4. TPB, Esq.

    I’m looking forward to try this one; I use the eMeals low fat dinner for two plan, and am a fan (although I would love to see nutritional breakdowns of the meals per serving). I’ve tried to figure out a good homemade breakfast to go option.

  5. stacy

    I too would like nutritional breakdowns. but I would like to see that extended.for all.clean eating, or low.far menus you provide, because I cook.for a diabetic, and it would just be helpful. love emeals!

  6. Marie

    I’ve done this before without yogurt – just add extra milk. I personally prefer the texture after it’s been sitting for 2 nights – a little less “raw” tasting. I’ve also cooked it (microwave) right in the jar; it bubbles up so be careful. Both ways: so good, so filling!

  7. Paul Dominguez

    Replace applesauce, chai seeds, and cinnamon with 1/4 cup of cold coffee. Before the coffee gets cold, I add a table spoon or two of locally grown honey. For texture reasons, I like the ground up oatmeal. Makes for great way to get your morning pick me up and breakfast on the go.

    1. Heather Brown

      You can just leave out the flax seed. They are just added for the omega-3s they provide and aren’t vital to the taste of the dish.

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    1. Heather Brown

      Margie- We made our samples in 8 oz jars, adding the applesauce to fill to the top of the jar. Feel free to prepare this recipe in a large container as well if you prefer more applesauce for taste.

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