Family refrigerator oatmeal

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I love refrigerator oatmeal. It is truly something that I can eat everyday without fail. I love that I can have a different flavor for each day of the week and have it still feel fresh and new. This makes it ideal to make in bulk with just the flavoring portion different.

BUT- the quantity that I make for myself does not work for my husband and certainly does not work for my toddler. That’s when I came up with Family refrigerator oatmeal. Individual sizes for the needs of each of us in the family. Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear as they are so named.

Ingredients base:

First- let’s talk about the ingredients base!

Greek Yogurt-

Now it is really up to you what type of greek yogurt you choose to use. I will say that my Greek yogurt of choice is one that is low in sugar and high in protein (without tasting like yuck) I usually go for the Zoi vanilla or (if you have one nearby) the Winco Vanilla greek yogurt is great too. For my toddler, I like to purchase a full fat greek yogurt of him and I usually use the Stonyfield whole milk vanilla.

Two things of note here: I always buy Vanilla flavored, so that I can add any flavoring to my refrigerator oatmeal. AND- I always buy the big containers of yogurt. Trust me- once you try this, you will love it!


Totally up to you. I use whole milk for my son, 2% for my husband and Almond milk for myself. If you are trying to keep it lowfat, use the almond milk like I do 🙂 Don’t worry, it doesn’t change up the texture or consistency all that much.


It is best to use rolled oats. Not old fashioned or minute oats, but rolled oats. I usually buy mine in the bulk food section.You can use steel cut if you would rather, just half the quantity I have listed below instead. Steel cut are much more dense than the rolled oats.

Chia seed:

Don’t skip this. Chia absorbs some of the milk and really helps to thicken the refrigerator oatmeal while it is doing its thing overnight. Not to mention they boast many health benefits like Omega-3 fatty acids,  anti-oxidants, fiber and iron to name a few.

Flax seed:

Okay so you don’t have to put these in, but you should! Flax seed is emerging as a superfood for a reason! Again with the Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber! A little goes a long way too, so a teaspoon here or there won’t do you any harm. If my toddler doesn’t mind it, I am sure you won’t either.


Flavor addition:

In each of the recipes below, you will see a quantity of “flavoring” this is the part that is totally up to you. Below are some of my favorites, but please, feel free to experiment!

  • Apple cinnamon (applesauce and cinnamon)
  • Strawberry pecan (diced strawberries and pecan pieces)
  • Blueberry almond (crushed blueberries and almond pieces)
  • Peanut butter banana (Peanut butter/PB2 and banana slices)
  • Pineapple coconut (pineapple tidbits and shredded coconut)
  • Tri-berry (diced Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries together)
  • Peach maple (diced peaches with a TBS of maple syrup)
  • And when I’m needing the sweetness- Dark chocolate Cherry (Dark chocolate cut into small pieces with diced cherries)

With all of these that have a double flavoring, I always just do about a tablespoon of the nut/coconut/chocolate and the rest is the fruit mixture.

Family refrigerator oatmeal size recipes:


Add yogurt, oats and milk to jar and shake well. Then add Chia seed, flax seed and flavoring of choice. Shake well again and place in fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!



And here is the final product for all three sizes, Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear with the Apple Cinnamon flavoring:


Shop the look- Cookware:

16 ounce (Papa bear) Mason Jars

8 ounce (Mama bear and Baby bear) Mason Jars

Plastic reusable lids- will fit both sizes of jars

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  • Reply
    May 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I love the versatility and ease of refrigerator oatmeal. My family grabs their jar and customizes it with whatever we have in the house.

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    Sarah Althouse
    May 8, 2020 at 5:15 am

    I keep meaning to make this. It would make the perfect easy breakfast

  • Reply
    Shayla Marie
    May 8, 2020 at 6:04 am

    This sounds delicious. It would be so nice for busy mornings. I love that I could make it ahead of time.

  • Reply
    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    May 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    I love overnight oats! It’s the easiest to make — healthy and delicious too!

  • Reply
    May 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Do you heat it up first? We do overnight oats, but baby only wants it hot haha. We have only ever done oats and milk, so keen to try some of these varieties!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Hi Amy,
      No we do not heat it up. We eat it cold right out of the fridge. Since it has quite a bit of yogurt in it, I don’t think heating it up would be a good idea. Perhaps your little one will like it cold since it is quite different! Worth a shot!

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    May 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    My son is a huge oatmeal fan. We add a probiotic and fiber powder and he eats it almost every morning. This looks like a great option for days that I leave early for work. Thanks!

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