Can you freeze overnight oats? Yes! Just when you thought overnight oats couldn’t get any easier, I’m going to show you how to create overnight oats meal prep freezer kits. This way, you’ll never be without your favorite ‘on the go’ breakfast!
I’ve been an overnight oats fan forever.
Not only are they incredibly tasty, but they are a great breakfast option when it comes to my busy mornings with my kids. You can also eat overnight oats for losing weight.
Yes, I know overnight oats are a no-brainer when putting together. All we need to do is mix some oats and some sort of liquid (like milk or nondairy milk) together and stick in the refrigerator the night before we want to eat.
Actually, you can make them 3-4 days ahead of time to have a healthy breakfast ready for the whole week!
So if they’re already so easy to make why in the world would I need to make overnight oats meal prep freezer kits? Well, because it does make it easier. But more importantly, it lets you plan ahead of time and assures you have all the ingredients available.
Honestly, how many times have you gone to make a batch of overnight oats (or anything) and you’re out of oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, or something that you need to make the perfect jar of oats? Yep, I’ve been there!
Putting together freezer kits will change all of that.
How I Discovered Overnight Oat Freezer Kits
I wanted to put meal prep a bunch of overnight oat freezer kits so I can easily throw together a jar when I want to add that as an option for breakfast on the meal plan.
Also, truth be told, I had the lightbulb go off after I got a couple of boxes from Daily Harvest. They offer individual frozen meals and smoothies in cups. One of the frozen meals they offer is overnight oats.
All I needed to do was add my liquid the night before. It was absolutely amazing! Honestly, some of the best overnight oats I’ve ever had. Everything was so fresh! If interested, check out my Daily Harvest review for more information!
Well, I decided to make my own overnight oats freezer packs. And low and behold, they turned out just as good.
How to Meal Prep Overnight Oats Freezer Packs
Before we start meal prepping overnight oats, you are going to need to make sure you have everything on hand. These are the basics that you’ll need to make these breakfast oats:
Overnight Oats Containers
- You can use quart-sized or snack-sized freezer bags – it just depends on the recipe and the number of ingredients you are planning to use. You can also reusable freezer bags in snack or quart size! If you put them into bags, then you’ll need to add the ingredients into a jar the night you’re going to make the oats.
- If you have room in your freezer, then you can put together all the ingredients in an 8-ounce or 16-ounce mason jar container. In this case, all you’ll need to do is add the milk or water.
Check out my how to make overnight oats tutorial to learn more about putting together the perfect refrigerator oatmeal. Here are all of the ingredients that can go into a overnight oats freezer pack.
- Rolled Oats. You can use regular or gluten-free rolled oats! My favorite oats are from ‘Bob’s Red Mill’ but any rolled oats will work fine.
- Chia Seeds. I use chia seeds in all of my overnight oat recipes. They add protein, fiber, omega-3’s, and more nutrition! They also soak up the liquid and create a delicious pudding texture with oats.
- Milk. For liquid, I use unsweetened coconut milk but you can also use almond milk. I prefer to keep overnight oats vegan but you can use dairy milk if you like! You’ll use about 1/2 cup of liquid. You might need to use a little more depending on the ingredients used. Basically, you want all the ingredients mixed together and the liquid to be just covering the oats.
- Spices. Cinnamon, apple pie spice, and pumpkin pie spice are my favorites to add! I suggest adding no more than 1/4 teaspoon of spice. If you want to use something like nutmeg or cardamom, only use a very small pinch since they are very strong in flavor.
- Flavors. I mostly use vanilla extract in overnight oats but you can also use almond extract. I use no more than 1/4 teaspoon per jar!
- Cacoa Powder. 1/2-1 tablespoon of cocoa powder is all you need to create a rich, chocolatey, delicious overnight oats recipe!
- Nut Butter. Yep, you can add nut butters to all overnight oats meal prep freezer kits. My favorites are almond butter and peanut butter to add to your kit. I use 1 tablespoon of nut butter per kit and I just throw it on top of the rest of the ingredients.
- Frozen or Fresh Fruit. Fruit just tastes so good in overnight oats recipes. I use 1/2 cup of fruit per freezer kit! I recommend for bigger fruits like strawberries, peaches, or cherries to chop them into small pieces or to slice them. You want to be able to stir everything together.
- Canned Pumpkin or Sweet Potato. These two ingredients are delicious when mixed together with pure maple syrup and fall spices. I typically use 2 tablespoons of pumpkin or sweet potato in overnight oat recipes.
- Dried Fruit. 1-2 teaspoons of dried fruit are great for flavor and texture. Some of my favorites are raisins, dried cranberries, mangos, peaches and so many more!
- Shredded Coconut. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of shredded coconut to bring some added sweetness and texture.
How To Make Overnight Oats Meal Prep Freezer Kits
- Step 1: Place all of the dry ingredients into a freezer bag or mason jar.
- Step 2: Label and freeze. Freezer kits can stay in the freeze for up to 6 months.
- Step 3: When you’re ready to make any of the overnight oats dump the ingredients into a mason jar (if it’s not already in a mason jar) and add 1/2 cup of liquid.
- Step 4: Stir all of the ingredients together. You want the oats to be just covered with liquid.
- Step 5: Place the lid on and put it into the refrigerator overnight.
- Step 6: In the morning, give it a couple stirs and add more liquid if you need to loosen up the oats a little bit.
Overnight Oats Meal Prep Recipes
Try these meal prep overnight oat freezer kits to make your life just a little bit easier. Share a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you decide to make any of these or come up with your own flavor combination!