Make Ahead Freezer Oatmeal Cups

These delicious, gluten-free make ahead breakfast oatmeal cups are homemade freezer meals that everyone in the family loves! An easy, kid-friendly recipe!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword freezer oatmeal cups, homemade freezer meals, make ahead breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 3 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 cups
Calories 58kcal
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips, adapted from The Kitchn


  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or coconut or demerara sugar, to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Assorted chopped fruit nuts, chocolate chips, or other toppings


  • Combine the oats, sugar, water, milk, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes, or to desired consistency. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Spray two 12-cup muffin tins with cooking spray or line with silicone muffin liners (or use a silicone muffin pan) and set out toppings in bowls.
  • Divide the cooked oatmeal between the muffin cups, and top each with desired toppings.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for several hours, or until frozen.
  • Once frozen, pop out of the muffin tins, loosening with a butter knife or small spatula, if necessary and wrap in sandwich bags or plastic wrap.
  • Remove desired number of cups (one to three per serving) from the freezer the night before or day you plan to serve them.
  • Warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (longer if still frozen), and stir in a little more milk, if desired.



You can use old-fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats, but follow the instructions on the package for cooking, substituting half of the water with milk.
Nutrition facts do not include toppings. It will vary on your choice and quantity of toppings.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg