Make Ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Cups (homemade freezer meals)

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
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips, adapted from The Kitchn


  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or demera sugar, to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • 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.


Note: Nutrition facts do not include toppings. It will vary on your choice and quantity of toppings.


Serving: 1cup