Lazy Mom’s Overnight Oatmeal

Perhaps you’ve wondered, “Why doesn’t the Frugal Paragon post recipes like other mommy/frugal living bloggers?” The answer is that while I have many talents, I am not a particularly good cook.

And the recipe I’m about to share with you isn’t even something I eat personally. It seems like of slimy to me. But it is super-easy and cheap and my toddlers love it.

The basic premise of overnight oatmeal is that you soak it instead of cooking it. So in the evening, I mix together a cup of yogurt, a little jam, three ounces of milk, and three-quarters cup of rolled oats. It looks like this:


Isn’t your mouth watering already? I put it in the fridge overnight and by morning, it looks like this:


Other recipes often call for Greek yogurt, but frankly I find that too expensive to feed the boys. They also usually call for less yogurt and less oatmeal, say a six-ounce yogurt container and half a cup of oatmeal, to make two servings. But my kids are big eaters of anything in the yogurt and oatmeal families, so I had to up the quantities. This will feed two very hungry preschoolers, or three who eat like birds. I usually serve with a banana on the side and, if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, some chopped walnuts or pecans.

Frugal Paragon Overnight Oatmeal

Serves 2-3


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • spoonful of jam, honey, or other sweetener, to taste
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 ounces milk (1/4 cup plus two tablespoons). Double the milk if using Greek yogurt.
  • Nuts or other mix-ins (optional)

Combine the first four ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate overnight. Spoon into bowls and serve. Top with nuts, chocolate chips, etc. if desired.


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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

5 responses to “Lazy Mom’s Overnight Oatmeal”

  1. fullerjames13 says :

    Oh man I have to try this recipe it looks good. I have a 13 month old who I am sure will love this… if not I will eat it 🙂

  2. Amy K says :

    My daughter is also an oatmeal addict but she liked it cold and uncooked. Weird. But easy to make, so I’m not complaining: 1/2 cup quick oats, squirt of chocolate syrup or a small bowl of chocolate chips on the side, scant milk on top (1/4 cup?). She’s 3 1/2, and finishes the bowl, and frequently takes a yogurt to daycare for early morning snack. Breakfast is a big meal for her.

    • frugalparagon says :

      Well, to each her own, I guess! I;ve heard of taking uncooked oats and mixing them with sweetened cereal like raisin bran or Honey Bunches of Oats, but just plain is a new one on me! As you said, at least it’s easy!

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