make ahead breakfasts

By now, you must have realized that I love a to-go breakfast. Between our breakfast sandwiches to-go and our breakfast burritos to-go and our yogurt parfaits to-go, well, it’s kind of my thing. Since it’s wintertime now I’ve transitioned into my favorite seasonal breakfast… Oatmeal To-Go. This recipe is super simple and easy to customize and make it your own. Start out with a healthy meal and you’ll be much more likely to maintain your diet all day. 

ingredients for oatmeal to go

Start by making a big batch of oatmeal. You can make it anywhere you like, whether with milk or water. The goal is to make a big potful and then to separate it into small containers. I make mine with unsweetened almond milk, lots of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. 

cooking oatmeal on stovetop

Cook on the stovetop until soft and tender. Do not over-stir or over-mix your oatmeal, as that will result in mushy oatmeal. I like to keep the oatmeal on the dryer side, as I’ll add a splash more milk when I go to reheat each portion. 

cooked oatmeal in pot

Allow the oatmeal to cool slightly and then transfer to small plastic containers with lids. This will make it easier to just grab and go every morning. 

oatmeal on the go

You can jazz up each individual oatmeal to go so that you don’t get bored of the flavors. Sprinkle different nuts, dried fruit, brown sugar, fresh berries, coconut, or anything else you can think of. 

oatmeal on the go

Cover each one tightly with the lid and then store in the fridge for each morning of the week. To reheat, simply pop one into a microwave with a splash of almond milk to loosen it up a bit. 

oatmeal to go

Oatmeal To-Go
Serves 8
Easy to make big batch cinnamon oatmeal for the week. Divide among little containers and flavor with all sorts of toppings to have a fast and healthy breakfast on the go.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 5 cups unsweetened almond (or soy or whole) milk
  2. 3 cups oats
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Brown sugar
  2. Banana chips
  3. Dried apples
  4. Bluberries
  5. Dried cranberries
  6. Shredded Coconut
  7. Nuts
  1. Bring the milk, salt and cinnamon up to a simmer in a large saucepan. Stir in the oats and cook on low until soft and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir every once in a while.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Divide among 8 small containers and add in any of your favorite toppings. Cover tightly with lid and store in refrigerator until ready to eat. To reheat, simply pop in the microwave with a splash of milk to help loosen it up.
Rachel Hollis