Take-along Oatmeal Cups

If I were a Mom and had to make breakfast for my little chiclets every day, I’d make them these take-along oatmeal cups.

I’d put cute notes on them like, ‘I’ll love you forever and always’, ‘The world needs what only you have‘, and ‘I’m so proud of you

My kids would roll their eyes at the notes, embarrassed by their Mother’s love, but deep down they’d feel loved, appreciated, and go out to conquer the world with a full tummy.

And, if I were trying to encourage them to get excited about making their own breakfast, I’d line up a bunch of bowls with fun toppings like goji berries, pumpkin seeds, apricots, chocolate, flax and cookie crumbles and have them assemble their own cups.

And hey, if you don’t have a pack of wild children to feed… you could just make these for yourself, too.

This recipe was developed for Happy Days Goat Dairy. For the goat cheese version of this recipe, click here.

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Take-along Oatmeal Cups
Recipe type: Gluten-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 1 serving
Customize homemade oatmeal packets for a healthy, homemade, on-the-go breakfast.
Optional add-ins
  • Hippy flip: pumpkin seeds, goji berries, flax seeds
  • Chocoholic: chocolate chunks, brown sugar, flax seeds
  1. Begin by assembling your cups. The recipe above makes 1 serving. Feel free to make as much, or as little as you want.
  2. Place a serving of oats and powdered milk or substitute into each jar.
  3. Top with whatever you have handy. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, homemade cookies, etc.
  4. When you're ready to eat, add 1 cup water and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Be careful, the dish will be hot when you take it out of the microwave!
  5. If you don't want a warm oatmeal, add 1 cup non-dairy milk the night before and leave to sit in the fridge. Enjoy cold in the morning.
To make a microwave-free version of these oats: replace the rolled oats with quick flakes and pour hot water over the mixture instead of microwaving it. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before enjoying.

It’s fun to lay out a bunch of the different toppings you plan to use for your oatmeal, especially if you’re planning to do this activity with your children, friends, or heck… your husband. Things like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and sweets are great!

Prepare a 750mL jar, or a couple of them if you plan to make a big batch.

Begin assembling your jar by adding oatmeal, then your choice of powdered milk or powdered milk substitutes from the list above.

Now it’s time to customize! Add a bunch of different toppings and get creative with the flavors.

Screw the lid on tight, and store in the pantry for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, just add 1 cup water and microwave for 4-5 minutes.

Homesick heart

I’d be flat-out lying if I said I was enjoying myself in Montreal. It’s beautiful here, our house is nice, the neighbors are great, but it doesn’t feel like home.

This move has been more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I’m lonely, sad, and a downright sloppy mess at times. I understand these things take time, require patience and an open mind but I keep feeling like this change was wrong for us and that we’ve messed up our lives somehow even though deep down inside I know that’s not true. Thankfully, my previous employer asked if I’d be interested in coming back to Calgary for a couple of days to help the team. Perfect, right? Ah universe, you’re so awesome.

I’m hoping that a couple of days back home will…help. I’m not sure how, it may make me more sad, but I’m willing to risk it if it means getting a big hug from my Dad.

My flight leaves in 45 minutes and I can’t wait. See you on the West coast!

Struggling to lose weight


    • It’s not keto. This recipe was posted years ago– long before I was keto.

  1. Hi Leanne

    Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling home sick. I guess it’s natural when you move away from your family. I’ve moved a lot but I haven’t lived near my family since I was 17 so I’m used to it now. Because I’ve moved every year I never really get settled anywhere enough to miss it when I move and end up getting excited about the next move. Moving for me is a bit addictive.

    Last time I moved we planned to finally settle and the key for me was to make friends quickly. I joined some groups online that bring friends together and made some very close friends through that. That really helped a lot as I felt like I had a support group immediately.

    It does take time though. It seems to take about a year to get settled anywhere.

  2. Hi Leanne!
    About two an a half years ago I had to move to Montreal for school. I moved alone. It was torture of the worst kind. I don’t speak French so I felt completely isolated from the rest of the world. I could see how beautiful the city can be and how much there is to see and to do, but that never helped. It all felt distant and cold. Sometimes I missed home so badly that I felt like jumping out of the window of my apartment if it meant I could get there quicker. I had urges to run to the bus terminal and just go without looking back.
    And then two years later school was finished. When I left Montreal I suddenly felt that I really miss it and that at some point, I’m not sure when, it became mine.
    They say it takes about 3 years to make a place your home. To find not only all your favourite cafes and corners to hang out, but also find friends and a real support network.
    It takes a long time, but it gets really really good! Mtl is a special place. So I hope you hang in there and things get better soon.
    Felt like I had to say something, because the feeling of missing home you describe really resonated, with me. But to add to that, I’m a huge fan of your blog. And so is my husband even though he doesn’t even know that!

    • Thank you for sharing your story. It’s so great to hear from others that have gone through similar experiences and have come out on the other side. It’s comforting to say the least.

      Ha, also love that your husband doesn’t know he’s a fan. Too funny! Many don’t ;)

  3. What a wonderful idea! My baby is too young for it but I hope that one day I can show her my love by preparing somthing as fun as the oatmeal in jars. Haha and I love the names you gave the recipes- it made me laugh. Thank you for that.

  4. So these jars are adorable. I make overnight oats almost every night for the next morning’s breakfast. I am intrigued by the idea of using coconut flour and water – does that work? I bought coconut flour on a whim, well, not really a whim…I wanted to start using it in my baking but didn’t realize that it requires almost an entire carton of eggs per 1/4 cup flour…
    Have you tried the coconut flour option yourself with the oats?
    On another note, welcome to Montreal!! I was born and raised here and am pretty much in love with my city. I understand that it is hard to move to a new and unfamiliar place, but you’ll come to love it. When did you move in?

    • Hi Alison – yes, coconut flour works with oats! Very well in fact. I like adding about 1-2 tablespoons to create a creamy consistency. It also does wonders in shakes, too.

      We moved to Montreal at the beginning of September, so we’re pretty new to the city.