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5-Minute Oatmeal Breakfast Custard | The Recipe ReDux

5-Minute Oatmeal Breakfast Custard | The Recipe ReDux

5 Minute Oatmeal Custard |

Just 5-minutes to sweet, creamy, fill-you-up oatmeal custard. ~ 

{Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to manage this contest. I am not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}

I’m not saying this recipe will solve all your problems. But here’s a list of a few rather giant ones that this 5-Minute Oatmeal Breakfast Custard will solve:

  • I need a lightning-fast, heat-and-eat breakfast. Solved: Yup – 5 minutes to creamy, warm, custardy oatmeal. The trick is mixing just 5 ingredients in the pot the night before. As in other ‘overnight oats’ recipes, the oats plump overnight by absorbing milk.
  • I get bored with the same breakfast every single day. Solved: Search “overnight oats” on Pinterest and inspiration like Cranberry Almond, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Mint and a zillion other flavor combos will appear. All those flavors work in this custard; the trick: Stir in an egg or two at the end to make everything custardy! My 9-year old like whipping up a batch with added cocoa powder and vanilla…when we have 3 extra minutes in the morning.
  • I need more protein for breakfast – and so do my kids. Solved: One serving of ½ cup oats already has 5 grams of protein + 8 grams in 1 cup low-fat milk + almost a whole egg = About 17 grams of protein per bowl (1 whole egg has 6 grams of protein, but this recipe doesn’t quite use a whole egg.)
  • My kids/husband never eat anything healthy for breakfast. Solved: A bowl of this sweet custard is packed with nutrition: Vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium. And these are actually nutrients for which American adults and kids fall short.

5 Minute Oatmeal Custard |

And even:

  • “No one ever asks for my recipes….”  I was recently a speaker on this webinar for health professionals: Oats + Dairy: A Powerful Combination Any Time of Day. The webinar was sponsored by The National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center For Excellence who also sponsored this Recipe ReDux recipe contest. On the webinar, I shared practical and delicious ways to eat Oats + Dairy throughout the day (not unlike the ReDux recipes below!) And I showed photos of several recipes During the webinar, I also VERBALLY gave the so-simple-I’ve-never-written-it-down Oatmeal Custard recipe below. Well, the requests for the written recipe flooded in! I’m telling you, make this recipe just once– or post a photo of your “#perfect #problem-solving #breakfast” on Facebook – and the requests for your recipe will follow….for sure!

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And, if you’re an RD, you can still view the recording for CPE credit for FREE or check out these brochures on Oats + Dairy: A Powerful Combination

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5 Minute Oatmeal Custard |

5-Minute Oatmeal Breakfast Custard

  • Author: Serena Ball
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Easy way to add deliciousness and protein to your morning oatmeal.


  • 4 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • 3 eggs, beaten


  1. The night before, in a saucepan, combine milk, oats, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Cover pot and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, remove pot from refrigerator and stir. Replace cover and heat on medium-low or medium heat for about 4 minutes; stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom. (Stirring isn’t essential if you have to leave the stove to do your hair.)
  3. Add eggs and stir constantly with fork until eggs are no longer shiny and are cooked, about 1 minute.


This recipe can easily be adjusted down to 2 servings or up to 5 or 6 or more. Just follow this simple formula: For each serving, use 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup oats and 1 LESS egg than the number of servings (ie, 1 egg for 2 servings, 4 eggs for 5 servings) Add sugar, vanilla and nutmeg to taste.


  • Serving Size: A BIG bowl of oatmeal

Do you like your overnight oats made with milk or yogurt? Do you eat them hot or cold?
Check out all the Recipe ReDuxers oat + dairy protein packed recipes below!


Thursday 13th of April 2017

I was getting donuts every other week for breakfast. I realized the only reason is a craving for custard. I Googled 'custard, breakfast, recipe', and voila, I came across this recipe. I'm so glad I came across your recipe. I might try increasing by an egg, though. I used one for two servings and am craving for a little more of the custardy taste.

Serena Ball

Thursday 13th of April 2017

Ha! Custard donuts (along with plain cake donuts) are my favorites too. Glad you found this recipe. Yes, sometimes I add 1 egg per serving of oatmeal too. Better nutrition overall!


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Truly the PERFECT breakfast for me!! I need lots of protein in the morning to prevent headaches but sometimes can't stomach an egg solo. Who doesn't love custard? Hubby loved it too. Thank you!!

Serena Ball

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Thank SO MUCH for taking the time to let me know you tried this out Lori! I made it yesterday too...this time of year, I always add a bit more nutmeg and it tastes like eggnog custard. (: Happy way to start the day!

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Tuesday 27th of January 2015

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Thursday 7th of August 2014

This quick custard looks amazing, and I love how it's packed with protein! It's always good to start the day off with a delicious and hearty breakfast :)


Thursday 7th of August 2014

SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS. I can't want to try this weekend, just pinned :)

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