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These strawberry overnight oats will soon become your new favorite breakfast. They taste like summer in a bowl, and you can make them in 5 minutes! Simply throw all the ingredients in a jar or a bowl, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and be ready to be blown away by their creaminess and deliciousness!
I have been a fan of overnight oats for quite a while. They are perfect for when you want a delicious, filling breakfast ready in the morning but don’t have time to make anything beforehand.
They are the perfect easy breakfast:
- You can prep them ahead of time and have them ready in the morning.
- They are full of protein and fiber, which means they’ll keep you filled up until lunchtime.
- You can customize them to suit your taste.
- And most importantly, they’re delicious!
Strawberry Overnight Oats
These overnight oats are my favorite breakfast during strawberry season. And the combination of oats, almond milk, coconut yogurt, and fresh strawberries make them taste more like a dessert than a simple breakfast.
Don’t believe me? Try them, and you won’t be able to stop eating them every morning!
Ingredients you’ll need
For the overnight oat base:
- Rolled oats: Rolled oats are the best variety to use for overnight oats because they absorb more liquid than quick oats and steel-cut oats, making the overnight oats more creamy and delicious.
- Almond milk: For this recipe, I prefer to use almond milk as I find it has the perfect creaminess, and it helps balance the strawberry flavor. If you are using store-bought almond milk, make sure to use an unsweetened version. But you can use any milk you like: oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc.
- Flax seeds and/or chia seeds: Both flax seeds and chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3’s. Adding just half a tablespoon will help to thicken your oats and keep you feeling fuller for longer, as well as providing additional nutrients. You can add either. I normally mix them depending on what I have at home.
- Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup is great to add a touch of natural sweetness to your overnight oats. It dissolves really well in the milk, and it complements the strawberry and almond milk flavor without overpowering it. Date syrup is another great option. You can also use honey.
- Strawberries: Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. Here you can either use fresh or frozen. If they are in season, fresh strawberries are the best! But frozen can taste just as delicious.
For the toppings:
- Coconut yogurt: I love topping my strawberry overnight oats with a couple of tablespoons of dairy-free coconut yogurt. It adds a nice extra creaminess to each bite. I normally add it on top to create a bit of contrast in the texture, but you can also add it into the mix. Greek yogurt is another alternative. In both cases, opt for versions without any added sugar!
- More strawberries: Of course! A handful of strawberries on top of your overnight oats will add a nice fresh pop of flavor. You can also add other fruit, like blueberries or bananas. The options are endless, so feel free to add whatever you like!
- Coconut flakes: And to top everything off, add a sprinkle of coconut flakes!
How to make strawberry overnight oats
- Mix all the base ingredients in a jar or a small bowl: rolled oats, almond milk, flax seeds and/or chia seeds, maple syrup, and chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen). Give it a good stir and let it sit in the fridge covered with a lid overnight (or at least a couple of hours).
- The next day, once you are ready to eat your breakfast, remove your overnight oats from the fridge, and give the oat mixture a good stir. If they are a bit too thick and you like your oats a bit looser, add an extra splash of milk. Top with a couple of tablespoons of coconut yogurt, fresh strawberries, and a sprinkle of coconut flake. They are so delicious!
Other flavor options
I love how versatile overnight oats are. You can pretty much create an infinite variety of flavors. Some of my favorite toppings to add to these strawberry overnight oats are my homemade vegan Nutella (chocolate and strawberries, anyone?), almond butter, a sprinkle of hemp seeds for extra protein and healthy fats, or dark chocolate chunks.
Some of my other favorites flavors are:
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Coffee & Walnut Overnight Oats
- Double Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Piña Colada Overnight Oats
- Delicious Berry Overnight Oats
You can find all these overnight oats recipe variations here.
How to meal prep
If you have a busy week ahead, overnight oats are the perfect breakfast to meal prep on Sundays for an entire week of healthy, satisfying breakfasts. You can simply prep the base and store it in the fridge. Remember that the longer they sit in the fridge, the softer their texture will become. I normally prefer to eat them after 2-3 days max. And if you add fruit to your base, like in this recipe, I wouldn’t keep them in the fridge for longer than 3 days.
When I make them for the week ahead, I normally store them in an airtight container. My favorites are these glass jars (great if I know I will eat breakfast at home) or these for when I need to carry them around.
Strawberry Overnight Oats F.A.Q.
How long do you need to soak overnight oats?
Ideally, overnight oats should be soaked for at least eight hours in the fridge before you eat them. But if you are in a hurry, you can soak them for a minimum of 2-3 hours. They might not absorb all the liquid and won’t have the same creamy texture, but hey, if you forgot to prep them in advance, you can still make them!
Do you eat strawberry overnight oats cold?
Yes, I normally eat them cold straight out of the fridge because I make them in the summer and I crave something refreshing in the morning. But if I feel like having something warm, I normally put them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. You can also remove them from the fridge an hour before eating them if you prefer them at room temperature.
Can you eat overnight oats hot?
Yes, you can simply warm them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time until they reach your desired temperature.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Overnight oats are a great way to start your day. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, and good carbs that are filling without weighing you down.
Overnight oats can help reduce blood sugar levels by regulating insulin production throughout the day. Oats also stabilize hunger hormones, so you won’t starve or want a snack in an hour like usual!
How many days do overnight oats last in the fridge?
You can keep overnight oats in the fridge for about a week, but if you add fresh or frozen fruit, it’s best to keep them in the fridge for a maximum of 2-3 days. Remember, the longer you’ll keep them in the fridge, the softer they’ll become.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use fresh or frozen strawberries, depending on what you have available.
Why I love strawberry overnight oats
- They are creamy
- Made with whole simple ingredients
- The perfect delicious healthy breakfast for busy mornings
- But they are also delicious as a healthy snack
- They taste like summer
- Rich in fiber and protein
- Gluten-free if made with certified gluten-free oats
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If you try this strawberry overnight oats recipe, please leave a comment and a rating and let me know how much you liked it!
Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons coconut yogurt (or any other unsweetened yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon coconut flakes
- Place the rolled oats, flax seeds and/or chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, and chopped strawberries in an 8oz glass jar or small bowl. Stir well with a spoon.
- Cover the container with a lid or wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours (but overnight gives a better texture).
- The next day, open the container, stir the oats. If needed, add a bit more almond milk. Top the oats with coconut yogurt, fresh chopped strawberries, coconut flakes, and serve.
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