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This strawberry overnight oats recipe is the perfect, refreshing start to your morning with no cooking involved and fresh strawberries to help encourage you to eat breakfast.
Strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit.
Always have been, always will be.
And if you’re like me, anything can be made better with strawberry.
These strawberry overnight oats are no different.
We’re taking a regular overnight oats recipe with no fruit mix-ins and we’re adding strawberries to give it flavor, fun, color, and some extra vitamins.
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What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are a super popular craze amongst the Pinterest and busy life crowd, and for good reason.
Instead of regular oatmeal that you need to make the morning you eat it, overnight oats basically turn edible overnight in the fridge after you put them together, so the only thing to do in the morning is grab it and eat out of your favorite sloth mug.
People often add yogurt, more mix-ins like chia seeds and fruits and basically anything you can think of, and they are meant to be eaten cold (though you can eat them warm if you really, really want to).
I love overnight oats because it lets me eat healthy with basically no prep time, and mornings are the last time I want to spend thinking about a complicated meal on busy days.
For this strawberry-infused recipe, you’re going to need:
- water – this is what the dry oats are going to soak up to “cook” overnight
- rolled oats – or steel-cut oats like these, just not instant oats preferably
- greek yogurt – this makes the overnight oats creamier, though you can use any kind of yogurt you want (I prefer this brand).
- strawberries – fresh work better in this recipe as the frozen ones can go to mush, but you can use frozen if it’s all you have
- vanilla extract – to add some sweetness (it’s often cheaper to buy in bulk here)
- salt – to act as a complement to that sweetness
- chia seeds – for extra fun, protein, and omega 3! I prefer this brand.
How to Make Strawberry Overnight Oats
The saving grace about overnight oats for those of us who want to keep it simple is that the prep takes literally 5 minutes, if that, and then the fridge does all the work for you.
Combine the water, yogurt, and vanilla extract in a small bowl (I love these colorful ones) or mug.
Add in the oats, strawberries, salt, and chia seeds and stir to fully mix.
Put a lid or saran wrap over the bowl or mug.
Store in the fridge for 8+ hours, preferably overnight.
When ready to eat, add some fresh strawberries on top and enjoy!
The great thing about overnight oats is how easy it is to substitute ingredients to fit your tastes, and since we’re only making a single serving, you can try a few out without wasting too many ingredients.
If you’re lactose intolerant, you can leave the yogurt out altogether and simply use 1/4 cup more water plus extra mix-ins to make it fun.
If you want a tangier or creamier taste, use milk instead of water (or almond milk, oat milk, etc).
If you want to add additional fruits or mix-ins like chocolate chips, go right ahead! The basic recipe will still taste the same.
Overnight Oats Tips
If you haven’t made overnight oats before, let my trials and errors guide you in the best tips for overnight oats!
1. I find fresh fruits to be the best options for mix-ins, as the frozen ones can go mushier. However, you can still use the frozen ones as the mix-ins, but then save some fresh to add on top when you’re ready to eat.
2. The best way to store overnight oats, I find, is actually in a mug. You’ve got a built in handle, you can eat it on the go with a spoon, and it takes up less room than a bowl in the fridge. Yes, we use mason jars like these for photo purposes, but if you’re not trying to be the next food blogger star, get practical and use your favorite mug.
3. There is no single “way” to make overnight oats. I like mine more mild and less tangy, which is why I use water instead of milk, but many people are the opposite. They are so easy to adapt to make your own depending on your consistency and flavor preferences, so don’t be afraid to adapt the recipe with what you have at home. This isn’t like baking where you need to stick to a very specific ratio – though do aim for about 1:1 for the oats to the liquid ingredients so you don’t end up with dry oats.
Store the overnight oats in the fridge for up to 3 days with a lid or saran wrap. The yogurt means you shouldn’t leave at room temperature overnight, and they taste best cold anyway.
I haven’t tried to freeze overnight oats, but wouldn’t recommend it! There’s no need anyway as it’s a single serving.
- Combine the water, yogurt, and vanilla extract in a small bowl or mug.
- Add in the oats, strawberries, salt, and chia seeds and stir to fully mix.
- Put a lid or saran wrap over the bowl or mug.
- Store in the fridge for 8+ hours, preferably overnight.
- When ready to eat, add some fresh strawberries on top and enjoy!
1. If you're lactose intolerant, you can take out the yogurt and add 1/4 cup more water. It will be less creamy, but suited to your diet.
2. Add in more fruits or other mix-ins like chocolate chips to make this recipe your own.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 1105mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 18g