How To Make Strawberry Oatmeal


How To Make Strawberry Oatmeal Strawberry Oatmeal is very healthy and is one of my favorite breakfasts! I love to eat it every morning. It’s super quick and easy to make and it’s extremely healthy.

Ingredients: 3 cups of Water 1 cup of Oats 17-19 Strawberries (chopped) 1 cup of Milk

Here is my favorite recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal. Prepare in a power blender or food processor and enjoy!

How To Make Strawberry Oatmeal

This easy strawberry oatmeal recipe is packed with all-natural strawberry flavor, made on the stove-top and comes out creamy and delicious. A great breakfast to meal-prep for the week!

I loathed oatmeal as a kid.

I can still remember how absolutely grossed out I was with my brother as he’d dig into whatever Quaker oat packet he grabbed from the box that morning before school.

This easy strawberry oatmeal recipe is packed with all-natural strawberry flavor, made on the stove-top and comes out creamy and delicious. A great breakfast to meal-prep for the week!

To tease me he’d lift up his spoon full of oatmeal and say “want some oatmeal, Ginnnnnaaaa?” (imagine this in an evil cackle sort of way) as he shoved it towards my face.

I’d quickly scoot to the other end of the table thoroughly disgusted and continue eating my Lucky Charms (best cereal ever).

That’s why I think it’s hysterical that a big, fluffy, warm bowl of oatmeal like these strawberry oats is one of the breakfast foods I find myself craving more and more as an adult.

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Quaker seems to have really cornered the market on the fruit + cream oatmeal combinations but curiosity got the best of me and I had to pop over to their site and take a peek at the ingredient list for their strawberries & cream oatmeal.

Check out my strawberry oatmeal story for more info on this recipe!

Fresh strawberries make this strawberry oatmeal full of natural flavor and sweetness for a delicious, healthy and seasonal breakfast.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but guess what?

There’s no actual cream OR strawberries in their version.

Ha. Surprised? I’m not but I had hoped to be proven wrong.

Good news though, this recipe for strawberry oatmeal might as well be called strawberries and cream oatmeal because it’s packed with real, fresh strawberries (and lots of them – it’s the perfect solution when you have a bunch of strawberries that need to be used or are on the verge of going bad) and milk. 

And the best part, it’s hardly any more work than throwing a packet (full of bogus ingredients) in the microwave.

In fact, this recipe makes a generous 4 servings – enough to last you almost all week! Meal prep it on a Sunday for easy weekday breakfasts.

Packed with fresh, whole strawberries, this easy strawberry oatmeal recipe is fluffy, creamy and delicious for breakfast.


This is a classic stove-top oatmeal recipe. It takes just 10-15 minutes to naturally thicken once all the ingredients are in the pot.


  • oats – I use a combination of rolled & steel cut oats because I love the texture steel cut gives)
  • milk – any kind will do, even non-dairy if you prefer (I just started buying oat milk and that would be SO good in these oats, it’s super creamy and obviously dairy-free too!)
  • strawberries – no artificial flavor up in here, just the real deal with fresh berries!
  • salt – if you’re not putting a pinch of salt in your oatmeal, you’re doing it wrong, trust me.
  • chia seeds – these are optional but love how they help thicken oatmeal quickly and obviously they add a nice omega-3 boost too.
  • vanilla extract
Strawberry oats use real strawberries and milk to create a creamy, fluffy bowl of strawberry oatmeal you'll love for breakfast.

The method is simple and can be broken down into two parts:

  1. Combine the milk and water with most of the strawberries in a blender to essentially create “strawberry milk”.
  2. Add the strawberry milk to the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pot and cook over medium heat until the oatmeal is thickened and creamy.
Learn how to make strawberry oatmeal with this simple stove top method and fresh strawberries.


Healthy is a relative term but if you consider fresh, whole, seasonal ingredients healthy like I do, strawberry oatmeal is definitely healthy.

It’s also gluten-free (make sure you’re using gluten-free oats) and if you use a milk alternative, it can easily be made dairy free as well. 

Strawberry oats are vegetarian and can be made vegan too.

Oats are a whole-grain and packed with fiber. They’re rich with anti-oxidants and can help lower cholesterol. The chia seeds in this recipe bring some extra omega-3s to your diet as well.


Oatmeal topping possibilities are endless! I did a thinned out peanut butter drizzle with some hemp seeds in the pictures and kept things simple.

More strawberry oat toppings to consider: chopped nuts, pepitas, flaxseed, cacao nibs, other fruit/berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, maple syrup, etc.


I get it, you want some extra protein because let’s face it, a bowl of oatmeal is a bit carb heavy.

Yes, there’s always the option to add protein powder to this oatmeal. I like to choose an unflavored variety when doing so in this recipe so the natural flavors of the strawberries shine through. That said, vanilla flavored protein is also delicious and plays into the ‘strawberries and cream’ vibe of the oats.

Nuzest makes a plant-based pea protein I love and buy exclusively. They’re third-party tested for heavy metals which is something incredibly important to me, especially when using plant-based powders.

They have a regular smooth vanilla protein powder or, a digestive support protein powder which includes L-glutamine and probiotics for those with sensitive guts.

I’ve used both in this oatmeal and either is delicious!


I’ve talked about this on Instagram before and gotten many doubtful commenters but YES, you can easily add egg whites to oatmeal and it’s not weird. I swear.

To a recipe of this size, I’d probably add 4 servings of egg whites from a carton for an extra 5g of protein per serving.

I add the egg whites toward the end of the cooking time and just make sure you stir well and they get thoroughly heated through. You won’t even notice they’re in there!

Gluten-free and easily made dairy-free, this strawberry oatmeal recipe is one everyone will love, even the kids.


The only sweetness in this strawberry oatmeal is from the fresh strawberries themselves.

So the sweetness level of your berries will obviously make the overall sweetness of the recipe vary each time it’s made.

I don’t like to add any additional sweetener to mine while cooking and if I find it needs a little something upon first bite, I drizzle some maple syrup on top.


Yes! Emphatically, yes! This recipe truly tastes like strawberries and cream oatmeal. Imagine a creamsicle type ice pop in oatmeal form – that’s what this is!

If you want to make this oatmeal even more indulgent and creamy, use whole milk or half and half. Yum!

Strawberry Oatmeal

Fuel your morning with some sweet Strawberry Oatmeal. This dish is loaded with protein and is a great filling option. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

A bowl of strawberry oats topped with strawberry slices and halves and almond slivers

Something about a nutritious (and yummy) breakfast changes the course of your day. It gives you energy, keeps you full, and makes you feel full of pep and ready to tackle whatever the day brings. On mornings when I need a little extra of that so-called pep, I turn to something hearty like strawberry oatmeal.

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This dish just totally seals the deal in all ways — it’s healthy, protein-rich, filling, satisfying, and sweet. What more could you want in a breakfast?

Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s versatile in that you can mix and match ingredients to get it just how you like it. Let’s dive in!

A bowl of healthy strawberry oatmeal topped with strawberry slices and halves and almond slivers

Ingredients In This Strawberry Oatmeal Recipe

Strawberry oatmeal begins with a liquid base of milk and water, and then we add the oomph with the oats. Finally, we’ll add flavor by including sugar or honey, vanilla extract, and salt!

  • Water: Start with 1 cup of water.
  • Milk: Thicken up the oatmeal and add flavor by including 1 cup of milk. You can use any type here, from cow’s to almond or soy!
  • Strawberries: Now for the most important ingredient – 3 cups of strawberries, chopped. Feel free to use fresh or frozen (and thawed).
  • Oats: Add 1½ cups of rolled oats (learn all about oats + the different between instant and steel cut here).
  • Sweetener: Sweeten things up by including 1 tablespoon of either sugar or honey.
  • Vanilla Extract: Throw in ½ teaspoon vanilla for taste – this truly changes the game!
  • Salt: Finally, a pinch of salt completes the recipe.

Be sure to use rolled oats, not to be confused with steelcut or instant. Because different variations of oats cook at different speeds (steelcut take longer and instant can get mushy), rolled oats are your best bet in a perfectly textured oatmeal.

As for the strawberries? Well, you do you! If raspberries or blueberries sound more like it, switch ’em out! And for a vegan meal, use a nut milk.

A bowl of strawberry oatmeal topped with strawberry slices and halves and almond slivers

How To Make Strawberry Oatmeal

One of my favorite things about strawberry oatmeal is how warm and cozy it tastes and feels! This is achieved by making it on the stove, letting all of the ingredients warm and blend together into oatmeal perfection.

Step 1: Blend the ingredients
In a blender, blitz together the water, milk, and 2 cups of the strawberries until evenly blended. Reserve the remaining 1 cup of strawberries for stirring in at the end.

Step 2: Cook
In a medium saucepan, combine the blended strawberry mixture and rolled oats. Set it over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are cooked through (take a bite, they should be soft).

Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients
Stir in the remaining strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and salt, and serve warm.

Optional Oatmeal Additions

You can opt to add extra flavors by including some of these ingredients. Almond slivers and cinnamon make oatmeal taste like magic, just saying!

  • Almond slivers – 2 teaspoon
  • Chopped nuts – 2 tablespoons
  • Shredded coconut – 2 tablespoons
  • Nutella – 2 teaspoon
  • Peanut or nut butter – 2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon

Want an even easier version of this recipe? Try it in Overnight Oats form! Or amp up the protein by making Egg White Oatmeal!

Strawberry Oatmeal

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Total: 15 minutes

Calories: 116kcal

Fuel your morning with some sweet Strawberry Oatmeal. This dish is loaded with protein and is a great filling option. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


  • 1 cup water 226 mL
  • 1 cup milk 226 mL
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries divided, 500 g
  • 1½ cups rolled oats 570 g
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or honey 15 g
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 mL
  • Pinch of salt


  • Blend: In a blender, blitz together water, milk, and 2 cups of the strawberries until evenly blended. Reserve the remaining 1 cup of strawberries.
  • Cook: In a medium saucepan, combine blended strawberry mixture and rolled oats. Set over medium and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed and oats are cooked through (take a bite, they should be soft).
  • Serve: Stir in remaining strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Serve warm.

This creamy strawberry oatmeal comes from Marcus and MJ Hill, the father-son duo behind the sweet morning ritual that took over the internet last summer (if you haven’t seen the adorable videos of the pair dancing in the kitchen while cooking together, check ‘em out here).

Every Sunday, 7-year-old MJ and his dad wake up early to prep and deliver breakfast in bed to MJ’s mom—a tradition they call #RoomService. Dishes range from cheesy scrambled eggs with bacon to fluffy French toast, but this simple oatmeal infused with sweet-tart strawberry flavor is a recurring star. It’s a cinch to make for laid-back brunches and busy weekday mornings alike—just blitz the strawberries with milk and cook with oats till it’s all thick and creamy. A dash of vanilla and pinch of salt enhances the flavors (a sprinkle of brown sugar or honey drizzle would also be welcome for a bit of extra sweetness).

This recipe is shared in partnership with MilkPep. —The Editors

  • Test Kitchen-Approved
  • PREP TIME5 minutes
  • COOK TIME15 minutes
  • SERVES1-2
Ingredients send grocery list
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped, plus 1/2 cup diced
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the milk, water, and 2 cups chopped strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Add the rolled oats, steel-cut oats, and salt to a medium sauce pot set over medium heat. Pour the milk-strawberry mixture, plus the vanilla extract, into the pot and stir to combine.
  3. Cook the oats, stirring frequently, over medium heat until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Once thickened, gently stir in the remaining 1/2 cup diced strawberries and serve warm.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are a healthier fruit dessert made with fresh strawberries, whole grain butter crumb topping, and a lightly sweetened vanilla glaze. This healthier oatmeal bars recipe is a favorite, because these delicious treats are easy to make and just 100 calories each!

 These easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, with a buttery crust, fresh strawberry filling, and sweet vanilla glaze make wonderful dessert bars to take to a party or potluck. Made with 100% whole grains, they healthy enough for an afternoon snack but sweet enough for dessert! @wellplated

Now that spring is in bloom, I wanted to reshare one of my and YOUR favorite healthy desserts, fresh Strawberry Oatmeal Bars!

These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars have become one of the most cherished recipes on my site over the years. I love hearing the different ways you’ve stumbled upon it, often through word of mouth, but equally as much because you were looking for healthy desserts under 100 calories, healthy desserts for kids, easy oatmeal bars, or (and perhaps best of all) healthy strawberry recipes you could feel completely justified eating for breakfast.

This Strawberry Oatmeal Bars recipe has a special meaning for me too. Since starting my blog, every year on Ben and my wedding anniversary, I’ve shared a strawberry dessert recipe, because strawberry was the flavor of our wedding cake.

Plus, I never turn down a good excuse to add more healthy fruit desserts to my life.

I originally baked strawberry oat crumble bars on our four-year anniversary, and I still bake them often. They’re unbelievably easy (one bowl, no mixer!), work with fresh or frozen strawberries, and, as the reviews attest, they are wonderful: scrumptious, buttery, fruity, and sweet—everything a strawberry dessert can and should be.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars recipe — So easy, kids can make them! With 100% whole grains and the natural sweetness of strawberries, these simple one-bowl crumb bars are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert. @wellplated

As it so happens, tomorrow is Ben and my SIX YEAR wedding anniversary! SIX YEARS. When did that happen???

We’ll be spending a romantic day celebrating exactly how I’m sure Ben always imagined it: with his in-laws.

We’re in Kansas City for Easter weekend with my family, and while I didn’t get around to baking a special strawberry dessert (or feel up to carrying one with me on the plane), I have full confidence that what we’re doing instead—a family beer and BBQ tour—won’t be regretted by either of us.

So, while a new, fresh strawberry dessert will have to wait until our return (I’m thinking maybe a new spin on a frozen strawberry pie like this Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pie?), for today, I’m happy to relive the delicious magic that is this easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bar recipe.

I also added a new video to the bottom of the post where I show you step-by-step how to make these fresh strawberry bars. (SO EASY!)

Finally, for those of you who share my love of wedding pics, I have a few unsolicited ones from our wedding for you too! Prepare yourself: it’s about to get sentimental.

Fear not. The best recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars is waiting for you at the end!

Why do I feel like we’d be a bit less light on our feet if we tried to reenact this one six years later?

My mom walking me down the aisle. My dad passed away unexpectedly 10 years ago, so my mom did me the honor.

While—to put it weakly, incompletely, and as a total cliché—my life will never be the same without my dad, I am unbelievably fortunate to have another wonderful man in my life, my husband, Ben. I am married to the best person I know.

OK, now that we have that little jaunt down memory lane out of the way, let’s talk more about these healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars!

The Best Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. EVER.

A bewitching cross between a soft bar cookie and a streusel-topped crumb bar, these sweet treats are the perfect use for the fresh strawberries that are finally starting to make their way into grocery stores in big, juicy quantities.

(If you are looking for frozen strawberry recipes, these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars will work with them too! See the recipe notes for more details.)

The top and bottom “crust” of the oatmeal bars comes together in a single bowl, and since the recipe calls for melted, not softened, butter, you don’t even need to wait for the butter to come to room temperature first.

bowl of rolled oats drizzled with honey

If you are looking for a strawberry oatmeal bars vegan recipe, many readers have successfully swapped coconut oil.

Our next easy oatmeal bar victory: Most strawberry oatmeal bar recipes require making the filling in a separate bowl; these fresh strawberry bars do not.

Once you’ve pressed the first crust layer into the pan, simply scatter the filling ingredients—diced strawberries, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar and cornstarch—right over it, then sprinkle the remaining oatmeal crumble on top.

These Fresh Strawberry Oatmeal Bars couldn’t be easier or more delicious! With a buttery crumb topping, sweet strawberry filling, and warm vanilla glaze, they are perfect for a snack or potluck. @wellplated

In the oven, the strawberries “cook” into a bright, strawberry-pie-like filling that’s reminiscent of homemade strawberry jam.

Made with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and little added sugar (the sweetness of these bars comes almost entirely from the fresh strawberries themselves), these healthy oatmeal bars are wholesome enough for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Try one warmed up with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Strawberry Crumb Bars recipe — with a buttery crust, sweet fresh strawberry filling, butter crumb topping, and vanilla glaze, these bars have it all and are so easy! Made with 100% whole grain and the natural sweetness of strawberries, they are healthy enough for a snack but make a wonderful dessert bar for a party or picnic too! @wellplated

For those who prefer a sweeter take, a drizzle of vanilla glaze (recipe included below) sweetens the strawberry bars enough for dessert. (Another dessert option: these Strawberry Jam Bars!)

Though, if you feel the need to garnish them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you have my blessing to say “I do!”

These are the easiest and best Strawberry Oatmeal Bars! Made in one bowl with a buttery crumb topping, sweet fresh strawberry filling, and vanilla glaze. Recipe uses 100% whole grains, so they are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert! @wellplated

Speaking of “I do,” in keeping with prior years’ anniversary post traditions, here is a brief excerpt of what I learned about marriage this year. A few of these are from the prior post (I should take my own advice more often), and a few I just added. I’m sure that to many, these lessons will seem trite; however, they are sincere, and as all good lessons should be, they are practical too.

  • Leave three things a day unsaid. I owe Gretchen Rubin for this nugget. That little critique you are dying to utter or grievance you want to air? Don’t. It will feel good for all of two seconds. A pleasant, positive atmosphere feels good all night.
  • Put your phone away. I don’t mean face-down on the table “away.” I mean, AWAY. During dinner or another shared activity (reading in bed, watching Netflix, etc.), put your phone somewhere where you can’t get to it without physically standing up and walking. Maybe I’m supremely lazy, but placing my phone where I’d have to go to the trouble to haul myself up from the chair/couch/pillow and walk over to pick it up removes the temptation. No matter how quickly I glance at my notification screen or check to see how many Instagram likes my most recent post received, looking at my phone silently says to Ben, “What I’m looking at is more important than what we are doing together right now.”
  • Say thank you when your spouse completes shared household tasks, like unloading the dishwasher or taking out the trash. It’s nice to be appreciated, even for the chores that are “expected.” I may have mentioned this one in years past, but it is worth repeating. Gratitude never goes out of fashion.
  • Say yes when your spouse asks you to look at something, even if that “something” is YouTube video of a hockey goal that you can’t possibly hope to follow despite your spouse’s detailed, five-minute explanation. It’s an opportunity to share an activity that’s important to them, so let it be important to you too.

OK, let’s eat some Strawberry Oatmeal Bars!

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

The easiest, best strawberry oatmeal bars with butter crumb topping. One bowl, simple ingredients, and 100% whole grain—perfect for a snack or dessert!

PREP: 20 mins

COOK: 35 mins

TOTAL: 55 mins

Ingredients  1x2x3x

For the Strawberry Bars:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats gluten free if needed
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour or substitute all-purpose flour or 1:1 baking flour to make gluten free
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (or substitute melted coconut oil to make vegan/dairy free)
  • 2 cups small-diced strawberries about 10 ounces, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon  freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar divided

For the Vanilla Glaze (optional but delicious, especially if you prefer a sweeter bar):

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk any kind you like


  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides like handles.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Scatter half of the strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Scatter on the remaining berries, then the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing through.
  • Bake the bars for 35 to 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (you can speed this process along in the refrigerator).
  • While the bars cool, prepare the glaze: In a medium bowl, briskly whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Feel free to add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired. Using the parchment-paper handles, lift the bars from the pan. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and serve.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

These strawberry overnight oats are so easy to meal prep and taste like strawberry shortcake! It’s like having dessert for breakfast.

All it took was one 70 degree day for me to jump back on overnight oats breakfast wagon. I’ve been eating a few different combos over the past couple weeks and this one stood out as a true favorite. I think in part because the strawberries I picked up from the grocery were perfectly ripe and sweeter than any berry I’ve tasted this year.

Jar of strawberry shortcake overnight oats with chunks of strawberries and topped with sliced strawberries.

One bite and I was quickly daydreaming about spring and summer produce. Asparagus, berries, zucchini, fresh corn on the cob… literally CAN NOT WAIT. In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy the massive container of strawberries I have in the fridge by making these overnight oats all week.

Top view of a jar of creamy strawberry overnight oats topped with strawberry slices.

Oats That Taste Like Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summertime dessert and has been a favorite of mine since childhood so when I was brainstorming strawberry overnight oat recipes it immediately came to me.

I used my Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait recipe as a guide, tried a couple test batches and finally found the perfect combo that was reminiscent of strawberry shortcake. Obviously it doesn’t taste 100% like the dessert, but it does have the same flavors. I think the key is using sweet, ripe strawberries, as well as, almond and vanilla extracts. The extracts give the oats that pound cake flavor, while the strawberries and honey bring the perfect amount of sweetness.

Ingredients for Strawberry Overnight Oats

  • old fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work well because they don’t absorb liquid the same way rolled oats do
  • almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work
  • Greek yogurt – yogurt gives overnight oats an extra creamy texture while adding a bit of protein. I personally like using plain Greek yogurt since it’s the highest in protein and lowest in sugar. To make this recipe vegan or dairy-free you can use a non-dairy yogurt or skip the yogurt all together and use additional milk
  • honey or maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid so it blends in nicely with the oat mixture and I personally love the flavor. Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work here. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit
  • vanilla extract and almond extract – if you don’t have almond extract in your pantry, it’s totally worth picking up a small bottle for this recipe. It’s what gives the recipe a “cake-like” flavor!
  • sea salt – a pinch of sea salt is the perfect flavor enhancer and brings out the nutty flavor of the oats
Glass mixing bowl with overnight oatmeal and chopped strawberries

Combine the strawberry and cake flavors with the creaminess of almond milk and Greek yogurt and you’ve got yourself a bowl of oats that tastes pretty similar to strawberry shortcake, yet still healthy enough to serve for breakfast! Plus it’s gluten-free, portable and perfect for warm mornings when hot oats aren’t appealing.

Top view of a jar of creamy strawberry overnight oats topped with strawberry slices.

Overnight Oats Ratio

The base “recipe” for overnight oats is so simple! The hardest part is getting the right ratio of oats to liquid. I aim for a 1:1 ratio of rolled oats to milk, plus half as much yogurt. So for 1/2 cup of oats, I use 1/2 cup of milk + 1/4 cup of yogurt (or an additional 1/4 cup of milk). This seems to give the oats the perfect consistency, not too thick, but not soupy. For the liquid, I usually go for non-dairy milk like almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand and if you really want to experiment you can try using different liquids like fruit juice.

How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?

Given the name, you’d assume overnight oats need to soak overnight, but you can actually make them in 2-4 hours if you’re in a rush. While it does take some time for the oats to absorb the liquid, they don’t necessarily have to be soaked overnight. I recommend at least 8 hours for true overnight oats, but there have been mornings where I decide I want overnight oats for breakfast even though I didn’t prep them the night before. When this happens I’ll make them the morning of and let the oats soak for just 2-4 hours. With this quick soak, they’re not as soft as overnight oats that have soaked longer and they’re a bit more liquidy, but they’re still delicious.

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5. With this said, overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to make a whole batch for the week on Sunday. I like prepping them in wide mouth 16 oz mason jars.

Can You Eat Overnight Oats Hot?

Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. Even if you think cold oats sound strange, I recommend giving it shot before you write them off. Of course, if you simply can’t do the cold oats you can always heat them up. Just pop the overnights oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout and enjoy.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

These strawberry overnight oats are so easy to meal prep and taste like strawberry shortcake! It’s like having dessert for breakfast. 

Prep Time8 hours

Total Time8 hours


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Place all ingredients in a container and stir until well combined. Seal with a lid and place in the fridge overnight (or at least a couple hours).
  • Bring out of the fridge in the morning and stir. You’ll notice that the oats soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk before serving. Top oats with additional chopped strawberries and serve.
  • Overnight oats will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge in a sealed container.

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