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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal makes a simple and easy breakfast. Made with only 5 ingredients, and is creamy, satisfying, packed with nutrition and bursting with fresh strawberries.
Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
This Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal can be made in less than 15 minutes and makes a hearty, nourishing, and quick breakfast. The oats are creamy and each bite is guaranteed to have fresh strawberry pieces.
Oatmeal has always been a breakfast favorite of mine but I know it’s not for everyone. These oats are naturally sweetened from the honey or maple syrup and the strawberries add a fresh and fragrant flavor to them too so I promise these oats won’t bore you!
Ditch the instant oatmeal packets you buy from the grocery store and fuel your body with these strawberry oats! This recipe makes 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings and it can easily be doubled so you have plenty for the week.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Meal Prep: You can double the recipe and meal prep your breakfast for busy mornings. Place oatmeal in an airtight container and microwave when ready to eat.
- Healthy Breakfast: Oatmeal is the perfect way to start any day. Oats are naturally good for your heart health, and has a good source of fiber and folic acid so you’ll feel good about eating this.
- Better than Instant Oatmeal: The instant oatmeal packets are loaded with sugar so you can control the amount of sugar that goes into your oatmeal. You also don’t have to worry about any artificial strawberry flavor, everything is natural.
- Easy Recipe: Made with simple ingredients you most likely already have and you only need about 10-15 minutes to cook these oats. You can even make this on busy weekday mornings.
- Oats: Old fashioned oats are the most ideal oats to use for this oatmeal. Quick oats will work, the consistency may be a little different and the oats will cook more quickly. Steel-cut oats won’t work as they are too thick and will require a longer cooking time and additional liquid.
- Almond milk: Any type of milk can be used such as regular whole milk, low-fat, fat-free, any non-dairy milk such as cashew milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and oat milk.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a warm flavor and enhances the flavors.
- Honey or pure maple syrup: Use any of your favorite natural sweeteners. Agave syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar also work too.
- Strawberries: Fresh is best, we use about 3/4- 1 cup of chopped strawberries but you can add more or less depending on how much strawberry flavor you want.
How To Make Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
Combine oats and almond milk: In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the oats and almond milk. Stir to combine.
Boil oats: Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat to a low simmer, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to stir often.
Add remaining ingredients: Stir in vanilla extract, honey, and strawberries until combined and let the oats simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until thickened and cooked through- the cook time may vary depending on how quick the oats cook. If you wanted the oats to have a softer texture, cook them for a minute longer.
Add cooked oats to bowl: Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with more strawberries and a splash more of milk. Enjoy!
Recipe Tips & Variations
- Overnight Oats: Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and transfer to two individual bowls and cover with plastic wrap. Let the oats sit overnight and enjoy the next morning.
- Gluten-free Oatmeal: Swap the regular old-fashioned oats for gluten-free oats.
- Toppings: Top oats with fresh fruit such as fresh berries, bananas, oranges, pears, or apples. You could also add chocolate chips, honey, any type of nut butter, shredded coconut, icing, dried cranberries, and sprinkles (fun for a birthday breakfast!).
- Protein Oats: Add a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder to oats once they’ve been cooked. You can also add a tablespoon of chia seeds and flax seeds for a fiber boost.
- Reheating: The oats will thicken when placed in the refrigerator so be sure to add some water or milk when reheating.
Difference In Oats
Old-Fashioned oats: These oats are the least processed. After steel cut oats get rolled into flat flakes, you get these old-fashioned oats. Cooking time is about 4-5 minutes.
Quick-oats: These oats are old-fashioned rolled oats that are rolled thinner and cut into pieces resulting in the oats having a quicker cooking time. Cooking time is about 2-3 minutes.
Instant oats: These are the oats that are used for the instant oatmeal packs. I prefer using quick-oats or old-fashioned oats instead. Instant oats are the most processed oats out of the 3 so the texture of the oatmeal will be different. Cooking time is 30-60 seconds.
Leftovers & Storage
I like to double this recipe for leftovers. I love a hot breakfast that will last me a few days during the week- it makes mornings extra easy and convenient. This oatmeal will be just as good and creamy the next morning, just be sure to add a splash of milk.
To-store: Place any leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. When ready to reheat, add to a microwavable safe bowl and add a splash of milk. Stir and heat for 30-60 seconds (depending on your microwave).
To-freeze: Place cooked and cooled oatmeal in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place on the counter to thaw for a few hours or leave in the refrigerator overnight. Warm oatmeal in the microwave.
Other Easy Homemade Oatmeal Recipes
I love oatmeal so much because it’s versatile and can be dressed up in various ways. You can make them over the stove, bake them or even make them and let them sit overnight in the fridge! Try some of these other oatmeal flavors:
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites
- Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Overnight Oats
- Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Banana Bread Oatmeal
- Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups almond milk or regular milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 cup fresh strawberries diced
- In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the oats and almond milk. Stir to combine.
- Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to stir often.
- Stir in vanilla extract, honey, and strawberries until combined and let the oats simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until thickened and cooked through.
- Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with more strawberries and a splash more of milk. Enjoy!