Super flavorful and filling Strawberry Overnight Oats packed with protein from Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and almond butter. Spend just 10 minutes the night before and wake up to a healthy, lower-sugar oatmeal breakfast, no cooking required. Gluten free, kid-friendly and portable!
Nicer weather on the horizon (I'm giddy!) means putting the brakes on my overnight steel cut oatmeal and giving a warm welcome to all things overnight oatmeal.
It's is a cinch to whip up the night before and I love having a delish, healthy breakfast waiting for me to inhale in the morning when my toddler wants all my attention.
- Old-fashioned oats: Also known as rolled oats, this is the base of our strawberry overnight oats recipe. We don't want instant, quick cook or steel cut oats here. Don't miss my favorite snack recipes with oats, too!
- Almond milk: I love this for the liquid base, but you can use any milk you like or have on hand.
- Greek yogurt: Nonfat, 2% or whole all work. I use unsweetened, but vanilla works too.
- Chia seeds: To thicken the mixture and add plenty of fiber and healthy fats.
- Almond butter: I love the creamy mouthfeel and sweetness almond butter adds. Cashew butter would also work.
- Honey or maple syrup: A natural liquid sweetener to add a light pop of sweetness. Add it to taste.
- Strawberries: Stick to fresh versus frozen since frozen will release a bunch of liquid.
- Vanilla and almond extract: Vanilla is a must and almond extract adds a really special and delicious flavor to set these oats apart from the rest!
- Salt: Salt is so important for flavor yet so many overnight oat recipes don't include it. A key ingredient for rounding out the flavors!
How to make
Add all ingredients except strawberries to a bowl and whisk to combine.
Whisk to combine. Taste and add more sweetener if needed. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight!
As a dietitian, I love how accessible, easy and nourishing oatmeal is for breakfast.
It's packed with filling beta-glucan soluble fiber, which improves the diversity of the gut, aids in constipation, and increases satiety.
It boasts 6g plant protein in ½ cup plus a wide variety of micronutrients like manganese (190% of daily value in ½ cup), iron (20%), phosphorus (41%), magnesium (34%) and zinc (20%).
- Dairy free: Use a thick dairy free yogurt, like coconut milk or almond yogurt. Don't miss my filling vegan overnight oats!
- Gluten free: Use certified gluten free oats.
- Nut free: Use oat or soy milk and tahini or sunflower seed butter.
- Chocolate strawberry: Add a tablespoon of cacao powder and an extra teaspoon of sweetener.
- Strawberry lemon: Add the zest of half a lemon, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and ¼ tsp lemon extract.
- PB&J: Swap the almond butter for peanut butter and serve topped with roasted peanuts.
- Protein oats: Add a scoop of protein powder for even more staying power.
How to store
Store oats covered in an air tight container. They'll last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze overnight oats?
Yes! Freeze portions in a greased muffin tin. Once frozen, place portions in a freezer baggie and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and top as you would normally!
Can you eat them hot?
Yes, you can warm them up if you'd like! The soaking is really the "cooking" method or softening of the oats, so typically you eat them cold like muesli.
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Super flavorful Strawberry Overnight Oats packed with protein for a delicious, easy and filling breakfast. Spend just 10 minutes the night before and wake up to a healthy oatmeal breakfast, no cooking required. Gluten free, kid-friendly and portable!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (use certified gluten free if needed)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ¼ cup plain, vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp almond butter or cashew butter
- 2 tsp honey or maple syrup (more to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- ⅛ tsp fine sea salt
- 1 cup chopped strawberries, plus more for topping
- Place all ingredients except strawberries in a mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup. Whisk to combine.
- Stir in strawberries. Taste and add any additional sweetener to taste, if needed. Portion into 2 jars or containers of choice. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy cold with extra strawberries and a drizzle of almond butter!