Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls
Growing up in a busy family with two brothers and a sister, weekday breakfasts were always about the quick and easy. Cereal or oatmeal was the go-to, and Strawberries n’ Cream instant oatmeal packets were my favorite.

While I still enjoy creamy strawberry oatmeal, I now take a more nutritious approach that includes a balance of protein, natural sugars, and healthy fats. These vegan Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls are just as quick and tasty — but worlds healthier.

“Just add water” certainly has its place in the life of a bustling family, and that’s exactly where this recipe can come into play. It really is as simple as just adding milk (coconut and almond milk, that is), but instead of an empty carb breakfast that leaves you hungry at 10 a.m., you get a well-rounded meal that guarantees hours of satisfaction. All it takes is a combination of fresh fruit, rolled oats, nuts, and seeds to start your day off on the right foot.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls
This complete meal includes fresh strawberries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, coconut milk, and almond milk. A little pure maple syrup is all you need for some natural sweetness. If you like to change up your breakfast now and then, you can modify the recipe to your taste by adding a dollop of nut butter, yogurt, and/or a mix of your favorite fruit and nuts. Another major plus: You can make this breakfast either hot or cold!

Because the weather is getting warmer, I have been making the overnight version — one that’s eaten cold — instead of cooking the oats on the stove top. If you’ve never made overnight oats, it’s easy! You simply soak the rolled oats in your choice of milk, along with sweetener and any other add-ins you like, such as vanilla or cinnamon, and plop it in the refrigerator overnight. That’s all it takes for your breakfast to be ready for you in the morning.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls
Just add milk? Don’t mind if I do!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Packed with hearty oats, juicy strawberries, and heart-healthy nuts and seeds, these wholesome breakfast bowls are as irresistible as they are satisfying. We've included directions for both cold (overnight) and hot versions so that you can enjoy them all year long.

Ingredients

    For the oatmeal:
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not the instant kind)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 (14-ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the bowls:
  • Fresh ripe strawberries, quartered
  • Slivered almonds
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Additional almond milk or coconut milk

Instructions

    For the cold version (overnight oats):
  1. Add all oatmeal ingredients to a large container with an airtight lid and stir well. Seal and place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 6 hours).
  2. Divide the oats between four bowls and pile each with strawberries, pepitas, and almonds. Add additional almond milk or coconut milk if desired.
  3. For the hot version:
  4. Add the oats, chia seeds, coconut, maple syrup, coconut milk, and almond milk to a medium-sized pot. Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal has thickened and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Divide between four bowls and top with strawberries, almonds, and nuts, along with additional almond and/or coconut milk, if desired.

Notes

Prep and cook times are for the hot version of the recipe. Allow for at least 6 hours for the cold (overnight) variation.

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About Julia

Julia Mueller writes the food blog, The Roasted Root, and is the author of Delicious Probiotic Drinks and Let Them Eat Kale!. A Lake Tahoe native, Julia loves to play outdoors, and enjoys developing recipes that are nutrient-dense and approachable to make any night of the week.   Read more from Julia →

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Comments

  1. says

    Perfect! I’ve been going through punnets and punnets of smoothies lately and I’m not sick of them yet!
    Looking forward to trying this recipe.

    • Julia Mueller says

      Oh yes, these breakfast bowls are definitely a nice change-up from the regular breakfast routine. Plus you can add all sorts of variety in them. My next go-round will be with goji berries and walnuts – yum!

  2. says

    This is my kinda breakfast! I love a big bowl of oats in the morning, and am always looking for ways to dress them up. This looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Julia Mueller says

      You got it, Ashley! I love adding all sorts of goodies to oatmeal to keep it interesting. Happy oatmeal-ing! :)

    • Julia Mueller says

      Oh yes, I bet the kids’ll love it! I feel like you can’t go wrong with creamy and fruity ;)

  3. says

    Looks delish! Oatmeal is a fail-safe for me as well. Also, I totally forgot about the strawberries & cream or peaches & cream instant oatmeal packets from childhood haha. I never liked any of them very much but they always seemed to be around! ;)

    • Julia Mueller says

      #OatmealForDays ;) I’m happy to hear you’d choose the fresh and healthy version over the packaged kind! It’s definitely a fun bowl of flavor :)

    • Julia Mueller says

      Gotta love them goodies! They’re what make a bowl of oats fun and interesting. Thanks, Liz!

    • Julia Mueller says

      I think it just depends on whether you want to eat the oats cold or hot. I personally feel like there’s a place in life for both versions and it’s always a matter of what I’m in the mood for. The benefit of overnight oats is they take seconds to make versus having to monitor the stove for 15 minutes :) Glad you like the idea!

  4. Staci says

    Cold Oatmeal is a big deal at my house. My husband leaves really early for work each day, so I pack him breakfast as well as lunch. His favorite is soaked oatmeal. The variety is endless, and it is so nice and refreshing in the summer, although he is just as happy to eat it in the winter.

    Thank you for this fun version–I haven’t put chia seeds or pepitas in it before, so this will be something new and fun!

    • Julia Mueller says

      Thanks, Staci! I’m so happy to hear your household is on Team Overnight Oats! Honestly, I’m pretty new to them, but ever since my first batch, I’ve been hooked. Hope you and your husband enjoy the recipe!

  5. says

    We just finally started eating overnight oats at our place. Don’t know what took us so long! We’ve been doing blueberry coconut overnight oats, but I’m really looking forward to trying something new flavour-wise. Strawberries and cream sound perfect! :)

    • Julia Mueller says

      Ah yes, I bet fresh blueberries are wonderful too! I’ve noticed the berries at my grocery store have been amazing this year – and on sale! I’ll have to pick up some blueberries and whip another batch for breakfast this week :D

  6. says

    In this scorching summer heat, staying in the kitchen for more than 5 minutes makes me very very restless and cranky! This breakfast idea is just the perfect solution and oh so healthy! I love the overnight method! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m getting too tempted after this post!

    • Julia Mueller says

      Oh yeah, heat-induced crankiness definitely calls for overnight oats. You get a nice cold, filling meal without lifting a finger and it brings comfort to settle the restlessness. In essence, these breakfast bowls solve all problems ;)

  7. says

    I’ve been on an overnight oats kick bordering on obsessive lately! I love the idea of using coconut and maple syrup, I’ll have to pick up some coconut milk and give this version a try asap. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Julia Mueller says

      You got it, Katie! I’m glad to hear you’re all up on the overnight oat. Let me know what you think about the coconut milk and maple version!! xoxo

    • Julia Mueller says

      Thanks, Mille! The coconut milk definitely does wonders for flavor and texture. Plus, I always feel like I add less maple syrup/honey when I add coconut milk because it’s so naturally sweet and creamy. Hope you enjoy!

    • Julia Mueller says

      Haha! The joys of having someone to boss around. I’m looking forward to the day I can wake up, roll over and in my snarkiest voice say, “Just add milk!”

    • Julia Mueller says

      Hi Alex! Thrilled to know you’re excited about the overnight oats. You can certainly soak steel cut oats overnight, but I don’t think they will become soft enough to eat – you’d likely have to cook them for 10 minutes or so. Maybe it’s worth a shot, though? Let us know if you try!

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