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Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

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!

This post was originally published on May 29, 2014.

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Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

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.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

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.

For the hot version:

  1. 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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46 Comments

  • Reply
    How to Philosophize with Cake
    May 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Those look awesome. If I had that waiting in my fridge overnight, I wouldn’t think twice about eating breakfast in the morning 🙂

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Absolutely! Mornings are always much easier when breakfast is already made 🙂

  • Reply
    Emma
    May 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

      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!

  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    May 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I’m going to show this to the Mr. This looks right up his alley!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

      So glad to hear it! Let me know what the Mr. thinks of the breakfast bowls! 🙂

  • Reply
    TastyRules
    May 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

    It looks awesome! Actually, I am starating to wake up a little bit earlier to have enough time to eat a healhy and full breakfast. This can be a good option!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    http://tastyrules.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Absolutely! All it takes is 30 seconds the night before and badabing, badaboom! Breakfast! 😀

  • Reply
    Ashley Parrish
    May 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

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

  • Reply
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    May 29, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I’ll bet I can get my kids to eat “boring oatmeal” if I add these flavors to it! Score!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    May 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    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! 😉

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      #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 🙂

  • Reply
    melissa @ my whole food life
    May 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I was just on Facebook and this lovely recipe caught my eye. I just had to check it out! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Glad you like it! Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    May 29, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love adding all sorts of goodies to my oats…love this!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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

  • Reply
    lisacng @ expandng.com
    May 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I have strawberries and almonds at home. Sounds like a great idea! Plus someone said overnight oats is even better than stove-top. Am I wrong?

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      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!

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    Staci
    May 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      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!

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    [email protected]
    May 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    This looks delish!!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Thank ya! Let us know if you try the breakfast bowls!

  • Reply
    olivia
    May 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Looks delish. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 29, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Awesome, thanks Olivia! Let us know when you give them a go!

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    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    May 30, 2014 at 12:56 am

    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! 🙂

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 31, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      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 😀

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    Samina | The Cupcake Confession
    May 30, 2014 at 1:59 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 31, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      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 😉

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    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    May 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 31, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      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

  • Reply
    Mille l Add A Little
    May 31, 2014 at 2:32 am

    This looks amazing! I bet the coconut milk gives it amazing flavour!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 31, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful bowls, breakfast should always look this good!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      My sentiments exactly, Laura!

  • Reply
    mjskit
    May 31, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I love the cold version! Finally, a oatmeal I can eat during the heat of the summer!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      June 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Yup, gone are the days of sweating bullets while eating breakfast 😉 Glad you like!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    June 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Just add milk is going to turn into a new breakfast motto around here! Or, an order. Depending on how you look at it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      June 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      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!”

  • Reply
    Alex
    June 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Yum!!! What a cool idea – overnight oats! One question- can I use steel cut oats??thanks!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      June 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      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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    Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship
    May 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I had overnight oats for breakfast this morning- and just add milk really is the way forward!

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    Alexandra
    May 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    How do you think the overnight version would go in the microwave the next morning? It’s getting cold in Aus and this recipe looks and sounds amazing, but I eat my breakfast at work!

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    Kamaile
    September 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Looks delicious! I will make this Sunday night for quick and easy breakfast before work. Unfortunately I’m the only one that likes oatmeal in my house (their loss:)). Can I make this batch and eat it throughout the week? Or does it need to be eaten in one day?

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    Janee Moore
    February 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Can this be soaked overnight and the heated up for a warm breakfast in the morning?

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