Wake up to the sweet taste of fresh berries when you prep a hearty serving of strawberries and cream overnight oats before bed! This no-cook meal prep hack sounds like a dream, but tastes even better. You won’t have to scramble for a quick meal no matter how busy your day and it won’t leave you hungry an hour later. Start with plant-based whole foods to set yourself up for success.
Hot oatmeal isn’t always a top pick. It can be tough to enjoy during the heat of summer, takes time to cook properly, and is tough to take with you to go. Overnight oats, on the other hand, are ready when you are. Enjoy cold, at room temperature, or even pop them in the microwave for a minute to take off the chill as needed! Best of all, you’ll never get bored with this seasonal variation reminiscent of a delicate strawberry shortcake.
Technically, there’s only one absolutely mandatory ingredient here: Oats! Just add water and you’re good to go. What makes these strawberry overnight oats so special is the carefully curated, short list of additions.
Making these strawberries and cream overnight oats is easy! In a glass jar or other container, add the rolled oats, chia seeds (optional), plant-based milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, diced strawberries, and any other desired add-ins and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least three hours. The mixture will thicken up as it cools.
Transform a ho-hum weekday breakfast into a crave-worthy treat with just a few extra final flourishes. In fact, if you want to go all out, you could easily enjoy a decadent serving of oats for dessert instead! Here’s a few ideas for fun and fancy toppings:
Strawberry oatmeal might not be your favorite, and that’s okay! The beauty of this simple formula is that you can effortlessly swap in any berry you prefer, such as:
Yes! Just make sure that the oats are certified gluten-free, so there’s no cross contamination in the manufacturing process, in case of severe allergies.
Maple syrup is a healthier, lower glycemic sweetener, but if you need to avoid all sugars, you can replace it with a few drops of liquid stevia or monkfruit extract instead.
For a long day at the gym, office, or classroom, you can mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite plant-based protein powder when making the oatmeal base. You can take this opportunity to add even more flavor by using a strawberry protein powder, too.
Overnight oats aren’t the only make ahead breakfast that will save you time in the morning. Here are a bunch of delicious ways to prep ahead so you can wake up with breakfast waiting for you.
Photos by Amanda McGillicuddy for World of Vegan.