Make it easy to feed yourself and the kids a healthy breakfast, no matter how busy you are, with this simple make-ahead Strawberry Overnight Oats recipe.
Strawberry Overnight Oats
At many points in my life as a mom, I’ve been guilty of feeding myself last. But it almost always leads to me being super grumpy and short tempered with my kids, so I try my best to make sure I eat breakfast soon after I wake up.
These overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfasts to make to share with my kids. They are easy, flavorful, and very satisfying. We love them with applesauce, with mango, and with strawberries as shown here.
You can leave the berries chopped or puree it all smooth, according to the texture preferences of your kids.
Ingredients You Need
The ingredients you need for this recipe are super simple. They include:
- Whole milk plain yogurt: This is a creamy yogurt with plenty of healthy fats to help us stay full. You can use regular style or Greek yogurt here.
- Instant oats: I prefer the texture of overnight oats to be smoother, so I use instant oats here. You can use rolled oats, or you can grind rolled oats briefly in a food processor or blender.
- Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are great here, though you can sub frozen in a pinch.
- Hemp seeds: I like to add these seeds for healthy fats and more protein, but they are optional.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut: This ingredient adds flavor, but they are optional so you can leave it out if you don’t love coconut.
- Maple syrup or honey: You can sweeten the yogurt mixture to taste as you like.
TIP: I like to add the hemp seeds and coconut for added healthy fats, fiber, and flavor, but you can omit them if you don’t happen to have any on hand.
To make this recipe, here’s a look at the steps involved. This is best to do at least a few hours before you plan to eat it, so I often do it the night before.
- Add the ingredients except the berries to a bowl.
- Stir together.
- Add a layer of yogurt to storage jars or containers. Add chopped berries.
- Add the rest of the yogurt and more berries. Stash into the fridge to soften and chill until ready to eat.
TIP: You’ll serve this recipe cold, as you would yogurt.
Can I use regular rolled oats?
Sure thing! Just grind them up a bit in a blender or food processor to create a slightly smoother texture. You can also leave them as they are for a slightly thicker, chewier texture. You may need to try this recipe both ways to see if there’s one way that your kids prefer it.
Which yogurt is best in this recipe?
I prefer to use whole milk plain yogurt for flavor, healthy fats, and no added sugars. You can read more about yogurt for kids here. It will work with any type of yogurt though, so trade in what you have if you have a different type on hand.
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How to Store
Plan to let the mixture sit in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Best Tips for Success
- Substitute dairy-free yogurt if needed.
- Taste the mixture and adjust the optional sweeteners as needed.
- I like to add the hemp seeds and coconut for added healthy fats, fiber, and flavor, but you can omit them if you don’t happen to have any on hand.
- Puree it smooth for a baby or toddler who prefers a smoother texture.
- Serve in a bowl or a reusable pouch.
- Serve this recipe cold, as you would yogurt.