Oatmeal with no cooking necessary, these Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats are loaded with fresh strawberries and make you feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast.
All it took was one 70° day for me to jump back on overnight oats breakfast wagon. I’ve been eating a few different combos over the past couple weeks and this one stood out as a true favorite. I think in part because the strawberries I picked up from the grocery were perfectly ripe and sweeter than any berry I’ve tasted this year.
One bite and I was quickly daydreaming about spring and summer produce. Asparagus, berries, zucchini, fresh corn on the cob… literally CAN NOT WAIT. In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy the massive container of strawberries I have in the fridge by making these overnight oats all week.
Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summertime dessert and has been a favorite of mine since childhood so when I was brainstorming strawberry overnight oat recipes it immediately came to me.
I used my Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait recipe as a guide, tried a couple test batches and finally found the perfect combo that was reminiscent of strawberry shortcake. Obviously it doesn’t taste 100% like the dessert, but it does have the same flavors. I think the key is using sweet, ripe strawberries, as well as, almond and vanilla extracts. The extracts give the oats that pound cake flavor, while the strawberries and honey bring the perfect amount of sweetness.
If you don’t have almond extract in your pantry, it’s totally worth picking up a small bottle for this recipe.
Combine the strawberry and cake flavors with the creaminess of almond milk and Greek yogurt and you’ve got yourself a bowl of oats that tastes pretty similar to strawberry shortcake, yet still healthy enough to serve for breakfast! Plus it’s gluten-free, portable and perfect for warm mornings when hot oats aren’t appealing.
As a blogger I kind of feel like overnight oats are old news, but there are actually a TON of people out there who haven’t tried them yet, including the new EBF intern. Luckily she was here for the photoshoot of this recipe so she got to try them… and loved them. <— Woot, another overnight oats fan in the making!
Speaking of my intern, her name is Maria. She’s still in school (obviously), loves food, cooking, creative writing, running and learning from local businesses. She’s been on board for a few weeks and is helping me out with social media, food prep, idea generation and a lot of other stuff behind the scenes. Expanding the EBF team has been a goal of mine for a while now and I’m beyond excited it finally happened. Maria hit the ground running and has already been such a big help. And having her on the team has helped me to be a lot more organized — not only because I can delegate some tasks, but knowing that I have someone else waiting for direction from me helps me to be more proactive. It’s been awesome.
Plus, she made me a gif for this post. She’s the coolest!
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup chopped strawberries + more for serving
- 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a container and stir until well combined. Seal with a lid and place in the fridge overnight (or at least a couple hours).
- Bring out of the fridge in the morning and stir. You'll notice that the oats soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk before serving. Top oats with additional chopped strawberries and serve.
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