Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 4, 2012

I love turning dessert into breakfast.

More importantly, I love turning a healthy breakfast into something that tastes like dessert, but is actually good for you!

Oatmeal is one of my favorite bases for these dessert-inspired-breakfasts, because it’s simple, easy to make, full of fiber and whole grains, and can be virtually transformed into anything like…

Chocolate Brownies

A Blueberry Delight

Pumpkin Pie

Indian Spiced Rice Pudding

or, Banana Bread

… but still be amazingly healthy for you and guilt-free.

A few days ago, a huge tray of strawberries was sitting out in the cafe where I eat lunch. That same day, I had a wonderful bite of dessert: strawberries and cream with angel food cake. I was inspired.

And with all of those wonderful strawberry experiences I was totally craving strawberry shortcake the next day.

So I thought I’d experiment with transforming my normal breakfast bowl of oatmeal into a delicious treat to start my day!

It was a success.

The nuttiness of the oats, the creaminess of the milk, and the sweetness of the strawberries made me reminiscent of early summer afternoons, sitting out on green lawns, under shady trees with the sun shining through.

This recipe only has about 250-300 calories, 5-7g fiber, 1-2g sugar, and 7-8g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 bowl of oatmeal

Serving Size: 1 bowl of oatmeal

Calories per serving: 250-300

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 250-300 Calories, 27g Carbs, 5-7g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 7-8g Protein


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 2-3 tsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • Sliced strawberries — as many as you like! I used about 6.
  • 1 tsp sugar, honey or agave


  1. Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  2. Add the ground flax seed and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency) and the sugar/honey/agave. Stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the sliced strawberries, allowing them to melt in the hot oatmeal. Top with a few additional strawberry slices and serve.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca Schmorr October 5, 2012 at 5:45 am

Great post and thanks for linking to the other blog articles. I’ve actually really gotten back into eating oatmeal and it’s good to see that their are some alternative things you can do with it. I’m excited to add some fruit and to start experimenting myself.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thanks Rebecca! I’m so glad you’re getting back into oatmeal – it’s one of my breakfast staples because you can seriously do anything with it! I’ve even turned into a savory dish and substituted it for risotto too 🙂 Hope you enjoy this recipe!


Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

Looks delicious- much better than the Special K with red berries that I normally eat 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm

hehe 🙂 thanks so much! This will only take about 5 minutes longer to make, and will be so much tastier too!


lynn @ the actor's diet October 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm

strawberry, oats (and peanut butter) are about my favorite combo ever.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm

omggg yes. strawberries + peanut butter = heaven. I think I’ll be adding some peanut (or even almond) butter into this oatmeal the next time I have it!


Margaret @ WellnessCircle October 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

Another yummy recipe, Anjali! I’m starting to eat oatmeal for breakfast just recently and I think I’m gonna try this out. So far, I’ve tried oatmeal + banana + nutella for breakfast. Gotta try it with strawberries next time. Thanks for sharing!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Aw thank you so much Margaret! I’m sure you will enjoy this recipe 🙂 And the next time you make the banana version, try it with walnuts, cinnamon and some honey instead of nutella – it will be delicious and will taste just like banana bread!


Cealan October 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Wow! Never thought of adding flax seed to oatmeal before! Nice tip! 🙂 Will try it!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Thanks!! Ground flax seed is the best ingredient to “hide” in oatmeals, smoothies, just about any breakfast food – because it’s packed with nutrition, but doesn’t change the taste of the food! I literally add it to everything, even almond butter sandwiches! Enjoy!


Butterfly March 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Hello Anjali,

First of all, I would like to thank you so much for your recipes. However, I would like to ask you if you can post some more recipes concerning detoxification and weight lose if possible. Along with that, the amount of carbs that each recipes may contain.

Thank you 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Hi! No problem at all, I’m glad you like my recipes! Regarding detox – here are two posts that should help! 1) and 2) Regarding weight loss, most of my recipes have nutritional information, calories and carbs/fat posted – so depending on your weight loss goals you can design your own meal plans with that information! If you are looking at one of my older recipes that doesn’t have the nutritional information posted yet let me know, and I’ll fix that right away. Thanks again, and good luck!


Sonali April 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

Just tried this…and I’ve died and gone to heaven!! *yum*


Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hehe yaaay! So happy to hear that Sonali! 🙂


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