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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal is a brilliant way to start the day! This healthy and satisfying breakfast is filled with rolled oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, coconut sugar, milk, and naturally sweet strawberries. It’s hearty, vegan-friendly, ready in just 20 minutes, and sugar-free!

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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!

This strawberries and cream oatmeal is no exception — it tastes just like strawberry shortcake, but is also the perfect way to start your day!

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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…

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

Not only does this terrific strawberry oatmeal taste fabulous, but it’s also super good for you too. So you can get a boost of energy and stay full until lunch!

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How to Make Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

strawberry oatmeal ingredients
  • Oats: I used rolled oats because they cook fast but still have a great texture
  • Milk: Use your favorite kind! Regular milk or plant based milk both would work great. Oat milk will add even more oat flavor and creaminess to this recipe with the added benefit of being vegan friendly! Hemp milk, coconut milk or almond milk all work too!
  • Strawberries: The key to making this oatmeal naturally sweet!
  • Salt: Just a pinch, to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries
  • Flax Seeds: For added nuttiness, healthy fats, and protein. They also help thicken the oatmeal.
  • Cinnamon: Optional, but I think it adds great flavor to this strawberry oatmeal.
  • Coconut Sugar: Also optional, but just a tiny amount goes a long way to making these strawberry oats taste like dessert!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 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.)

oatmeal in a bow

Step 2: Add the ground flax seed, salt and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot. Stir to combine. 

oats mixed with flax in a bowl

Step 3: Add the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about ½ cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency) and the coconut sugar. Stir to combine. Stir in the sliced strawberries, allowing them to melt in the hot oatmeal.

strawberries added to oats in a bowl

Step 4: Top with a few additional strawberry slices and serve. 

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What Makes This Strawberry Oatmeal Healthy?

  • Protein: Enjoy 11 grams of plant protein in each bowl! Protein is important for repairing tissues and gives you strong bones and muscles. 
  • Low Calorie: You can enjoy this strawberries and cream oatmeal for breakfast for under 300 calories, but it will keep you full all the way until lunch!
  • Fiber: 7 grams of fiber helps with digestion and keeps your blood sugar stable, so you won’t have that mid-morning-munchies craving after eating this oatmeal with strawberries for breakfast.

Will Kids Enjoy This Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal?

Kids will devour every last drop of this oatmeal with strawberries! The bright strawberries are really inviting to kids, and the texture of the oatmeal is wonderful.

To get them even more excited, bring the kids in the kitchen and let you help prepare it. If they are old enough, they can even cut the strawberries. If not, just let them pour in the oats and milk and let them help stir. They will feel great about something that they can cook for themselves (with some help, of course!) 

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Recipe FAQs

Is Oatmeal Gluten Free?

Yes, technically, oatmeal is gluten free. The issue that some oatmeal has is cross-contamination. While the oats themselves don’t have gluten they can come in contact with it in the factory. The biggest way to prevent any problems is by using a certified gluten free oatmeal. This will save your sanity and your gut if you are 100% gluten free. 

Can I Make This Oatmeal Vegan?

Yes! It’s easy to make this homemade oatmeal with strawberries vegan. All you need to do is swap the organic milk for plant-based milk. Unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk would all be great choices. 

Can I use Frozen Strawberries?

While frozen strawberries technically will work in this recipe, I prefer fresh because frozen strawberries tend to get mushy really quickly. If you only have frozen strawberries on hand, I recommend blending them with the milk and mixing them into the oatmeal vs. putting them in whole.

Recipe Variations

  • Add in your favorite nut butter. Just mix in 1 – 2 teaspoons of nut butter, such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. It’s another delicious ingredient that goes with the strawberries and oats perfectly. 
  • Mix in some nuts or seeds! Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, or almonds would all give you a fun crunch. 
  • Try out some other berries. You can either swap the strawberries completely or add another berry in addition to them. Blueberries and raspberries are vibrant and lovely!
  • Try different fruit altogether! Try peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, apples, or bananas for a totally different flavor.
  • Make it a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal: Sprinkle a few mini dark chocolate chips on top, right before serving!
  • Add protein: Mix 1 serving of your favorite protein powder to give this oatmeal a total of 20-30 grams of protein.
  • Try an extract: Vanilla, almond, or even orange extract would all taste great in this strawberry oatmeal recipe.

Top Tips For Making Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

  • You can prepare the oatmeal with strawberries in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you use the stovetop, be sure not to stir it too often. Otherwise, it will turn sticky and mushy. 
  • Add any of your favorite toppings to the oats to give them your own unique spin. 
  • Store any leftover oatmeal in the fridge and reheat in the microwave. When reheating, you may need to add a teaspoon or so of extra milk. This will keep them from being too thick. 
  • For even more strawberry flavor, blend some extra strawberries with your milk before mixing it into the oatmeal!
strawberries and cream oatmeal, strawberry oatmeal in a white bowl

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5 from 6 votes

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal is a brilliant way to start the day! This healthy and satisfying breakfast is filled with rolled oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, coconut sugar, milk, and naturally sweet strawberries. It's hearty, vegan-friendly, ready in just 20 minutes, and sugar-free!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bowl of oatmeal
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.)
  • Add the ground flax seed, salt and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot. Stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the sliced strawberries, allowing them to melt in the hot oatmeal. Top with a few additional strawberry slices and serve.

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Notes

Recipe Variations
  • Add in your favorite nut butter. Just mix in 1 – 2 teaspoons of nut butter, such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. It’s another delicious ingredient that goes with the strawberries and oats perfectly. 
  • Mix in some nuts or seeds! Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, or almonds would all give you a fun crunch. 
  • Try out some other berries. You can either swap the strawberries completely or add another berry in addition to them. Blueberries and raspberries are vibrant and lovely!
  • Try different fruit altogether! Try peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, apples, or bananas for a totally different flavor.
  • Make it a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal: Sprinkle a few mini dark chocolate chips on top, right before serving!
  • Add protein: Mix 1 serving of your favorite protein powder to give this oatmeal a total of 20-30 grams of protein.
  • Try an extract: Vanilla, almond, or even orange extract would all taste great in this strawberry oatmeal recipe.
Top Tips For Making Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
  • You can prepare the oatmeal with strawberries in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you use the stovetop, be sure not to stir it too often. Otherwise, it will turn sticky and mushy. 
  • Add any of your favorite toppings to the oats to give them your own unique spin. 
  • Store any leftover oatmeal in the fridge and reheat in the microwave. When reheating, you may need to add a teaspoon or so of extra milk. This will keep them from being too thick. 
  • For even more strawberry flavor, blend some extra strawberries with your milk before mixing it into the oatmeal!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl of oatmeal | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g

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