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 in jars on counter

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:

ingredients in strawberry overnight oats.
  • 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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

how to make strawberry overnight oats step by step.
  1. Add the ingredients except the berries to a bowl.
  2. Stir together.
  3. Add a layer of yogurt to storage jars or containers. Add chopped berries.
  4. 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.

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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.

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.

strawberry overnight oats in storage jars

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.

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If you try this recipe, please let me know how it goes. I love to hear your feedback and I appreciate each and every recipe!

strawberry overnight oats in jars.

Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats

This recipe makes enough for one adult or for one adult and one small child serving. It's easy to double, so make more as needed!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 149kcal
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup instant oats (or oat flour)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut (optional but recommended)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional but recommended)
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (trimmed of stems)

Instructions

  • Stir together the yogurt, oats, vanilla, milk, coconut (if using), hemp seeds (if using), and maple syrup (if using).
  • Layer in jars or storage containers with the berries. Let sit overnight and enjoy cold.

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Notes

  • Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Substitute dairy-free yogurt if needed.
  • Taste the mixture and adjust the optional sweeteners as needed.
  • Use rolled oats, either as they are or ground up slightly in a food processor or blender in place of the instant oats.
  • 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.
  • Plan to let the mixture sit in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
  • Serve this recipe cold, as you would yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 351mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 44mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published June 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Interesting recipe! I also made similar oats before adding milk, but I have also switched to Greek yogurt. And a scoop of protein if I’m trained before the meal. I like to add more dried apricots or candied fruit. Recently I came across a recipe where the author added collagen powder to various dishes such as salad, soup, etc. So I decided to try it too. But I had only wellabs biotin and collagen drops, so I added three drops to oats. The taste didn’t change, so I haven’t lost anything

  2. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! Opted to blend the berries in with the oats and yogurt. Iā€™d describe it as oat-yogurt. It was so good!