Make an easy overnight oats recipe flavored like a chocolate-covered strawberry with a layer of creamy oats sandwiched between strawberry fruit spread and a dark chocolate topping. This overnight oatmeal is easy to make in a big batch so you can meal prep for the entire week.
I've always loved eating oatmeal in the morning for my breakfast. It's a simple breakfast that I can whip up during a busy week. And, most importantly, it keeps me full until lunch.
This easy strawberry overnight oats recipe has quickly become a favorite of mine. Not only is it a great make-ahead breakfast option, but it also tastes so good!
You'll love this amazing recipe if you enjoy a little something sweet to start your morning off. Strawberry and chocolate is a perfect combination that creates amazing flavor in these overnight oats.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
By making these strawberry overnight oats, you'll learn a few new skills in the kitchen including:
- How old-fashioned oats are made.
- Easy meal prep hacks to help you make breakfast for an entire week.
- How to customize this recipe to fit what you have in your pantry.
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What Are Oats?
Oats are part of the whole grain family. While they are great for breakfasts, they can also be used in bread, muffins, and cookies.
Oats come from oat groat, which is a whole oat kernel with the husk removed. You may have noticed that old-fashioned oats are flat. This is because they are made from oat groats that have been steamed, then rolled into flat flakes.
Since this recipe does not require cooking, we have to have some way to soften the oats. The overnight soak, along with milk and yogurt, helps to soften the oats.
Ingredients You Need
The great thing about this recipe is that most of the simple ingredients you'll need are pantry staples. You should already have most things on hand, including the following ingredients:
Old fashioned oats: I loved using old-fashioned oats (also referred to as rolled oats) for this recipe. However, you could substitute quick-cooking oats or gluten-free oats if needed. Do not use steel cut oats or instant oats.
Unsweetened almond milk: You can really use any type of milk you prefer - whole, skim, oat milk, or any non-dairy milk you like.
Whole milk Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt helps provide some thickness and creaminess to the strawberry overnight oats. I prefer using whole milk Greek yogurt over fat free yogurt.
Ground flaxseed: I really love the addition of the ground flaxseed and the fiber it adds. Bob's Red Mill makes my favorite ground flaxseed. While this is a great option to add to the overnight oats, it's a completely optional ingredient.
Hemp seeds: To incorporate healthy fats into this breakfast, I like to add hemp seeds. You could substitute for chia seeds or omit completely.
Honey: Honey adds a bit of sweetness to the oat mixture. You could also substitute with pure maple syrup.
Vanilla extract: This adds another layer of flavor and complexity to the oats.
Strawberry fruit spread: Strawberry jam would also work, just make sure it's seedless! If you're watching your calories, you could substitute this layer with chopped strawberries.
Dark chocolate morsels: Adding a bit of chocolate makes this recipe taste like a chocolate-covered strawberry. Feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you don't have any dark chocolate on hand.
Additional Toppings: I don't personally find that this recipe needs any additional toppings. However, if you'd like to add extra protein, coconut flakes, or additional fruit like fresh strawberries or ripe banana, you're more than welcome to make this recipe with your own twist!
How To Make This Recipe
Here's how to make chocolate and strawberry overnight oats.
1. Mix together oats, almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, honey, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir everything together until well combined.
2. To a reusable jar or storage container, add a layer of strawberry fruit spread on the bottom.
3. Next, layer the overnight oats on top of the strawberry fruit spread using a spoon.
4. Add dark chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100 percent power) for 45 - 60 seconds.
Then, remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture to combine the coconut oil, and melt the remaining chocolate morsels.
5. Now, you have a mixture that's like magic shell chocolate. Pour an even layer of chocolate on the oats and spread until it's a thin layer covering the entire top.
6. The last step requires a little patience! Cover the jar and place the oats in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. You can also make the oats and leave them to rest overnight.
Once you're ready to eat, remove the jar from the refrigerator and serve with some fresh strawberries on top.
Expert Meal Prep Tips
This recipe requires only 15 minutes of prep time, which makes it an easy option to prepare for an entire week of breakfast.
I always love to meal prep on the weekend, so I can grab my breakfast and leave out the door for work in minutes. This recipe is really easy to double or triple so you have multiple days of breakfast. Simply click the scaling button on the recipe card below.
To meal prep strawberry overnight oats, make a large batch of the recipe, then divide it into multiple mason jars. You'll have a healthy make-ahead meal throughout the week, and it won't take you much time to prepare.
If this sounds like a great option for you, here are some of my favorite meal prep tips:
- The day before you go grocery shopping, do an inventory of your pantry. Add any missing ingredients for your meal prep recipes to the shopping list.
- Be realistic about what you'll eat throughout the week. It's tempting to over-prepare for the week and waste food. Really think through what you'll want to wake up and eat the next morning, and only prepare what you really think you'll use.
- My favorite way to meal prep this recipe is with these 10-ounce mason jars. They're also great for your other favorite meal prep breakfasts.
Yes, you can replace old-fashioned oats with quick-cooking oats. Just be sure not to use steel-cut oats or instant oats.
If you want to change up the flavor combo of this recipe, you can absolutely substitute a different flavor of fruit spread. This is a very simple solution for switching up a meal prepped breakfast so you don't get bored.
While I love the nutritional value that both ground flaxseed and hemp seeds add to this recipe, they are completely optional. This recipe still tastes great if you omit these ingredients.
I prefer to use a glass container for my strawberry overnight oats. These 10-ounce mason jars are the perfect size for this recipe. Plus, they're easy to grab out of the refrigerator and take with you on the go!
As long as the overnight oats are stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they should last up to six days.
More Breakfast Recipes
Did you enjoy these strawberry overnight oats? Here are some other easy breakfast recipes to try:
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Mix oats, almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, hemp seeds, honey, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until combined.
- Add strawberry fruit spread to the bottom of a 10 ounce glass storage container or jar. Layer oat mixture on top of the strawberry fruit spread.
- Add chocolate morsels and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high (100 percent power) for 45 - 60 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir to melt the remaining chocolate and combine the coconut oil. Pour an even layer of chocolate on top of the oats.
- Cover the glass container or jar with a lid. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Remove from the refrigerator and serve.