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Dive into a bowl of juicy berry flavor with strawberry oatmeal recipe! It’s fast and easy to make as a satisfying breakfast: the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

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It’s easy to get in a rut with breakfasts. Here’s a fun spin on the classic breakfast that will make you look forward to mornings: strawberry oatmeal! Who can say no to pink oatmeal? The sweet berry flavor is irresistible, and topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup and a hint of cream, it’s absolutely sublime.

Why we love this recipe: Alex and I eat a lot of oatmeal around here (it’s a daily occurrence!). This berry spin is our new favorite because it’s so much fun: sweet, cozy, and such a fun way to use seasonal berries. Strawberries and cream? Count us obsessed.

“I loved this recipe! The flavors were perfect! My husband kept saying “wow, this is really good” while he ate it.” -Erin

“This has got to be the best oatmeal I have ever had! I made a batch for breakfast this morning and had some leftovers which I am having for lunch right now. That’s how good this strawberry oatmeal is!” -Annika

Ingredients in strawberry oatmeal

This strawberry oatmeal recipe relies on simple ingredients to make a fun, wholesome breakfast. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Old Fashioned oats are the key to the texture and cook time. Avoid substituting instant oats, quick cook oats, or steel cut oats here.
  • Diced strawberries: Fresh strawberries are best in this recipe: they have the sweetest flavor, and they are necessary as a garnish for the full flavor to come out. You can use frozen berries too, but they have a slightly more tart flavor (add extra sweetener if desired).
  • Pure maple syrup: Maple syrup is our natural sweetener of choice. You can also use honey or granulated sugar, if desired.
  • Heavy cream or half and half: To make the strawberries and cream vibe, we’ve used a hint of heavy cream here. If desired, you can use half and half, whole milk, or a non-dairy creamer or coconut milk (oat milk is an option, but it doesn’t have the rich quality that cream brings).
  • Vanilla extract and kosher salt: These ingredients round out the flavor.
Strawberry Oatmeal Ingredients: oats, vanilla, strawberries, maple syrup, cream.

How to make strawberry oatmeal: step by step

Strawberry oatmeal is quick and easy to make: the entire process takes about 10 minutes. It’s a great fun easy breakfast idea to look forward to. Here are the basic steps (or go to the full recipe):

Step 1: Dice the strawberries.

Step 2: In a saucepan, add the oats, water, strawberries, syrup, and vanilla extract, stirring. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until thickened and the oats are tender. Smash the berries with the back of a large spoon as you stir.

Step 3: Garnish with fresh strawberries and maple syrup. This is important to allow the flavor to pop! If desired, add a drizzle of cream.

Fresh vs frozen strawberries

🍓Both fresh or frozen strawberries work here, but it’s best with fresh berries because the have the sweetest flavor. Also, adding fresh strawberries as a garnish is what makes the strawberry flavor pop.

But if all you have is frozen strawberries, they work too! Consider saving out a few and thawing them for a garnish (you don’t need to thaw the berries that go into the pot with the oatmeal). Since they’re more tart than fresh berries, you may need to add a little extra maple syrup.

Strawberry Oatmeal in bowl with fresh strawberries.

Flavor variations for strawberry oatmeal

We think this strawberries and cream oatmeal is so much fun as a healthy breakfast idea: there’s really no need to change the flavor at all! But if you love changing things up, here are a few flavors that would pair well:

  • Nuts and seeds: A topping of sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, chia seeds, or flaxseeds add a nice crunch and healthy fats.
  • Nut butter: Add a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter as a topping (for PB&J vibes)
  • Cinnamon: Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon while cooking.
  • Blueberries: You can make this with blueberries instead: go to Blueberry Oatmeal.

Leftover storage and make ahead tips

Leftovers store refrigerated for up 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, and make sure to garnish again with fresh strawberries and maple syrup. 

A few of our top strawberry recipes

We love mixing up recipes with this seasonal berry! Here are some of our top strawberry recipes:

Dietary notes

This strawberry oatmeal recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free (using gluten-free oats). For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use plain non-dairy creamer or coconut milk.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of oats are best for strawberry oatmeal?

Rolled oats are the perfect choice for stovetop oatmeal, offering a creamy texture that complements the strawberries. If you prefer a quicker option, you can use instant oats, but be aware they might cook up a bit mushier.

Fresh or frozen strawberries?

Both work well! Fresh strawberries offer a brighter flavor, while frozen strawberries can add a thicker consistency (add additional sweetener to taste).

How can I sweeten my strawberry oatmeal?

Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or even chopped dates are all delicious options. You can also use a sprinkle of brown sugar for a touch of caramel flavor.

What are some other toppings for strawberry oatmeal?

Nuts and Seeds: Sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, chia seeds, or flaxseeds add a nice crunch and healthy fats.

Yogurt: A dollop of plain or flavored yogurt adds a creamy richness.

Coconut Flakes: For a tropical twist, sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top.

Chocolate: A drizzle of chocolate syrup or dark chocolate shavings is a decadent treat.

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Strawberry oatmeal

Strawberry Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Dive into a bowl of juicy berry flavor with strawberry oatmeal recipe! It’s fast and easy to make as a satisfying breakfast: the perfect balance of sweet and tart.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup diced strawberries, fresh or frozen*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or more if desired**)
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or oat milk, for vegan)
  • For topping: maple syrup and fresh strawberries (required)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add the oats, water, strawberries, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla extract, stirring. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until thickened and the oats are tender, smashing the berries with the back of the spoon or a potato masher as you stir. (Try to smash the majority of the berries to give the oatmeal its pink color.)
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup and sliced strawberries: this is required and what brings out the strawberry flavor. If desired, add a drizzle of cream. 
  3. Leftovers store refrigerated for up 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, and make sure to garnish again with fresh strawberries and maple syrup. 

Notes

*Fresh or frozen strawberries work. Keep in mind that adding fresh strawberries as a garnish is what makes the strawberry flavor pop. If all you have is frozen berries, they work too! A few tips: consider saving out a few and thawing them for a garnish (you don’t need to thaw the berries that go into the pot with the oatmeal). Since they’re more tart than fresh berries, add a little extra maple syrup.

**If you like a sweeter oatmeal, use 3 tablespoons. Keep in mind, the maple syrup drizzled over the top adds the final sweetness. You can also substitute brown sugar for a sweeter flavor.  

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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8 Comments

  1. Keerthi Tam says:

    Long time follower here! We were stuck in a breakfast rut. I decided to make this today with the help of my 4 year old who loved measuring everything out. DELICIOUS exactly as written! He hasn’t eaten oatmeal in about 2 years. He ASKED FOR MORE. The one year old didn’t care for it too much but it was a tasty and nutritious deviation from our usual routine. Thank you!






    1. So glad to hear that! Thank you for making.

  2. Jessica says:

    I made this recipe this morning for breakfast. It was delicious! The burst of strawberry flavor and creaminess were fantastic! I will definitely be adding this recipe to my weekly oatmeal breakfasts!






  3. Sarah says:

    This recipe is so easy to make and such a delicious breakfast. It’s comforting and sweet. The flavors complement each other well. I’m so excited to make this recipe again in about a month when the strawberries in our area are in season!






  4. Annika says:

    This has got to be the best oatmeal I have ever had! I love strawberries so this is right up my alley. I made a batch for breakfast this morning and had some leftovers which I am having for lunch right now. That’s how good this strawberry oatmeal is! Maybe I’ll even have some for dinner also.😉 I wish I had doubled the batch but I will make it again soon. The vanilla and maple syrup in combination with the strawberries and oats are perfect. And of course the heavy cream doesn’t hurt either.






  5. Erin says:

    I loved this recipe! The flavors were perfect! It was so easy to make, even on a busy Sunday morning. I love that it uses maple syrup versus sugar. I think it would be a great way to use up strawberries that are a little past their prime – since you are going to smash them up anyway. My husband kept saying “wow, this is really good” while he ate it.






  6. Renata says:

    We eat your Banana Baked Oatmeal almost everyday. This recipe will be my go to on those days I don’t have the baked oatmeal ready to go!

    We found this recipe to be very delicious and quick to prepare. We did not have any heavy cream on hand so we used half and half but want very much to make it with cream next time. We will add a couple more tablespoons of maple syrup, too. We both would rather have the sweetness cooked in rather than drizzled on top, that’s just us. The fresh strawberries were the perfect pop of flavor and texture too!






  7. Maj says:

    Just made it. So very good. I used fresh strawberries and still added maple syrup. Will be making regularly!