This delicious and healthy strawberry overnight oats recipe is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and perfect for rushed mornings as you simply make-ahead the night before in just 5 minutes!
Strawberry Overnight Oats For The Win!
If you remember, I posted a healthy overnight oats recipe last month, Cherry Chia Overnight Oats to be exact and it was a hit. I mean, who doesn’t like an easy, delicious, make-ahead breakfast recipe that makes mornings a total breeze?!
This strawberry overnight oats recipe is the best for anyone who is a little rushed in the mornings, or would rather spend their time in the A.M. doing something other than preparing breakfast.
My strawberry version of overnight oats is fibre-packed, creamy and delicious. With a soaked oats base, a super simple strawberry chia jam, layered together with fresh strawberries it’s super simple and very healthy.
Overnight Oats “Base” Ingredients
When it comes to overnight oats there’s about a million ways to make this recipe. I’ve seen so many different varieties around the blogosphere and what recipe developers use to make an overnight oats base.
Some make a simple overnight oats base, like I did for this recipe, and then add in toppings or layered ingredients, and others like to mix it all together in one combined mixture that goes right into a bowl or jar!
While I don’t mind the latter, I do like the distinction of flavours and textures so I often keep an overnight oats base separate from my add ins. My favourite, and simplest overnight oats recipe base is made of just 4 (or 5) ingredients;
- Rolled oats
- Chia seeds (often with the addition of flax seeds too!)
- Pure maple syrup
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
This base mixture is so easy and perfect for layering between diced fruit, nut butter, nuts and seeds, jam, and other fun ingredients!
Strawberry Overnight Oats Strawberry Chia Jam Ingredients
What makes this recipe so packed with strawberry goodness is the simple chia seed jam. I recently dedicated a whole post to chia jam! The strawberry chia jam in this recipe is even simpler than other jams I’ve made, with just 3 ingredients…yes, that’s it!
- Fresh or frozen strawberries
- Chia seeds
- Pure maple syrup
Strawberries are so naturally sweet, nature’s candy really, that they already lend to a wonderfully sweet jam.
Just a touch of maple syrup cuts any tartness from the strawberries without adding any refined sugars, and the chia seeds work to bind it all together and “gel” to create a thicker, jam-like consistency.
Are overnight oats healthy?
While overnight oats are most often quite healthy, some recipes do contain a lot of added sugars and there might be a lack of protein.
One important thing in my professional opinion as a nutritional consultant is to always balance the carbohydrates from the oats and fruit in an overnight oats breakfast with a nice dose of added protein (from protein powder, greek yogurt, or chia and hemp seeds) and healthy fats (from seeds and/or nut butter).
Because overnight oats are higher in carbohydrates and a good source of energy, it is best enjoyed in the morning at breakfast rather than in the evening when you are less likely to be doing an activity that would be burning that carbohydrate energy! But hey, I know there is one very enjoyable way to burn a nice dose of calories at night so… there’s always an exception to the rule, ha 😉
The creamy, dreamy, hearty overnight oats, layered with the Vitamin-C packed, fibre-rich strawberry chia jam and fresh strawberries, topped with pistachios, walnuts, hemp seeds, and a few hunks of gluten free granola…breakfast perfection my friends!
If you love healthy overnight oats as much as me, be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save it for later and of course, share the love! Let’s chat overnight oats, let me know what your favourite kind to make is in the comments section!
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