Strawberry Overnight Oats

Strawberry Overnight Oats with nuts and seeds makes for a gluten-free, dairy-free, well-rounded breakfast.

Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia seeds and walnuts - dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy for breakfast or snack!

Am I the last person in the world to make overnight oats?  Have you made overnight oats?  Please tell me I’m not the last remaining soul on this green earth to overnight an oat.

Here I’ve been cooking up hot oatmeal all my life and never realized cold oatmeal is a thing. Did you know it was a thing? It’s most definitely a thing, and it only requires a few ingredients, a few minutes, and a big jar or mixing bowl.

Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia seeds and walnuts - dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy for breakfast or snack!

How to Make Overnight Oats

Making overnight oats is so simple and requires less than 5 minutes of actual prep!

Just add your choice of milk, sweetener, vanilla extract (if you like) gluten-free rolled oats (be sure you aren’t using quick oats), chia seeds to a seal-able container (I like using a large jar). Stir well or seal it and shake it up.

Transfer the container to the refrigerator and allow it to soak overnight.

Serve it up with chopped strawberries and some slivered (or chopped) almonds, and you’re in the money!

You’ll wake up to breakfast that is already ready for you! Simply give it a big stir Because this is such a genius plan, you should 200% congratulate yourself with breakfast dessert.

Honestly, this meal is kind of like eating breakfast dessert, because it’s so.freaking.good.  It’s thick, comforting, pudding-y, super filling, and super nutritious to top it all off!

Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries, chia seeds, slivered almonds, coconut milk, and almond milk #glutenfree #dairyfree

It’s pretty much a parade in a bowl and you get to feed it to your body.  All that protein, all them slow burning complex carbs, all the fiber.

These breakfast bowls make for an excellent, well-rounded meal to keep the whole family happy and healthy. Plus, you can store it in smaller jars to take with you to work for a breakfast on-the-go!

Recipe Adaptations:

  • To keep this recipe on the lighter side, replace the full-fat canned coconut milk with more unsweetened almond milk.
  • Scale the pure maple syrup up or down according to preference.
  • Mix in some almond butter, protein powder, or collagen peptides for added protein.
  • Use honey or coconut palm nectar in place of pure maple syrup.
  • Serve it up with choice of fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and seeds.
  • If you want even more strawberry flavor, whip up a batch of my Strawberry Chia Seed Jam or Raspberry Chia Seed Jam and mix it in!

Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia seeds and walnuts - dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy for breakfast or snack!

While I love the cold version of these oats (especially during the summer time!), you can also prepare the recipe hot! Be sure to check out the instructions to get the method for both the cold and the hot version.

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Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia seeds and walnuts - dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy for breakfast or snack!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal, overnight oats, strawberries, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 372 kcal
Author: Julia

Dairy-free, refined sugar-free strawberry overnight oats is a quick, easy, and healthy grab and go breakfast!



For Serving:

  • fresh strawberries
  • coconut milk or almond milk
  • slivered almonds


Cold (Overnight Oat) Option:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large container with an airtight lid and stir well. Seal and place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 6 hours). Taste oatmeal for flavor and add more pure maple syrup to taste. Serve with fresh strawberries, a drizzle of coconut milk or almond milk, and slivered almonds.

Hot Option:

  1. Add the oats, chia seeds, coconut, maple syrup, coconut milk, and almond milk to a medium-sized pot. Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal has thickened and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Divide between four bowls and top with strawberries, almonds, and nuts, along with additional almond and/or coconut milk, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*For lower fat, use lite canned coconut milk or replace the coconut milk with 1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Overnight Oats
Amount Per Serving (1 of 6)
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia seeds makes for a vegan breakfast - gluten-free, dairy-free, well-BALANCED breakfast.

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    1. Julia Post author

      I must try this quinoa flake oatmeal! That sounds tasty and a great change-up from the oats since quinoa is jam-packed with nutrients. Loving what I’m hearing – must find quinoa flakes!

  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    You’re not the last person to try overnight oats. I have yet to because I’m afraid I won’t like it cold. But it makes perfect sense with this warm weather and I can’t think of a better way to try them then with strawberries and creamy coconut milk. Yum!

    1. Julia Post author

      Understandable. I think it can be hard to eat something cold when you’re so accustomed to eating the thing warm. I bet you could always throw the overnight oats in a saucepan and heat them up right quick. But that would probably defeat the purpose, ha! Meh. Overnight oats aren’t for everyone 😉 xoxo

    2. Isabella

      That sounds great with the coconut milk. I’m not coeliac but I have Crohn’s and I wonder if it could help. Anyone any knowledge of this.

    1. Julia Post author

      Ooooooh, that’s a good question! I’m actually not too sure. I’d say it’s worth a shot, but I bet you’d have to soak the steel cut oats for quite a long time (24 hours?) Dunno. Anyhoo, I’m glad you like the idea of overnight oats and I’ll let you know if I try the steel cut version!!

  2. Kate @Almond Butter Binge

    I LOVE overnight oats! So easy, and so healthy (I think…depending on what you put in them). I usually use a recipe that calls for greek yogurt and then I stir some peanut butter or almond butter into it in the morning. So yummy — and great for summer!

    1. Julia Post author

      mmmm yogurt and nut butter sounds amazing! Glad you’re on board with the overnight oats! I’ll have to try your version soon.

  3. francesca

    Ok I think now I* am officially the last person not to try overnight oats – but I’d like to invite myself to this fiesta!

    Seems dessert breakfast is trending 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Dessert for breakfast is probably the most brilliant idea ever. Why wait until the end of the day when you can start it off with a big bowl of happy? You’d LOVE overnight oats, lady! Hope you try them 🙂

  4. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    You know what. You are NOT THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS…I AM! I seriously can never get it together with all the FOOD TRENDZ.
    I’m too busy with lame food holidays 😉
    Also, I haven’t tried chia seeds.
    Point proven.
    This is GORG!!! Pinned!
    I’ll make it sometime when it’s national mint and peanut butter brownie day.
    And, I hope that’s not a thing.

    1. Julia Post author

      Food rebels, unite! Perhaps we should get the Official List of Food Trends and hope that it coincides with national food holidays 😉 Not gonna lie, when I read “mint peanut butter brownie,” my mouth watered a little bit. 😉

  5. Julie

    Stephie taught me about these a couple of years ago. So simple, but I forget about them. That’s how us old folks are…stuck in our ways. I do have that big ass bag of chia seeds, so maybe I need to make this up for Jer and me one morning soon. Now, to just think about that before I go to bed.

    1. Julia Post author

      Ohhh that Stephie! I could totally see her loving all up on the overnight oat. Now that it’s warm, I’m boycotting the stove altogether, so I’m enjoying the cold overnight oat. Yes, you gots-ta use them chia seeds! 😀

      1. Stephie @ EYHO

        Is it weird that I kinda like to heat up my overnight oats the next morning? Does that make me a weirdo?

        Like it’s the ONLY thing that would make me weird……..

        1. Julia Post author

          hahahaha! We should start the Crazy Blogger Women Federation 😉 Uhhhh…not gonna lie, if it’s chilly in the morning, I’m nuking them oats in the microwave 😉

  6. Joanne

    I had overnight oats once, a long time ago, and didn;t fall in love, but i wasn’t very into chia seeds then and now I’m obsessed with them. so…thinking it’s time to give them another go!

    1. Julia Post author

      I can see why overnight oats aren’t for everyone. Truth: I like the idea of making overnight oats and then turning them into regular hot oatmeal by just heating them up right quick in the morning. Enjoy!

  7. Jenny Black

    If you’re the last, to try this, then I’m the next to last. Always sounded too mushy, but since I’m not losing weight “my way”, I’m going to try something else and oats are filling.
    Thanks to Pinterest I found your blog! Our son is getting married in October. He and fiancee live in Columbia, SC. We are having the rehearsal dinner at a nursery called CITY ROOTS and they also have a radish in their logo. Love it!

    1. Jenny Black

      …and overnight I had this “aha” moment and think the logos are maybe red beets NOT radishes?…makes more sense! Love both, either way! Still so happy I found your blog and yummy food ideas!

  8. hytekblue

    Oh how I love Overnight Oats! The best kept secret when it comes to breakfast! There are just so many variations of it to try, and breakfast only comes around once a day! After eating it for two years I still find great versions to try. I love your blog btw! Keep up the effort!

  9. Anna

    Hello and thank you for a wonderful blog! Question for you: your Strawberry Overnight Oats, do you have some sort of a calorie breakdown on it? I am on Weight Watchers and wondering what the Points Plus would be for one serving of this, do you know? Thank you:)


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