Be sure to feed yourself a healthy breakfast, no matter how busy you are with the kids, with these make-ahead Overnight Strawberry Oats.
Overnight Oats with Yogurt
At many points in my motherhood journey, 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 Strawberry Overnight Oats with Yogurt are one of my go-to breakfasts to make to share with my toddler and we both love them—and find them to be very satisfying!
Ingredients in Strawberry Overnight Oats
The ingredients in this breakfast are super simple. All you need is yogurt—I like whole milk plain yogurt best for flavor and because I find that the fat helps to keep me full longer—oats (either rolled oats or quick oats), hemp seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut. You can add optional maple syrup or honey if you’d like too. And fresh strawberries of course!
Nutrition Needed in a Healthy Breakfast
For busy adults and kids, having a breakfast with a balanced mix of fat, protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates can help keep energy levels up—and hold us over until the next meal or snack. This recipe boasts all of that with fat and protein in the yogurt, fiber and complex carbs in the oats, fat protein and fiber in the hemp seeds, and fat (and flavor!) from the coconut.
How to Make Strawberry Overnight Oats with Yogurt
Here’s how to make this simple make-ahead breakfast.
- Grind the oats if using rolled oats. You can skip this step if using quick oats.
- Stir together the yogurt, oats, hemp seeds, coconut, and optional sweetener.
- Layer in jars with berries.
- Store overnight in the fridge and serve cold in the morning.
Can I make these without coconut? What about Greek yogurt?
Sure! Just leave it out! As far as the Greek yogurt goes, you can totally do it but know that the result will be much thicker. You can add a tablespoon or two of milk to help thin out the consistency a bit.
Where can I buy hemp seeds (and why should I)?
I love hemp seeds! They may have a hippie reputation, but they are my go-to ingredient for adding a little more nutrition to foods like these overnight oats, smoothies, and oatmeal. Two tablespoons provides almost 6 grams of protein, plus healthy fats. I buy these hemp seeds about every 4 months and store them in my pantry.
How long can I store these overnight oats?
These refrigerator oats need to be made at least the night before (or about 6 hours) but can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. The liquid from the yogurt might separate a smidge, but just stir it a little and all will be well!
Tips for Making the Best Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Grind the oats finer if you prefer a smoother texture.
- If sharing this with a baby or little toddlers, you can puree all of the ingredients together, including the fruit, to make an overall smoother consistency.
- Sweeten to taste. I find that about a tablespoon of maple syrup is right for me, but that will vary according to the flavor of your yogurt and how much you like things to be sweet (or not).
- Use strawberries that taste great!
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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! (P.S. This is meant to be served cold.)
- 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
- 1/3 cup rolled or instant oats
- 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- maple syrup or honey, optional
- 1 cup diced strawberries, trimmed of stems
- Stir together the yogurt, oats, coconut, hemp seeds, and optional sweetener.
- Layer in jars or storage containers with the berries. Let sit overnight and enjoy cold.