Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats
High protein Strawberry Overnight Oats with chia are a healthy way to start your day! This soaked oatmeal is ultra creamy, a little sweet, and will keep you full until lunchtime!
When it comes to breakfast, we need quick and easy. Who wants to wake up even earlier just to have time to prepare breakfast in the morning? Not this girl. I wake up early enough as it is.
Which is why breakfasts that I can make ahead are my absolute favorite. I make a batch of homemade peanut butter granola at least every other week. Sometimes we have a stash of these mini frittatas in the freezer. But our go-to breakfast lately has been overnight oats.
These Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats are super easy to make. I even made you a video to show you just how simple the recipe is! You’ll add all of the ingredients (except for the strawberries) to a jar that has a tight-fitting lid. I love these wide mouth mason jars. Then put the lid on, give it a shake, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning all that’s left to do is add the berries and enjoy!
If you don’t have a mason jar, you can also make your oats in a bowl, give them a stir instead of a shake, and cover with plastic wrap before chilling. Easy peasy.
With the weather warming up, my family and I are excited to head out for more outdoor activities on the weekends. I’m starting a list of places we want to visit this spring and summer. Getting ready for outdoor adventures requires a bit of preparation, especially when you have young kids. Between getting everybody dressed and ready and packing up the hats, sunscreen, and snacks, the morning is a busy time!
Overnight oats save the day by making sure that we eat a nutritious breakfast before we head out for the day’s adventures.
These Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats are full of protein, thanks to Greek yogurt and milk, so they’ll keep you full until lunchtime. My family enjoys dairy as part of our breakfast most days, as it’s a great source of protein and calcium.
We usually eat these Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats cold, especially as we get into the warmer weather of spring and summer. They can be gently heated in the microwave before adding the strawberries on top, if you prefer. Warm or cold, I think you’re gonna love this healthy, protein-packed oatmeal!
Products used in this recipe:
Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup milk*
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt*
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup sliced strawberries
- Place all ingredients except for the strawberries in a mason jar or bowl. Cover tightly with lid and shake to combine (or stir).
- Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, stir, and then top with sliced strawberries. Overnight oats are often eaten cold, but if desired you may warm them in the microwave.
Overnight oats are a favorite of mine, so I love that you added in chia seeds! Sounds like the perfect make-ahead breakfast to grab in the mornings. And I love your video too, Kristine! Great job!
Thanks, Gayle! I had fun with this video! 🙂
Where’s the recipe?!?
Yum! Chia is seriously the best- love the strawberries, too 🙂
Thank you, Medha! I’m so glad that we are getting into fresh strawberry season again!
So pretty, and they sound delicious!! Overnight oats have become a breakfast go-to in this house recently because the weather is finally warming up. I love the idea of adding the chia seeds, too. So simple, so easy, and so good for you!
Thank you, Blair! We’ve been making overnight oats a lot, too. My 7 year old even requested them for her birthday breakfast! 🙂
I adore oatmeal but I never made overnight oats and that really needs to change! These look so delicious, and I love that you added chia seeds so it has a little bit of chia pudding-ness to it 🙂 and of course, the strawberries make it even better!
You do need to try overnight oats, Rachel! I think you’ll love them!
Yum! This looks so good. Love strawberries and chia.
Thanks, Mary Frances! Me too!
Breakfast is all about quick and easy for me! These overnight oats look amazing. Love those chia seeds!
I love adding chia seeds to my oats, it makes them thicker and more filling! This version has a great amount of protein to keep me full till lunch time!
The chia seeds are great in this! Thank you, Bethany!
Looks so yummy and healthy!! We are on the same page…I have an easy make ahead breakfast recipe to share this week too! 🙂
Thank you, Kelly! I can’t wait to see your recipe!
Overnight oats are my FAVORITE! Actually gets me excited to wake up in the morning knowing they are waiting for me. Hahaha! Love this strawberry version. And so smart to add greek yogurt! Will make them even thicker. And yes, these are good cold. Especially in the summer. Yum!
Yes! If I have overnight oats (or homemade granola) in the fridge, I’m much happier to get up in the morning! And coffee, of course. 🙂
Dear Kristine, this is perfect to wake up to in the morning…such a wholesome meal. I’ve been adding chia seeds to everything lately…I am going to have to try it in my oatmeal next. xoxo, Catherine
Thank you, Catherine! I think you’ll love chia in your oats!
Kristine, overnight oats are a favorite of mine, and especially love them with chia seeds! I’ve never tried adding Greek yogurt to them, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point. 🙂 These look delicious, and I love the video!
Oats and chia seeds are such a great combination! Thanks, Marcie!
I’ve been obsessed with chia pudding lately, and I love the idea of adding some oatmeal, too, not just the chia seeds. Sounds like such a delicious and filling breakfast! And our strawberry stands should be opening soon, so I’ll definitely need some things to top with strawberries! 😉 Yum!
The combination of oats and chia seeds is perfect! Thanks, Jess!
Good for you for keeping on top of healthy breakfasts by planning ahead with this, your granola, and other recipes. I had no idea a frittata could be frozen!
Thanks, Mary! Make ahead breakfasts are the best, and I’m addicted to overnight oats. They are so easy!
This is so easy and clean. Thank you so much for the beautiful video too!! Yum.
When I make mine, the chia seeds don’t ‘gel’, instead they seem to all stick together in ‘textile’ like consistency, that looks far from appetizing! Any thoughts on how I could correct this? Thank You!
Are you stirring the mixture together before refrigerating overnight? That should distribute the chia seeds so they don’t stick together. I hope that helps!
I can’t wait to try this! Any recommendations for substitutions if you have an intolerance for dairy?
You can substitute almond milk (or whichever non-dairy milk you prefer) and omit the yogurt. Enjoy!
I really want to try this but although I love flavoured yoghurt, I really dislike free and natural yoghurt (it’s a smell thing I think!). I also dislike almond milk. Can I substitute with anything else do you think? I’d love your thoughts. Thank you 🙂
Hi Lulu! You can omit the yogurt and these will turn out fine. Add a bit more milk if you omit the yogurt (or you can use a vanilla flavored yogurt instead of plain). Overnight oats are very forgiving. 🙂 You can also use any type of milk that you prefer. Enjoy!
Hie,this may sound like a daft question but do the oats have to be cooked? Will be my first time making this.
Hi Taf, you use raw, uncooked oats in this recipe. They soften in the milk overnight. They will have a different texture than regular cooked oats – it’s delicious!
Can I use water instead?
I would recommend using some type of milk – almond or another nut milk, dairy, etc. I don’t think the oats would have much flavor if made with water, but if you try let me know how they turn out. 🙂
How long will these last in the refrigerator? I’m hoping to make a batch every few days, instead of every single night for the next morning.
They will last for about 3 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
A great recipe, the yogurt makes it so extra creamy!
Another way to hydrate the oats (for the lactose intolerant people asking) is to use either coconut milk or coconut water. Coconut gets along with strawberry pretty well & it has the same effect on the oats. Rice milk also works, as does cashew, but it’s a little more flavorful (skip it if you don’t like cashews)
A lower-sugar or no-sugar added version is possible if you throw the whole recipe into the blender (strawberries & all) after soaking it. It turns out smooth-textured & pink (instead of oatmeal textured) & the blended berries do the job of sweetening the oats. (If it’s still not sweet enough & the kids don’t like it, a banana-half can also be blended in to further sweeten without sugars) Putting berry slices on top of this version is still a good idea for extra flavor.
Those are great tips! I also like to use almond milk in this recipe. 🙂
This looks so good! I bet the chia seeds make it nice and thick. Can I prep multiple at a time?
You can! The oats will stay good for about 3 days in the refrigerator.
Looks delish.Could you use steel cut oats?
You can make overnight oats with steel cut oats, they will just have a much chewier texture.
This looks so good! What a great breakfast meal prep idea!
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
The oats will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Wait and add the fruit right before serving.
I have made these overnight oats and used almond milk they are super yummy?. Thank you for the recipe!
You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoy them!
I have these oats atleast 3-4 days a week but I add my strawberries at night itself and they are still fresh to eat in the morning. I just don’t stir at while prepping and put it on top of the bowl. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes like this always.
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing your tip about the strawberries.
Thank you so much for this recipe. This is my new go to weekday breakfast. It is delicious and healthy.
These were so good ! I’m very impressed. Thank you for sharing !
This recipe is fantastic! Like everyone else on Pinterest, I made some tweaks. I’ve been doubling the recipe, but in lieu of the syrup I’ve been using dates. I soak 5 or 6 in my almond milk for a few minutes and then blend it up before pouring over the oats. I’v also been adding flax meal. It requires a little more overall liquid, but it’s so yummy! We serve in a bowl vs. cup and I add shredded coconut and some crushed nuts too. We’ve been eating it everyday, we’re addicted!