This recipe for Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal is a set-it-and-forget-it make-ahead breakfast featuring tender steel-cut oats, juicy strawberries, and creamy yogurt. Directions for making this Strawberry Oatmeal in the crockpot or on the stove.
Inspired by my super popular recipe for Crockpot Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal puts a fruity spin on a hearty breakfast.
I truly believe that starting each day with a balanced breakfast is key to success. But the problem with having breakfast on the table for my family once again is TIME. Between getting myself and the kids dressed and ready for the school day, I have little time to throw together breakfast. Sounds like your life too, huh?
I am all about make-ahead breakfasts to make my life easier! From Overnight Oats to Homemade Egg McMuffins to Overnight French Toast Casserole, to this recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal, overnight breakfast recipes are staples in my house.
Why You'll Love Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
- Easy. Crockpot Strawberry Oatmeal is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe that cooks while you sleep. While it sounds too good to be true!
- Healthy. Low in fat, high in fiber, and filled with antioxidants and whole grains, this oatmeal recipe is packed with wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients.
- Hearty. Filled with fiber and protein, a bowl of this Strawberry Oatmeal will keep you full and satisfied for hours!
Notes on Ingredients
- Steel-Cut Oats: Use regular steel-cut oats, not quick-cook steel-cut oats, rolled oats, or quick-cooking rolled oats.
- Milk + Water: Using a combination of milk and water will help the milk not to scorch, yet the oats turn out super creamy. Use any fat percentage of regular milk or your favorite non-dairy milk.
- Maple Syrup: A bit of maple syrup will help to naturally sweeten the oatmeal. Feel free to replace the maple syrup with honey if desired.
- Cinnamon + Salt + Vanilla: A bit of each works to enhance the flavor of the strawberries and oatmeal itself.
- Strawberries: Use fresh strawberries for best results.
- Yogurt: Use plain, non-sweetened yogurt. Either Greek-style or regular yogurt works well. If you do use vanilla yogurt, I would reduce the addition of maple syrup.
- Swap out the Strawberries. Feel free to use ANY fruit you like for this slow cooker steel-cut oats recipe. Blueberries, peaches, and raspberries have all been huge successes at my house.
- Like it Sweeter? Feel free to double the amount of maple syrup or add up to ¼ cup of brown sugar to make the oatmeal extra sweet.
- Using Frozen Berries: If you only have frozen strawberries on hand, defrost and drain them before preparing the oatmeal.
- Don't Care for Yogurt? The yogurt gives the oatmeal a nice creamy finish, but it is an optional ingredient. If you don't care for yogurt or don't have it on hand, just omit it.
- Bump up the Nutrients: Feel free to add up to ¼ cup each of chia seeds and/or ground flaxseed to the oatmeal for additional fiber and nutrients.
- Dairy-Free Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal: Use your favorite non-dairy milk and coconut, soy, or almond milk yogurt.
∗Tips for Making Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal ∗
The following tips are provided to help you achieve perfect results. You will find the detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Grease the Slow Cooker. It is a really good idea to either grease insert in your slow cooker or use a slow-cooker liner for easy clean-up.
- Burnt Oats? I have never had an issue with the steel-cut oats burning in my slow cooker. However, each slow cooker is different. If your slow cooker burns the bottom of the oats, just don't stir the burnt bottom into the remaining oatmeal and you can eat the rest of the strawberry oatmeal. In the future, cut back cooking time by 2 hours.
- Short on Time? If you don't have the time to cook the Strawberry Oatmeal in the crockpot, you can make this on the stovetop. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, add in 2 cups milk, the oats, strawberries, and a dash of salt. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, or until thickened and oats are tender. Add in maple syrup, vanilla extract, and yogurt, and serve.
More Delicious Oatmeal Recipes
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
- Spiced Vanilla Chai Oatmeal
- Healthy Overnight Oats
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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
- 2 cups steel-cut oats no substitution
- 4 cups water (6 cups if using stove method)
- 3 cups milk any variety (2 cups if using stove method)
- 2 cups strawberries destemmed, and sliced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt
- Grease the inside of the slow cooker with melted butter, coconut oil, or spray for easier clean-up.
- In the slow cooker, combine oats, water, milk, 1-½ cups strawberries, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, and mix to combine.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low for a firm texture and 8 hours on low for a softer texture. Alternatively, cook on high for 3-4 hours.
- Right before serving stir in yogurt for a creamy addition.
- To serve, dish up oats and top with additional strawberries, a dollop of yogurt, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if desired.
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, add in 2 cups milk, the oats, strawberries, and a dash of salt.
- Cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, or until thickened and oats are tender.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and yogurt. Serve immediately.