Strawberry and Cream Oatmeal

Strawberry and cream oatmeal, otherwise known as a fresh and bright way to dress up your everyday oatmeal breakfast! Fresh strawberries, a hint of vanilla, oats, and cream combine for a cozy bowl of wholesome sweetness that’s ready in about 20 minutes.

oatmeal topped with strawberries.

Homemade strawberries and cream oatmeal takes a little more thought and action than just opening one of those little packets of flavored instant oatmeal, but I can promise you the extra effort is worth it. The combination of fresh strawberries and cream takes a bowl of humble oatmeal to new delicious breakfast heights. So, treat yourself, won’t you? I think you’re going to love it.

oats, strawberries, cream, sugar, and vanilla on a plate.

How to Make the Recipe

We’re taking the extra (but simple!) step of macerating the strawberries. This is just fancy speak for coating them in a little sugar and letting them sit for a bit. The sugar draws out the natural juices, creating a sweet sauce that infuses the cream and oatmeal with strawberry flavor once you bring everything together. It’s so much better than just plain chopped strawberries piled on top.

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Strawberry and Cream Oatmeal

strawberry and cream oatmeal in a bowl.

Sweet fresh strawberries and cream are a great way to upgrade your everyday bowl of oatmeal. 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • Optional garnish: chopped roasted almonds

Instructions

  1. Place the diced strawberries in a bowl. Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt and stir. Set the strawberries aside.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once it’s boiling, add the oats, stir, and lower the heat to medium. Cook the oats, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  3. Add the strawberries and cream to the oatmeal and stir. Cook the oatmeal for 30 seconds to a minute or until the cream and strawberries are warmed through.
  4. Divide the oatmeal among two bowls and drizzle a teaspoon of cream over each serving. Garnish each with chopped almonds if using.

Notes

Make-ahead tip: If you want to save time in the morning, prepare the strawberries the night before. Chop and toss them with the sugar, store them in an airtight container, and keep them in the fridge. They’ll be even saucier the next morning when you’re ready to make the oatmeal.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 16.5g
  • Sodium: 90.6mg
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.1g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Cholesterol: 11.3mg

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Recipe Tips

Sweetener: If you don’t want to use granulated sugar, you can coat the strawberries with the same amount of honey or maple syrup. Or, if you want to omit the sweetener, use lemon juice.

Fresh fruit: You can swap the strawberries for other kinds of fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.

strawberries coated in sugar in a bowl.

I love the texture of old-fashioned oats (aka rolled oats), but you can use steel-cut oats (they will take longer to cook) or quick oats (they will take less time).

You can make the oatmeal ahead and store it in the refrigerator – it will keep well for a few days. It will be a lot thicker when it’s cold, so you can loosen it up with a splash of milk, cream, or non-dairy milk like almond milk or oat milk when you warm it up in the microwave.

The chopped almonds on top add a nice crunch, but it’s totally optional. Or try chopped pecans or walnuts if you want to switch it up.

strawberry and cream oatmeal in a bowl.

If you’re looking to upgrade your oatmeal, I hope you give this recipe a try!

Happy breakfast-making,

April

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