Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe for busy mornings, topped with toasted almonds and chia seeds to make it extra tasty and wholesome!
I usually try to keep make-ahead recipes on hand for quick breakfasts on busy weekday mornings — granola, granola bars, baked oatmeal, overnight oats, freezer breakfast sandwiches, mini frittatas, muffins, breakfast cookies, and the like.
But the truth is that sometimes, I don’t have my act together and I’m running short on time…so we go for cereal or frozen toaster waffles. Or sometimes on a random celebratory occasion, donuts. Yep, food bloggers are human, too. 😉 Other times, however, while I may not have a fridge or pantry full of ready-made options, I do have a few minutes to put together a homemade, wholesome, QUICK(!) breakfast.
Said breakfast often takes the form of Quick Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal, primarily because my kiddos love it. So rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, I recently decided to take the same recipe but give it a different, fruity twist: Easy Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal!
It’s really as simple as making stovetop oatmeal (think milk + oats) and then stirring in a fresh strawberry purée along with honey, chia seeds, vanilla and almond extracts, and a pinch of salt. Then, to further enhance the whole strawberries and cream theme, the already-yummy oatmeal gets swirled with a smidgeon of strawberry preserves and a complementary splash of half-and-half. Finally, there’s a garnish of toasty sliced almonds and a crowning sprinkle of chia seeds. Simple. Filling. Wholesome. Take that, toaster waffles!
If your strawberries are especially ripe and you don’t mind a bit more texture in your oatmeal, you may certainly mash them with a fork as opposed to pulling out the blender or the mini food processor. On the other hand, if you’re planning ahead, you can always purée the strawberries the evening before and store in the fridge until the rooster crows.
Chia seeds are like a freebie ingredient in this recipe. They contribute a bit of texture to the oatmeal, but overall, they really don’t taste like much. So why not sneak in vitamins, protein, calcium, and fiber when you can?
Swirling in a spoonful of strawberry preserves before serving adds a final punch of strawberry — as well as some extra sweetness — to the oatmeal. And just a splash of half-and-half (or cream, if you’re feeling naughty) lends a touch of creamy decadence to this healthy breakfast.
As for the almonds, I usually toast a big batch and store them in a baggie to use for salads or garnishing or snacking throughout the week. Alternatively, you can pop them in the oven to toast while you’re preparing the oatmeal. You don’t have to toast the almonds at all, of course, but doing so adds such flavor and crunch that I highly, highly recommend it.
It’s tasty, it’s healthy, it’s filling…and have I mentioned it’s quick? Add Easy Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal to your rotation for a nutrition-packed breakfast that will power you through the morning!
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