Strawberries and Cream Protein Overnight Oats

Strawberries and Cream Protein Overnight Oats

This strawberries and cream overnight oats recipe is a high-protein breakfast idea that’s made ahead of time for the ultimate easy morning.

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Strawberries and cream overnight oats are high in protein to keep you full all morning long! 

These strawberry-filled oats are more than just pretty to look at – they’re also packed with flavor and nutritious ingredients! 

As a registered dietitian who spends a LOT of time researching the latest in nutrition science, I can tell you that a high protein breakfast is super important for getting your day off on the right start. 

And while eggs are usually what we think of when it comes to protein, there are so many other nutritious high-protein foods. Including these overnight oats. 

Thanks to Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, and oats (yup! Oats contain a decent amount of protein!), one jar will keep you nice and satisfied all morning long. 

Or in other words, unlike sugary breakfast cereals, this high-protein breakfast won’t cause you blood sugar to plummet, distracting you from your work (or play).

Plus, if you eat these after working out, these overnight oats can also help repair and build muscles. 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s talk about how to whip up a batch of high-protein strawberries and cream overnight oats! 

>>Check out my article on How to Build a Healthy Breakfast for more nutrition tips!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Made the night before. 
  • High in protein and fiber. 
  • Easily customizable. 
  • Perfect post-workout fuel.
  • Can be made vegan or gluten-free!
Strawberries and cream protein overnight oats in a mason jar

Ingredients Used to Make Healthy Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: For soft, but still slightly chewy texture I recommend using traditional old fashioned rolled oats. If you dislike mushy textures, I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill’s Extra-Thick Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Do not use instant or steel cut oats. 
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are key for the texture of this recipe. They also provide important nutrients, like magnesium and plant-based omega-3’s. 
  • Protein powder: I typically use a plant-based vanilla protein powder, but any vanilla flavored one will work. Just note that different protein powders absorb liquid differently so you may need to add more liquid depending on your brand. 
  • Strawberries: Fresh or frozen strawberries will work. If using frozen, you’ll want to thaw them so that they’re easier to blend into a puree. 
  • Plain Greek yogurt: For a richer texture, I use whole milk Greek yogurt, but any fat percentage will work. To make these vegan, use an unsweetened plant-based yogurt alternative. 
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk: Unsweetened oat or cashew milks would also work. Coconut and soy can be used, but will change the flavor slightly. You can also use regular cow’s milk. 

What’s the best healthy vanilla protein powder?

Unfortunately there’s no one “best” protein powder for everyone.

While whey protein is generally shown to be most effective for muscle building post-workout, plant-based protein powders are often more slowly digested and will help keep you fuller for longer. 

And of course, dietary preferences, allergies, and intolerances will also affect your final decision. 

Just be sure to do your research ahead of time, as some powders may contain potentially dangerous amounts of heavy metals and other chemical contaminants – especially if you’re consuming the powder often. 

I recommend checking out The Clean Label Project to find out which ones are the safest bet. Also be sure to look at the ingredient list and try to choose an option that contains minimal added ingredients and ideally no artificial additives. 

My go-to brands are Naked Whey, Aloha, and Owyn. 

How to make high-protein overnight oats

Making overnight oats is simple: combine everything in a mason jar or small container, stir, and refrigerate overnight. 

To make these high in protein, we’re adding Greek yogurt and protein powder. 

However, you can up the protein even more by using soy, Ripple, or cow’s milk instead of almond or oat milk. You could also add hemp seeds or a spoonful of almond butter. 

Option to layer or just mix everything together 

While layering looks prettier, I also like being able to choose how much of each layer I get in a bite. 

However, it does require an extra step when preparing this make ahead breakfast, so feel free to skip layering altogether and just mix everything at once. 

Strawberries and cream protein overnight oats mixed together in mason jar

To make the layered version, first mix everything except for the strawberry puree in a small mixing bowl. Add ⅓ of the mixture into your jar and then add ½ of the strawberry puree. Repeat this layering with the remaining mixture and puree. 

Do you have to make the strawberry puree? 

Nope! You can also just dice your strawberries instead of blending them. 

Or, you can use a few spoonfuls of my 3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam instead — SO good!

Frequently asked questions about overnight oat recipes

Can overnight oats be heated up? 

Yes! Just wait to add the yogurt until after you’ve microwaved them. 

Do you have to cook the oats first? 

Nope! The great part about overnight oats is that soaking them overnight helps to break down some of the fibers, making them nice and soft by the morning. 

How do you make them less thick? 

If you prefer your oats on the thinner side, there are some adjustments you can make as well as additions after soaking overnight: 

-Use ½ the amount of Greek yogurt and replace the other half with more milk.
-Eliminate the yogurt altogether and use all milk (just note the protein content will be affected). 
-Use fewer, or no, chia seeds. 
-Add an extra splash or two of milk in the morning. 

How long do overnight oats keep in the fridge? 

Overnight oats should keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. However, I find the flavor of the chia seeds tends to get stronger the longer they sit. As a result, I prefer to make only 1 to 3 jars at a time. 

Strawberries on top of strawberries and cream protein overnight oats

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Strawberries and Cream Protein Overnight Oats

Thanks to a bit of vanilla protein powder, these strawberries and cream overnight oats are a healthy excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: High Protein Overnight Oat Recipe, Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oat Recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or unsweetened oat milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt preferably 2% or whole milk for creamier oats
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder see post for notes on brands
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries plus 1-2 strawberries for garnish
  • Optional extra milk to top

Instructions

  • Place 1/2 cup of strawberries in a blender and blend until pureed. Option to skip pureeing your strawberries and small dice them instead. Set aside.
  • If layering* your oats, place the oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and protein powder in a small bowl. Mix well. Place 1/3 of the oat mixture into a jar or small container. Top with 1/2 of the strawberry puree. Repeat layers by adding 1/3 of the mixture, remaining strawberry topping, and then the final 1/3 of the oat mixture on top. Option to add 1 diced strawberry on top.
  • Place the overnight oats in the fridge overnight and enjoy cold in the morning.

Notes

Nutrition for ½ of recipe: 305 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 35g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, 3g sugar, 22g protein
*If not layering, simply mix everything together in your mason jar. 
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6 Comments

  • TheFoodSea AvatarTheFoodSea3 years ago

    I have made Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats before but would love to try this recipe too.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      I’ve never put chocolate in my peanut butter overnight oats, but now I’m questioning why I haven’t – that sounds so good! I hope you give this recipe a try 🙂 It’s a nice change up especially in the summer!

  • Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl) AvatarPamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)3 years ago

    I love overnight oats,will be trying this recipe for sure 🙂

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Definitely give them a try! I think they’re perfect for summer!

  • Anne|Craving Something Healthy AvatarAnne|Craving Something Healthy3 years ago

    This is exactly how I love my overnight oats!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      It’s so yummy! Do you mix yours or layer them?

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    I’m Kelli MS, RD, and my mission is to prove that eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated or restrictive. Follow along to learn more about food and cooking, with an emphasis on breakfast and sweet treats!

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