You love Strawberry Milkshake but that doesn’t count as a healthy breakfast? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered with this Strawberry Milkshake Oatmeal!
Strawberry Milkshake Oatmeal Recipe
This recipe came to be when my 5 year old son recently told me first thing in the morning that he wanted a strawberry milkshake for breakfast.
Now, I’m pretty chilled when it comes to the occasional sweet treat (I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream and milkshakes??) but a milkshake for breakfast seemed to be taking it a bit too far! But then I thought to myself…what if I can create something healthy that TASTES like a strawberry milkshake?
My son was all for it when he heard the words strawberry milkshake and oatmeal in one sentence! We do eat a fair amount of oatmeal in our household (I am a big fan! Wait until you see my cauliflower “oatmeal” recipe! I promise to post it soon!) and I love experimenting with different flavors. I kind of wanna eat this particular oatmeal at all times of the day to be honest. Breakfast, lunch, as a snack… maybe not for supper but hey, that would probably work too!
It took a few attempts to get this right but now it’s not only my son who loves this oatmeal so much that wants to eat it all the time but also me. And my husband came out of our bedroom this morning asking what smells so incredibly delicious so I guess next time I’ll be making three times the amount? 😉 For three people of course. Not all for me… I think (don’t tell!).
It’s really easy to make, the only two things you need are a pot of some sort and a blender. You can use a regular blender or a hand-held blender (which is what I used) or I guess you could even mash the strawberries very well with a fork and mix it all together. You’ll make it work, I’m sure. So you basically just blend the ingredients for the yummiest strawberry “sauce” which you then add to the oats after letting them soak in hot water. So simple. Now imagine the tastiest freshest strawberry milkshake that you can think of. That is basically what the “sauce” tastes like. I actually wanted to drink it straight out of the blender! Hmmm…come to think of it, this would be tasty as a milkshake too! But hey, we are here for breakfast so let’s better get back to that.
To me, this oatmeal tastes like summer. Like sunshine and sweetness coupled with an intense strawberry taste. It is not too sweet but still retains the tartness of the fresh strawberries. It doesn’t have a particularly strong coconut taste so if you want to enhance the coconut, I suggest you sprinkle some grated coconut on top. And definitely add more strawberries on top, that really elevates the strawberry flavor even more! There can never be too many strawberries, right? Especially now that strawberries are still in season and can be picked fresh from the fields! Have you guys done that before? Do your kids like picking strawberries?
If you’re feeling hungry or want to refuel after a run, this is a nice big portion for one. If you plan on having something else afterwards (cue: toast and eggs? yum!) then this would make two small portions. Or if you’re extra hungry, just make more – like I will tomorrow apparently! Either way, enjoy this yummy strawberry flavor explosion!
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Strawberry Milkshake Oatmeal (vegan & refined sugar free!)
To me, this oatmeal tastes like summer. Like sunshine and sweetness coupled with an intense strawberry taste. It is not too sweet but still retains the tartness of the fresh strawberries. It doesn't have a particularly strong coconut taste so if you want to enhance the coconut, I suggest you sprinkle some grated coconut on top. And definitely add more strawberries on top, that really elevates the strawberry flavor even more!
Put the quick-cooking oats in a pot together with a pinch of salt and add the boiling water to the mixture. It should cover all the oats. Give the mixture a stir and let it sit for 5 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Do not turn on the stove just yet!
In the meantime, add your washed and prepared strawberries, coconut milk, almond milk and maple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth. The mixture should be very liquid.
Once the 5 minutes resting time of the oats has passed, add the strawberry mix to the oats and give it a good stir. Turn on the oven to medium heat and let it simmer at low to medium heat for 10 minutes or until the oats have the desired consistency. Stir the oats every so often and make sure they don't stick to the bottom of the pot. The oatmeal should be creamy but not have too much liquid left.Stay close by and stir every now and then. Some people like their oatmeal very liquid but I like it very thick and creamy. So your cooking time might differ to mine!
Serve the oatmeal topped with more strawberries and some grated coconut (optional). Enjoy!
- Oats: it's important to use quick-cooking oats in this recipe as steel-cut oats would take longer to cook. For the difference between oats, this is a great article to read.
- Milk: I prefer to avoid dairy products as much as I can and love this recipe made with plant milks but I'm almost certain this would be just as lovely with cow milk and cream. It would change the taste slightly so if you love coconut, you might want to to add some grated coconut during the cooking process already (although I have never done this). Of course, instead of almond milk, you could substitute any other (unsweetened) plant milk.
- Strawberries: if you cannot get fresh strawberries, you could get a package of frozen ones and let them thaw before blending.