Strawberries and cream oatmeal is a sweet and creamy breakfast, and the perfect way to start your day, particularly on busy weekday mornings. Full of quick cooking hearty oatmeal, and plenty of fresh strawberries; you will have a great breakfast in minutes!
What is it?
My easy strawberry oatmeal recipe is a simple combination of minute oats, milk, and strawberries that can quickly be cooked in the microwave. Such simple ingredients, but still wonderfully hearty, sweet, and creamy.
I am excited to share my strawberries and cream oatmeal recipe, not only because so many people have requested the recipe, but because the recipe is dead on. Do you know the secret to making this exceptional homemade oatmeal sing? You're probably going to guess sugar, and though you will be taking an aggressive dip into your sugar bowl, that is not it.
It is salt.
Yes, salt. When used properly salt amplifies the flavor of whatever you are cooking. It isn't just for parching your mouth after devouring a bag of fries. I found ½ - ¾ teaspoon of table salt to be the sweet spot for really bringing the flavors of this strawberries and cream oatmeal to the next level. Extra Credit Homework: Test out to see what a difference salt makes. Add the salt last after making the oatmeal and tasting it, you'll be surprised by the difference.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Oatmeal - There are a dizzying amount of oatmeal to choose from at the grocery store. When I say "Minute Oatmeal" I am talking about this oatmeal in particular. You can feel free to use a different type of oatmeal, such as steel-cut oats, but your cook time and milk needed may vary.
- Milk - Whole milk will give you the creamiest oatmeal, but any type of milk will work. You could even use actual cream if you really want to make this indulgent. Alternatively, non-dairy milk such as almond milk or soy milk will work well if you are trying to be dairy-free.
- Sugar - Admittedly, this recipe calls for an aggressive amount of sugar, but there is no reason why you can't use less if you prefer to limit your intake.
- Salt - Adding a pinch of salt really wakes up the flavors.
- Strawberries - Fresh strawberries are best, but frozen strawberries work well too, plus the extra juice in the bag is perfect for mixing into your oatmeal.
How to make it
This easy recipe can be made in two minutes in the microwave. Simply stir together the oatmeal, milk, sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl then heat for two minutes. The oatmeal should now be cooked through and softened. Finally, stir in the chopped strawberries and serve the hot oatmeal to your adoring family!
Using a microwave is the easiest way to make this sweet treat, but you can also make this on your stovetop with ease too. To do so, blend together the oatmeal, milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and gently heat it over medium heat to a gentle simmer until cooked through, then stir in the strawberries with the cooked oats.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- If the oatmeal is too runny, let it sit for a few minutes. The extra liquid will absorb into the oats.
- If the oatmeal gets too thick, dribble in a splash of milk to thin it out.
- It needs to be cooked at least once, but the leftovers are really good cold.
- You can make this in different ways by adding any of your favorite fruit with the strawberries or in place of them.
- Try adding a drizzle of honey or a little bit of maple syrup.
- Using brown sugar instead of white sugar will give it a deeper and slightly darker flavor.
- Add a dash of vanilla extract goes well with the sweetness of the strawberries too!
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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
- 1 cup minute oatmeal
- 1 ¾ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ⅔ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped strawberries
- Add oatmeal, milk, sugar, and salt in a microwave safe bowl and stir briefly.
- Microwave on high for two minutes and stir in the strawberries.
- Let rest until oatmeal reaches your desired thickness.
This recipe was originally published on August 30, 2016, on FoxValleyFoodie.com.