Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats
Can you feel it?
The warmth in the air, the orange blossoms perfuming every street corner, birds chirping, and every single store bringing out their swoon-worthy and I-want-to-spend-my-whole-entire-paycheck-on-you cute spring clothes?! Spring! Spring! Spring! She’s nearly here, so we’re going all pink and fresh to celebrate one of my favorite seasons of the year.
Spring; culturally, mentally and religiously is all about rebirth and renewal. Layers are shed, homes are refreshed, and minds and bodies are ready to begin anew – whether that means starting to take an evening walk while its still light outside (!!) or simply mentally de-cluttering useless space and cobwebs leftover from winter months.
Spring is also a wonderful time to give your lifestyle and diet a little rearranging and refreshing. Salads don’t seem so bland now that sunshine is streaming through your windows, and strawberries are no longer tasteless now that they’re coming back into season. Your farmer’s market is going to be brimming with a lot more cheap, fresh, and beautiful produce to get you feeling inspired, renewed, and positively happy! This new season is going to make you feel so good – I just know it!
I’m celebrating spring with the most refreshing, visually appealing, and pinkest overnight oats to ever exist. Because fresh strawberries are finally, finally coming back into season, we’re trying to squeeze as many as possible into our overnight oats as we can. You’ll absolutely love how bright and fresh they taste, with the creamiest and lightest undertones from almond milk and a tiny little zip of lemon for freshness. Oats are the most delicious way to start your morning, and you’ll love how creamy they taste in this recipe. My favorite little seed, chia, provides the perfect pudding-like texture to these oats, while the slightest addition of raw honey provides a little touch of sweetness.
Note how the recipe calls for raw honey – meaning unprocessed, local (if you can find it) honey in one of its most natural and beneficial states. Raw, local honey is filled with vitamins, enzymes, nutrients, and powerful antioxidants that promote digestive and whole body support and may even cut down on your seasonal allergies. When honey is processed, heated, and poured into those little bear-shaped containers, it loses most of its beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, rendering it as a sugary product with no remaining goodness. Always go for local, raw, organic honey that you can pick up in your farmer’s market. Bonus – it tastes like pure bliss and you’ll love how different raw honey tastes from region to region.
So – spring, get ready for it.
Refresh, renew, eat more produce, reap more Vitamin D from the sunshine, shorten your hemline, and make plenty of Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats for perfect spring mornings.
Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats
1 ½ heaped cup sliced strawberries, divided
1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other nondairy milk)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 heaped cup rolled oats
In a blender, combine 1 cup heaped strawberries, lemon juice, raw honey, and almond milk and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour strawberry milk into a large jar or bowl and add in chia seeds, rolled oats, and remaining ½ cup sliced strawberries. Stir to completely combine. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning serve the oats cold or at room temperature with fresh sliced strawberries, nuts, raspberries, or any other delicious topping. Enjoy!