You might have noticed I'm on a strawberry kick lately. After a long winter of eating one too many pale pink and sour strawberries, it's so exciting to finally taste berries that are super sweet and perfectly in season. One of my favorite ways to enjoy strawberries in the spring is together with rhubarb. You often find the two as fillings in crumbles and pies, but I've got a healthier way for you to enjoy this delicious flavor combination. Strawberry rhubarb overnight oats will have you jumping out of bed and running to the kitchen in the morning.
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
This compote couldn't be easier to make. I literally had it simmering one night on the stove while I was prepping dinner. All you have to do is cut up some strawberries and rhubarb, then toss them in a sauce pan with a tiny bit of cane sugar or maple syrup. The sugar helps the fruit break down but also balances out the tartness of the fruit. In a few minutes your kitchen will smell like berry heaven.
I store the compote in a jar so it's ready to use whenever I want it, like for these overnight oats. In the morning, when the oats are ready, I'll add a few spoonfuls and mix it into the oats with a touch of coconut yogurt (I love Harmless Harvest vanilla coconut yogurt). It's really delicious! This compote would also be amazing spooned over ice cream or on top of toast with peanut butter.
Making Overnight Oats
There are so many ways to make overnight oats. I prefer using a plant-based milk like almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you prefer. I make mine in a Ball jar because I generally will eat them straight out of the jar. But, you can use any container and then pour into into a bowl when ready to eat.
You can adjust the ratio of oats to liquid depending on how thick you like your oatmeal. I'll add a little extra milk in the morning if it turns out too thick. Also, the type of oats you use can slightly change the consistency of your final result. Quick-cooking oats tend to turn out a little more mushy than rolled oats.
I like to take the oats out of the fridge to sit a few minutes before eating (just to take some of the chill out). You could eat your overnight oats hot as well, by just popping them in the microwave.
One of the reasons I love overnight oats is because it saves me so much time prepping breakfast in the morning. I love that my breakfast is there waiting for me when I'm ready to eat. How nice is that?! It's also a great option for kids who are in a rush to get to school (whether virtual or in person). My teens wake up at the very last second, so having something ready to go, that is also healthy, is a huge win in my book!
Ways to Enjoy Strawberry Rhubarb Overnight Oats
No overnight oat recipe would be complete without the toppings. Aside from the strawberry rhubarb compote that gets swirled in, I like to add some crunch. Toasted shredded coconut and chopped hazelnuts really compliment the berry flavor in this recipe. Add in some chia seeds or fresh strawberries for some extra fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats.
If you like this recipe you may also like these Mixed Berry Overnight Oats.
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
- 2 cups strawberries ripe sliced and quartered
- 1 cup rhubarb cut into one inch slices
- 2 tsp cane sugar or maple syrup
- Add the fruit and sugar to a medium saucepan on medium heat.
- Stir often until fruit mixture just begins to breakdown.
- Lower the heat and begin to mash up fruit with a potato masher or fork.
- Simmer and continue to stir often until most of the fruit has broken down allowing some to remain intact, about 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool completley.
- Store in an airtight jar or container.
Strawberry Rhubarb Overnight Oats
- Jar with lid.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 ¼ cup unsweetened plain or vanilla flavored almond milk or plant-based milk of choice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract if using vanilla flavored almond milk you won't need to add the extract.
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup strawberry rhubarb compote see above recipe
- 2 tbsp coconut yogurt or favorite yogurt
- 2-3 fresh sliced strawberries for topping
- shredded toasted coconut *optional but recommended
- chopped hazelnuts *optional
- sweetener of choice *optional
- Combine the oats, milk, vanilla extract and salt in a jar or container with lid.
- Allow oats to sit overnight.
- In the morning, add the strawberry rhubarb compote, yogurt and stir to combine. If not using yogurt, you may want to add an additional sweetener like maple syrup at this point.
- Top with shredded coconut, chopped hazelnuts.