I don’t know about you, but I’m a total sucker for sales. Especially when it comes to food sales.
Case in point: The grocery store I buy most of my yummy produce from has clearly been suffering from over-supply of strawberries. For weeks and weeks I’ve been taking them up on their “Four boxes for $10” special, even when I already had strawberries at home.
Last week they sweetened the deal – it was six boxes for $10. So, of course, I bought six boxes of strawberries (even though I already had at least three at home!).
The next day I just happened to be walking past the store when I saw it. The sign that would fill be with excitement and impulsiveness – seven boxes for $10. My immediate thought was, “My goodness, at that price I can’t afford not to buy them!”
In retrospect, all that happened was I spent $10 when I really didn’t need to. Hence why I’m a sucker for sales.
But you know what? This isn’t like the times I’ve bought M&Ms or peanut butter cups just because they were on sale. Strawberries aren’t just super-healthy, they’re delicious! And realistically, can one ever have too many strawberries?
Since my fridge was stocked with a baker’s dozen of strawberry boxes, I had to think of some way to use them! Ergo, Strawberry and Vanilla Overnight Oats.
You’ll undoubtedly want to use a good-quality vanilla extract for these – don’t buy that artificial stuff. Alternatively, spurge on some vanilla bean paste! If using vanilla bean paste, you’ll only need 1 – 2 teaspoons.
Also, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries and yogurt, you may wish to add in a few teaspoons of maple syrup (or other sweetener).
I’m still not sure why my local grocery store had so many strawberries. Considering that nearly every box of strawberries had a different label, I can only imagine that they bought some, forgot about it, bought some more, forgot about them, and then imported some more strawberries… and so on.
Oh well, I’m certainly not complaining about it!
- For the overnight oats:
- 6 oz. (170g) hulled strawberries (about 10)
- ½ cup milk of choice
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Greek-style yogurt (preferably vanilla or strawberry flavored)
For the mix-ins:
- 3 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 4 - 6 strawberries, hulled and chopped
- Blend the strawberries and milk. Transfer to a large bowl or container.
- Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract and yogurt. Mix until completely combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir about three-quarters of the coconut, almonds and chopped strawberries into the overnight oats. If the oats are too thick, also stir in some extra milk.
- Divide the overnight oats between two bowls, and top with the remaining mix-ins. Enjoy!
By 'Greek-style', I just mean use a thick yogurt. Dairy or non-dairy yogurt should be fine.
Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries and yogurt, you may wish to add in some maple syrup (or other sweetener)