The Overnight Oats addiction is still in full force here at savorandsavvy.com! If you have been around for even a little bit of time, you know that we are obsessed with this delicious, healthy and thrifty breakfast. Strawberry Mango Overnight Oats is a fast, creamy and summery breakfast with endless options to mix it up a bit.
These started for us after we made our Strawberry Mango Freezer Jam! We were in the kitchen with leftover strawberries and mangoes wondering what we should make with them. My husband’s favorite breakfast to tote to work will always be overnight oats…so we were going to give it a shot.
How to Freeze Mangos
If you’re like us, you’ll have some leftover mangos. I didn’t want to waste them, and I ran out of time to make more recipes. So, I mashed them and put them in freezer-friendly ziplock bags and froze it. If you have a large amount left over, portion them out into smaller bags. If the small bags are not freezer friendly, double layer them and they should be just fine. Just take the bag out to defrost and it will be as good as fresh!
How to Freeze Leftover Strawberries
The best way to freeze leftover strawberries is to wash them and freeze individually on a sheet pan like you would blueberries. Once they are frozen solid, remove them from the freezer and put them in a gallon zip lock bag and zip it up. This technique allows you to pull out a few at a time for what you need. If you throw all the strawberries in the freezer at the same time, they will stick together and you can’t break them apart easily. We use the frozen strawberries in smoothies, overnight oats and with greek yogurt.
How to Make Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are one of our favorites because of how fast they pull together for 3 – 4 days of breakfasts on the run. Start to finish, these should be ready to put in the refrigerator in 5 – 7 minutes.
Cut up the fruit and measure out the almond milk and oats.
Combine the oats and almond milk in a bowl. Layer half the oat mixture into the bottom of two jars. Add half of the fruit, followed by more oats and then top with the remaining fruit.
Add the lids and place in the refrigerator for about 8-10 hours before eating.
**Full disclosure, we have eaten them in about five hours and they are a little less creamy but in a pinch, they work just fine!
Do you Eat Overnight Oats Cold?
Absolutely! Fresh out of the refrigerator, these oats are deliciously cool and refreshing! Once you get over the fact that you are used to eating warm oats, you’ll be sold on this for breakfast.
Can I Use Steel Cut Oats?
Steel Cut oats are whole oat kernels that take a lot to break them down. They don’t tend to work as well in overnight oats as they don’t soften and break down as easily. Stick to the old fashioned oats for these recipes.
Can I Use Quick Cooking Oats?
I don’t suggest it as it becomes gummy and breaks down into an unpleasant mush very fast. I haven’t had success with using the quick cooking version.
What Containers to Use for Overnight Oats?
We tend to use the little Ball 4 oz jars or the pint jars (just not filling them up all the way) if we are in a pinch. I have also used Rubbermaid containers and they work great as long as they are the ones with the red lids (not the super cheap ones as they do spill). Don’t ask how I know that! 😇
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last
Generally, we keep them 3-4 days. I have read that they can keep up to five days, but we tend to stay at the 3-4 day range. They are very fast to make, so I would rather make a second round for later in the week or pull oatmeal cups from the freezer.
What Mix Ins Can I Add to Overnight Oats?
- Larger nuts work great in overnight oats. Smaller slivers of almonds tend to break down and you miss out on the crunch that you were looking for. We have found our favorite way is to store nuts in a small bag and add on top when ready to eat.
- Add kiwi, oranges or papaya to this recipe. All of these tropical fruits marry together beautifully!
- Add in a bit of coconut to the top for a truly tropical breakfast treat!
- Combine the fruit needed and use whatever fruit you have in your refrigerator. You’re not going to go wrong.
- Mix greek yogurt into the mixture for added protein. Reduce the milk to ½-¾ cup if adding yogurt.
If you like the idea of overnight oats, make sure to check out a few of our other overnight oats recipes!
Raspberry Nutella Overnight Oats Pulling our love of Nutella (and I’m sure yours as well) with a bit of fruit makes this overnight oats a fun fruity/chocolatey breakfast!
Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats Similar to the recipe above, Strawberry Vanilla is a fresh and clean tasting overnight oats leaving you
Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oats These are so fresh as most lemon blueberry recipes are! The little bit of lemon zest that is mixed in leaves a hint of lemon in every bite.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats These will always be my favorites! I love the apple cinnamon flavor and the cooked apples just take these over the top! Full disclosure, I cook these apples on their own all the time as they are just addicting!!
Delicious Strawberry Mango Overnight Oats
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup almond milk substitute any milk of your choice
- 3/4 cup mango chopped
- 1/4 cup strawberries chopped
- Combine old fashioned oats and almond milk in a bowl.
- Layer the jars with the oats mixture, alternating the cut up mangos and strawberries. The top layer will end with the mangos and strawberries.
- Allow to sit in fridge for 8 hours to 3 days.