Strawberry Poppy Seed Oatmeal

Strawberry Poppy Seed Oatmeal in a white bowl on a white background.

This strawberry and poppy seed oatmeal is a delicious, homemade alternative to those little packets you can get from the store.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Oatmeal

Recipe by Dee


  • 1/3 cup diced strawberries cut to about 1/4 inch cubes, tops removed

  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest

  • 1/4 tsp. poppy seeds

  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

  • A small pat of unsalted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit or 176 Celsius.
  • Place the diced strawberries in a small bowl, sprinkle with one half of the sugar, and set aside.
  • Once the oven is hot, spread the oats on a quarter sheet baking tray and place in the oven. Toast for 10 minutes or until they smell nutty. Remove the oats from the oven and carefully pour them into a 1 quart saucepan.
  • To the oats add the remaining sugar, whole milk, lime zest, poppy seeds, salt, and butter. To get super creamy oats, place the saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Then raise the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the oatmeal reaches the desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and top with the strawberries and some or all of the liquid. Stir and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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  • Sprinkling the strawberries with sugar draws out the liquid and gives you a delicious syrup to mix into your oatmeal.
  • Toasting oats for oatmeal isn’t necessary, but it does make everything taste better.
  • You can swap out the whole milk for something else if you prefer. Coconut milk (the one in the can) would work really well with this recipe. 
  • Whenever I get citrus, I like to zest the entire peel (not the white part), dehydrate the zest, and save it for later.
  • For even creamier oatmeal, swap out half of the whole milk with heavy whipping cream.
Three strawberries on a white background with an open container of strawberries behind them.

Ramblings: Strawberries and Cream... Except I Didn't Have Any Cream.

If you’ve been here for a while, you’ve probably heard me wax nostalgic about my dad making oatmeal from scratch for us when we were kids.

But there was a very short period of time when our parents started buying those little flavored oatmeal packets instead.

We were teenagers at the time, so our dad was not cooking us breakfast anymore, and those packets became our go to. 

My favorite was strawberries and cream.

It was to the point where I wouldn’t eat any of the other flavors.

I don’t even think I tried any of the other flavors. I set my heart (read: fixated) on the strawberry flavor and never bothered with the rest. 

And if we didn’t have strawberry flavored oatmeal, I didn’t eat oatmeal.

It’s been well over a decade since I’ve had one of those little packets of oatmeal, but I’ve always wanted to make a more grown up version of that flavor.

And so, I finally made this strawberry poppy seed oatmeal and it is very good, even though I didn’t add any cream. 

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