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"mystic brew" strawberry oatmeal cooked in orange juice

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Creamy strawberry oatmeal recipe featuring old-fashioned oats cooked on the stovetop in an almond-milk and orange juice-based broth then topped with fresh strawberries for a totally not boring breakfast.

 oatmeal topped with strawberries in brown bowl

Oats cooked in different liquids like fruit juices is some mystical oatmeal brewing ish and one of my favorite ways to enjoy my daily oatmeal. 

Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Orange Juice
  • Almond Milk
  • Strawberries
  • Honey
  • Orange Zest

How to cook oatmeal in fruit juice (step by step)

There is nothing tricky about cooking oatmeal in a non-water/non-dairy based liquid. It’s the same directions just a different liquid source. For next-level flavor I like to toast the oats a little in ghee or regular butter before cooking.

So this recipe calls for an even split of almond milk and orange juice. You get those resting elements of fresh OJ along with the aroma of the orange zest. For next-level flavor and taste experience, you can steep fresh basil leaves in the liquid before adding the oats.

Serving Suggestion

Serve the strawberry oatmeal with zest from an orange and sliced fresh strawberries.

oatmeal topped with strawberries in brown bowl

Tips for making oatmeal

  • Change the ratio for OJ: Almond milk as you see fit and depending on your taste profile
  • Add a dollop of Greek yogurt to the finished oatmeal for additional creaminess and more protein
  • Use not from concentrate orange juice. Go no pulp as well to avoid texture weirdness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes indeed either fresh or frozen work equally well though you can never top fresh from a flavor standpoint. If using frozen I definitely recommend adding the strawberries during cooking vs. adding at the end as a topping.

What kind of oats work best?

Old fashioned or quick oats are your best bests. You don’t have to cook them, but they easily blend. Steel cuts you should avoid unless you don’t mind a very chewy and grainy smoothie.

Can this recipe be converted to overnight oats?

Yes, this can be done rather easily. You’ll have to definitely exclude the basil, but everything else will be the same. Just mix the orange juice, almond milk, and honey well then mix in the oats and refrigerate overnight. Add the zest before serving.

For other breakfast recipes you might like, try these:

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal

Curry Oatmeal

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Coconut Cherry Overnight Oats

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal

Raspberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Green Smoothie w/ Oats

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Overnight Oats w/ Fonio

For more details on the uses and benefits of getting more oats into your diet check-out this guide for making oatmeal. Also checkout this roundup of creative oatmeal recipes.

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oatmeal topped with strawberries in brown bowl

Strawberry Oatmeal with Orange Juice

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • ½ tablespoon Clarified Butter Ghee or regular unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • ½ cup Strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Orange Zest


  • Heat sauce pan over medium heat. Add ghee and then toast the oats for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the orange juice, salt, almond milk, and oats then cook according to package directions (bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes).
  • Mix in the honey then top with the strawberry. Add zest and serve.



  • Change the ratio for OJ: Almond milk as you see fit and depending on your taste profile
  • Add a dollop of Greek yogurt to the finished oatmeal for additional creaminess and more protein
  • Use not from concentrate orange juice. Go no pulp as well to avoid texture weirdness.
  • For deeper strawberry flavor, add the strawberries to step 1 (saute in the ghee with the oats)


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 12th of July 2020

That splash of orange juice makes a huge difference and goes perfectly with the fresh strawberries. Perfect summertime breakfast that is both satisfying and refreshing!

Marisa F. Stewart

Sunday 12th of July 2020

I am so tired of the boring way we serve oatmeal. This recipe is heaven sent. We tried it this morning and it was like a whole new dish with amazing flavor. Will be making this oatmeal recipe more often.


Sunday 12th of July 2020

Fabulous oatmeal to start a day with. Healthy, easy to make and absolutely delicious! I think I've got everything I need for it, so excited to give it a try!


Saturday 11th of July 2020

I love oats, never thought of adding orange juice, but it sounds like a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!


Saturday 11th of July 2020

Very interesting and creative oatmeal recipe to try for breakfast. Thanks for sharing. Pinned to try this out soon