Vegan Strawberry Cheesecakes

vegan strawberry cheesecake

Dessert. Everyone’s favorite word.

Switch up your dessert menu with these Layered Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Minis from Kristina LaRue. They’re a tasty spin on tradition, and a great way to get your eight strawberries a day.

One serving of eight strawberries is filled with potassium, fiber and antioxidants. They’re also  naturally sweet, yet low in sugar, making these Layered Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Minis a guilt-free option.

Dig in!

Mini Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake
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Ingredients
  • 8, 4-oz serving jars
  • ⅔ cup raw pecan halves
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cups whole raw cashews, soaked and water removed
  • 2 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup freeze-dried California Strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh-sliced California Strawberries
  • 6 medium California Strawberries, sliced in half, for topping
Instructions
  1. Using a high-powered blender or food processor, pulse pecans and dates together until ground. Add 1 tablespoon pecan-date mixture into each serving jar, and press into bottom to form crust.
  2. In same blender or food processor, add cashews, maple syrup, almond milk and sea salt. Blend slowly at first, and increase speed until mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
  3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each serving jar, and spread to form even layer.
  4. Add ½ cup freeze-dried and ½ cup fresh-sliced strawberries to blender; blend with remaining cheesecake mixture until strawberries are fully incorporated and mixture is smooth.
  5. Divide strawberry-cashew mixture evenly into each serving jar, and spread to form layer; top each mini cheesecake with half a strawberry.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to set; keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  7. Note: We recommend soaking raw cashews in hot water for at least 15 minutes, or overnight.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 292 Fat: 19g Saturated fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 25g Sugar: 15g Sodium: 24mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg

 


Strawberry Buckwheat Porridge

Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries and Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy and comforting? Check! Try this delicious Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge from registered dietitian Katie Cavuto!

The strawberries give this porridge a punch of natural sweetness and a splash of color, while providing a multitude of health benefits. Did you know that just one serving of eight strawberries a day benefits your whole body?

Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries and Pumpkin Seeds
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats (different than kasha, which is roasted)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, divided
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest, divided
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 2 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Rinse the buckwheat using a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add the rinsed buckwheat to a medium-sized saucepan along with the water, ¾ cup of almond milk, vanilla extract and the cinnamon stick.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then decrease the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 12 minutes.
  4. At the 12-minute mark, turn off the heat and stir in the orange zest, cardamom and maple syrup. Cover the buckwheat to steam in the pot for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. While the buckwheat continues to cook, combine the strawberries with the remaining orange zest and orange juice.
  6. Uncover the buckwheat, and stir in the remaining ¾ cup of almond milk and the ground flax. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  7. Divide the porridge into 4 bowls, and top each with ½ cup of strawberries and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.

 


Strawberry & Cotija Salad

Strawberry, Grilled Romaine and Cotija Cheese Salad

When it comes to strawberry salad, we always want more! Have you tried your salads with grilled romaine? Charring the romaine leaves enhances the flavor, making this salad from Gerry Speirs at Foodness Gracious a stand out.

Strawberries are so versatile, making it easy to incorporate 8 strawberries into your daily meal plans. With just one serving of 8 strawberries packing a nutritional punch, who wouldn’t want to eat strawberries every day?

Strawberry Salad with Grilled Romaine and Cotija Cheese

Strawberry Salad with Grilled Romaine and Cotija Cheese
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 slices salami sliced to bacon thickness
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup ripe California Strawberries
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
  • ½ tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper to make the dressing and set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the salami and sauté in a pan until crispy. Transfer to some paper towel to drain.
  3. Preheat your grill to high and remove the outer leaves of the lettuce.
  4. Slice the romaine in half-length ways, drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Lay each half onto the hot grill cut side down and girl for about 2-3 minutes or until the romaine starts to get a good char color on it.
  6. Transfer the lettuce to a large platter.
  7. Slice the strawberries into quarters and place on top of the romaine wedges.
  8. Cut the avocado into small dice and add to the romaine followed by the salami chunks, oregano, cilantro and cheese.
  9. Lightly drizzle some of the dressing over the romaine and serve at once.


Strawberry & Farro Salad

Strawberry Avocado Farro Salad

We’re loving this Strawberry Avocado Farro Salad from registered dietitian Kaleigh McMordie! It uses strawberries in a lunch or side dish that’s so satisfying.

Not only are strawberries delicious, there are so many health benefits that strawberries offer. One serving of eight strawberries provides 140 percent of the total recommended daily value of vitamin C. Paired with whole grains, herbs and avocado, this strawberry salad will be your new favorite way to get in eight strawberries a day.

Try it with grilled chicken or steak for a heartier meal. Enjoy!

Strawberry Avocado Farro SaladStrawberry Avocado Farro Salad

Strawberry Avocado Farro Salad
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked farro
  • 2½ cups water or vegetable stock
  • ½ lb California strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp blush wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water or stock to a boil. Add farro and simmer; cover 25–30 minutes. Remove from heat and drain any remaining liquid. Let farro cool completely.
  2. Add cooled farro to a large bowl with sliced California strawberries, diced avocado, basil leaves and crumbled goat cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (vinegar through pepper). Pour over farro salad. Gently toss to coat. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Strawberry & Avocado Flatbread

Are you a flatbread fan? Then we have the recipe for you! Try this Buckwheat Flatbread with Strawberries, Avocado and Herbs from our friend at Cowgirl Chef.

This flatbread uses half buckwheat and half regular flour. Instead of tomatoes used as a topping, strawberries are the star of this flatbread, and offer a bit of a surprise to a savory dish. Plus, a serving of eight strawberries is packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, including potassium, folate and fiber.

Give this recipe a try and enjoy!

 

Buckwheat Flatbreads with Strawberries, Avocado and Herbs
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Ingredients
  • 1 package yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbls olive oil + 1 tablespoon for the bowl
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1¼ cups bread flour
  • 16 oz ricotta
  • 1 pint California strawberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • A few sprigs of fresh chives
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the first 5 ingredients in your mixer bowl and stir to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy. Add the flours. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky and releases from the bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil to a medium bowl, transfer the dough to the bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, or let rest overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to make the flatbreads, pull the dough out of the fridge, and let it come to room temperature. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  4. Half-cook the flatbreads. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured board, and put into a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. When the first side bubbles, flip it over and cook for a few more seconds, until very lightly browned — remember, you’re only cooking these halfway. Remove and stack on a plate. Repeat with the remaining flatbreads.
  5. Save time: Make the flatbreads in advance, and keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer.
  6. Preheat the oven to broil. Put the 4 flatbreads on a baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoonsful of ricotta on each one. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp on the edges.
  7. Hull and thinly slice the strawberries, and add them to the flatbreads.
  8. Dice the avocado, and add one-fourth to each of the 4 flatbreads.
  9. Chop the herbs and scatter them on top. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Healthy CA Strawberry Recipe Roundup

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Fresh or frozen, CA strawberries are a versatile fruit that can help you keep your healthy-eating resolutions in check. Available year-round and delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, strawberries offer a nutritional boost to any meal of the day. Look through for a healthy recipe roundup to keep you on top of your nutritional kick!

For the New Year, we’ve enlisted four of our RD ambassadors − Regan Jones, Jenna Braddock, Robin Plotkin, and Caroline Kaufman − to create a roundup of #FreshorFrozen CA strawberry healthy recipe hacks that are perfect for the whole family, from breakfast to dessert.

BREAKFAST

Healthy Recipe Roundup - Vanilla Overnight Oats

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get your 8-a-day of California strawberries. Here are just a few fun new recipes you can try!

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Regan Jones, RD, serves up a Superfast Breakfast Strawberry Crisp, combining ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen in this quick how-to video. She starts with frozen California strawberries and ends up with a breakfast so delicious you’ll think you’re eating dessert!


Healthy Recipe Roundup

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Making healthy easy is RD Jenna Braddock’s forte and it shines in this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe, featuring frozen California strawberries.
Simply prepare before bedtime and wake up to a healthy grab-and-go meal!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

LUNCH

RD, Robin Plotkin, shares one of her favorite healthy lunch hacks − using sandwiches as an easy way to get your veggies and fruits in.

We’re loving this one in particular: Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich for the win!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich

DESSERT

RD, Caroline Kaufman, whipped up this simple dessert hack that makes keeping your healthy-eating resolutions more attainable. By indulging in healthier versions of your favorite desserts, it’s easy to satisfy your sweet tooth vs. depriving it.

Whole Grain Waffle Strawberry Shortcake − a handful of simple ingredients, fresh California strawberries … and no baking!

Healthy Strawberry Recipe Roundup



PB & Yogurt Dipped Strawberries

When it’s time to break out your coziest pajamas, hang with your family and eat all the foods, it may seem like there’s no way to avoid a sugar overload. While it may feel like pies, cakes, and cookies are the focus (and major temptation), you can totally get your sugar fix by using this naturally sweet strawberry snack.

While I love them ‘just as they are,’ (hi, Bridget Jones fans!) they’re also a great addition or substitute to traditional ingredients in your favorite sweet and savory recipes. And, bonus, clinical research suggests that eating just one serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body. They’re packed with potent nutrients that support brain health, diabetes management, and heart health, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dipped Strawberries Recipe

The brain health part is especially significant this November because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. A recent study in the Annals of Neurology suggests that eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. Strawberries also feature prominently in The MIND Diet, an eating plan that may reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at Rush University. The MIND diet is rich in berries, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, and limits red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.

strawberry peanut yogurt

This is a dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your family this winter. It’s rich in protein, calcium, and vitamin C…and it looks pretty too. It combines some of my favorite foods: peanut butter and jelly and chocolate dipped strawberries. Instead of dipping strawberries in chocolate, you swirl them into a warm peanut butter fondue (see you later bread and jelly!).

While these peanut butter yogurt-dipped berries are a sweet treat, they steer clear of all the ‘unhealthy’ ingredients on the MIND Diet list and combine some of the ‘brain-healthy’ food groups: berries, nuts, and whole grains (if you choose to roll them in a low-sugar granola).

 

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Peanut Butter Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (you can use plain if you want them less sweet)
  • 2 tsp of honey
  • 1 cup of fresh, whole California strawberries, rinsed and dried (about 8-10 berries)
  • Optional toppings: shredded unsweetened coconut, low-sugar granola, melted dark or white chocolate to drizzle, or mini chocolate chips for a strawberry tuxedo
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir the peanut butter, yogurt, and honey until combined, warm, and thinned slightly (about three minutes). Turn off the burner
  2. Holding the strawberries by their green stem, dip them in the warm peanut butter yogurt mixture
  3. If you are going to roll them in toppings, roll them while warm and then place on a tray lined with parchment paper. If not, place immediately on the parchment paper
  4. Serve immediately or chilled
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If you're having trouble dipping, it's because the dip has cooled down too much. Gently stir and warm it over medium low until it softens and thins again.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and sweet holiday season!

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry & Asparagus Freekeh

Strawberry Freekeh Salad with Asparagus

Move over, potato salad and coleslaw — strawberry salad is coming through! Make room at the picnic table for Grilled Strawberry Freekeh Salad with Asparagus any weekend! This strawberry salad is filled with flavor and nutrients!

Grilled strawberries and asparagusThe grill is on, right? It’s time to throw asparagus on–a no-brainer–AND skewered strawberries (trust me) to make this simple side salad that will elevate your typical picnic fare.

I’m adding strawberries to ALL of my grain-based salads these days.   This salad requires a tiny bit of grilling for the strawberries-just to soften and release some of the juices as it adds to the flavor of the salad. This particular salad uses the ancient grain Freekah, which is actually a process which means “to rub”. It’s a high protein, high fiber whole grain that works well with many flavors.

Grilled Strawberry and Asparagus Freekeh Salad

The ingredients in this salad make for a well balanced, healthy, nutrient-rich recipe.  The real beauty is that different grains can be substituted as can different nuts and even veggies.  The one thing you DON’T want to change are the strawberries! Why?

Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse:

  • Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar (only 7 grams per cup), and provide a unique combination of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and health-promoting phytochemicals.
  • One serving of eight medium strawberries is only 45 calories. 
  • CA strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C: More vitamin C per serving than an orange and 110% of the daily value.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry & Asparagus Freekeh
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 6-8 stalks of asparagus
  • ¾ cup cooked Freekeh (1/2 cup dry)
  • 1 tbsp shaved/grated Parmesan or 6-8 shaved pieces
  • 1 tbsp walnuts, toasted (optional) and chopped
  • ½ tbsp olive oil plus ½ for drizzle
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 skewers (soaked in cold water if wooden)
Instructions
  1. Turn on grill and set to medium heat.
  2. While the grill is preheating, cook Freekeh according to package directions.
  3. Clean, wash and dry asparagus stems. Place asparagus, olive oil, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake gently to coat the asparagus. Place on grill and allow to cook for 15 minutes or until desired tenderness is achieved.
  4. While asparagus is cooking, clean and dry whole strawberries (leaving stems intact) and thread onto skewers. Place on grill for about 2-3 minutes or until the strawberries are just soft. Remove from skewers; remove the stems and cut into halves or fourths.
  5. When asparagus is cooked, remove from grill and allow to cool. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
  6. In a large bowl, gently toss ¾ cup of the cooked Freekeh, strawberries, asparagus and walnuts. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with freshly grated or shaved Parmesan.


Fresh Start: Health Kick Recipes

Fresh Start: Health Kick Recipes

If your new year’s resolutions are but a distant memory, I’ve got some good news. March kicks off National Nutrition Month making it the perfect time to pick up those missing healthy habits you wanted for a healthier year.

I totally “get” why our January intentions are left behind about as quickly as the holiday decor is packed away. It’s easy during holiday vacations to find the time for healthier meals or to head to the gym. But time gets tough when work is calling, schedules are tight and life is simply too busy to make a health a priority.

This whole reality is exactly why I love quick and hearty salads and wraps like the ones I’m sharing today. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, lunch is the glue that binds a healthy day together. Skip it and you’re sure to be reaching for a less than healthy pick me up in the afternoon or worse, find yourself so hungry at dinner that you can’t seem to find the bottom of your bowl.

But let’s be honest. Salads for lunch sounds skimpy and seem a bit boring. That’s why I focus on these three key strategies to make the most of a lighter, but filling lunch:

  • Fill up with fiber — Whether your salad is grain, greens or even meat based, fiber is the key to filling you up, not out. Be sure to include whole grains, nuts, seeds and fresh fruits, like the California Strawberries I’ve added to today’s recipe. They’re the perfect salad choice because they’re easy to prepare, available year-round and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits. I’ve also added pumpkin seeds to today’s recipe to boost fiber and add crunch.
  • Make it sweet and savory — By far one of the most important keys to keeping salads out of the “boring” category is to pair up sweet foods with savory, like I’ve done in today’s wraps. Combining the savory flavor of feta cheese with the natural sweetness of California strawberries takes chicken salad to a whole new level. The good news is that by the choosing natural sweetness of California strawberries, you can keep the calories low. In fact, one serving of eight medium strawberries is only 45 calories.
  • Add herbs and spices for interest — The most memorable salads (you know, the ones you think “I want to eat that again tomorrow for lunch!”) are the ones that have multiple layers of flavor and texture. One of the simplest ways to add more taste is by using fresh or dried herbs and spices. I recommend fresh herbs for green salads and dried herbs or spices for grain or meat based salads. Think beyond your basic basil and grab flavors like dill, cumin, thyme and rosemary.

You may not be able to revive every healthy resolution you made just a few months ago. But with tasty recipes like these, eating healthy this year is back on the plate!

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out more of our recipes for delicious ideas!

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (horizontal)

 

Fresh Start for Nutrition Month
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of diced, cooled, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup quartered California Strawberries
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dried dill
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Large leaf lettuce or kale
  • Additional toppings: pumpkin seeds and feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium-size bowl; combine all ingredients (except lettuce leaves); toss well to combine.
  2. Scoop onto leaf lettuce, add additional toppings as desired and serve.


Strawberry Overnight Oats

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

If you feel too rushed to eat right, check out this recipe for Strawberry Overnight Oats from guest blogger Christy Wilson, RD!

As a registered dietitian, I have made a conscious effort to reach out to my community for the past several years to spread the word about the month-long nutrition campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started back in 1973.  It’s such a pleasure to do cooking demonstrations at elementary schools, speak to community organizations and find fun ways to remind everyone how eating well can benefit lives.

This year’s NNM theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. One way I “savor the flavor of eating right” is by eating foods that taste good and are good for me and my family –  like delicious,  California Strawberries.

Did you know that only eight strawberries a day can support brain & heart health, help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers? Here are a few more fun strawberry facts:

  • One serving of strawberries (8 medium) has only 45 calories and more vitamin C than an orange
  • Strawberries contain blood pressure lowering potassium, folate, along with a variety of health-boosting antioxidants
  • In just 8 strawberries you get 3 grams of heart healthy fiber and a mere 7 grams of natural sugar

Although March is a busy time for many of us, eating nutrient rich foods should remain a priority. Including fruit, like strawberries, as part of everyday meals can keep you energized and healthy to tackle all the activities in our busy weeks.

One recipe that makes a great on-the-go breakfast or snack is my Strawberry Overnight Oats. Make several of these and you’ve got yourself a tasty and convenient breakfast for the week! Made with whole foods including sweet strawberries, rolled oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and honey, this recipe is one that will help keep you eating right all month (and all year!) long.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

 

Strawberry Overnight Oats
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats (also labelled Old Fashioned Oats)
  • 1 container (5.3 ounces) vanilla flavored Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 8 strawberries, chopped and divided into two servings
  • ⅓ cup light vanilla soy milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. In a 16-ounce mason jar, add oats, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, four chopped strawberries, milk and cinnamon. Stir ingredients to combine and cover jar with a lid.
  2. Refrigerate oat mixture overnight or for 8 hours.
  3. To prepare oats, top mixture with remaining strawberries and top with sliced almonds.