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Strawberry Oatmeal From Marcus & MJ Hill

July 14, 2021
5 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine. Food Stylist: Lauren LaPenna.
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 1-2
Test Kitchen Notes

This creamy strawberry oatmeal comes from Marcus and MJ Hill, the father-son duo behind the sweet morning ritual that took over the internet last summer (if you haven’t seen the adorable videos of the pair dancing in the kitchen while cooking together, check ‘em out here).

Every Sunday, 7-year-old MJ and his dad wake up early to prep and deliver breakfast in bed to MJ’s mom—a tradition they call #RoomService. Dishes range from cheesy scrambled eggs with bacon to fluffy French toast, but this simple oatmeal infused with sweet-tart strawberry flavor is a recurring star. It’s a cinch to make for laid-back brunches and busy weekday mornings alike—just blitz the strawberries with milk and cook with oats till it’s all thick and creamy. A dash of vanilla and pinch of salt enhances the flavors (a sprinkle of brown sugar or honey drizzle would also be welcome for a bit of extra sweetness).

This recipe is shared in partnership with MilkPep. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped, plus 1/2 cup diced
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the milk, water, and 2 cups chopped strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Add the rolled oats, steel-cut oats, and salt to a medium sauce pot set over medium heat. Pour the milk-strawberry mixture, plus the vanilla extract, into the pot and stir to combine.
  3. Cook the oats, stirring frequently, over medium heat until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Once thickened, gently stir in the remaining 1/2 cup diced strawberries and serve warm.

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2 Reviews

LG November 22, 2021
I make this recipe for breakfast all the time for myself and my toddler - we both love it and I love that there’s no added sugar and that it’s so simple to make.
whym July 14, 2021
Sooo tasty! This is the first bowl of oatmeal I’ve had that didn’t get monotonous halfway through. I added some sugar for my tastebuds, but I’m sure it’s delicious without. The acidity and sweetness of the strawberries, combined with the warming vanilla scent— it’s heavenly!