Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
Love overnight oats? How about cheesecake? Combine them in this fun and delicious strawberry cheesecake overnight oats recipe!
These overnight oats can be prepped the night before for a quick and easy breakfast that’s ready for you in the morning. They’re creamy, thick, perfectly sweet and a little bit tangy, just like strawberry cheesecake!
There’s no cooking involved either, you’ll just have to mix everything up and stash it in the fridge overnight.
You can customize the recipe to suit your nutrition needs but using homemade jam or cream cheese or a sugar-free sweetener. You can even add protein powder if you like.
They make a super cute breakfast or healthier dessert for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter and kids love them!
What You’ll Need
- Rolled Oats: Overnight oats work best with rolled oats (old fashioned oats) or large flake oats though you can substitute quick oats if needed.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds help to thicken overnight oats and add nutrition. You can substitute ground flaxseed.
- Salt: A little pinch of salt helps to balance and enhance the flavour.
- Vegan Cream Cheese: Any store-bought vegan cream cheese alternative or homemade vegan cream cheese works. This really adds the cheesecake flavour!
- Plant-Based Yogurt: Any unsweetened plant-based yogurt such as oat, coconut, cashew or soy works.
- Plant-Based Milk: Any unsweetened plant-based milk works such as oat, soy, almond or cashew. Note you can use sweetened milk and yogurt but the recipe will have more added sugar and you may not need all of, or any of the maple syrup so I would suggest leaving it out and sweetening to taste at the end.
- Lemon Juice: You’ll need 1 fresh lemon to make some lemon juice.
- Maple Syrup: You can substitute agave syrup or a sugar-free liquid sweetener like monk fruit.
- Strawberry Jam: Use store-bought strawberry jam or try this chia seed jam. You could also use a fruit puree or compote for a lower-sugar option.
- Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are best. If using frozen, thaw them overnight in the fridge then drain before mixing them in.
- Graham Crackers: These are optional for a topping. You could also use crushed animal crackers or Biscoff cookies.
How to Make (with Photos)
First, mix up the oats, salt and chia seeds in a mixing bowl. You can also do this in a sealable container you’ll be able to store the oats overnight in.
In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese, yogurt, milk, vanilla, lemon and maple syrup until smooth and creamy.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours. When you’re ready to serve, fold in the chopped strawberries.
When you’re ready to portion your overnight oats into servings, add a little jam to each of 4 serving containers, then top with a scoop of the oats. Add another layer of jam, more oats and finish with any toppings you like!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. For sugar-free overnight oats use a sugar-free liquid sweetener such as monk fruit and omit the jam or use a sugar-free jam. Also make sure you’re using unsweetened milk and yogurt.
Overnight oats are usually enjoyed straight from the fridge cold but you can definitely heat them up in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stovetop if you like.
Overnight oats are lovely during the Summer months for a refreshing chilled breakfast (also, no cooking yay).
During the colder months, you might want something like these peaches and cream oatmeal or creamy banana oatmeal.
Ground flax, psyllium powder or chia seeds are a great way to make overnight oats thicker. You can also use less liquid or adjust the ratio of yogurt to milk, using more milk.
No. The cream cheese helps to add that tangy cheesecake flavour but you can leave it out if you prefer. You do not have to adjust the other ingredients.
Yes. You can add 1-2 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder and increase the milk to 1.5 cups. You may also not need the maple syrup depending on how sweet your protein powder is.
Toppings are the best part of overnight oats! Here are some fun ideas:
- strawberry chia seed jam or other jam
- fresh fruit like strawberries and banana
- caramel sauce
- coconut flakes
- almonds, walnuts or pecans
- crumbled graham crackers or other crushed cookies
- The recipe makes 4 servings as written but is easily cut in half or even a quarter to make 1-2 servings.
- You can make 3 servings instead of 4 for a large portion size.
- You can omit the jam if you prefer.
- You can omit the cream cheese but it won’t be as cheesecake-like/
Meal Prep & Storing
- Overnight oats can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days in a sealed container, either before or after mixing in the strawberries.
- You can store them as the whole batch or portion them out with the jam before storing.
- I would suggest leaving additional toppings like graham cracker crumbs off until serving.
- You can freeze overnight oats in a freezer-safe container. They won’t have quite the same texture after thawing but they’ll still be tasty. Place in the fridge overnight to thaw.
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Cheesecake for breakfast? Why not! Try these strawberry cheesecake overnight oats for a sweet, tangy and creamy breakfast option you can easily prepare the night before so it’s ready to enjoy in the morning.
- 1 cup rolled oats (100 g)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (28 g)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup softened vegan cream cheese (60 g)
- ½ cup plain plant-based yogurt (120 g)
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (240 mL)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (15 ml)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup (60 ml)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 ml)
- ¼ cup strawberry jam (59 ml)
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries, plus more for topping (150 g)
- crushed graham crackers, optional topping (approx. 2 tbsp total)
- Set the vegan cream cheese out on the counter to soften up for about 30 minutes, alternatively, microwave briefly to soften.
- In a medium bowl add the oats, chia seeds, and salt. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl add the softened cream cheese and yogurt. Using a whisk, whisk to fully combine making sure there are no lumps.
- Add the oat milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the bowl with the yogurt and cream cheese. Stir until well incorporated.
- Add the wet ingredients to the oat and chia seed mixture. Stir all of the ingredients well to fully incorporate them, making sure there are no clumps of chia remaining.
- Cover with plastic wrap or use a sealable container and place in the fridge overnight for at least 6 hours.
- The next morning chop your fresh strawberries into small bite sized pieces.
- Remove the overnight oats from the fridge, remove the plastic wrap and fold in the chopped strawberries.
- Using a mason jar or a small bowl for each serving, spoon out ½ tablespoon of strawberry jam, then spoon on some of the overnight oat mixture until your jar is about ½ full. You can sprinkle some crushed-up graham crackers then another ½ tablespoon of jam, and spoon on more overnight oats mixture. Finish by sprinkling on more crushed graham crackers and a few chopped strawberry pieces.
- Serve immediately.
The recipe makes 4 servings and can be stored for up to up to 4 days in the fridge, either before or after portioning out with the jam and strawberries.
For a large portion, you can make 3 servings instead of 4, in which case each serving will be 409.
The recipe can easily be halved, quartered or doubled as needed.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 307
- Sodium: 267 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 59 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Protein: 9 g
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