So many overnight oat varieties, so little time. The overnight oat options are endless but I always keep these Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats on rotation. You guys know how much I love overnight oats around here and I know you’re going to love this strawberry cheesecake-inspired flavour.

You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes to prep these and you’ll be waking up to a healthy breakfast that’s perfect to take on the road or dig in at home loaded up with cheesecake-esque toppings like crumbled graham crackers.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-freeStrawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

Dairy-Free Yogurt Options

There are quite a few amazing non-dairy yogurt alternatives available in grocery stores today. It’s such an exciting time to be plant-based. New products are coming out faster than ever and even the big brands are releasing vegan versions of popular products.

As for dairy-free yogurt, my favourite is Daiya greek-style yogurt, which is what I used in these strawberry cheesecake overnight oats. Any of the flavours would be good for this recipe but I’d recommend the vanilla bean, strawberry or plain. I like the Daiya yogurt because it’s a bit thicker than some of the other brands I’ve tried.

I like the Silk Coconut Yogurt although I find it a bit runny, the So Delicious one is better but I can’t always find it in my local grocery stores. There’s also Nancy’s Organic soy yogurt, Amande and Almond Dream, none of which are my favourite but they’re ok. Yoso also makes a coconut yogurt and almond and cashew yogurt which are ok for using in recipes.

Cashew and coconut yogurt are aso very easy to make at home. I haven’t shared a recipe for it yet but you can check out this amazing recipe for cashew yogurt to try making your own.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

What Vegan Protein Powder I Use

I use Vega Performance Protein for all my protein powder recipes and I haven’t tried many others. There are a ton of options available in-stores and online but I really love the flavour and texture of Vega for using in overnight oats. When mixed with oats and liquid, it creates the most amazing, doughy texture that I just love. I also like the taste and texture just mixed with water when I want some quick protein post-workout.

Pea Protein Alternatives

If you can’t do pea protein, I’d recommend checking out Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein which is made form sprouted grains like quinoa and amaranth, brown rice protein and sprouted seeds.

Some people experience some bloating from pea protein. If your digestive system doesn’t love pea protein and other mixed proteins, you can also use plain or flavoured brown rice protein or hemp protein. If you use plain in this recipe, you’ll need to add some sweetener such as maple syrup or stevia.

I like using flavoured protein so I don’t need to add any additional sweetener. Plain organic brown rice or hemp protein are excellent, whole food sources of protein but they don’t taste great on their own so I prefer to use them to boost the protein content in baking and no-bake energy bar recipes.

I Like Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder for use in recipes, smoothies and just mixed with water or almond milk as a protein snack. It has added chia seeds and probiotics and is sweetened with monk fruit instead of stevia. I use a lot of Bob’s Red Mill products in my kitchen and find the quality to be really great across the board. Garden of Life also has a good raw protein powder which is also pea protein-based but also contains other high-quality ingredients, has added probiotics and is completely organic.

For oats, smoothies and drinking with milk or water, I recommend Vega, Iron Vegan, Bob’s Red Mill and Garden of Life. There are plenty of other good options out there, from what I’ve read, this superfood protein and this nutritional shake and are great but I haven’ tried them myself. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear about it, let me know in the comment section if you do.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

Simple or Decadent Overnight Oats

If you’re new to Running on Real Food, don’t miss my Carrot Cake Overnight Oats, Brownie Batter Overnight Oats and Gingerbread Overnight Oats!  I love dessert-inspired overnight oats but overnight oats can also be made as simply as oats, milk and sweetener.

If I’m making a simple version of overnight oats, I usually add oats, milk, stevia, chia seeds and then maybe some hemp seeds and protein. One of my favourite go-to’s is made with vanilla protein, hemp seeds, coconut, raisins and cinnamon. There’s something about those textures and flavours together that is just so good! You can check out this post for a bunch of overnight oat flavour ideas and a how-to for how to create your own.

Even thought overnight oats are a healthy breakfast option, I like to rotate them in with vegan breakfasts like tofu scrambles, low-sugar smoothie bowls and veggie breakfast burritos.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats | vegan and gluten-free

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats

Alright, let’s get into these strawberry cheesecake overnight protein oats!

Here’s what we’ve got:

  • lemon for that fresh, bright cheesecake flavour
  • plain dairy-free yogurt to cut the sweetness and give it that tangy, cheesecake taste
  • vanilla protein powder for a boost of protein and sweetness
  • oats for wholesome, energizing carbs and the base of the recipe
  • vanilla extract for extra flavour
  • strawberries of course, they’re low in sugar, high in fibre and perfect for overnight oats
  • chia seeds for a little added protein, healthy fats and thickening
  • unsweetened almond milk to bring it all together
  • served with gluten-free, vegan graham crackers, a dollop of dairy-free yogurt and sliced fresh strawberries

Yes, yes and more yes. These healthy. wholesome ingredients get together, have a little overnight party and in the morning, they’re ready to share their strawberry cheesecake deliciousness with you.

I highly recommend you try these with crumbled graham crackers crumbled and another spoonful of vegan yogurt on top. The crumbled graham crackers really take it to the next level. The sweet, crunchy bits paired with tart lemon and fresh sliced strawberries is amazing.  I used Kinniknnick Foods S’morables which are gluten-free, vegan and super tasty! A dollop of strawberry chia seed jam would also be amazing.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Protein Oats

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Cheesecake for breakfast, anyone? These high-protein overnight oats are inspired by classic strawberry cheesecake. Lemon, fresh strawberries and tangy dairy-free yogurt add cheesecake flavor and vegan vanilla protein powder helps sweeten it up and increase the protein content.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (50 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 serving (15 g) vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh (70 g) sliced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp (11 g) chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp (40 g) dairy-free yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (substitute plant-based milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder (substitute pure vanilla extract)

Optional Toppings


Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a container, stir to thoroughly combine and place in the fridge for at least a few hours, up to overnight.
  2. In the morning, dig right in or top with crumbled graham crackers, sliced strawberries, strawberry jam and a dollop of dairy-free yogurt.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts do not include toppings.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 335
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 46
  • Protein: 24

Keywords: easy, healthy, oatmeal, plant-based, refined sugar-free