Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
Published Aug 17, 2023
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These strawberry cheesecake overnight oats are rich, creamy and taste like you’re having a slice of cheesecake but in oatmeal form. They’re gluten-free, easy to make and perfect for meal prep!
You’re in for a real treat today with these strawberry cheesecake overnight oats!
This recipe is similar to my cottage cheese overnight oats (which you should definitely try, btw!), but it doesn’t have protein powder and has the addition of cream cheese and blended strawberries. And when topped with crushed graham crackers it legit tastes like you’re eating a slice of strawberry cheesecake for breakfast!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Indulgent but healthy: Tastes like dessert without all the sugar and while getting the nutrition from fiber-rich oats and protein-packed cottage cheese.
- Easy to make: Just blend, mix and let sit overnight!
- Versatile: Switch up the fruit or add your preferred toppings for a personalized breakfast treat.
- Perfect for meal prep: Make ahead for stress-free, ready-to-go breakfasts throughout the week.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- old fashioned oats – they’ll soak up the liquid overnight, turning soft and creamy but still maintaining a bit of chew. They’re also a fantastic source of fiber. Rolled oats are the best for overnight oats, I wouldn’t recommend using steel-cut oats or quick oats as these won’t work. Oats are often cross-contaminated, so make sure to grab certified gluten-free oats if needed. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats.
- chia seeds – these little seeds absorb liquid, which helps thicken your oats. Plus, they’re packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
- maple syrup or liquid stevia – for a touch of natural sweetness. You can adjust the quantity based on your taste preference. Honey works as well.
- vanilla extract – elevates the flavor of the oats.
- unsweetened almond milk – this keeps your oats dairy-free and low in calories, but you could use any non-dairy milk you like (oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk or cashew milk will all work). Regular dairy milk will also work.
- fresh strawberries – these are blended together with the cottage cheese, almond milk and cream cheese resulting in a smooth and creamy light pink mixture that gets mixed with the oats. Feel free to swap the strawberries with your favorite type of fresh berries. I’ve made this recipe with blueberries and it turned out great!
- full fat cottage cheese – adds protein and gives the oats a rich, creamy texture. I like using whole milk Good Culture cottage cheese. I recommend using 4% milkfat cottage cheese for the best results. And because cottage cheese has a higher sodium content there’s no need for added salt in this recipe. If you’re not a cottage cheese fan, full fat Greek yogurt will work as a substitute.
- cream cheese – the key to that cheesecake flavor! It also helps to make your oats rich and creamy.
- graham cracker crumbs – for a bit of crunch and to mimic the crust of a cheesecake.
How to Make
Blend: Start by adding your almond milk, strawberries, cottage cheese, cream cheese, vanilla and sweetener to a blender. Blend everything together until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.
Combine: In a wide mouth 16 oz mason jars or an airtight container with a lid, combine the oats, chia seeds and the liquid ingredients that you just blended. Stir well to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
Chill: Once everything is mixed together, place the jar in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
Serve: In the morning (or when you’re ready to eat), take out the oats and give them a good stir. If the oats seem a little too thick, you can add a bit more milk to loosen up the mixture. To finish, top your oats with some fresh slices of strawberry and crushed graham crackers. Enjoy!
No Strawberries? No Problem!
I love the strawberry cheesecake flavor, but if you don’t love strawberries or simply don’t have them on hand you can make this recipe with another fruit like cherries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries.
Or if you really want to get creative you can skip the fruit and add in something more decadent like chocolate chips or peanut butter (or both)! I bet peanut butter chocolate cheesecake overnight oats would be amazing!!
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?
Given the name, you’d assume overnight oats need to soak overnight, but you can actually make them in 2-4 hours if you’re in a rush. While it does take some time for the oats to absorb the liquid, they don’t necessarily have to be soaked overnight.
I recommend at least 8 hours for true overnight oats, but there have been mornings where I decide I want overnight oats for breakfast even though I didn’t prep them the night before. When this happens I’ll make them the morning of and let the oats soak for just 2-4 hours. With this quick soak, they’re not as soft as overnight oats that have soaked longer and they’re a bit more liquidy, but they’re still delicious.
Can You Eat Them Hot?
Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. Even if you think cold oats sound strange, I recommend giving it shot before you write them off. Of course, if you simply can’t do the cold oats you can always heat them up. Just pop the overnights oats in your microwave, cooking in 30-second increments until the oats are warm throughout and enjoy.
How to Store
Overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe for the week on Sunday so you have an easy and healthy breakfast ready to go throughout the week!
When stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5.
More Overnight Oat Recipes
- Easy Basic Overnight Oats
- Cherry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Tropical Overnight Oats
- Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats
- Vegan Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats
Be sure to check out the full collection of oatmeal recipes on EBF!
Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, or 4 drops liquid stevia
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup fresh strawberries, about 3-4 whole strawberries, plus more for topping
- ¼ cup full fat cottage cheese
- 1 Tablespoon cream cheese
- Crushed graham crackers, for topping
- Add almond milk, strawberries, cottage cheese, cream cheese, vanilla and stevia to a blender and blend until combined and smooth.
- Add oats, almond milk mixture and chia seeds to a jar or storage container with a lid like a mason jar. Pour cottage cheese strawberry mixture into the container with the oats and stir to combine. Place in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning (or when ready to eat), remove lid and give oats a stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more milk to loosen the mixture.
- Top with fresh strawberry slices and crushed graham crackers and enjoy! You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl for serving.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.