Cherry Cheesecake Overnight Oats



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These cherry cheesecake overnight oats taste like you’re having the real deal. They’re super rich and creamy from the cream cheese and have a delicious texture thanks to the graham cracker crumbs.

As you know, I’m a full-on oatmeal lover. I love baked oatmeal, but in the summer, I depend on overnight oats! I’ve made so many different versions, but this cherry cheesecake version is extra decadent and legit tastes like cheesecake. Who doesn’t love cheesecake for breakfast?

I highly recommend making these oats in the summer when cherries are in season because nothing is better than a fresh cherry! Having said that, I’ve made this countless times with frozen cherries and the oats still turn out delicious!

Overhead shot of cherry cheesecake overnight oats in a mason jar.

Like all of my overnight oat recipes, this variation is super simple! Add your milk and cream cheese to a mason jar and stir or mash together until the cream cheese is broken up into small chunks. Add the oats, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla and cherries. Stir everything together and then put the mixture in the fridge overnight and let the oats do their thing!

After letting your overnight oats soak overnight (or at least a few hours), take the oats out of the fridge and top crushed graham cracker and cherries.

In the morning when you’re ready for the most delicious breakfast, top the oats with crushed graham crackers and extra cherries. My mouth is watering just thinking about this combo!

Ingredients for cherry cheesecake overnight oats in a white bowl before mixing.

Ingredients Needed for Cherry Cheesecake overnight oats

  • old fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work
  • milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work
  • softened cream cheese – regular cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese will work, just be sure to let it soften so that it mixes with the milk and oats
  • maple syrup or honey
  • chia seeds – these little seeds add a bit of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids and they help absorb some of the liquid which gives the oats a thicker consistency
  • vanilla extract
  • cherries – fresh or frozen work!
  • graham cracker – we’re breaking these into crumbs to make a cheesecake “crust”
Overhead shot with four mason jars with different overnight oat flavors: cherry cheesecake, peach pie, strawberry and blueberry crumble

No Cherries? No Problem!

I love this recipe with cherries, but if you don’t love cherries or simply don’t have them on hand you can make this recipe with another fruit like strawberries 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)! Oh my gosh, I bet peanut butter chocolate cheesecake overnight oats would be amazing!!

Overnight Oats Ratio

The base “recipe” for overnight oats is so simple! The hardest part is getting the right ratio of oats to liquid, but if you follow my recipes you’ll be set!

I aim for a 1:1 ratio of rolled oats to milk, plus half as much yogurt. So for 1/2 cup of oats, I use 1/2 cup of milk + 1/4 cup of yogurt (or an additional 1/4 cup of milk). For this recipe, I’m skipping the yogurt and using the extra milk and cream cheese. This ratio seems to give the oats the perfect consistency, not too thick, but not soupy. For the liquid, I usually go for non-dairy milk like almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand and if you really want to experiment you can try using different liquids like fruit juice.

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 Overnight Oats 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 Long Do These Overnight Oats Keep?

I recommend eating these cheesecake oats right after the oats absorb the liquid because of the cream cheese and graham cracker crumbs! If you don’t eat them right away, they should last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Straight on shot of cherry cheesecake overnight oats in a mason jar.

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4.11 from 39 votes

Cherry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

These cherry cheesecake overnight oats taste like the real deal! They are extra rich thanks to the addition of cream cheese.
Prep Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours
Servings: 1


  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup milk, I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon softened cream cheese, feel free to use dairy-free cream cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, or your preferred sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh or frozen pitted cherries + more for topping
  • ½ graham cracker sheet, crushed


  • Add milk and cream cheese into a half-pint mason jar and stir/mash together until cream cheese has broken up into little chunks. Add oats, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla and cherries into the jar. Stir ingredients together. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just a couple hours if you’re making these the morning of).
  • To serve: remove lid from jar and top overnight oats with crushed graham cracker crumbs and extra  cherries. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl to enjoy.
  • I recommend eating these the morning after you prep them, but they should last for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 190mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake overnight oats
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolute winner of a breakfast! I love cherry cheesecake, and it really was like having it for breakfast

    1. Ah yay! So glad you enjoyed this overnight oats recipe, Jessica. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a few times and they are great every time! I want to try some of the other overnight oats but these are so good!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying these cherry cheesecake overnight oats, Emma! Thanks for the review 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    If you like to eat your overnight oats cold, then this recipe is for you! What a great combination of flavors! Cheesecake for breakfast!

    1. Yay!! I’m so glad these overnight oats were a hit, Sarah! Thanks for making them and coming bak to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    You had me at Cherry cheesecake. I knew I had to try these overnight oats as soon as I saw them. They did not disappoint!

    1. Woo!! So glad these overnight oats were a hit, Ashley!! Thanks so much for trying them and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  5. 5 stars
    I mixed up 4 servings yesterday and this morning placed them in jars. Since we were in a hurry (we take ours with us to work) I didn’t add the graham crackers, but both my husband and I thought they were delicious.

    1. AH! I am so excited to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for your star rating + review. I so appreciate it!

  6. 4 stars
    I have never made overnight oats before and wanted to give it a try. This recipe sounded great so I decided to try it with a few modifications. I didn’t have any cherries but did have cherry pie filling so I used a quarter cup of cherry pie filling in place of the cherries and the sweetener. I also used light cream cheese (it was what I had in the fridge) Vanilla Soy Milk and added a scoop of Isopure Protein Powder. At first I wasn’t real sure about it due to the consistency/texture but before I knew it the container was more than half gone, and I am a person that if I don’t like it will not eat it. So, overall this was a great recipe and I would definitely make it again. For my first overnight oat recipe I am extremely pleased. Thank you so much for posting the recipe and I will definitely be trying others.

    1. Ah this is amazing, Carmen! I am so glad you gave this recipe a try and it turned out great for you with your subs. I have a ton on my site so if you need any recommendations, let me know! Thank you of your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!