Fuel up for the day ahead with these decadent yet healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats. If you’re a cheesecake lover, this recipe is an absolute must try! I have to admit – I ate almost the whole thing of oats you see here after taking these photos. They are just soooo good. You can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be remaking this recipe with other fruit variations in the future. Get excited, people! 😉
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
Rolled oats – I prefer to use rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) in my overnight oats recipes because they maintain some chew even after a few nights in the fridge. Quick cooking oats turn to mush and steel cut oats have too much bite (even if you use the quick cooking kind).
Milk – Use whatever neutral tasting milk you prefer! I used almond milk, which doesn’t have a strong flavor. Some non-dairy milks have a really strong flavor or are overly sweet – I’d stay away from those in this recipe.
Greek yogurt – This helps add both tang and creaminess while adding some extra protein.
Cream cheese – I used the 1/3 fat version of cream cheese to keep things lighter, but you could of course use full fat cream cheese for a richer flavor. Just be sure to soften it at room temperature to avoid big clumps!
Strawberries – I mean…you can’t have strawberry cheesecake without strawberries! But you could totally opt for whatever berries you like. Fresh or frozen will work just fine!
Maple syrup – You need just a touch of sweetness to help balance out the tanginess of the cream cheese and Greek yogurt. You could use honey or agave syrup instead, but I personally like the flavor of maple syrup best.
Chia seeds – If you’re not familiar with them, they’re the little black specks you can see in the overnight oats. As they sit in liquid, they soak up moisture and help your overnight oats thicken up and get really creamy. Plus they’re a great source of fiber and antioxidants!
Vanilla extract – Like salt in a savory dish, vanilla tends to enhance the flavors of a sweet recipe.
I should also note that I did test this recipe out with added protein as well and it just didn’t turn out right. The vanilla protein totally destroyed the cheesecake flavor that I love so much about the recipe you see below. If you really want to add extra protein, I’d recommend something unflavored like collagen.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- 2/3 cup rolled oats (64 grams)
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries (80 grams)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (4 fl oz)
- 1/4 cup 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened (62 grams)
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt (70 grams)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (1 fl oz)
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (6 grams)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
Add cream cheese, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add almond milk and salt, and whisk again until smooth.
Add oats, chia seeds, and strawberries and mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Before serving, microwave for 1 minute and top with graham crackers and extra strawberries and/or jam (optional).
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