Not everyone is a morning person. But with this delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe, you'll be excited to start your day!
Drawing inspiration from everyone's favorite dessert – strawberry cheesecake – this oatmeal recipe transforms it into a delightful, convenient breakfast.
Imagine sinking your spoon into a breakfast that transports you straight to the indulgent experience of a classic strawberry cheesecake. The creaminess, the subtle tanginess, and the sweetness of fresh juicy strawberries combine to create a morning treat that feels both luxurious and comforting.
This Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe requires 7 simple ingredients and is a great way to use up fresh strawberries when in season. You don't even need a food processor for this recipe! All you need is a large mixing bowl and two serving glasses.
Why This Recipe Works
- Meal Prep Friendly: Perfect for busy mornings, this recipe is a fantastic meal prep solution. Make it the night before, and you'll have a delicious make-ahead breakfast waiting for you the next day.
- On-the-go: Serving these creamy oats in a mason jar makes them portable and perfect for on-the-go.
- Variety: With different ways to customize toppings and mix-ins, you'll be tempted to try a new variation every time!
Overnight oats have gained popularity, and it's no surprise why. They offer convenience for those busy mornings when you're rushing out the door. Simply grab your mason jar filled with this delicious make-ahead breakfast, and you're good to go. Additionally, allowing the oats to soak overnight ensures they absorb the flavors fully, resulting in a richer and creamier texture!
Ingredients and Variations
- Fresh Strawberries: 6 to 8 medium-sized, washed, hulled, and diced. Some will go into the oat mixture and the rest can be reserved for topping.
- Yogurt: Go with low-fat Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt for that tangy cheesecake flavor.
- Milk: Choose between dairy milk or various non-dairy milks like coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or unsweetened almond milk.
- Oats: Old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats work best. Steel-cut oats have a different texture and may not yield the best results.
- Chia or Flax Seeds: For texture.
- Vanilla Extract: Enhances the creamy cheesecake flavor.
- Sweetener: Agave syrup, honey, stevia, or your personal preference. Adjust to taste.
- Almond Butter: This is optional but introduces a rich, nutty undertone. You can also use other nut butters.
- Additional Mix-ins: Considering adding protein powder or softened cream cheese for a more indulgent touch. Lemon juice can also be introduced for a refreshing tang.
Topping Ideas: sliced fresh strawberries, graham cracker crumbs, cornflakes, white chocolate chips, flax seeds, nuts, chocolate syrup, or your favorite fruit. The best part? You can change it up every time.
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Prepare the Strawberries: After washing and dicing, warm strawberries in a microwave for 1-2 minutes. Then, mash slightly. No microwave? Use a saucepan on the stovetop.
- Mix it Up: Combine mashed strawberries with all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl until well-combined.
- Chill Overnight: Pour the mixture into two mason jars or breakfast jars and seal with an airtight lid. Let them chill overnight for the best results.
- Garnish & Go: Top with your chosen toppings the next day and enjoy!
Storing and Making Ahead
- Store in an airtight container or sealed mason jar in the refrigerator. Overnight oats are best consumed within 2 days.
- For best results, add toppings just before eating, especially if you're using items like graham cracker crumbs which can get soggy.
Personalize Your Breakfast Jar
The beauty of this oatmeal recipe lies in its adaptability. Craving more of a tangy flavor? Add some soft cream cheese into the mix.
Not a big fan of strawberries? Swap them out for blueberries or raspberries.
Want an added crunch? Throw in some crushed cornflakes or a sprinkle of brown sugar. Whatever tweaks you make, this base recipe will give you delicious results.
Absolutely! If you're using frozen strawberries, let them thaw to room temperature before warming them up. The taste might be slightly different than fresh strawberries, but they work just as well in a pinch.
Yes, you can! Non-dairy milks like coconut milk, oat milk, and cashew milk are creamy and provide a delicious alternative to dairy milk. If you're looking for that cheesecake flavor without dairy, try adding a dairy-free vanilla yogurt or a dairy-free soft cream cheese alternative to the mixture.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- 6 large fresh strawberries hulled and diced
- 142 g low-fat Greek yogurt plain (½ cup)
- 120 mL milk semi-skimmed, whole, or plant based (½ cup)
- 80 g old-fashioned rolled oats or oat flakes/quick oats (1 cup)
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp. agave syrup or maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp. almond butter optional
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tbsp. cornflakes crushed
- 2-4 fresh strawberries halved
- Wash, hull and dice strawberries. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, until softened. Mash them up lightly using a fork.
- Place strawberries and all remaining overnight oats ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well until combined.
- Divide mixture between 2 resealable jars or glasses, cover, and refrigerate overnight or until set.
- Add your favourite toppings and serve as a breakfast or snack.