These strawberry cheesecake overnight oats taste just like a delicious strawberry cheesecake. Any healthy overnight oats recipe is a great option for a wholesome breakfast on the go for those busy mornings.
You can easily meal prep them the night before and have breakfast ready to go first thing the next day.
The best part about overnight oats is that there are so many different ways to make them. If you're a big breakfast fan like me, you'll want to try them all.
If you enjoy a baked oatmeal recipe, next time you get out your oats, try this easy blueberry baked oatmeal.
Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats Recipe
- Healthy breakfast option: It's a delicious way to sneak in extra protein, dietary fiber, and complex carbs that will keep you feeling full.
- The whole family will love them: It's a great way to have your favorite dessert without having to sacrifice healthy ingredients. The kids will love this one!
- Simple breakfast: They're easy to prep in batches and grab on the go the next morning.
- Make them again and again: Once you make them once, you'll have the ingredients to make this delicious recipe a few more times.
Ingredients You Need
Here are the simple ingredients for these strawberry cheesecake overnight oats. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find in grocery stores. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Strawberries: Fresh strawberries or frozen will both work.
- Plant milk: We recommend unsweetened plant-based milk, like unsweetened almond milk, for the best results. They don't add any extra sugars and they're dairy-free and vegan. However, any non-dairy milks like oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk will work.
- Pure maple syrup: I like to add this for a bit of natural sweetness. You could use honey or agave syrup as a sweetener as well.
- Vanilla extract & Kosher salt: Both add a little flavor.
- Greek yogurt: My personal preference is plain Greek yogurt for my overnight oats. Use plant-based if needed.
- Cream cheese: Soft cream cheese adds the tart flavor you'll find in your favorite strawberry cheesecake dessert. Use a dairy-free option like Kyte Hill if needed. You can also substitute for a nut butter or more Greek yogurt.
- Rolled oats: We recommend hearty old-fashioned oats for this recipe. Use a certified gluten-free oat if needed. Our favorite brand is Bob's Red Mill! I don't recommend using steel cut oats or quick oats because they don't absorb liquid the same way.
- Chia seeds: These add fiber and a rich, pudding-like texture.
- Vanilla protein powder: Adding 2-3 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder is the perfect way to sneak in a little extra protein! Our favorite protein powder is Be Well By Kelly because it’s made with grass-fed Swedish protein, monk fruit, and real flavors.
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos and a video so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This strawberry cheesecake overnight oats recipe is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure it turns out every time.
VIDEO: Watch How to Make It
Blend the wet ingredients: Use a food processor or high-speed blender to blend the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, greek yogurt, cream cheese, and half of the strawberries.
Blend until smooth, all of the strawberries are broken down, and the mixture is a light pink color.
Mix in with the dry ingredients: Add the rolled oats to a large mixing bowl with the chia seeds, salt, and optional protein powder and mix well.
Pour in the strawberry mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until well combined. Add the remaining ½ cup of chopped strawberries, stirring them into the oats.
Store: Divide the oats into 4-5 separate jars and cover them with a lid. Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours. The oats and chia seeds will have absorbed the milk and become thick like pudding when it’s done.
Serve: When you’re ready to serve, top them with small pieces of graham crackers, strawberry jam, white chocolate chips, fresh juicy strawberries, or other fresh fruit like blueberries or blackberries.
Yes. Oats themselves are a nutritious whole grain with several health benefits. They're nutrient-dense, full of dietary fiber and antioxidants, and are heart-healthy. When soaked overnight, they become even easier to digest.
The choice between milk and yogurt largely depends on your taste preferences. Some people enjoy the tangy flavor and thicker consistency of yogurt in their overnight oats, while others prefer the milder taste of milk. Feel free to experiment and find the combination that you find most enjoyable. If you prefer a creamier texture, milk may be a better option, while yogurt can add more thickness.
Water does not contribute much flavor or creaminess to the oats, which can result in a blander taste and less desirable texture. Using milk or yogurt adds richness, creaminess, and enhances the overall flavor profile of the oats.
Overnight oats are essentially the same thing as traditional stovetop oats, but they're soaked in cold liquid overnight rather than hot liquid quickly. Overnight oats allow you more flavor flexibility because you can mix anything into them and the oats absorb the combination of flavors. They're also served cold rather than hot.
What to Drink with Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
An easy breakfast recipe needs a drink to go with it and to kickstart your morning. Keep the strawberry theme going and mix up your very own Starbucks Pink Drink.
If it's iced coffee you prefer, make vanilla sweet cream cold foam at home and top your favorite cold brew with it.
Creamy oats stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For the best results, use regular old-fashioned oats or thick rolled oats. They're just right to stand up to the milk soaking all night so they won't be soggy the next day.
I don't recommend freezing overnight oats as the texture can change while they thaw.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- 1 cup diced fresh or frozen strawberries divided
- 2 ⅓ cups plant milk any kind
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup greek yogurt plant-based if needed
- ¼ cup softened cream cheese dairy-free if needed or cashew butter (Note 1)
- 2 cups rolled oats certified gluten-free if needed (Note 2)
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2-3 scoops vanilla protein powder optional (Note 3)
- Toppings: Crushed graham crackers, crushed Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins, strawberry jam (Note 4)
- High speed blender or food processor
- Large bowl or individual mason jars
- Place ½ cup of the strawberries, all of the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, greek yogurt, and cream cheese or nut butter in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until smooth and all of the strawberries are broken down. The mixture should be a light pink color.
- Add the rolled oats to a large bowl with the chia seeds, salt, and optional protein powder and mix well. Pour in the strawberry mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until well combined. Add the remaining ½ cup of chopped strawberries. Stir to distribute the strawberries into the oats. The mixture will be slightly runny. See recipe note 5 for mixing it in individual jars.
- Divide the oats into 4-5 separate jars with a lid, like a mason jar, and store in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight. The oats and chia seeds will have absorbed the milk and become thick like pudding when it’s done.
- When you’re ready to serve, top them with crushed crackers, strawberry jam, and/or fresh chopped strawberries.