Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats combine the rich, creamy flavors of your favorite cheesecake with the sweetness of fresh strawberries, creating an indulgent (yet healthy!) and wholesome breakfast.
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Nutritious Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
There’s a good reason I have so many overnight oat recipes on my site! They’re minimal effort, simple ingredients, and a great way to start the day. And even if you're not a big breakfast fan, oats are an easy + healthy breakfast option to get some morning protein in. These Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats were one of my original oat recipes, which are very well loved, so for a similar take on it I present to you these delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats.
These creamy oats start with rolled oats soaked in milk to soften them up and they get that cheesecake flavor from strawberry cheesecake protein powder plus some of the classic tang from greek yogurt.
I originally made these as a cute Valentine’s Day breakfast because they are adorable with their pink hue coming from the fresh juicy strawberries, but they are truly a perfect option all year round.
They are a nutritious breakfast option, especially for busy mornings when you’re just trying to get out the door (if you're not a morning person, this healthy overnight oats recipe is for you!).
We love overnight oats at APOP! We’ve perfected a high protein, creamy base, and now just can’t get enough. These Strawberry Cheesecake overnight oats are no exception!
Whenever I think of Cheesecake, I think of my Grandma Karen. For every special event, she’d have a perfectly baked Strawberry Cheesecake that we’d devour. It’s a special tradition now in our family to have Strawberry Cheesecake in honor of her.
- Oats - I like Old Fashioned rolled oats. See below for my note on what type of oats you should use.
- Protein Powder - My favorite brand is Clean Simple Eats, code APOP for saving $$. CSE does have a Strawberry Cheesecake flavored Protein powder. I like to buy individual serving packets of this flavor as I don’t go through a bag quickly enough. Alternatively, you can use vanilla protein powder or strawberry.
- Milk - I like Fairflife for extra protein, but use your favorite. A non-dairy milk like soy milk, oat milk, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc. are all fine.
- Chobani Strawberry Cheesecake Yogurt - I’d recommend using strawberry greek yogurt if you cannot find this specialty flavor.
- Fresh Strawberries- Sliced and diced.
- Lemon Juice + Zest - Optional, but gives the cheesecake tang.
- Graham Cracker Sheets - Graham crackers sprinkled throughout provide a nice contrast to the creamy texture and will mimic the graham cracker crust of the favorite dessert!
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
- Fruit: Instead of fresh juicy strawberries, try this oatmeal recipe with another fresh fruit like raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries. Cherry would be tasty too (make sure they’re unpitted).
- Protein: I know the Strawberry Cheesecake Protein is hard to come by, so feel free to swap with a vanilla or unflavored protein and add a tablespoon of softened cream cheese instead to get that tangy dessert flavor.
- Sweetener: Honey in my opinion goes best with the cheesecake flavor, but feel free to sub maple syrup or agave. Or leave the added sweetener out if you don’t have a strong sweet tooth.
How to Make This Recipe
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add old fashioned oats, protein powder, milk, yogurt, honey, and chia seeds.
2. Use a rubber spatula to stir together until everything is completely mixed. Ensure there are no protein powder clumps.
3. Add the fresh strawberry slices, pinch of salt, and lemon juice + zest. Crumble graham cracker sheets on top. Stir again. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until the oats have absorbed the liquid.
4. Prior to serving, stir in the remaining ⅓ cup of milk. This makes them extra creamy. Top with sliced strawberries and extra crumbled graham crackers. Enjoy!
I like to save one graham cracker sheet to crumble on top when I eat them. The juxtaposition of textures between the creamy oats and graham cracker crumbs is delicious!
The Best Oats for Overnight Oats
For best results, I highly recommend using rolled oats (check for certified gluten-free oats if necessary!). Instant oats/quick oats will become much too mushy as they sit in the liquid, and steel cut oats will be too tough to soak up the liquid at all and you'll end up with chewy oatmeal.
Store in the refrigerator in a mason jar or similar airtight container. The oats are best enjoyed within 3 days of assembling them, making these a great option for meal prep! Storing for much longer, however, they'll become pretty mushy.
The delicious strawberry cheesecake protein powder is what gives these oats their cheesecake like flavor, but if you don’t have any, you’re in luck. You can substitute with vanilla or strawberry (or unflavored) protein powder, and use Strawberry Cheesecake Yogurt (I’ve seen Chobani or Light and Fit brands both have a version at Target). Or instead add a tablespoon of soft cream cheese and give it a good stir for a similar taste to regular cheesecake. Cottage cheese could work too to give the tangy flavor, but some are bothered by the texture.
After the overnight soak, these oats can be served straight from the fridge or warmed if you prefer. I like mine cold, especially with the strawberries, but if you’d like to warm these oats, they can be warmed in the microwave right in the breakfast jar (lid removed) in 30 second intervals stirring between each to ensure it gets warmed throughout.
I like serving these oats with a dollop of greek yogurt, extra chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds (an easy way to get in extra fiber!), a little granola or extra graham cracker for some crunch or a smear of almond butter or peanut butter. If you prefer your oats a little thinner and creamier, pour some extra milk on top before serving.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Mixing Bowl
- measuring cups / spoons
- Cutting Board
- mixing spoon/rubber spatula
- mason jars
- 1 ⅓ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 scoops protein powder, I used Clean Simple Eats Strawberry Cheesecake, *see note
- ⅔ cup Chobani Strawberry Cheesecake Yogurt, **see note
- 1 ⅓ cup milk
- ½ tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice + zest, optional
- pinch sea salt
- 2 graham cracker sheets
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add old fashioned oats, protein powder, 1 cup of milk, yogurt, honey, and chia seeds.
- Use a rubber spatula to stir together until everything is completely mixed. Ensure there are no protein powder clumps.
- Add the fresh strawberry slices, pinch of salt, and lemon juice + zest. Crumble graham cracker sheets on top. Stir again.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until the oats have absorbed the liquid.
- Prior to serving, stir in the remaining ⅓ cup of milk. This makes them extra creamy.
- Top with sliced strawberries and extra crumbled graham crackers. Enjoy!
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