Deliciously rich, wonderfully smooth, heavenly creamy and fantastically fruity. These strawberry cheesecake overnight oats taste every bit as good as the real deal, but without all the fat and sugar you get from a slice of regular cheesecake! Not only that, but these healthy overnight oats are loaded with wholesome, nutritious goodness, so you can feel like you're totally indulging whilst actually taking care of your body. And who doesn't want that?
If you've ever visited my tiny corner of the internet for even a fraction of a second, you'll know I love overnight oats that taste like dessert. And from the feedback I get from you guys, I know you love them, too! I mean, who could say no to a jar of cinnamon roll overnight oats or chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats for breakfast? Well, since all my overnight oats recipes area healthy, you never have to. Yay!
Oats have a bit of a bad reputation for being boring. But with so many amazing oatmeal and overnight oats recipes out there, eating oats never has to be boring. You could easily eat a bowl of oats every single day for a year and never repeat a single recipe! Except for these strawberry cheesecake overnight oats. But you'd be repeating this recipe because it's. Just. That. Good.
There's no buttery graham cracker crust in this healthy overnight oats recipe. If you're like me and think that's the best bit, go ahead and crumble a graham cracker on top! There are 30 calories in 1 graham cracker (or 60 calories in 1 Digestive biscuit if you're British) which is just a tiny indulgence for an extra layer of yum. Go on, I'm sure you deserve it.
But if you're really watching your calories (good on you!) you don't need the buttery base. When you've got a great big jar of wonderfully creamy cheesecake-flavoured overnight oats layered with sweet, juicy strawberries, you don't have to add anything else to make this healthy breakfast recipe awesome!
Strawberry cheesecake overnight oats variations
To make low FODMAP strawberry cheesecake overnight oats, use these ingredients instead of the standard ones in the recipe card:
- Gluten-free oats
- Brown sugar (avoid artificial sweeteners)
- Lactose-free cream cheese (use this recipe to make your own dairy-free cream cheese)
- Greek yoghurt or lactose-free yoghurt
- Lactose-free milk
Vegan and dairy-free
To make vegan or dairy-free strawberry cheesecake overnight oats, use these ingredients instead of the ones in the recipe card:
- Dairy-free cream cheese (use this recipe to make your own)
- Non-dairy yoghurt
- Unsweetened almond milk
To make gluten-free strawberry cheesecake overnight oats, simply use gluten-free oats.
Can I leave out the chia seeds?
Even though chia seeds are bursting with goodness, I get they're not everyone's thing. If you're really not into chia seeds, just skip them. They help thicken the strawberry cheesecake overnight oats up a bit, but the recipe works fine without them, too. But if you're looking for an easy way to get extra vitamins, minerals and loads of fibre into your diet, I definitely recommend you pick up a bag of chia seeds and use them for this recipe.
I'm never one to turn down dessert, but you know what? I find that a half serving of these overnight oats makes the perfect afternoon snack or dessert! Half a portion comes in at less than 150 calories, is sweet enough to satisfy any sugar craving and is packed full of fibre so you'll definitely feel full.
Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or a zero-calorie artificial sweetener
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon fat-free cream cheese or a non-dairy cream cheese - see the blog post for a recipe
- ⅓ cup fat-free sugar-free yoghurt or a non-dairy yoghurt
- ⅓ cup skimmed milk or any non-dairy milk
- 4 large strawberries hulled and roughly chopped
- Place all the ingredients (except the chopped strawberries) into a small bowl and stir until combined.
- Layer the oat mixture into the jar with the strawberries alternatively. You can do as many layers as you like.
- Place in the fridge and leave for at least 4 hours to chill and thicken before eating.