A glass jar filled with strawberry cheesecake overnight oats sits on a marble countertop. The oats are garnished with strawberry slices, and a spoon dips into the jar.

Few things in the world make me happier than a perfectly creamy, perfectly tangy piece of cheesecake. I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like, but my favorite of the bunch might just be strawberry cheesecake. There is something about the combination of fruity sweetness and the cool, creamy cheesecake that just makes my tastebuds sing! I love it so much that I decided I must pull that flavor combo into a jar of overnight oats. Getting to eat my favorite dessert for breakfast? That’s the glorious magic that is overnight oats!

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are oatmeal that you make by letting them rest overnight (hence the name!) in the fridge instead of cooking on the stove. In the morning, you can eat it cold like a pudding, or you can heat it up if you prefer. If you’re new to making overnight oatmeal and want a full primer (plus lots of other easy-to-make recipes), check out our Overnight Oats 101 post.


Eight different flavors of overnight oats, each in its own glass jar.

What makes overnight oatmeal so great?

I make overnight oatmeal during my meal prep session almost every week. Why do they have such a coveted spot in my fridge?

  • They are just flat-out delicious! The oats soften up in the fridge to make a thick, sweet pudding that is totally yummy, decadent, and rich. Even my kid devours overnight oats!
  • You can customize them to fit your preferences. Make them gluten-free, vegan, or in whatever flavor you’d like. We’re covering strawberry cheesecake overnight oats in this post, but once you get the idea of overnight oats down, you can go wild making your own creations!
  • They can be as healthy as you’d like. You are in control of how healthy or decadent (or both!) these oats become. Reduce the sweeteners, add in some superfoods like hemp seeds or chia seeds, or mix in some protein powder or collagen peptides. The possibilities are endless!
  • Overnight oats are great for meal prep. Spend just a few minutes in the evening, and you’ll have a grab-and-go breakfast in the morning!
  • Overnight oats are easy to make in bulk. They are a staple of many meal prep menus for good reason—you can mix up an entire week’s worth of breakfast in just a few minutes.
A hand pours milk from a glass jar into a white bowl. The white bowl is filled with other ingredients, including yogurt, strawberries, cream cheese, chia seeds, and rolled oats.

Can you make substitutions to these overnight oats?

Yes, that’s one of the glorious things about overnight oats—they are super flexible! You can easily make swaps to suit your preferences. It’s no extra effort to make these oats vegan, gluten-free, and low- or no-sugar. We cover all the substitutions you can make in our in-depth overnight oats post, but here are some specific swap ideas for these strawberry overnight oats:

  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, plant-based cream cheese, and maple syrup for sweetener.
  • Make it sugar-free: Drop the sweetener and double the strawberries. Or, you can use stevia or monk fruit sweetener instead of the honey or maple syrup.
  • Make it gluten-free: Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Whichever! Most folks choose to eat them cold (that’s part of the grab-and-go appeal of them), but if you’re not into cold oatmeal, just warm them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently, or in a small saucepan on the stove until heated to your liking.

Where can you find more overnight oats recipes?

We’ve got you covered when it comes to simple and easy overnight oats recipes! Here are some of the most well-loved recipes on Wholefully.

And check out these reader favorites:

 
A glass jar filled with strawberry cheesecake overnight oats sits on a marble countertop. The oats are garnished with strawberry slices, and a spoon dips into the jar.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Yield: 1 large serving or 2 small
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Eat dessert for breakfast with these Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats. Sweet, tangy, and satisfying, these healthy oats are sure to kick your day off right.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 0–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 6gSugar: 42gProtein: 12g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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18 Comments

  1. Please check the fiber stats for the strawberry recipe. 6.(point one)1 g fiber or 61 (sixty-one g)? Thanks

    1. Hi Rayetta! The nutritional information is automatically calculated in our system and is meant to be used as a guide. For the most accurate info, we recommend using your favorite online nutrition calculator and putting in the exact ingredients and quantities you’re using. This will give you the best results!

  2. I’ve made this numerous times for my daughter. It’s a favorite in our house. The recipe is forgiving. You can adjust ingredients to your liking. I’ve changed it slightly to our palate. We use only tiny drizzle of honey with a tablespoon of nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt and 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. I put it in a large mason jar and it’s breakfast for 3 days. It’s like a dessert for breakfast but good for you!

  3. If you soak the oats in water overnight then use them in the overnight oat recipes, what is the liquid ratio? I did this then used them for the recipe and the oats did not soak up much because of being previously soaked. They still tasted great, but didn’t want soup for breakfast 😉 Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Stacey! One of the benefits of making overnight oats is there’s no need to pre-soak the oats! The recipe is formulated to include an overnight rest, so you’ll still get all the benefits of soaking just by following the recipe. =)

    1. Hi Carolyn! The lemon juice and zest help to give the oats that classic tangy cheesecake flavor. You could leave them out if they’re something you don’t have on hand. These recipes are very flexible! If you do have them around, though, we definitely recommend adding them =)

  4. Oh my goodness!! This recipe is so delicious!! This was my first time making overnight oats and I feel like this one’s gunna be really hard to beat! Definitely going to be prepping these bad boys in my fridge. 10/10 for me 😋😋

    1. Yay!! Thanks, Stephanie! We’re so excited to hear that you love these—we do, too!

    1. The comment about it being two servings seemed off to me so I added everything together in my fitness pal and can confirm the 407 calories is for the total recipe if you use 1tbsp of honey and the rest of the recipe as-is.

  5. Hi 👋 I love this recipe my boyfriend loves Strawberry Cheesecake. I tried this last night and today I will be trying it on my Likee Broadcast. I will make sure to tell them it’s from you 🙂

  6. I like the combinations for the overnight oats. Is there a cheat sheet for all of them on one or two pages available?