These blueberry cheesecake overnight oats will make you feel like you're eating dessert for breakfast! They're made with nutritious ingredients like whole rolled oats and chia seeds. They're sweet, creamy, and made with tangy cream cheese.
If you love oat recipes, try these lemon cheesecake overnight oats next!
Did somebody say cheesecake for breakfast? This nutrient-dense blueberry cheesecake overnight oats recipe will make you feel like you're having dessert in the morning. It's made with a handful of nutritious ingredients and is easy to meal prep for busy mornings.
Overnight oats are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein that helps you stay fuller for longer. You can even add protein powder for an extra boost! This is the perfect healthy breakfast recipe that tastes like a decadent dessert.
Why You'll Love This
- Cream cheese overnight oats- Making overnight oats with cream cheese makes them extra creamy and taste like real, delicious berry cheesecake!
- Easy recipe- You can easily meal prep this recipe on Sunday night and have breakfast ready to take on the go for the school or work week. You don't need any special equipment!
- Nutritious breakfast- Despite the name, cheesecake overnight oats are made with a handful of simple, wholesome, and nutrient-dense ingredients to keep you fueled up during the day.
Watch How to Make Overnight Oats
Here are some notes about the ingredients used. For quantities, see the recipe card below.
- Oats- Use whole rolled oats or old fashioned oats since they have whole grains and fiber and the best texture. Don't use quick cooking oats because they will absorb too much liquid and get soggy. Also avoid steel cut oats.
- Chia seeds- Chia seeds absorb liquid to help thicken overnight oats. They have fiber, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and many more benefits. You can buy chia seeds at health food stores and most regular grocery stores and use leftovers to make chia pudding, banana bread, or protein balls!
- Cream cheese- This adds tang and makes the oats extra thick. Use full-fat cream cheese that comes in a block rather than whipped cream cheese or "cream cheese spread" in a tub.
- Greek yogurt- Use full-fat, plain Greek yogurt. Yogurt adds protein, calcium for bone health, and probiotics to the recipe. If your yogurt is sweetened, reduce the amount of maple syrup used.
- Maple syrup- This adds sweetness and a warm flavor. You can use any variety of maple syrup, but make sure it is labelled as "pure maple syrup" and not as maple-flavored or pancake syrup.
- Almond milk- Any plant-based or dairy milk works to add moisture and creaminess.
- Vanilla extract- Enhances all the flavors.
- Blueberries- Use fresh or frozen blueberries. I prefer using frozen blueberries because they have a syrupy texture when thawed. I've used them in my mini blueberry muffins and blueberry simple syrup recipes! Wild blueberries also work; they're smaller than regular fresh blueberries and have a more intense flavor.
- Cream cheese: Vegan cream cheese will work in this recipe. I like Tofutti and Violife.
- Maple syrup: Honey, agave nectar, or another liquid maple syrup substitute can be used.
- Almond milk: Use any milk you like. Dairy or plant-based work.
- Greek yogurt: Non-dairy Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, skyr, or sour cream can be substituted.
- Blueberries: If you aren't a fan of blueberries, use raspberries, cherries, blackberries, or strawberries to change the flavor.
Helpful Equipment and Tools
To make this recipe, you'll need measuring cups, measuring spoons, a mixing bowl, a fork or whisk, and containers to store the oats in. You can use mason jars, Tupperware, glass Pyrex, or any other container you have.
Step by Step Instructions
Here's how to make blueberry cheesecake overnight oats! Before you start, consider microwaving the cream cheese for about 10 seconds to make it easier to mix in.
STEP 1: Combine the ingredients. Add the oats, chia seeds, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture vigorously until smooth. Then, let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
STEP 2: Thaw and mash the blueberries. If you're using frozen blueberries, start by thawing them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mash them with a fork until they are fairly smooth, pour out the extra liquid, and set aside.
STEP 3: Portion and add the blueberries. Spoon the oat mixture into 5 jars and layer the blueberries on top. The oat mixture will be quite liquidy. Alternatively, you can mix the blueberries in with the other ingredients in step 2.
STEP 4: Refrigerate. Seal the jars with a lid or cover tightly with plastic wrap. Then, place them in the refrigerator and let soak for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight.
STEP 5: Enjoy! Once the oats have soaked up all the liquid, add any additional toppings you like, take on the go, and enjoy.
- Soften the cream cheese. The cream cheese might be a little difficult to mix in. To make it easier, let the cream cheese soften on the counter or heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds before preparing the recipe.
- Make sure they aren't too sweet. If you're using sweetened yogurt or just prefer your oats to be less sweet, reduce the maple syrup by 1-2 teaspoons.
- Let the oats soak. Make sure to let the oats soak for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight. When left for less than 4 hours, the oats and chia seeds won't absorb all the milk and there will be a pool of liquid left at the bottom of the jar.
- Add toppings after refrigerating. Add the toppings of your choice right before you eat the overnight oats. No one likes soggy fruit and nuts!
Additions and Variations
- Graham crackers: If you're missing cheesecake's graham cracker crust, add some crumbled graham crackers on top.
- Protein powder: Mix a scoop of vanilla protein powder into the oats for extra protein. My favorite is Ritual Essential Protein, but use whatever protein fits suits your diet and tastes the best to you.
- Citrus: Mix a splash of lemon juice or orange juice into the oats or top them with lemon zest.
- Nut butter: Mix almond butter or cashew butter in for extra protein and healthy fats. I don't recommend peanut butter.
- Spices: Sprinkle some cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom on top for extra flavor.
There are tons of different toppings you can add too. I personally like to add sliced bananas, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and a honey drizzle.
Storage and Freezing
Overnight oats will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. If they seem a little too thick, dry, or stiff, add a splash of milk before serving.
Freeze the oats in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator before eating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Overnight oats are usually eaten cold, but you can definitely warm them up if you prefer. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Add any toppings after the oatmeal has been warmed.
You can make them gluten free if you use gluten free oats. Some oats aren't gluten free.
Cheesecake oats aren't vegan due to the cream cheese and Greek yogurt. You can make the recipe vegan by using dairy free yogurt and cream cheese.
Both are good choices, but soaking and cooking oats yield different benefits. Soaking helps break down the starches and reduce natural phytic acid oats have. This makes them easier for the body to digest and utilize their nutrients.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- 1 mixing bowl
- 5 jars to store the oats
- Add the oats, chia seeds, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond milk to a large mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously until smooth. Let thicken on the counter for 5-10 minutes.2 cups whole rolled oats, 2 tablespoon chia seeds, ⅓ cup cream cheese, ⅓ cup Greek yogurt, 3 tablespoon maple syrup, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups almond milk
- If using frozen blueberries, heat them in the microwave for about 30 seconds in a microwave-safe bowl. Mash the blueberries with a fork until the consistency is jam-like.2 cups blueberries
- Evenly distribute the oat mixture between 5 jars and layer the blueberries on top. Alternatively, mix the blueberries in with the other ingredients if you don't want to layer them.
- Seal the jars with a lid or cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator and let soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Once the oats have soaked up all the liquid, add toppings and enjoy. Serve cold or warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave.