Cream cheese, dried cherries and lemon zest give this healthy oatmeal recipe cheesecake-like flavor. Short on time in the morning? Try our overnight oatmeal variation.

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Recipe Summary

10 mins


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  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in oats, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Top with cream cheese, cherries, walnuts, sugar and lemon zest.



Overnight oats variation: Combine 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt in a jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add toppings. Eat cold or heat up. Makes about 1 cup.

Steel-cut oats variation: Bring 1 cup water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1/3 cup steel-cut oats, reduce heat to a bare simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 2 to 3 minutes. Add toppings. Makes about 1 cup.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; protein 7.8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 44.1g 14% DV; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 15g; fat 11g 17% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 10.5mg 4% DV; vitamin a iu 405.3IU 8% DV; vitamin c 1.4mg 2% DV; folate 28.8mcg 7% DV; calcium 33.4mg 3% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 123.6mg 44% DV; potassium 203.7mg 6% DV; sodium 200.3mg 8% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 25% DV; added sugar 9g.

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This is a wonderful combination. I used fat free cream cheese and it was great. Didn't even add the sugar and didn't miss it. Read More