Cream cheese, dried cherries and crunchy walnuts give this overnight oats recipe a cheesecake-like flavor and creamy texture. Fresh lemon zest adds a bit of zip and a hint of sweetness from raw cane sugar blunts the tart edge of the fruit. Source:, December 2018

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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine oats, water and salt in a jar or bowl and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • In the morning, heat the oats, if desired, or eat cold. Top with cream cheese, cherries, walnuts, sugar and lemon zest.


Tip: 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.

To make ahead: When prepping the oatmeal the night before, measure, toast and chop the ingredients for the topping.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; 12.4 g total fat; 3.7 g saturated fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 257 mg sodium. 262 mg potassium; 46 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 16 g sugar; 8.9 g protein; 452 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 33 mcg folate; 78 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 55 mg magnesium; 9 g added sugar;