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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source:, December 2018


Ingredient Checklist


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

323.7 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 46g 15% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 16.3g; fat 12.4g 19% DV; saturated fat 3.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 16.2mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 451.6IU 9% DV; vitamin c 1.4mg 2% DV; folate 32.5mcg 8% DV; calcium 77.7mg 8% DV; iron 1.9mg 10% DV; magnesium 55.5mg 20% DV; potassium 261.8mg 7% DV; sodium 257.1mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV; added sugar 9g.