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Cherry-Walnut Overnight Oats

  • 10 m
  • 8 h
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“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.”


    • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (see Tip)
    • ½ cup water
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon chopped dried cherries
    • 1 tablespoon toasted chopped walnuts
    • 2 teaspoons raw cane sugar, such as turbinado
    • ½ teaspoon lemon zest


  • 1 Combine oats, water and salt in a jar or bowl and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2 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.
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