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.
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.
2 fat, 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate