Cherry-Walnut Overnight Oats

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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs
1 cup


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
12g Fat
46g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 16g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 452IU 9%
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 262mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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