I don’t think my undying love for overnight oatmeal can be questioned (I’ve literally lost count of the number of flavour variations in my Breakfasts section). But just in case I haven’t yet won YOU over with this nutritious and delicious option, I will keep providing new and exciting (!) concoctions until I find the combination that floats YOUR boat. In that spirit, I humbly submit for your consideration: Raspberry Cheesecake Overnight Oatmeal (and yes, I admit that this particular inspiration hit me right in the middle of writing my post for Healthy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – another candidate for breakfast, as far as I’m concerned). Like all of my other (many) options, it’s gluten-free, high in protein and is a quick and easy breakfast option. Oh, and it’s delicious! Did I mention delicious?
So, let’s just call it a fact that raspberries and cream cheese, separately or together, are delicious. If you didn’t think so, you probably wouldn’t have read this far, right? And raspberries are…well…berries, so instantly you’re thinking “healthy” (or “healthful”). And you’d be right: raspberries are a great source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin C, manganese, copper – the list goes on and on (more than you’d ever need to know about raspberries: here).
Now, what about cream cheese? Cream cheese, along with other forms of cheese, has taken a bit of a beating in the “diet” and “nutrition” world (despite the best efforts of the dairy producers and all of the “Got Milk” campaigns) for its relatively high fat content, especially saturated fats. But, with all of the positive hype about coconut oil lately, even animal-based saturated fats have been getting a well-deserved second look lately. Turns out that fat (yes, even saturated fat) plays an important role in satiety, as well as other important metabolic and physiological processes, which means that it can play an important role in regulating blood sugar and body weight. Add in the fact that it has protein, this means that when paired with carbohydrates it can help to provide fuel for your body that will sustain you until lunch time (or at least until your morning snack).
So really, these two were meant to tango. Let’s enjoy the dance of flavours in the ballroom of the mouth (too far?).
Raspberry Cheesecake Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
Add a touch of dessert decadence to your morning with the flavour of raspberry cheesecake in this healthy, high-protein make-ahead breakfast that’s worth getting up for!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup (123g) fresh raspberries, washed
1/4 cup (64g) plain cream cheese (regular, reduced-fat or fat-free as desired), softened
Optional 1/2-1 tsp stevia powdered sweetener
1. Stir the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients (almond milk and Greek yogurt; not the raspberries & cream cheese) and mix thoroughly.
3. In a separate bowl, mash the raspberries with a fork to release the juices.
4. Add the softened cream cheese and powdered stevia, if using. Mix with a fork or whisk until thoroughly blended.
5. Divide the oatmeal mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, and top each with half of the raspberry mixture. Leave as a topping or swirl as much or as little as you like into the oatmeal and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (with regular cream cheese)
Calories: 380 Fat: 14.5g Carbohydrates: 39.6g Sugar: 6.4g Fiber: 8.0g Protein: 24.6g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon, but you’re welcome to try a fork if it makes it seem even more like cheesecake. Have your (cheese)cake and eat it, too!
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Some process shots:
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