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Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Make yourself a high protein breakfast that is effortless, ready when you are and packs a minimum of 20 grams of protein per serving. Gluten free, refined sugar free and ready when you are, this Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe is the ideal meal for a busy morning.

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Protein breakfasts shouldn’t be a chore. I know for me finding new inventive ways to get your daily quota of protein can be a mind bender but I am here to help! These oats have over 20 grams of protein in them without the protein powder. The protein powder would take them to over 30 grams of protein easily! I know so many of you have an aversion to protein powders so if that is you, grab yourself a high protein Greek yogurt, use high protein soy milk or organic cottage cheese. Those 3 ingredients alone have heaps of protein. I am not a nutritionist but I do read labels and am a woman going through menopause so eating a high protein diet has become paramount for me. If you love lemon cheesecake, easy meals and high protein meals this breakfast option is for you!

Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats Ingredients

  • Banana: Provides natural sweetness and creamy texture.
  • Protein Powder (Optional): For an extra protein boost; the recipe is packed with protein even without it.
  • Chia Seeds: Adds texture, fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Oats: The heart of overnight oats, providing fibre and helping you feel full longer.
  • Lemon Juice and Zest: Infuses the oats with a bright, zesty flavour reminiscent of cheesecake.
  • Vanilla: Adds depth and warmth to the flavours.
  • Cottage Cheese: A high-protein ingredient that contributes to the cheesecake-like texture. I love this one
  • Soy Milk: Chosen for its high protein content, enhancing the nutritional value of the oats.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to balance the sweetness.
  • Greek Yogurt: Topped for an extra creamy texture and protein boost. I used this one

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. By soaking oats in milk (or water) overnight, you create a pudding-like porridge that’s perfect for busy mornings. This method not only saves time but also enhances the oats’ digestibility and nutritional availability.

How to Make This Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats Recipe

For a delightful twist on your morning routine, try making Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats by simply combining mashed banana, your choice of protein, oats, chia seeds, the zest and juice of half a lemon, cottage cheese, a pinch of salt, and soy milk in a ramekin. Ensure everything is mixed thoroughly to blend the flavors. Then, let this mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours, allowing it to set and thicken up, capturing all the creamy textures and citrus notes reminiscent of a lemon cheesecake. When you’re ready to dive into this refreshing breakfast, top it off with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest for an extra zing, creating a perfect balance of tartness and sweetness to start your day.

Can You Make Substitutions to These Overnight Oats?

Absolutely! The main joy of an overnight oats recipe is its flexibility – it’s the first meal of the day so you have to start things off right. Don’t have soy milk? Use any other high-protein milk alternative you prefer. If you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, ricotta, additional Greek yogurt or any other plant based cream cheese can be used as a substitute. The aim is to keep the protein content high while catering to individual tastes and dietary needs. Read your labels and you’ll be golden!

How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?

Ideally, you want to soak your “overnight oats” overnight BUT that isn’t necessary. If you give them at least two hours you should be good. The best part about overnight oats recipes however is the fact that you can set it and forget it! Letting the mix sit overnight in the refrigerator does yield the best results because it gives everything more time to come together. 

What Makes Overnight Oatmeal So Great

Overnight oatmeal is incredibly versatile, easy to make, and can be packed with nutrients, especially protein when using ingredients like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, protein powder and soy milk. It’s a convenient, healthy option that can be customized to suit any taste, making breakfast both effortless and exciting. I love the fact that I can make a big batch of overnight oats and then dress them up however I see fit each morning or just grab a jar and go. 

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

Properly stored in the refrigerator, overnight oats can last up to five days. This makes them an excellent option for meal prepping at the start of the week. You can have a quick and healthy breakfast every day of the week if you take care of business on Sunday evening! Experiment and get creative with your overnight ingredients. If you do happen to make a large batch and as the days go by the overnight oats become a bit dry you can help them out by rehydrating them with a little extra oat milk or water.

Check Out These Other Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes

If you loved this recipe and are curious about other oats recipe ideas check out these below:

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Strawberry Rhubarb Slow Cooker Oats

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Botanica Pumpkin Protein Granola

Protein French Toast


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Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Teri-Ann Carty
Make yourself a high protein breakfast that is effortless, ready when you are and packs a minimum of 20 grams of protein per serving. Gluten free, refined sugar free and ready when you are, this Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe is the ideal meal for a busy morning.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 2


  • large ramekin or bowl, measuring spoons and cups, spatula


  • ½ banana mashed
  • ½ scoop protein powder optional
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ juice and zest of lemon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt


  • Place mashed banana in ramekin with protein, oats, chia seeds, lemon juice, cottage cheese, salt and milk. Mix well and place in the fridge for a minimum of two hours to set.
  • Top with yogurt and lemon zest and enjoy.
Keyword dairy free optional, gluten free, healthy breakfast, high protein, lemon cheesecake, refined sugar free, vegan option

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