The classic strawberry cheesecake is transformed into a healthy-ish breakfast
Since I was a child, my favorite fruit has always been and will always be the scrumdiddlyumptious STRAWBERRY! I adore strawberries for their tart sweetness and gorgeous ruby red color. These tasty gems pair perfectly with mildly salty cream cheese in this original Royal Oats Strawberry Cheesecake Oatmeal recipe. Consider this the healthy-ish alternative to strawberry cheesecake for breakfast (lol).
What is the BEST type of strawberry for this recipe?
The most intense and delicious strawberry flavor I was able to pack into this bowl of yumminess came from frozen sliced strawberries in sugar (defrosted of course). This is very important because fresh, frozen strawberries not in sugar, or even strawberry jam and preserves just don’t provide the most intense flavor and color that frozen sliced strawberries in sugar do. Here’s the breakdown:
- Fresh?–Sure, but they may lose their vibrant red color when cooked and will require an adequate amount of sugar or sweetener.
- Frozen (not in sugar)?–Perhaps. But they cook similarly to fresh ones and can end up a bit mushier. Also, they come whole or sliced, so get the sliced ones to make it easier on yourself.
- Jam or preserves?–Uh, uh. At least, no on their own. You will end up having to use quite a bit and you’ll mostly taste sweetness without many juicy strawberry pieces.
- Frozen sliced in sugar?–HECK YEAH! They are nice and sweet, a little tart, super-duper red (due to food coloring), and oh-so-very-strawberry-y!
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Strawberry substitutions, so you can use what you’ve got!
So, look. With all of that being said, I encourage you to use whatever you have handy in your kitchen because times are tough these days. If you use fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries, just add 1 tbsp sugar or sweetener to every 1/2 cup of strawberries. To achieve that bright red hue, add a couple of drops of red food coloring if you like. Perfectionism is not a requirement (or a reality, for that matter), so work with what you have on hand.
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- 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/8 tsp of cinnamon
- 3/4 c water
- 2 tbsp International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream flavor* (or preferred flavored creamer of your choice)
- 1/4 c Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk* (or preferred milk of your choice)
Strawberry Cheesecake Topping
- 1/3 c sliced frozen strawberries with sugar
- 1 TB strawberry jam
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cream cheese, cubed
- toasted sliced almonds (optional garnish)
- In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, combine the oatmeal, salt, water, and coffee creamer. Stir and microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (or as instructed on the oatmeal product's packaging). Mix the almond milk into the cooked oats and set aside.
Strawberry Cheesecake Topping Prep
- In a small glass bowl, combine the frozen strawberries, jam, and vanilla. Stir. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir again. Microwave an additional 20-45 seconds or until the jam is fully melted and the berries are warmed through.
Putting It Together
- Ladle the cooked strawberries onto the oatmeal. Top with the cubes of cream cheese and almond slices. Enjoy your scrumptious breakfast!
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How to Make a Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Substitute
- Just combine 2 tbsp half and half + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract +1 tsp sugar
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 255mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 7gSugar: 20gProtein: 9g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. I am not a doctor, nor a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding your own health and diet.