I decided to come up with a few new holiday recipes this week. Strawberry cheesecake baked oatmeal may not sound like traditional holiday food. But, I figure this is the time of year when many people need to feed a crowd, even at breakfast time. This recipe is perfect for that. It makes a lot. It’s filling. And, It’s delicious.
Oh yeah, and it’s got a cheesecake flavored swirl so it kind of tastes like cheesecake for breakfast. Yay!
To make this dish, pour a mixture of oatmeal and strawberries into a large baking dish. Drizzle a cheesecake mixture on top of the oatmeal. Drag a knife back and forth, creating a cheesecake swirl. Then, bake until golden brown.
Of course, you don’t have to make this for a crowd. Baked oatmeal keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week. You could also freeze any left overs and defrost them later.
- For the Oats:
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. canola oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup skim milk
- ½ cup applesauce
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- For the Cheesecake Drizzle:
- 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. skim milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the milk, applesauce, 2 teaspoons vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined. Stir in the oats, strawberries, and baking powder.
- Pour the oats into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
- Prepare the Cheesecake Drizzle. In a small bowl add the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until well combined. This should be thin enough to slowly pour. If it’s too thick, add more milk, or microwave for a few seconds.
- Drizzle the cream cheese mixture back and forth (in a zig zag motion) on top of the oats. Turn the baking dish 90 degrees. Drag a butter knife back and forth (in a zig zag motion) through the oats and cream cheese making a swirl design.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.