I am really having a lot of fun turning desserts into oatmeal flavors.
I created a Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal, a Carrot Cake Oatmeal, and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Oatmeal.
All recipes that were inspired by decadent desserts that I am trying my best to not eat a lot of.
Of course, I still want treats.
I love desserts but I don't love that they go directly to my thighs.
It's okay though. By coming up with these fancy schmancy baked oatmeal flavors I am still able to indulge in all my favorite flavors but in a healthier way.
I think this strawberry cheesecake oatmeal was a big success. It really, really, really reminded me of strawberry cheesecake. In fact, I think I only had one bite where I was like "Oh, right, I'm eating oatmeal".
There is only 1 spoonful of cream cheese in this but you would never know it. It really has the flavor of a full-on cream cheese baked cheesecake.
The best news - according to Myfitnesspal - the nutritional count is:
262 calories, 37 carbs, 5 fat, 16 protein.
Strawberry Cheesecake Oatmeal (Single Serving)
1/3 cup Quaker Rolled Oats (or quick oats)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp graham cracker crumbs
11/2 pkgs Sugar Twin Stevia
3 large strawberries, diced small
2 Tbsp 0 fat Greek yogurt, plain
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup 1% milk
1 egg white
1 Tbsp Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese, divided
1/2 pkg Sugar Twin Stevia
remaining Philly Light Cream Cheese (from above)
1/2 tsp graham cracker crumbs
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a single serving, oven safe dish with cooking spray, set aside.
In a small bowl, combine oats, baking powder, graham cracker crumbs, Stevia, and diced strawberries.
In another small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, vanilla, milk, and egg white until well combined.
In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and Stevia. Divide into 3 equal pieces. Place a piece of plastic wrap on a small work surface. Press the 3 pieces of cream cheese into flat discs - you may need to dip your fingertips in water to help prevent sticking.
Mix the Greek yogurt mixture into the oat mixture and stir to combine.
Place 1/3 of the mixture into the prepared oven safe dish.
Top with 1 of the cream cheese discs.
Layer another 1/3 of the cream cheese and another disc of cream cheese.
Top with remaining oatmeal mixture but DO NOT place the last cream cheese disc on top.
Bake at 350 for approx 20 - 30 minutes, until oatmeal is puffed up and browned and is not jiggly.
Remove from oven and place the remaining cream cheese disc and the graham cracker crumbs on top. Let sit about 5 minutes before serving. (It is very hot when it comes out of the oven!)
*Important Note* - You may want to place a pie plate or something similar directly below the dish in the oven as this tends to bubble up a bit and spill over.
Who wouldn't want a big ol' bowl of strawberry cheesecake for breakfast?
Crazy people, that's who.
Okay, okay, okay. Maybe it's a little too much for your breakfast. (Pssshhh....whatever...) Make it your dessert then.
Look at all that gooey, cheesecake-y goodness!
It's only 262 calories.
That's my kind of indulgence.
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