This nutritious cherry overnight oats recipe is easy and quick to prepare and will keep you full for hours! Meal prep tonight for breakfast tomorrow.

Two jars of cherry overnight oats with jars of ingredients in the background

As a Registered Dietitian, you’re probably not surprised to hear that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Eating a nutritious breakfast has numerous health benefits, including improved concentration, energy, and weight management.

Oatmeal is my absolute favorite thing to eat for breakfast. I love oatmeal in many forms – stovetop oatmeal, baked oatmeal, and overnight oats! For days I know I’m super busy, I plan ahead and meal prep overnight oats the night before. That way, I have a healthy homemade breakfast waiting for me when I get up!

These cherry overnight oats are thick, creamy, and packed with nutrients. This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan. 

Ingredients in cherry overnight oats

Here is everything you need to make this overnight oats recipe:

  • Old fashioned oats provide the best texture in overnight oats. I do not recommend using quick oats or steel cut oats.
  • Almond milk
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cherries
  • Maple syrup
  • Slivered almonds
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Almond extract (optional)

Ingredient and dietary restriction substitution ideas

  • Make it dairy free and vegan. Use your favorite plant-based yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt.
  • Make it nut free. Use another milk, such as hemp milk, and swap the almonds for hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Use vanilla extract instead of almond extract. The almond extract adds a cake-like flavor, while vanilla will just enhance the other flavors of the recipe.
Cherry overnight oats ingredients in bowls and measuring utensils on a wooden cutting board

How to make overnight oats

Overnight oats are incredibly easy to make! It takes just about five minutes to prepare this recipe. You’ll start by mixing together the oats and chia seeds in a jar or tupperware container. Add a pinch of salt along with the almond milk and greek yogurt. Stir it all together.

Then, stir in the slivered almonds, dark chocolate chips, and pitted cherry halves. Mix it up very well, cover, and put it in the fridge. Overnight oats need to be refrigerated for at least a few hours in order for the oats to absorb all the liquid, but they don’t technically take the entire night to absorb.

Storing overnight oats

Overnight oats can be prepared days ahead of time. The longer they sit in the fridge, the softer the oats become, so overnight oats are best eaten within five days of preparation.

Two jars of cherry overnight oats with two fresh cherries in the foreground

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

You can easily pit cherries without a cherry pitter if you have chopsticks or a metal straw on hand.

Wash cherries and remove the stems. Hold a cherry with two fingers, and put the smaller end of the chopstick in the stem hole. Gently but firmly push the chopstick down into the cherry, which will push the pit out the other end. 

You then have a whole pitted cherry! For this recipe, cut the cherry in half.

Do you eat overnight oats warm or cold?

Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, right from the fridge! There is no need to cook the oats, because they absorb so much liquid making them soft and chewy.

That being said, you can definitely heat up overnight oats in the microwave if you want them to be warm. The flavor and texture won’t change much!

Two jars of cherry overnight oats with jars of ingredients in the background

Cherries nutrition benefits

Cherries are a nutritious fruit to include in your diet. One cup of sweet cherries provides:

  • 3 grams of dietary fiber
  • 9.7 mg Vitamin C (16 percent of your daily needs)
  • Small amounts of several minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. 

Cherries are rich in polyphenol antioxidants and beta-carotene, which help fight inflammation and keep our cells healthy. 

Chia seeds nutrition benefits

Chia seeds are an extremely nutrient dense food you can easily add to your diet. One ounce (about two tablespoons) of chia seeds contains:

  • 11 grams of dietary fiber
  • 4.4 grams of plant-based protein
  • 4915 mg omega-3 fatty acids
  • 177 mg calcium (18 percent of your daily needs)
  • 265 mg phosphorus (27 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.6 mg manganese (30 percent of your daily needs)

Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Even though plant-based sources of omega-3s are inferior to animal sources like salmon, chia seeds are still rich in healthy fats. 

Oats nutrition benefits

Whether you’re eating oatmeal, granola, or overnight oats, you’re consuming a highly nutritious food! One half cup of dry oats provides:

  • 4 grams of dietary fiber
  • 6 grams of plant-based protein
  • 1.9 mg iron (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 108 mg magnesium (27 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.7 mg manganese (86 percent of your daily needs)
  • 13.6 mcg selenium (19 percent of your daily needs)

Oats are a very good source of soluble fiber. Eating 5-10 grams of soluble fiber a day can help lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. 

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Cherry Overnight Oats with Dark Chocolate Chips

This nutritious cherry overnight oats recipe is easy and quick to prepare and will keep you full for hours! Meal prep tonight for breakfast tomorrow.

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract or vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, and salt in a jar or airtight container.
  2. Add the almond milk, Greek yogurt, almond extract, and maple syrup.
  3. Stir everything up very well.
  4. Add the almonds, chocolate chips, and cherries. Stir again to combine.
  5. Cover the jar/container and refrigerate at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. 

Notes

Enjoy cold right from the fridge in the morning.

Storage: overnight oats are best eaten within five days of preparation.

Ingredient and dietary restriction substitution ideas

  • Make it dairy free and vegan. Use your favorite plant-based yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt.
  • Make it nut free. Use another milk, such as hemp milk, and swap the almonds for hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Use vanilla extract instead of almond extract. The almond extract adds a cake-like flavor, while vanilla will just enhance the other flavors of the recipe.

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